ADVOCATING FOR BETTER, SAFER BICYCLING
LEBANON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION was organized in 2008 to make Lebanon County a better place to bicycle. We work with elected officials and municipal, county and state governments to make certain that new road projects or redesigns consider the needs of bicyclists. We want cyclists to have the necessary skills to be able to bicycle for their transportation, recreation and health. We offer bike rides because we enjoy cycling together. We need you to strengthen our efforts. With your help, we can be more successful. Become a Member or Supporter and especially volunteer your enthusiasm, skills and knowledge. Membership and Supporter Forms can be found in the GET INVOLVED Menu.
Educating Children and Their Parents about Bicycling Safely
International Ride of Silence – May 21, 7:00 PM
Thousands of bicyclists participate in the Ride of Silence which is held annually on the third Wednesday in May. This ride commemorates bicyclists who have been killed or seriously injured in bike/motor vehicle crashes. To learn more, visit www.rideofsilence.org. Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition will host a Ride of Silence with the start location at the Cleona Borough Office, 140 W. Walnut Street, two blocks south of SR 422. All bicyclists are welcome. Helmets are required and participants will need to sign a waiver form prior to the start. Be ready to ride by 6:45 PM. If possible, have front and rear lights and other high vision items and clothing.
May 29-30: Two Days of Training to Learn How to Access Funding for Improved Bicycling & How to Be Effective Advocates – Free Thanks to QBP – Register Now
Bicycle South Central PA and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will sponsor two workshops provided by the Alliance for Biking and Walking on May 29th and 30th. LVBC belongs to the Alliance, a national advocacy organization that assists local and state advocacy bicyclists’ groups to become more effective. One of their projects is to provide information on how to fund bicycling facilities and work through the maze of federal and state funding sources. Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) is continuing their support for better, safer bicycling in our region by paying the cost for these two days of training. This is a significant gesture on the part of QBP’s national advocacy team. The work shops will be held at the Giant Community Center at the Camp Hill Shopping Center.
The program on Thursday, May 29th, is titled “Navigating Map 21”. This is an opportunity to join with staff from the metropolitan planning organizations in our region (MPOs), elected officials, PennDOT, municipal and state officials, planning consultants, nonprofit trail groups, health promotion agencies, and others who are interested in identifying funding sources for projects that will improve bicycling (and walking) facilities. Learn more about the tools offered by the Alliance, including webinars, at http://www.advocacyadvance.org/MAP21.
The workshop on Friday, May 30th, is directed towards organizations and individuals who want to become more effective advocates for bicycling for transportation, fun, fitness and sport. With strong advocacy in many of our communities, collectively we can preserve and improve bicycling in our region. Bicyclists need consistency of facilities, connectivity between communities, and education of motorists and bicyclists throughout the region.
Attend an Informational Meeting on Starting a High School Mountain Bike League –April 30th
There is a great opportunity to start a Pennsylvania High School Mountain Bike League and have Leagues in our schools. An information meeting will be held on April 30th from 6 – 9 PM, at Donegal Intermediate School, 1177 River Road, in Marietta.
Quality Bicycle Products is sponsoring this meeting and providing support for the formation of the League. The very convincing documentary, Singletrack High, will be shown. View a clip at http://vimeo.com/45295483 . To learn about the benefits of developing high school mountain bike leagues for our youth go to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, www.nationalmtb.org.
BIKE LEBANON'S 2013 BEST ADVOCATE FOR BICYCLISTS
Juliet Waldron. has been recognized by the Executive Board as our 2013 Best Advocate for Bicyclists. She has not slowed her pace in 2014. Juliet answers the calls to communicate with elected officials; she provides significant help with our educational and promotional activities; and the Regional Connectivity Study will absorb many of her hours and days. She is a Round the Valley volunteer.
REGIONAL BIKE CONNECTIVITY STUDY MOVES FORWARD
On March 11, the Derry Township Supervisors unanimously approved the Regional Bike Connectivity Study contracts. Alta Planning will be doing the study. Follow this link to a news story:
Thanks to the many advocates who attended the Supervisors’ meeting to demonstrate support for safer, better bicycling in this important multi-municipal region. LVBC submitted a letter to the Derry Township Supervisors to explain why the connectivity study should be undertaken. Click here to read the letter.
LVBC Recognizes Many Who Support Bicycling
Lebanon County Commissioners joined LVBC as we recognized many who have contributed to making bicycling respected and safer at the local, regional and state levels. Advocates cannot be successful without building relationships with others. The Bike Coalition is fortunate to have so much support of our mission. To learn about each honoree’s contributions, click here.
Bike Lebanon is Represented at Comprehensive Transportation Bill Signing Ceremony
Two LVBC members, Pat and Ed Krebs, joined the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition in 2008 to make certain that bicycling was a part of the comprehensive transportation funding legislation at both the federal and state levels. Finally, in November, 2013, Act 89 was enacted in Pennsylvania with bicycling recognized as a mode of transportation, and a start was made in providing funds. In February, Governor Corbett and Secretary Schoch met with bicycle advocates at a bill signing ceremony. Now all of us need to focus on Congress and especially the House of Representatives. The highway surface transportation funding law, MAP-21, needs to be reauthorized. Can bicyclists be as effective with Congress as we finally were with the PA General Assembly?
Prioritizing State Roads that Require Better, Safer Facilities for Bicyclists
Bike Lebanon = Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition
When you hear or read about Bike Lebanon, please note that this name is LVBC. Advocacy organizations with long names often select more casual names to be used publicly. Our website became “Bike Lebanon” several years ago. Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is Bike MN. Alabama Bicycle Coalition is AlaBike.
New multi bike rack for HAAC Lebanon Campus
Bike Lebanon provided a new multi bike rack for HAAC Lebanon Campus. National bicycle facilities organizations recommend eliminating the front wheel racks which HAAC was providing. E & E Metalfab, Inc delivered the bike rack in December. In 2013, multi bike racks were also provided to the YMCA and the Lebanon City Middle School.
Commuter Services of PA – Bike to Work Week Contest 2014
In 2013, Bayer Healthcare employee John Saldibar was recognized by Commuter Services of PA for cycling the most miles to and from work in Lebanon County. He cycled 90 miles. John’s taking the time to participate in the contest is very important for demonstrating that bicycling as a mode of transportation is reality. Penn State Hershey Medical Center, once again, won recognition for the most employees who bike to work. Perhaps, some of these employees bicycle from Lebanon County to the Medical Center. There’s no doubt that Lebanon County can win big in 2014.
Providing Mentoring to New and “Returning” Bicyclists
Coalition members will mentor bicyclists who are just starting to bike or returning to this great way to become fit, have fun, and use their bikes for many utilitarian purposes. If you want an experienced bicyclist to ride with you and offer advice, complete the survey provided on Survey Monkey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JZMF2D8
There is also much information available for both adults and youth under the Education section of this website. These include links to videos.