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. 

 

 

2017 Earn A Bike Program Update

 

Have an idea on how to reduce landfill waste, help people in need of basic transportation and give some retired men a morning of tinkering with bikes? The answer is LVBC's Earn a Bike program that has helped 61 guys (yes, it's only been guys so far though we've had 2 women sign up but not show up) earn their bicycles since the inception of the program in 2015. Every 4th Saturday morning from March through November, we gather at the warehouse to "build bikes from dust" alongside guys with an interest in biking who often need a way to get to work. With a generous donation of warehouse space by E&E Metal Fab, support from the nearby bicycling community (Common Wheel in Lancaster and Recycle Bicycle in Harrisburg), the commitment of our community partners (e.g., Rescue Mission) and the efforts of a small but dedicated group of volunteers, the Earn a Bike program continues to thrive.

This past year, the Lebanon VA Medical Center joined the Rescue Mission and Jubilee as referring partners, typically referring Veterans from their vocational rehab program. Our source of donated bicycles from Common Wheel has declined thus we're reaching out to others for repairable bikes (call Scott at 717-273-1571 if you have a bike to donate). Skilled and unskilled volunteers are always welcome as building relationships with our bike recipients is often as important as knowing how to fix a bike. Many thanks to all who make this program possible.

 

 

SLMs and BMUFL arrive in Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown Borough is diligently working to have a bicycle friendly community.  Shared lane markings (sharrows) have been installed on Market Street which is SR 230 by Penn DOT 8-0. Bikes May Use Full Lane signage is also posted.  Penn DOT paid for the cost of installation of the SLMs and the Borough will maintain them when they wear out.

 

 

 Invisible Bicyclists - Bringing Them into the Light

 

There are hundreds of bicyclists in our region who bike because they have no other choice for their means of transportation. Unfortunately, they are not involved in advocating for better, safer bicycling. What roads are most important for their use and do they have concerns when riding on these roads?  What are their destinations?  Do they combine bike and bus?  We need to bring them into the light. For information on the plight of invisible bicyclists read https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/5/1/invisible-bike-riders

We also recognize the need to educate them on biking legally and safely. Sometimes there is a language barrier. Many employees of Always Bagels, Inc. located in Lebanon  Rails Business Park, are bicyclists and understand only Spanish.  How can we overcome the language barrier in order to learn about their biking issues and provide education? Some ongoing efforts are LVBC's Earn a Bike. Clients receive some essential educating such as riding on the right side of the road. Can we engage them further?   Love Inc. Bicycle Ministry in Derry Township is reaching out to provide more bicycles for transportation for those who can't afford bikes. Can we use this opportunity to learn about where they bike and the roads that they use? Recycle Bikes in Harrisburg creates multiple connections for many to earn bikes and be educated.  In June and July, Recycle Bikes will fix bikes in Lebanon City's north side and engage youth and adults in biking safely. These are all activities that can make the invisible very VISIBLE. Do you know Spanish and can serve as an interpreter?  Will you help to strategize on how to learn from these very important bicyclists? If yes, contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LVBC Members Bike Audit and Make Recommendations for SR 322 through Campbelltown

Next year, Penn DOT will resurface SR 322 through Campbelltown.   Fred Richter and Pat Krebs biked the road section and identified safety concerns.  The next step was to develop recommendations to become part of the project and provide them to both South Londonderry Township and Penn DOT.   It is of critical importance that the Township staff and Supervisors be supportive or there will be no improvements.   If you are familiar with SR 322 and the major intersections in Campbelltown, please read the recommendations and contact Pat to offer your experiences and observations.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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