Besides being a terrific place to live and work, with terrific communities, low taxes, no sales tax, low (and I mean low) property taxes, Delaware now has another bragging right to add to its attactiveness.
According to the Department of Transportation, Delaware is one of the most bike-friendly states in the nation. We are now ranked number 9, up from number 31 last year. The ranking program, run by the League of American Bicyclists, ranks states according to their accomodations to cyclists.
"It is good to see that more Delawareans are getting out of their cars and onto their bikes," said Gov. Jack Markell.
DelDOT spokeswoman Misty Seemans said the agency thinks in terms of "smart transportation, not just vehicle transportation."
The Bicycle Friendly State program has two parts that rank states that actively support bicycling. States are ranked based on their level of bike friendliness. Delaware was the highest placing state in the mid-Atlantic. Nationally, from first to 10th, were Washington, Wisconsin, Maine, Oregon, Minnesota, Iowa, Arizona, New Hampshire, Delaware and New Jersey.