DOVER – January 30
Expert witnesses from Wilbur Elementary School in Bear testified yesterday afternoon to the Administration Committee of the Delaware House of Representatives in favor of House Bill 235 – a bill to make cycling the Official State Sport of Delaware.
After hearing the testimony of the experts from the Wilbur School, the committee unanimously voted to release the bill to be be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
All of the expert witnesses attend 4th grade at the Wilbur School.
The prime sponsors of House Bill 235 are Representative Valerie Longhurst, Senator Nicole Poore and Senator David Sokola. Additional sponsors are Reps. Gerald Brady and Debra Heffernan; and Sens. Brian Bushweller, Catherine Cloutier and Margaret Henry.
In their testimony, the witnesses told the committee that there were many benefits of cycling:
“It is more efficient than a car.”
“It will help people lose weight.”
“Riding a bike makes your muscles, heart and lungs stronger.”
“You can be active instead of just sitting around doing nothing.”
“You don’t use any gas.”
“It can be done year round…you can layer up and be good to go.”
“Riding bikes instead of driving makes the state cleaner.”
Most importantly, as one witness noted, riding a bike is “awesome.”
• Representative Valerie Longhurst (facebook)
• Senator Nicole Poore (facebook)