Route 39/743 Corridor Transportation and Land Use Study

Dear Bicycle Advocate,

I hope you are all doing well and are getting in some nice bike rides.

Bicycle South Central PA is asking for your help concerning the Route 39/743 Corridor Transportation and Land Use Study. We are pleased to say that this study includes facilities for bicycle riders and pedestrians, which is an important step toward safer roadways for everyone.

For more information about the study, go the Dauphin County Commissioner’s Presentation:

https://cms3.revize.com/revize/dauphincounty/document_center/Commissioners/Meeting%20Minutes/2020/2020.04.15%20-%20Dauphin%20County%20Presentation.pdf

We need to let our State legislators and the Dauphin County Commissioners know how important these improvements are to those of us who ride our bicycles in that area. We especially need letters from Dauphin County residents.

You’ll find sample letters attached, one for legislators and one for the Dauphin County Commissioners. You can send them by mail or copy the text and paste it into an email. We encourage you to personalize the letters by rewriting them in your own words.

Please consider taking a few moments to let the Commissioners and Legislators know that we appreciate their inclusion of bike facilities in the plan.

Thank you.

Marilyn Chastek, President

Bicycle South Central PA

The 2020 Regional Bike Summit has been postponed until March of 2021.

It will be held HACC Lancaster and cover many of the same topics as the 2020 Summit. The date has not yet been determined. Check back later for more information.

Stay healthy!

Keep On Biking!… But Follow Recommended COVID-19 Guidelines

April 4, 2020   Biking is wonderful physical exercise and a great way to get some outdoor activity. It may also be the best transportation option for people who are avoiding mass transit during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is an allowable outdoor activity under Stay at Home rules, but be sure to take steps to remain safe while cycling.

  • It’s safest to ride alone or only with your immediate family members. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says not to host or attend gatherings, so group rides are to be avoided at this time.
  • Social distancing suggests leaving at least 6 feet of space between you and other riders or people you pass along the way. Many experts recommend more spacing is advisable on a moving bike. Remember that this spacing applies when you are on and off the bike, so use social distancing at rest stops and at the start and finish of the ride as well.
  • Ride from home if possible, or minimize the distance you drive to get to a safe place to bike, staying as close to home as possible.
  • Be sure to to use lights, helmets, high visibility and reflective clothing plus other safety equipment. Vehicle traffic on the streets is significantly reduced under the Stay At Home order, but drivers still need to see you in order to avoid injuring you.
  • Remember that the rules of the road still apply. Ride smart! Be seen! Be predictable! Be safe!
  • Be cautious when using bike trails at this time.  They are wonderful places to ride, but some are experiencing record levels of use that will put you in closer contact with more people.  Trailheads may be crowded, and riders report a higher percentage of inexperienced riders than normal.  Try to pick times and places that are less crowded.
  • Because road traffic is very light during the Stay At Home order, now is an excellent time to become a bike commuter!  Find some tips here: https://www.rydoze.com/bike-commuting/ 
  • For tips on safe cycling, go to https://www.bikeleague.org/content/smart-cycling-tips-0

Bike Shops Are Open!

Biking is an important means of transportation, and therefore most bike shops are open for service, parts and repairs. Some can even offer bike sales. Hours may be reduced and special procedures for drop-off and pick up may be in place, so be sure to call your local bike shop before going there.  Most non-profit bike shops like Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg and the Common Wheel in Lancaster are closed.

If you are going out, try to couple your visit with other essential trips and errands.

Bike Share

Local Bike Share operations remain closed indefinitely to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Stay healthy!  Ride Safely!

Bicycle South Central PA’s 5th Annual
Regional Bike Summit

It will be held HACC Lancaster and cover many of the same topics as the 2020 Summit. The date has not yet been determined. Check back later for more information.


Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus
1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster – East Hall

“Safe Streets for Everyone”

You won’t want to miss the 2020 Bicycle South Central PA Regional Bike Summit! Still only $15 per person!

This year’s theme will be “Safe Streets for All.” We’ll be focusing on programs designed to make cycling safer and more commonplace in our communities. We’ll hear about the Lancaster County Active Transportation Plan and Vision Zero Initiatives. We’ll get the PennDOT Update from Roy Gothie, PA Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. Other topics include: the BSCPA Bicycle Safety Initiative; Trails on Trails,; Bike Law Q & A; How to Lobby Your Legislators,; the QBP & BSCPA sponsored Minneapolis Best Practices Workshop; How to apply for Bicycle Friendly Community Status and more.

Registration is open now at https://bscpa.eventzilla.net or you can pay by check using this downloadable registration form. Register by March 14 and save $5.00. A small processing fee will be added to all online payments.

A guided bike tour of the Lancaster area will follow the sessions for any who would like to explore this historic and unique community.

BSCPA has lined up presenters who are experts in their fields who will share their knowledge to help communities in South Central Pennsylvania reach their active transportation goals. For a complete list of speakers, please click here .

We thank our sponsors:

  • Lancaster Bicycle Club – Summit level sponsor
  • Piscitello Law – Lunch sponsor
  • Quality Bicycle Products – Break Sponsor
  • Transportation Resource Group – Resource Table Sponsor