• Reason #7: Because our kids are trapped in their neighborhoods, and they shouldn’t be

    by  • December 3, 2012 • Bike Delaware • 1 Comment

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    “So much of the suburban area where we live is just plain impossible to negotiate unless you are in a car…Our kids are trapped in our neighborhood in terms of bike riding.“

    When we were growing up, we biked everywhere.  It was how we got to explore the wider world on our own without direct adult supervision.  And it was how we started to learn the skills we needed to be independent adults.  It was also how we learned about the responsibilities that come with freedom.  And it allowed us to learn those lessons in a context where the consequence of an error or mistake was a skinned knee or, at worst, a broken bone.

    Most of our children today are not nearly so fortunate.  If we allow our children to explore the world by bicycle (which has become rare), we know how awful the consequences can be.  Far more commonly, we simply keep our children in a state of unnaturally extended dependency – think video games and “play dates” – until they either get a drivers license or leave home altogether.  And then they have to learn the lessons of responsibility and freedom fast, and in a context where a mistake or an error can have literally fatal consequences.

    We need to change this, and we can.  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 – and want more opportunities for bicycling to be part of growing up in Delaware – please help 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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