• Governor Jack Markell, Cyclist

    by  • July 30, 2013 • Cool People • 0 Comments

    In Israel a few weeks back promoting Delaware business, Governor Markell rented a “Tel-O-Fun” bike to ride along the Mediterranean Sea and the Yarkon River. In Vermont this week, he biked the Island Line Trail:

    Governor Markell cycling the Island Line Trail in Vermont

    Governor Markell cycling the Island Line Trail in Vermont


    Our governor really likes to bike.

    But that’s not all.

    Delaware has leapt ahead among states in the Bicycle Friendly States ranking, from 31st, to 18th, to 10th and, this year, to 5th in the entire country. We are now ranked as the most bicycle-friendly state east of the Mississippi River. And that is largely due to the fact that cycling is not just something that Jack Markell likes to do in his free time. Governor Jack Markell also considers cycling to be part of his job.

    In 2010, Governor Markell was the first sitting governor in the United States to address a National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. (Three years later, he is still the only governor in the United States to have addressed a National Bike Summit.) He has included cycling in his last two State of the State speeches. (As far as we know, he is the only governor in America to have done that, too.) He has appointed a cycling-friendly Secretary of Transportation and proposed, and won, unprecedented funding for cycling.

    At Bike Delaware, we say: “It’s good to be smart. But it’s even better to be lucky.” We didn’t elect the most bicycle-friendly governor in America. But we’re perfectly fine with having him here.



      James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware.






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    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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