• Cape Gazette: “Keep the trail money intact”

    by  • June 17, 2012 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 0 Comments

    Editorial
    June 8, 2012

    The League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy group representing an estimated 57 million bicyclists, recently ranked Delaware as the 10th most bicycle-friendly state in the U.S. More importantly, the state’s ranking jumped to that 10 spot from 18 in 2011, and 31 when the organization first started its rankings in 2008.

    When Gov. Jack Markell and a bipartisan group of legislators passed the Walkable, Bikeable Delaware concurrent resolution in 2011, it signaled to the rest of the nation that Delaware is serious about realizing the health benefits, economic benefits and quality-of-life benefits available to all Delawareans when more of our communities are linked by hiking and biking trails.

    Markell is committed to moving that ranking to the No. 1 spot. If Delaware’s legislators and the governor continue to hold the Department of Transportation’s and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s collective feet to the fire to show progress in linking our communities every year, the top ranking will come quickly.

    To make those linking trails happen, however, legislators will have to stand behind the governor’s proposal to add another $12 million to the initiative in the pending budget.

    All efforts to divert those funds elsewhere must be resisted. Building this linking infrastructure is a true 21st-century initiative that will pay huge dividends in the future.  Read entire article HERE >>>

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    About

    James Wilson is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever. Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 Bicycle Friendly State in America.

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