• Best of Bike Delaware 2012: “Streets Are Not For Children”

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    2012 Look Back: This article was originally published on February 21, 2012.  It was the 5th most viewed Bike Delaware article of 2012.

    But a 100 years ago they were.

    Starting around the 1920s, streets were taken away from children (and then from the rest of us as well).  There are very few people alive today who remember this history.  Now public educations campaigns like the ones shown below are unnecessary.  They have been internalized and we teach our children these lessons ourselves.



    1923 (Massachussetts Safety Council)


    1932 (Chicago Motor Club)



    1927 (AAA)


    (Images taken from a great book by Peter Norton called Fighting Traffic.)




    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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