• Governor Markell Signs Bill To Make Cycling Official State Sport of Delaware

    by  • June 15, 2014 • Legislation and Policy • 3 Comments

    Governor Jack Markell (center) shows off the bill making cycling the Official Sport of Delaware while bill sponsors Senator Nicole Poore (left) and Representative Valerie Longhurst (right) and kids from Wilbur and Southern Elementary Schools applaud.

    Governor Jack Markell (center) shows off the bill making cycling the Official Sport of Delaware while bill sponsors Senator Nicole Poore (left) and Representative Valerie Longhurst (right) and kids from Wilbur and Southern Elementary Schools applaud.

     

    June 14, 2014 – Bear, Delaware

    With happy students from Wilbur and Southern Elementary Schools looking on, Governor Jack Markell signed a bill on Saturday to make cycling the Official Sport of Delaware.

    The prime sponsors of House Bill 235 were Representative Valerie LonghurstSenator Nicole Poore and Senator David Sokola. Additional sponsors were Reps. Gerald Brady and Debra Heffernan; and Sens. Brian Bushweller, Catherine Cloutier and Margaret Henry.

    Critical momentum for House Bill 235 came from expert witnesses from Wilbur Elementary School in Bear, who testified in January to the Administration Committee of the Delaware House of Representatives in favor of the bill. 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.”

    Expert witnesses testifying yesterday in favor of legislation to make cycling the Official State Sport of Delaware

    Expert witnesses from Wilbur Elementary School testified in Janaury in Dover in favor of legislation to make cycling the Official State Sport of Delaware

     

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    RELATED:

    House Bill 235

    Announcement on Governor Markell’s Facebook page

    • Littlest lawmakers push cycling bill (News Journal)

    • The Fourth Most Bicycle Friendly State in America

    • Markell and Denn: “We are going to help make Delaware the most bicycle friendly state in America.”

    • Longhurst and Colleagues Fought for Trail Network Funding

    Representative Valerie Longhurst (facebook)

    Senator Nicole Poore (facebook)

    3 Responses to Governor Markell Signs Bill To Make Cycling Official State Sport of Delaware

    1. jeff
      June 15, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Now this is just great timing, today pondering to bike about and researching about bikes. Gonna go 2 wheel as in drive so do agree with year round. Golly, guess this is a sign of the times, both for community and me. Thanks governor Jack, you’re on track.

      • Tricia
        June 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm

        Okay, biking is the state sport. Great. Firefly festival is here and yet I’m told no bike racks are available at the gate. Not so bike friendly after all.

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