ADVOCATING FOR BETTER, SAFER BICYCLING

 

LEBANON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION is a 501c-3 organization founded in  2008 to make the Lebanon Valley region of Pennsylvania, a better, safer 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. Volunteering will give us more momentum! 

Join LVBC as we strive for a safer, more convenient, and less stressed bicycle transportation network in the Lebanon Valley and region. You are joining an advocacy community who cares about bicyclists of all ages, skills and incomes. The 2017 membership dues is any contribution that you are willing to provide.  You can join by PayPal which allows for use of a credit card or you can pay by check.  Go to "Contribute" at the Menu Bar to access the form or pay on line through PayPal.  Your contribution is tax deductible. 

 

 

UPDATE: Dauphin Narrows and Banning Bicyclists - PennDOT Has All the Power

On September 14th, Judge Salapa held the Further Prehearing Conference which had been continued for a year to allow PennDOT  and the parties to address the issues of concern.  Click here to read the update. 

 

 Relying on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Advice

 

During our many years of advocating for safer bicycling conditions on the roads in our area, LVBC has faced many “roadblocks” .  One of these that has been especially difficult is persuading Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization (LEBCOMPO) that they have a responsibility for the safety of bicyclists who use roads.  Because they rejected funding for a county bike/ped plan, we have to continue scrambling to identify possible opportunities for improving roads to make them safer for cyclists.    This year, a segment of SR 501 was resurfaced.   This is an important road for bicyclists and especially important for the Amish population.  The resurfacing was done but neither Penn DOT nor LEBCO MPO saw value in expanding the shoulder widths where possible within Penn DOT’s right of way. Our many years of advocating for SR 501 failed.

LVBC Provides Education at Lebanon City PD's Night Out

For many years LVBC has been providing bicycle safety to youngsters and their parents at the City Police Department's Night Out.  Ron Birch and Dean Auchenbach have been constant volunteers for the event.  Taking a closer look at the photo, we are also reminded that member Barry Yiengst built the 2 bicycle wheels for the safety game.   Ruth Barley took responsibility for designing and having the LVBC banner made.  Financial contributions have allowed us to buy prizes and the display board.  LVBC has been built on so many individual contributions.

 Disappointment Brings Success

In 2010, the intersection of SR 322 and Forge Road was reconstructed to make turning lanes.  The end result was the loss of shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians to use, and bicyclists who are going west risk being struck by motorists who are turning right.  This experience taught us that until Penn DOT included bicyclists and pedestrians’ needs in their planning, we bicyclists had to become more knowledgeable and involved. Very quickly, we were participating with Steckbeck Engineering and ELA Group to include bicycling and pedestrian facilities at the reconstructed intersection of SR 72 and SR 419 (Quentin). Their cooperation was excellent  and refreshing; and now, six years later, through bike lanes are installed not only on SR 72, but at the right turn into Eagle Rental.  The Bicycle Occupancy Permit (BOP) requirement did not allow  for improving the segment of SR 419 in Quentin village.  Six years ago, there was not the amazing amount of information available on bike facilities that there is today.  We were dependent on the draft AASHTO bike facilities guidebook.  To get an example of today’s resources visit http://nacto.org/publication/urban-bikeway-design-guide/intersection-treatments/through-bike-lanes/.   PennDOT is also undergoing a transformation to be supportive of all users of their roadways.  An example of this is that the reconstruction of the intersection of SR 422 and Killinger Road now has through bike lanes.  LVBC did not have to make the case for these bike facilities.  PennDOT District 8 had recognized that bicyclist facilities were needed.  In March, 2016, District 8 staff met with LVBC members to discuss the 2017-2018 resurfacing project for this section of SR 422.  

 

 SR 322 Roundabouts – Two Years of Advocating 

             

 

When LVBC learned by chance in early 2015 that the roundabouts planned for SR 322 would have no facilities for bicyclists or pedestrians to travel through, we acted.  SR 322 is a significant corridor for bicyclists, and pedestrians have always used the shoulders.  We researched how roundabouts should be designed and constructed for all users.  Chris Shelly presented at the public meeting and at a Derry Township Supervisors meeting.  PennDOT District 8 enabled a meeting of Derry Township, MHS, the engineering firm (Pennoni) and Chris so that he could present the needs of bicyclists/pedestrians.  The bicycle transportation maps that identify the 322 corridor as a bike route proved to be very important.  During construction, we worried about the ramp angles for those who will not use the roundabouts.   A Pennoni representative met with us to review our concerns.  .  Some ramp angles were adjusted. Many signs about bicycling have been installed and they are too close together and distracting for motorists.  Penn DOT plans to remove some.  We are asking that BMUFL be the signs that stay posted. LVBC’s 2 goals have been that these roundabouts accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians effectively, and that these roundabouts be models for many others that will be constructed in the future.  An LVBC member who travels to and from work reports the following: “The paths are sometimes used by cyclists who are not sure how to get through the roundabouts, but I just use them (roundabouts) as if I were driving a car and have had no problems on my bike.  Most of the time they (roundabouts) are faster and safer as they really slow down traffic.   At any real speed the alternate ramps are difficult, but for people just riding around town they do seem to work.  I have seen people on them.  I do worry about any intersection but these seem to be as good as could be done at this time.”   If any of you want a practice ride through the roundabouts, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  It is important that bicyclists take the lane prior to entering the roundabouts.  

 

Bicycle Auditing SR 422 in Derry Township

  

In 2018, PennDOT will resurface SR 422 between Orchard Avenue and Lingle Avenue.  Pat Krebs, representing LVBC,  met with Derry Township officials including Supervisors John Foley and Justin Engle and Economic Development staff, Chuck Emerick and Lauren Zumbrun.  PennDOT Bike Ped Coordinator Roy Gothie also attended to ask them to consider an on road, SR 322, demonstration project with bike lanes.  The meeting was very positive.    Next, a bicycling audit was needed beyond what LVBC had done several years ago.    LVBC members Mike Sheehan, Fred Richter and Pat Krebs volunteered to audit and develop their findings for the Township and PennDOT 8-0.  Discussion about what is possible to improve the safety of bicyclists  within the limits of  both the PennDOT and the Hershey Downtown projects will be forthcoming.

 

LVBC IN ACTION

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“Life is like a bicycle, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

 

"Same Roads - Same Rights - Same Rules" - probicycle.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VALLEY BICYCLING VISTAS

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