BICYCLE SOUTH CENTRAL PA
ADVOCATES FOR A MORE BICYCLE FRIENDLY
SOUTH CENTRAL PA
Harrisburg Area Transportation Study (HATS) will be counting the number of people walking and on bicycles in selected intersections in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties the first week in May 2016. A similar count was done in October 2015, but many intersections were not staffed. Bike/Ped counts are useful tools for showing transportation planners how many people on foot and bike use intersections, where improvements are needed and how infrastructure changes affect non-motorized transportation patterns.
More information about the counts will be available in the spring.
BSCPA is organizing this bike summit to gather people together who are interested in improving conditions for cycling in South Central Pa. This includes, but is not limited to, advocates, cyclists, bike shop personnel (profit and non-profit), bike club representatives, cycling instructors, transportation planners, and community health organizations. There will be informational presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities. Representatives from PennDOT and other planning companies will be on hand to answer questions. The Summit will be held at Quality Bicycle Products Eastern Distribution Center in Lancaster, and tours of the building will be offered.
South Central PA refers to Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Lancaster, Perry and York counties, all of which are in PennDOT District 8, but anyone is welcome to attend.
Register now! Click here to download the form.
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.
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.
HATS 2040 Regional Transportation Plan
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.
Lancaster Walkability Study
Lancaster City and multiple Community partners have partnered together to bring a national Walkability expert into our community to assess how we can make infrastructure changes that provide multi-modal transportation. A full report will be rendered next November outlining recommendations. Click here to view article.
PennDOT and Mayor Papenfuse agreed to add a bike lane during a resurfacing project along Front Street from Division Street to Herr Street. This is the first bike lane in the City and others are being considered. Click on the link below for more information and to hear comments by BSCPA President, Dick Norford. http://www.abc27.com/story/26556759/new-bike-lane-planned-for-front-street-in-harrisburg
The City of York Named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
PENNLIVE.COM ARTICLE ABOUT BSCPA