• Reason #9: Because to be effective we have to be organized

    by  • December 1, 2012 • Bike Delaware • 0 Comments

    For the next 9 days (until December 9), you can join (or renew your membership in) Bike Delaware for only $25.

    It is a fact of our democracy that people need to organize in order to advance their interests.  Gun owners are a powerful constituency in this country but only because they are organized by the National Rifle Association.  The same goes for retired people whose concerns are always front and center in policy discussions because the American Association of Retired Persons keeps them there.  Citizen cyclists in Delaware need the same sort of effective and organized representation.

    Earlier this year at the National Bike Summit, the Alliance for Biking and Walking gave Bike Delaware its “Winning Campaign of the Year” award for our “Walkable Bikeable Delaware” campaign.  Out of every city and state in the country, the Alliance chose Walkable Bikeable Delaware as the single most effective new campaign.  Walkable Bikeable Delaware is not focused on words. It’s not focused on happy assurances or promises.  It’s focused on money, and since the campaign started, over $26 million dollars in state and federal funds have been authorized for cycling projects.  In terms of a per capita commitment of money, no other state in the country even comes close.

    By joining with other cyclists,  you are funding an organized, unified and powerful voice for bicycling. We have shown how powerful – how irresistible, in fact – we are when we are unified, organized and focused.  If you want more of that, please help us by renewing your membership in Bike Delaware, or by becoming a member of Bike Delaware for the first time, today.


    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 is the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness and serves on the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance. 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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