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.
Bike Coalition Members Attend Congressman Dent’s Meeting
Thanks to Ruth and Rich Barley, Mike Sheehan, Juliet Waldron and Emmy Truckenmiller, bicyclists were well represented at Congressman Dent’s meeting in Palmyra. The Barleys’ jerseys make it clear as to their interests. Government relations expert George Wolff was able to direct Dent’s attention to our members. Dent serves on the House Committee that is most important for transportation issues. Consequently, he needs to know that there are many of his constituents who care about bicycling for transportation, tourism and fitness.
Q: Do you use a bicycle for transportation, health, fitness, recreation? Q: Are you interesting in bicycling but want safer bicycling conditions?
Your Input is Needed to Make our Region More Bicycle Friendly.
A year ago a group of advocates for bicyclists, including LVBC Members, prepared an application for a Tri County Regional Planning Commission grant to have a bicycle connectivity study undertaken on how to improve bicycling between and within our connecting communities of Harrisburg, Paxtang Borough, Swatara Township, Hummelstown, Derry Township/Hershey, and Lebanon County’s South Londonderry Township, North Londonderry Township and Palmyra. There are so many destinations for bicyclists to reach, whether going to work, to school, to shop, to enjoy events. We were successful. Grant was won. LVBC contributed $750 for our municipalities, and individual members contributed as well. Alta Planning + Design was contracted after interviewing many excellent finalists who responded to the RFP. Derry Township is the lead municipality for the grant. For several months, Alta Planning has been undertaking the study and collecting as much data as possible.
On August 7th there was an opportunity to provide your knowledge and experience about the roads in the study area. Juliet Waldron and Phyllis Zitzer assisted Alta’s staff. Other LVBC members including Chris Shelly and Ruth Barley came to make comments. You are a critical part of this study. You can use a map to identify the roads that you bicycle or want to bicycle and point out trouble spots. The site will be closed at the end of August. Make your comments at www.RegionalBicycleConnections.com Go to Public Input. The website also provides more information about the study.
Advocating for safer bicycling (and walking) on Lingle Avenue Bicyclists depend on Lingle Avenue to reach many destinations such as connecting to Hersheypark Drive, the Northside Shopping Center and the elementary school. Also, many bicyclists reside close by Lingle Avenue and must use Lingle. LVBC prepared a document to explain and illustrate the unsafe conditions and presented this at the June Policy Board meeting of LEBCO MPO. Read the document by clicking here. Your assistance in helping us to get Penn DOT to fix some of the conditions soon can make a difference. Tell us why you use Lingle Avenue. If you live in North Londonderry Township, Palmyra, or South Londonderry Township, ask your elected officials to help get action.
BIKE TO WORK WEEK CHALLENGE WINNER
Commuter Services of Pennsylvania announced the winners of their sixth annual Bike to Work Week Challenge. The event took place May 12 to May 16. A total of 112 participants logged 3,459 miles while commuting to work by bicycle. Brad Doxtater won for Lebanon County. His bicycling commute is from Rexmont to Penn State College of Medicine.
Family-Friendly Bicycle Rides - July, August, September
LVBC offers bicycling fun and exercise while learning about the Lebanon Valley.
Who? All levels of bicycle riders are welcome. All riders must wear helmets. Participants should have the skills of bicycle riding on public roads with some hills and be able to ride a distance of about 8 miles. Bicycles must be in good working order. Children must be able to ride without training wheels and be accompanied by a responsible parent/adult.
Ride Information: The pace and course is meant to accommodate beginner to intermediate riding levels. .All rides will include stops at learning stations that relate to the theme. Riders should bring water and snacks.
Sunday, July 13: 2:00 – 4:30 “Flights and Bikes” Start Location: Deck Airport, 398 South Ramona Road, Myerstown, PA. Ride leader - Dale Speicher
Sunday, August 10: 3:00 – 5:30: “Nature by Bicycle” Bicycle Ride on the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail: Start location is at the Cornwall trailhead by the Root Beer Barrel on SR 419. Ride leader - Ron Birch.
Sunday, September 14: 3:00 – 5:30 “Fort Swatara History Ride” This ride focuses on history. Start Location: the Lickdale Trailhead off Monroe Valley Road in Swatara State Park. Ride leader -Dean Auchenbach.
LVBC Response and Recommendations to the 2015-2040 LRTP & TIP for Lebanon County’s Comprehensive Transportation System
Due to a very condensed time period to review and make recommendations to the LRTP (Long Range Transportation Plan) and TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) that covers the next 25 years, LVBC Executive Board and our non voting representative on the Technical Planning Committee have prepared and approved a response. It can be read here. Since May 13th when it was approved by the LEBCO MPO Technical Committee, we have collaborated on a response. A full packet of information will be provided to the LEBCO MPO Policy Board the week of June 4th. No public comment is accepted after June 6th. The packet includes the FHWA documents on planning for bicycling as a mode of transportation, federal recommendations for the use of CMAQ funds and past requests that LVBC has made since 2010. The TIP/LRTP can be revised during the 25 year span. However, with the increased funding provided by Act 89, the state transportation bill, that bicyclists and bicycle advocacy organizations worked diligently to get passed by the legislature, the time is now when bicycling and walking, should be clearly shown to be part of the comprehensive transportation system of Lebanon County in the MPOs’ Action items and on the Transportation Improvement Program for 2015-2018. The TIP used to be for two years, and then was amended, but the time frame has been extended to a 3 year period.
Dedication of the Multi Bike Rack at the Palmyra Public Library
County Commissioner Bill Ames joined LVBC members, E&E metalfab officials, and the President of the Palmyra Public Library Karla Trout to “ribbon cut” the multi bike rack provided by LVBC.
Lebanon County Bicycle Transportation Priorities Map
The Priorities Map depicts which state roads need immediate improvements. The Map also identifies where signage, Bikes May Use Full Lane and Begin Right Turn, Yield to Bikes, should be installed. There are recommendations for shared lane markings (sharrows). You can access the Map by clicking here.
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.