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.
LVBC and PennDOT District 8 Study SR 897 for a Safer Route to an Elementary School
South Lebanon Township resident and LVBC member Steve Doster is leading an LVBC effort to improve conditions for families and students to bike and walk to South Lebanon Elementary School. Penn DOT will resurface SR 897 from Evergreen Road to Schaefferstown next year. The Coalition is asking Penn DOT at the same time to widen the shoulders for a road section prior to Evergreen. Steve will meet with PennDOT personnel and Jon Fitzkee, the LEBCO MPO’s transportation planner, to study the roadway. LVBC realizes that extending the sidewalk would be an optimal solution for children; decisions regarding sidewalks, however, are a municipal function. Steve and Ed Krebs conducted preliminary work before the meeting with PennDOT. The photo depicts where the wide shoulder ends.
LVBC & Friends of Coleman Park Sponsor a Bike Rodeo
On behalf of Friends of Coleman Park, Cornell Wilson asked LVBC to provide a bike rodeo for youth. Friends of Coleman Park paid for the instruction. Considerable planning was undertaken months in advance by Estelle Ruppert, Education Co-Chairperson. Cornell and Estelle publicized the event through Macaroni Kids, the school district, news releases and other postings.
Ben Levengood, LCI, provided the class. Officer Steve Coumas attended. Chris Waldron did bike repairs and Dean Auchenbach, Education Co-Chairperson, and Ruth Barley led the bike ride in the Park. These types of activities require many volunteers.
Photograph by Earl Brightbill, Lebanon Daily News
Final 2014 Family-Friendly Bicycle Ride
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.
Saturday, October 25: 1:00 – 4:00: “Ghost Town Bicycle Tour”
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.
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.
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.
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.