• 1 DAY TO GO: Millions For Walking And Bicycling In Delaware Are On The Line

    by  • June 19, 2012 • Walkable Bikeable Delaware • 4 Comments

    Tuesday, June 19

    Over 10 million dollars for cycling.  More than $10 for each man, woman and child in Delaware.  The vote on this absolutely critical funding is this Wednesday:

    WHAT: Delaware General Assembly committee vote on DelDOT capital budget, including proposal to invest over $10 million in walking and bicycling.

    WHEN: 1PM, Wednesday (June 20)

    WHERE: Joint Finance Hearing Room, Ground Floor, Legislative Hall, Dover

    Conservative business dress (suit and tie for men; dresses, suits or nice slacks/shirts for women) is appropriate for Legislative Hall.

    Email us at wbd@bikede.org if you need transportation to Dover on Wednesday. We’re happy to help.

    If you can’t take time off from work to personally show our elected officials how important this is to you, have you contacted your state Senator and Representative yet?

    In his State of the State speech on January 19, Governor Jack Markell proposed making unprecedented investments in walking and bicycling in order to “make Delaware one of the most walkable and bikeable states in America.” Last month, Bike Delaware hosted Walkable, Bikeable Delaware in Dover, our state capitol, which focused on the Governor’s proposal to invest millions of dollars in  bicycle and pedestrian projects in his 2013 budget.  (Here are some of the amazing projects that would be funded if the Governor’s request is approved on June 20!)

    Why?  Its simple, yet powerful: numerous studies have shown that direct and strategic funding for walking and bicycling can save money on transportation costs,  improve our health, boost economic development, reduce congestion, lower emissions, provide recreational opportunities, increase tourism, and improve our quality of life.

    But this will only happen if the Delaware General Assembly approves the Governor’s request. The Governor noted that democracy requires participation. If the Governor’s proposal to invest in walking and biking funding is important to you, let your your state legislators know. There’s still time for your representatives to let their colleagues on the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement (aka the “Bond Committee”) know how important the Governor’s funding request is – and that it MUST be supported.

    Your elected representatives want – and need – to hear from you. Contact your state Senator and Representative and tell them you support the Governor’s proposal.  Ask them to tell their colleagues on the Bond Committee to support the Governor’s funding request for walking and bicycling.  It’s easy! Here’s how:

    1)  If you don’t already know, find out which Representative and Senatorial district you are in.

    2)  Look up your state representative and senator contact information:  Senators Representatives

    3)  Send them an email or paper letter.  Tell them you support Governor Markell’s proposed funding for walkable, bikeable communities in Delaware.  Include a personal note about how biking and walking have positively impacted your life.  Here is a sample letter (word.doc) you can use, including vital safety statistics. Embellish as you wish.  But whatever you do, just let your elected representative know that this is important to you.  The vote on the Governor’s proposal will be next Wednesday, just 1 day away.

    Questions?  Email us at wbd@bikede.org.


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    4 Responses to 1 DAY TO GO: Millions For Walking And Bicycling In Delaware Are On The Line

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    2. Jeff Ferris
      June 1, 2012 at 6:54 am

      Please support walking and bicycling in DE.

    3. Nancy Nebiker
      June 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Please support the biking trails in Delaware. I’m 62 and still very much ride my bike in lower Delaware. Thank you.

    4. Dan Bockover
      June 18, 2012 at 10:47 am

      We talk a good game about getting people out of their cars and walking – even modest distances – but then fail to provide safe sidewalks. There should be a mechanism for listing where sidewalks would be valuable along with a BRIEF why comment. Then someone to read and respond or just acknowledge.
      Guidelines could be provided such as sidewalks only along well traveled roads and none intruding in residential developments.
      Also consider if current rules for building sidewalks are realistic or so costly & complex that construction is constrained.
      Dan Bockover

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