"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the human race" - H G Wells
Bicycle South Central PA Advocates for Transportation Funding
Bicycle South Central PA is a new regional advocacy group to promote bicycling for transportation. Four Board members joined Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch at the Capitol to ask legislators to vote for legislation that includes for the first time bicycling as part of the comprehensive transportation system for Pennsylvanians. They participated with the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition to educate legislators. The end result was passage of the bill by the Senate 43 to 7 and the House 113 to 85. The bill will be signed by the Governor on November 25th. During this process the Secretary of Transportation said to a room full of advocates ... ."this is the biggest step forward for the bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation in the history of Pennsylvania." Officers and Board members with the Secretary in the photo are Dick Norford, Ed Krebs, Marilyn Chastek, and Ross Willard.
Quality Bicycle Products Sponsored a Bike Summit in Lancaster County
Advocates, public officials, Penn DOT engineers, planners, bike shop owners joined QBP owner Steve Flagg and QBP staff to gain knowledge on how bicycling can be safer and more accommodated.
The two day program included bike rides, presentations and networking. The film documentary, Single Track High, was a great motivator for starting high school mountain biking clubs.
E&E Metalfab., Inc. Builds Bike Racks Beyond Lebanon County
In 2008, E&E Metalfab undertook the task of learning how to build bike racks that meet APBP (Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals) guidelines. Lebanon City’s Mayor wanted bike racks built locally for the city and he asked LVBC to take the lead in getting the job done. During the past several years, the inverted U became more decorative with the technical assistance of Nest Architecture. A multi-bike rack was designed, built and installed. Today, this style of bike rack is at the LVRT Cornwall trailhead, the YMCA, and the City Middle School. Commuter Services of PA purchased a multi bike rack for a York City garage. This led to York’s purchasing many bike racks from E&E Metafab and the new design proposed by the City is an improvement. LVBC’s bike rack initiative is making a difference beyond Lebanon County.
Educating Girl Scouts on Bicycling Safely
The Lebanon County Bicycle Transportation Map Edited for 2013 Changes
Annually, Bike Lebanon members need to update the Bicycle Transportation Map. Executive Board members Juliet Waldron, Phyllis Zitzer, Dale Speicher and Emmy Truckenmiller reviewed the Map as did Pat and Ed Krebs, Gordie Sheetz and Fred Richter. This Map is used by planners, engineering firms, municipalities and Penn DOT. When they have projects in the County, they need to know which roads are most critical for bicyclists to use for transportation and tourism and improve road conditions where possible and not damage existing good bicycling facilities.
Bicyclists Support Increased Funding for a Comprehensive Transportation System
Bike Lebanon and other bicyclists participated in a media event led by Chambers of Commerce at the Capitol to make the case that a comprehensive transportation system needs to include improved facilities for bicyclists. It is definitely a new era for bicycling when we are viewed as important partners in this effort to persuade the House of Representatives’ leadership to agree with the Senate and pass adequate funding for all modes of transportation.