If you don’t know the most bicycle-friendly governor in America, you don’t know Jack by Staff • January 16, 2017 • Cool People • 15 Comments In the slideshow below, we look back with gratitude and affection at the most bicycle-friendly governor in America: If you don't know the most bicycle-friendly governor in America, then you don't know Jack Markell. For many years, the state's annual discretionary budget for cycling was about $40,000. But in 2011, after the passage of Walkable Bikeable Delaware by the Delaware General Assembly, Governor Markell recommended $2 million to complete the Castle Trail and $5 million more for other state bike routes. (Click on slide to read article by League of American Bicyclists.) The incredible Castle Trail now extends all the way from one side of Delaware to the other, connecting Delaware City all the way to Chesapeake City along the C&D Canal! (Click on slide to read more about the Castle Trail.) Governor Markell announced the First State Trails and Pathways Initiative to create a world-class interconnected network of shared-use trails and pathways for non-motorized travel and recreation opportunities for Delawareans and visitors. (Click on slide to read more.) The beautiful Gordons Pond Trail in Lewes is arguably the most scenic trail on the East Coast. (Click on slide to read more.) In January of 2012, Governor Markell made a bold proposal in his annual State of the State speech: "[O]ne of the best ways we can improve our quality of life, and promote healthy lifestyles at the same time, is to make our state more walkable and bikeable....I am proposing that we dedicate $13 million to build miles of new and enhanced trails throughout our State." (Click on slide to read more.) With critical help from Senator Robert Venables - the powerful co-chair of the legislature's capital budget committee - the Delaware General Assembly approved every dollar of Governor Markell's request in June of 2012. (Click on slide to read more.) A 1.1-mile section of trail from Gills Neck Road to Savannah Road in Lewes is the first phase of what will eventually be a 10 foot wide paved trail that extends a total of 17 miles all the way to Georgetown, creating an even longer trail than the Castle Trail! (Click on slide to read more.) Governor Markell proclaimed "We are going to help make Delaware the most Bicycle Friendly State in America." (Click on slide to read complete proclamation.) For five years in a row while he was governor, Delaware advanced in the Bicycle Friendly State rankings (farther and faster than any other state ever). Delaware is now officially ranked as the #3 most Bicycle Friendly State in America. (Click on slide to read more.) It's the largest bicycle project in the history of Delaware, including a football field-long bike bridge which will complete a 7-mile trail connecting the Wilmington Riverfront to downtown New Castle. (Click on slide to read more.) Governor Markell was awarded the Golden Bicycle Helmet, Delaware's highest award for service to cycling. (Click on slide to read more.) We know Jack.