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