At the annual Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit on Thursday, Delaware's highest award for service to cycling – only awarded twice before – went to Governor Jack Markell. Some decisions are hard. Some are easy. Awarding the Golden Bicycle Helmet to Governor Jack Markell – the most bicycle-friendly governor in America – was the easiest decision […]

At the annual Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit on Thursday, Delaware's highest award for service to cycling – only awarded twice before – went to Governor Jack Markell.

Some decisions are hard. Some are easy. Awarding the Golden Bicycle Helmet to Governor Jack Markell – the most bicycle-friendly governor in America – was the easiest decision Bike Delaware has ever made. This slideshow explains why:

Delaware has been amazingly lucky to have as its governor for the last 8 years the most bicycle-friendly governor in America. 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.) In October of 2011 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.) 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 $13 million to build miles of new and enhanced trails throughout our State." With critical help from Senator Robert Venables - the powerful chair of the Senate's capital budget committee and also a previous recipient of the Golden Bicycle Helmet - the Delaware General Assembly approved every dollar of Governor Markell's request in June of 2012. (Click on slide to read more.) In May of 2013, Markell's cabinet secretaries Shailen Bhatt (DelDOT) and Colin O'Mara (DNREC) announced Delaware's new #5 Bicycle Friendly State ranking at the Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit. (Click on slide to read more.) In 2014 Governor Markell proclaimed "We are going to help make Delaware the most Bicycle Friendly State in America." (Click on slide to read complete proclamation.) In June of 2014, Governor Markell opened one of the first new First State Trails and Pathways Initiative trails: the amazing and scenic Gordons Pond Trail. (Click on slide to read more.) Markell fought for, and won, funding for what will be Delaware's longest bike bridge to complete the 7-mile Wilmington-New Castle Greenway. (Click on slide to read more.) For five years in a row Delaware advanced in the Bicycle Friendly State rankings (farther and faster than any other state ever), landing in 2015 as the #3 most Bicycle Friendly State in America. (Click on slide to read more.) The first phase of what will be the longest trail in Delaware when finished - 17 miles from Lewes to Georgetown - broke ground just a few months ago. (Click on slide to read more.) In his 2013 State of the State speech, Markell reiterated his commitment to cycling: "In the years to come, Delawareans will be able to walk and bike to work because of the investments we are making today.' (Click on slide to read more.) var metaslider_25119 = function($) { $('#metaslider_25119').responsiveSlides({ timeout:1500, pager:true, nav:true, pause:true, speed:400, prevText:"", auto:false }); }; var timer_metaslider_25119 = function() { var slider = !window.jQuery ? window.setTimeout(timer_metaslider_25119, 100) : !jQuery.isReady ? window.setTimeout(timer_metaslider_25119, 1) : metaslider_25119(window.jQuery); }; timer_metaslider_25119();

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