• DelDOT Elects To Keep Recreational Trails Program

    by  • August 27, 2012 • Federal Funding • 0 Comments

    Have you been getting all kinds of letters from national groups about the threat to the Recreational Trails Program?

    The reason these email alerts have been going out is that under MAP-21, the new federal surface transportation authorization law passed by Congress on June 29, states are given the option of opting out entirely of the Recreational Trails Program.  Delaware, however, has elected to not exercise this new discretion.  We will remain a part of the Recreational Trails Program for FY2013:

    “DelDOT has notified the U.S. Department of Transportation it will not be opting out of the Recreational Trail Program for FY2013. These facilities are important investments in the future of our state with real economic, environmental, health and safety benefits.  They deserve a dedicated funding source that highlights Delaware’s commitment to expanding recreational and commuter trails and pathways in our state.”

    – DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt, August 24, 2012

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    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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