2019 BSCPA Regional Summit Wrap-up
The 2019 BSCPA Regional Bike Summit, held on March 16 at Dickinson College in Carlisle, provided a great opportunity for advocates and experts to share information and experiences.
Seventy-five people attended and learned about the steps Carlisle took to become more bike and pedestrian friendly and how they plan to become even better. PennDOT State Bike/Ped Coordinator Roy Gothie spoke about how Harrisburg is not Copenhagen, but there are plans to make improvements for cyclists.
Anne Clark and her student ambassadors from Lincoln Charter School in York showed us what wonderful bike advocates children can be.
She praised Ross Willard of Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg for helping them get started, and Ross told us about how RBH serves the underserved people who need them the most.
Laura Heilman explained about the BSCPA Regional Safety Initiative and the partners who are willing to share resources that can save lives. Laura was also grateful to accept the Bicycle Champion Award given to Commuter Services of PA for all the efforts they have made to encourage commuters to use alternative means of transportation, including bicycles, to get to work.
After a plentiful lunch from Panera, the focus was on bicycle oriented youth programs.
Scott Shepler spoke about Trips for Kids and the need for new chapters in other communities.
Brandt Kingsley energized us with his talk about how the message of Pedal 4 Peace has reached around the world.
Mike Kuhn told us about the growth of the PA Interscholastic Cycling League and how mountain biking helps the students to overcome obstacles both on the course and in their lives.
One of the highlights of the Summit was the presentation by Piscitello Law, the PA Bike Lawyers. They explained how important it is to have auto insurance coverage with under-insurance and over-insurance included. That will cover you in the case of a bike accident. This was only one of many helpful tips they shared with the group.
The power-point presentations that were shown at the Summit can be found here:
Thanks to all who attended and presented, and we owe a special thanks to our sponsors who made this Summit possible.
Dickinson College, Lancaster Bicycle Club, Quality Bicycle Products, Piscitello Law, Harrisburg Bicycle Club, and TRG.
Bicycle South Central PA’s 4th Annual Regional Bike Summit
March 16, 2019
28 N. College Street,
Carlisle PA 17013
“Building a Bicycle Friendly Community For All””
This year’s theme will be “Building a Bicycle Friendly Community for All.” We’ll be focusing on successful programs designed to serve the disadvantaged and those that attract young riders. We are pleased to offer this program at Dickinson College, which is a Gold level Bicycle Friendly University, located in Carlisle Borough, a community dedicated to Complete Streets principals. We’ll hear first-hand on how Dickinson and Carlisle got to be where they are today.
The topics for this day include:
- How Dickinson College and Carlisle Borough have become leaders in making cycling safer and accessible.
- Serving the underserved members of our communities
- Encouraging young people to become engaged with cycling
- PennDOT Update from Roy Gothie, PA Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
- The BSCPA Bike Safety Initiative
A guided bike tour of Carlisle Borough will follow the sessions for any who would like to explore this historic and unique community.
Download the full agenda here.
Learn more about the knowledgable Summit presenters here.
Bicycle South Central PA wishes to thank Dickinson College, Quality Bicycle Products, Piscitello Law, Harrisburg Bicycle Club and Transportation Resource Group for their generous donations in support of this Summit.
Bicycle South Central PA Awards Bicycle Champion Award to Commuter Services of PA.
This award honors outstanding leaders, advocates and organizations that made significant contributions to improving and encouraging bicycle transportation in South Central PA.
Commuter Services of PA earned this award because of all the work they have done to promote cycling throughout the region. They offer special incentives during bike month, the Free Ride Home program that helps out cyclists who have emergencies and cannot ride back home, and tips on safety and bike commuting. They also provide resources for employers who want to encourage active transportation modes for their employees. In addition, Laura Heilman, the Vanpool, Bicycle & Pedestrian Outreach Manager for Commuter Services of PA, is spearheading the BSCPA Bicycle Safety Initiative that encourages the sharing of successful programs throughout the PennDOT District 8 area.
The award was presented on March 16 at the Bicycle South Central PA Regional Bike Summit held at Dickinson College in Carlisle.
Photo: Laura Heilman accepting the BSCPA Bicycle Safety Award.