BICYCLE SOUTH CENTRAL PA
ADVOCATES FOR A MORE BICYCLE FRIENDLY
SOUTH CENTRAL PA
After nearly four years of effort by Bicycle Access Council, a Share-The-Road vehicle registration plate became official and made available on August 8. An order form is up on PennDOT’s website now—Form MV-917. The cost of the plate is $40. A personalized plate will add a fee of $100 in addition to the $40 plate cost. All details are included on the form, which can be found here.
Act 36 now allows PennDOT to issue this new plate for passenger vehicles and light trucks. PennDOT receives all revenue to be used for the central office position of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator and/or signage needed for bicycle projects. The final design was created by PennDOT with continuous input from BAC with the objective to expressly remind the public of the bicycle safety legislation passed in 2012 meant to give bicyclists a greater margin of safety on Pennsylvania roadways.
The intent of Act 36 includes several goals to benefit Pennsylvania bicyclists:
Representative David Maloney (R-Berks) fought hard to get this passed, with many disappointing twists and turns in the legislative process before it was signed by the governor. Drafted by BAC and introduced by Representative Maloney in 2013, the bill started out as House Bill 1415, then had to be re-introduced as HB 150 when it failed to pass in the previous legislative session.
Please see this link: http://bikeleague.org/content/seminar-schedule
October 14-16 in Elizabethtown, PA (Registration closes 9/22)
Figuring out the best bike-friendly routes to take on your two wheels is one thing. But to take the whole family along for a ride, everyone needs a bike. And when it comes to kids bikes, there are lots and lots of options to consider.
For the newbie bicyclists in your household, a balance bike is one great option. It’s usually lacking brakes and pedals, all the more to build coordination and confidence in your littlest bicyclists. Once your kids graduate to pedal bikes, there will be more materials — aluminum versus steel to name one — to consider.
A couple of key measurements on your child as they relate to the bicycle will ensure a fit that’s comfortable and safe. Another safety must to get right? A helmet: If it doesn’t fit right it won’t be able to do its job, and that puts your child in danger.
As you map out your favorite bicycle route, use this graphic to ensure everyone in your house gets the bike that’s just right for them.
The infographic can be found here: https://www.fix.com/assets/content/19723/choose-right-bike-embed-small.jpg
and the companion article here: https://www.fix.com/blog/choose-the-right-bike-for-your-child/
Bicycle South Central PA is offering an abbreviated version of the Smart Cycling Course to experienced cyclists who are interested in taking the League Cycling Instructor Course in June (details below). Smart Cycling is a prerequisite for the LCI course. The class will be offered on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Lancaster.
LCIs are certified to teach the League’s Smart Cycling classes. Their goal is to help people feel more secure and comfortable about getting on a bike, to create a mindset that bikes are treated as a vehicle, and to ensure that people on bikes know how to ride safely and legally. The seminar emphasis is on how to teach bicycle safety and skills so as to provide increased comfort and confidence for new and returning bicyclists. The Seminar teaches the teachers, presenting useful teaching techniques. An LCI is an experienced and knowledgeable bicyclist with a desire to make cycling safe and accessible for others. LCIs are active within the bicycling community and share their knowledge and passion for bicycling so that others can enjoy it, too. An LCI is covered by the League’s liability insurance while teaching the classes and performing related League activities. To register for an LCI Seminar, you must be a member of the League of American Bicyclists, 18 years or older, and have completed Traffic Skills 101 or similar training. LCI Seminar schedule and details available at http://www.bikeleague.org/content/seminar-schedule
Registration closes 5/26. This training is brought to you by Bicycle South Central PA.
At the United Way’s Volunteer Center Awards ceremony on April 21, Ross Willard, founder of Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg, was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award in the adult category.
Ross began his non-profit service over 15 years ago when he saw kids riding bikes with no brakes. Since then, he has recruited many volunteers who work with him to provide bikes, parts, repair and training for anyone in need.
RBH primarily serves adults and children in Harrisburg neighborhoods who would not be able to afford to purchase or repair bikes. Last year RBH gave out over 900 bikes, many as a result of their Earn-a-Bike program where teens and adults who want a bike must volunteer at least 2 hours at RBH before the bike becomes theirs.
RBH is currently conducting a Capital Building Campaign so they can finally settle into a permanent location. To learn more about Ross, Recycle Bicycle of Harrisburg and how you can help, go to recyclebicycleharrisburg.org
On Saturday, March 19, 100 cycling advocates converged on Quality Bicycle Products East (QBP) in Lancaster for a full day of learning from the experts and each other about making South Central PA safer for cycling. Roy Gothie, PennDOT Statewide Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator was the keynote presenter and started the day off with a bang by announcing that PennDOT will be doing a pilot study in Harrisburg and Southeast Pa concerning modifications of the PA code that will make it easier to install bicycle infrastructure on roads.
BSCPA especially wants to thank QBP for supporting this event by hosting the Summit at no charge and providing staff to assist with logistics and technology. QBP and In Gear Cycling and Fitness also provided demos of fat tire bikes and e-bikes.
We also want to recognize PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Recreation and Parks Society for helping to fund the Summit.
Recycle Bicycle of Harrisburg and Ross Willard provided most of the chairs and tables free of charge, so kudos are due for them, too, as well as to all the people who helped move the chairs and tables in and out of QBP. Many hands make light work!
And what a wonderful event it was, thanks to the following presenters who provided valuable information to all who attended:
We are also grateful to the following groups for providing information tables at the Summit: Harrisburg Bicycle Club / Bike Harrisburg, Lancaster Bicycle Club, Harrisburg Area Community College, Capital Area Greenbelt Association / Tour de Belt, Commuter Services of PA, Bicycle Access Council, League of American Bicyclists, Susquehanna Area Mountain Biking Association (SAMBA), Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg, Common Wheel, Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Dickinson College Sustainability , The Common Wheel, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission/Bike Counts.
This Summit was funded in part by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program funded through the Federal Highway Administration.
It is time for the Spring 2016 HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts! This effort is a very large undertaking and we could not do it without the help of volunteers like you. The data derived from these counts will be extremely valuable to HATS, municipalities, and anyone else interested in making walking and biking in the Capital Region safer and easier. The locations of the counts were determined as a cooperative effort between HATS planning staff, the HATS Bike/Ped Task Force, and other local stakeholders. Volunteers can select the times, dates and locations that work best for them. The counts are being done in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties.
The Spring 2016 HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place during the following dates and times:
Anyone interested in signing up should visit the SignUpGenius page by clicking here. More details on how to perform the counts can be found at
As some of you know, the Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) has been advocating for the past several years with our parent organization the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and our partners at Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) to bring a new single track trail network to the Harrisburg area. This project has been an ongoing effort between SAMBA and the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Capital Area Greenbelt Association, Swatara Township, Susquehanna Township, Paxtang Borough, Penn Dot, Paxtang Cemetery, and others.
The proposed trail system will be made up of two main areas (Cameron Parkway and Paxtang Parkway) and a beginner area (Dock’s Woods) which will help to maximize unused green spaces in South Harrisburg. These areas are connected and accessible traffic-free via the Capital Area Greenbelt nature trail from anywhere in the City. The proposed network would offer more than 8 miles of marked natural surface single track trails.
We are pleased to announce that SAMBA has received fully executed volunteer stewardship agreements with landowners the City of Harrisburg and Dauphin County to officially begin work developing the Parkway Trail network!
We need your help. Most work days are scheduled on Saturday from 9-1.
Please use this link for updates and trail work days being scheduled throughout the Fall and remember that this entire project is the result of 100% volunteer commitment and dedication.
Thanks and we hope to see you on the trail.
The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District announced the launch of a new program, the Downtown Bike Library. The five bikes donated by Recycle Bicycle can be borrowed for visitors to explore the city.
HATS 2040 Regional Transportation Plan
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, a cyclist crosses the intersection of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street in New York. The number of cyclists has jumped by 80 percent in the past decade, to 185,000 among the more than 8 million city denizens.
A new study says bike traffic deaths have spiked after years of decline. As cities adapt to growing numbers of cyclists, some say traffic laws should be more strictly enforced. A look at the debate over sharing the road with bikes was broadcast on the Diane Rehm show on October 30, 2114. You can listen to the show by clicking here.
POWER MOVES FOR BICYCLE COALITIONS
Randy Neufeld, the Advocacy Director for the Sram Cycling Fund has written an informative article about how to bring about changes through bicycle advocacy. Click here to read the article.