• Reason #1: Because we can make Delaware the most bicycle-friendly state in America

    by  • December 9, 2012 • Bike Delaware • 1 Comment

    We can make Delaware the most bicycle-friendly state in America.

    C’mon, really?

    Yes, really.

    Earlier this year, Delaware leapt 8 places in the League of American Bicyclists’ ranking of bicycle-friendly states, from 18th place to 10th place.  So it’s not as if we have to move from the bottom of the list of states.  We’re already in 10th place.

    To move from 10th place to 1st place will be harder than moving from 18th place to 10th place, but not impossible.  Indeed, we are already headed that way.  How do you get there from here?  Do we need to import 10s of thousands of hard-core “avid” bicyclists from other states?  Does the price of gasoline need to skyrocket to $20/gallon?  Do Delawareans need to experience a come-to-bicycling epiphany?

    Nah. We just need to make bicycling so safe, so convenient and so much fun that everyone will want to bicycle.

    But we need your help.  Today (Sunday, December 9) you can join (or renew your membership in) Bike Delaware for only $25. 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 Delaware to be the most bicycle-friendly state in America – please help by renewing your membership in Bike Delaware, or by becoming a member of Bike Delaware for the first time, today.


    Sunday, December 9: Join Bike Delaware for $25

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

    Reason #8: Because bicycling is cheap

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

    Reason #6: Because life expectancy is falling in many places in America, and that’s ridiculous

    Reason #5: Because cycling projects create many more jobs than road projects

    Reason #4: Because a multimodal transportation system is more resilient

    Reason #3: Because streets are not roads

    Reason #2: Because to exploit the benefits of bicycling, Delaware needs a low-stress, family-friendly and seamless bikeway network


    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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