Red Bike Update
On Saturday, July 22, the driver of a 1990’s era light colored Dodge Durango swerved twice into a group of 4 cyclists on Colebrook Road near Palmyra, sending one to the hospital and causing injuries to two of the other riders. The driver left the scene at high speed, fishtailing his vehicle as he left. The hit appears to be intentional.
On Monday, July 31, Bicycle South Central PA placed 3 red bikes near the scene of the crime to raise awareness of the cyclists that were injured there and of the need for all road users to treat each other with respect. About 100 spectators came to the Red Bike Dedication, most of them on bikes, and there was plentiful media coverage of this event. The plea was made to people to help find the hit-and-run driver of the Durango, who is still at a large. The bikes were removed on Aug. 14 as a courtesy to the property owner who generously allowed the bikes to be placed there for two weeks.
Riders Ted Mengel, Gary Lauerman and Ted Achorn have been working tirelessly to help their friend, Tom Bay, who remains in serious condition at Hershey Medical Center. The force of the SUV pushed Tom’s femur into his pelvis, fracturing his pelvis. Blood clots that formed in his heart during recovery required open-heart surgery to remove. Recovery will be a long and slow process for Tom.
PA Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for the apprehension of the hit-and-run driver. Please keep your eyes open for the light colored Durango which may have a dented and scratched area on the right side and front bumper of the vehicle.
Anonymous tips can be sent to PA Crime Stoppers https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316 or you can contact the South Londonderry Police. PA Crime Stoppers does accept donations towards rewards, although the donations cannot be designated for specific cases.
Follow BSCPA on Facebook for updates on this horrible incident and for progress reports on apprehending the driver as well as Tom’s rehab updates.
Bike Routes and Cycling Resources Now Available!
South Central Pennsylvania offers some of the best bike riding to be found anywhere. You can find quiet country roads, unique small towns, important historic sites, vibrant cities, bucolic farmland and amazing scenery.
Bicycle South Central PA has recruited experienced riders who have taken the time to create some enjoyable routes that connect communities throughout the region. Some of these destinations include Harrisburg, the State Capital, Gettysburg, famous for the Civil War Battle that turned the tide of the war, Lancaster, well known for it’s Amish culture, Carlisle, home of the Army Heritage and Education Center, Hanover, the snack food capital of the USA, Hershey, synonymous with chocolate, Lebanon, Chambersburg, York and many more. More routes are being added all the time.
Just click here or on the Route tab on this homepage for more information.
Love Your Bike? Register It!
Registering your bike can help you recover it if it gets lost or stolen. Many local communities and bicycle companies have their own great bike registration programs, but BSCPA encourages you to also use Bike Index, a free national registration program that tracks missing bikes across the country.
For more information, visit https://bikeindex.org
Pat Krebs Wins BSCPA Award
Pat Krebs, founder of the Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition, was awarded the first ever Bicycle Champion Award at the Bicycle South Central PA Bike Summit in Harrisburg on March 18, 2017. Pat, along with her husband Ed, have worked tirelessly with legislators, PennDOT, municipal officials, and other bicycling advocates for many years to make the roads in our region safer for cycling. One of her most recent accomplishments was negotiating to have several through bike lanes installed at various intersections in Lebanon County. Her knowledge of transportation regulations and guidelines, government processes, and her ability to make connections between advocates and the people that can make things happen made her the unanimous choice for this important recognition of dedicated service.
Over 60 people attended the Summit and applauded loudly as Pat received the beautiful custom made wooden plaque. Chris Shelly presented the award.