Wednesday, August 21

Planning Effective Legislative Visits

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bicycle South Central PA invites you to attend this free workshop that will offer important tips on how to make your visits to legislators really count.

The presenter is Gregory Paulson, Chief of Staff for Representative Mike Sturla’s office for past 8 years. He is also the part of the Lancaster Bikes! Board and is an avid bike rider who rides to work daily.    He has noticed varying levels of success when talking with representatives and has created this workshop to give members of nonprofit organizations an overview on how to conduct outreach to legislators. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Communications with the Rep/Senator to set up a meeting
  • List of all relevant state Reps and committees likely to consider your issue
  • Discussion re your attitude
  • Choice of team leader and role of others on the team
  • Discussing the topic of concern to you – what to include and what to avoid
  • How to keep the Rep on topic
  • Importance of data
  • How to close out the session

The workshop will be held at Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, 987 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg. This restaurant is southeast of Harrisburg and is conveniently located to the PA Turnpike, I-283, I-83, and Route 322.  https://gilligansbarandgrill.net/locations-1

6:30 p.m.  Registration and placement of dinner & beverage orders (optional and on your own)

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Workshop session

Registration is free but you must sign up by Monday, August 19 by using this link:

https://bicyclesouthcentralpa.eventzilla.net

Questions? Contact Marilyn Chastek mchastek2009@gmail.com 717-798-4537

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:

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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 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.