• Reason #8: Because bicycling is cheap

    by  • December 2, 2012 • Bike Delaware, Economics • 0 Comments

    For the next 8 days (until December 9), you can join (or renew your membership in) Bike Delaware for only $25.

    Can bicycling save the planet?  Who knows? But bicycling can surely save our pocketbooks. Bike Delaware’s mission is to make bicycling in Delaware a family-friendly and mainstream transportation option so that not every adult in Delaware needs to own his/her own motor vehicle in order to be an adult.  And, since the annual cost of car ownership in the United States is now approaching $10,000 per year (the second highest household expense after housing), replacing some cars with bicycles makes good economic sense both for our families and for Delaware. Indeed, since ~75% of the cost of car ownership leaves the local economy, increasing use of bicycles could mean 10s of millions of dollars of additional economic growth for the Delaware economy every year.

    By joining with other cyclists,  you are funding an organized, unified and powerful voice for bicycling in Delaware.  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 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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