• “You can help”: A note from Carol Ireland

    by  • November 28, 2012 • Bike Delaware • 0 Comments

    by Carol Ireland
    White Clay Bicycle Club

    The biking season is winding down for many of us as the holiday season is ramping  up.  We have feasted at the Thanksgiving table and perhaps worked off some of those  extra calories with a bike ride or two.  With December come various festivities, not the least of which is our annual club Santa Rides.  Dress up your bikes and yourselves  in seasonal garb, and join us for one or more of the scheduled rides.  Look up in the Ride Calendar for last minute details.

    I’m thrilled to report that WCBC is in strong shape, financially, thanks to four very  successful major rides this year, coordinated by tireless, dedicated volunteers:  Ted  Ryser (Icicle), Joe Bockrath (Doublecross), Sally Buttner and Jan Johnson (Shorefire)  and Craig Hall (Savage Century).  This year was the first full year without costs for publishing our Tailwind newsletter in hard copy format, so that has helped the treasury as well. The Executive Committee is starting to consider which bike-related organizations (local, regional and/or national) will receive donations from the club.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

    WCBC has supported Bike Delaware more than any other organization, through donations and memberships.  Bike Delaware has been incredibly successful in convincing the State General Assembly to allocate millions of dollars to biking and walking initiatives in our state.  It has been more of a struggle to develop a solid financial foundation for the organization itself.

    You can help – by joining Bike Delaware at the basic level, or at a higher Silver or  even Gold level.  On November 15, Bike Delaware launched a special membership campaign, offering annual membership at $25 for 25 days (ending Sunday, December  9) – after Dec. 9 the membership will return to the normal $35.  Go HERE to learn how you can join.

    As a bicyclist, you may have already noticed some benefits from Bike Delaware’s  projects (e.g. the bike lanes across the St. Georges Bridge).  You will most certainly see many more as new bikeway projects are designed, developed and completed.   Please consider helping to support the future of biking in Delaware through Bike Delaware.

    Best wishes for a happy,  and safe, holiday season,
    Carol Ireland


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    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He 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 the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance 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.

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