LEBANON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION is a 501c-3 organization founded in 2008 to make the Lebanon Valley region of Pennsylvania, a better, safer place to bicycle. We work with elected officials and municipal, county and state governments to make certain that new road projects or redesigns consider the needs of bicyclists. We want cyclists to have the necessary skills to be able to bicycle for their transportation, recreation and health. We offer bike rides because we enjoy cycling together. Volunteering will give us more momentum!
Join LVBC as we strive for a safer, more convenient, and less stressed bicycle transportation network in the Lebanon Valley and region. You are joining an advocacy community who cares about bicyclists of all ages, skills and incomes. Join is in the top menu. You can make an even greater impact with an additional contribution for education and bicycle facilities. Dues and contributions are tax deductible.
Relying on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Advice
During our many years of advocating for safer bicycling conditions on the roads in our area, LVBC has faced many “roadblocks” . One of these that has been especially difficult is persuading Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization (LEBCOMPO) that they have a responsibility for the safety of bicyclists who use roads. Because they rejected funding for a county bike/ped plan, we have to continue scrambling to identify possible opportunities for improving roads to make them safer for cyclists. This year, a segment of SR 501 was resurfaced. This is an important road for bicyclists and especially important for the Amish population. The resurfacing was done but neither Penn DOT nor LEBCO MPO saw value in expanding the shoulder widths where possible within Penn DOT’s right of way. Our many years of advocating for SR 501 failed.
PennDOT Tackles Non Compliant Shoulder Rumbles
PennDOT crews have started their work on covering the very bad rumbles on SR 743 as well as the rumbles that were installed on SR 343 without providing four foot shoulders to the right of the rumbles.The task has proven to be much more difficult and time consuming due to one of the products that they are using. While this was not anticipated, they will, however, persevere. Bicyclists appreciate the PennDOT county maintenance crews and Highway Administration for their efforts to lessen the danger imposed by these rumbles. The photo is showing the work on SR 343.
Disappointment Brings Success
In 2010, the intersection of SR 322 and Forge Road was reconstructed to make turning lanes. The end result was the loss of shoulders for bicyclists and pedestrians to use, and bicyclists who are going west risk being struck by motorists who are turning right. This experience taught us that until Penn DOT included bicyclists and pedestrians’ needs in their planning, we bicyclists had to become more knowledgeable and involved. Very quickly, we were participating with Steckbeck Engineering and ELA Group to include bicycling and pedestrian facilities at the reconstructed intersection of SR 72 and SR 419 (Quentin). Their cooperation was excellent and refreshing; and now, six years later, through bike lanes are installed not only on SR 72, but at the right turn into Eagle Rental. The Bicycle Occupancy Permit (BOP) requirement did not allow for improving the segment of SR 419 in Quentin village. Six years ago, there was not the amazing amount of information available on bike facilities that there is today. We were dependent on the draft AASHTO bike facilities guidebook. To get an example of today’s resources visit http://nacto.org/publication/urban-bikeway-design-guide/intersection-treatments/through-bike-lanes/. PennDOT is also undergoing a transformation to be supportive of all users of their roadways. An example of this is that the reconstruction of the intersection of US 422 and Killinger Road will also have through bike lanes. LVBC did not have to make the case for these bike facilities. PennDOT District 8 had recognized that bicyclist facilities were needed. In March, 2016, District 8 staff met with LVBC members to discuss the 2017-2018 resurfacing project for this section of US 422.
Earn A Bike Serves Many
In its second year, Earn a Bike is growing. Twenty-four persons have earned their bikes. This also means that volunteers are critically needed.On the recipient side, these bikes often represent their opportunity for freedom beyond their usual walking territory of a few blocks around the Mission or temporary residence. This freedom has included a number of the guys getting jobs in the Lebanon area and these bikes have been their means of transportation. Scott Shreve notes that “Chris Waldron has been a wonderful technician in working with the guys. On Chris' most recent session, he helped a young man completely overhaul (when I say "overhaul", I mean replace just about everything) on a rusty old bike. The recipient smiled broadly and thanked Chris profusely and then went around to shake every other volunteer's hand as well to say ‘thank you’.” Recently, Ed Krebs was biking on the LVRT and a fellow who was biking stopped him to say thanks. Ed had helped him build his bike. The recipients are very appreciative.
SAMBA Parkway Event Opening
The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association will have a Parkway Opening Day Event October 22. You may want to attend. Click here to see the event details.
LVBC Members Explore Options for the Dauphin Narrows
SR 322 Roundabouts – Two Years of Advocating
LVBC Partners with the Lebanon City Police for Night Out
Dean Auchenbach and Ron Birch educated youth and parents about bicycling safely at the City’s Night Out event.
Lebanon County and City Employees Experience Pedal Assist Electric Bikes
With the participation of Sharyn Kocevar and In Gear Cycling & Fitness, LVBC held an activity for Lebanon County and City employees to test ride pedal assist electric bikes. Our purpose was not only to encourage more people to bike but to demonstrate the impact these types of bicycles will have for short distance transportation.
LVBC at the Latino Health Fair
Our bicycle safety wheel caught the attention of many youngsters at the Latino Health Fair. The participants were very serious about knowing the answers to the questions. We had handouts for parents in both English and Spanish languages. A volunteer translator was a great help to Dean and Pat.
Presentations at LEBCO MPO Policy Board Meeting in Support of a County Bike Ped Plan
Executive Director Pat Krebs made a presentation at the Policy Board meeting to support LEBCO’s undertaking a bike-ped Plan. Read here. Ellie Salahub, citizen of North Cornwall Township, provided persuasive argumentation for a county bike ped plan and was very generous in her view of what LVBC does for Lebanon County. Read here.
State Transportation Commission adopts Bicycle Pedestrian Study & Requires MPOs to have bike/ped plans
Penn DOT is striving to develop a comprehensive transportation system that includes bicycling and walking. The creation of the Multimodal Deputate and the position of a State Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator has sped up the pace of inclusion. Training of Penn DOT personnel and planning staff at MPOs is starting. A major step forward was taken by the Transportation Advisory Committee that serves as an advisory group to the State Transportation Commission. TAC approved the Bicycle Pedestrian Study and the State Transportation Commission adopted the Study at its May 12th meeting. The Study lays out significant actions for incorporating bicycling and walking as modes of transportation. One of these is county or regional bike/ped plans. “MPOs/RPOs shall develop Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans in cooperation with PennDOT Multimodal and Planning and Programming staff in the Districts and PennDOT’s Central Office.” The Bicycle and Pedestrian Study is a very important “read” at http://www.talkpatransportation.com/docs/TAC_Bike_Ped_Policy_Report_Final.pdf. LVBC has sought a county bike plan since 2009. Will this newly adopted policy convince Lebanon County’s planners and County Commissioners to undertake a county bike/ped plan? Funding has been offered by the Deputy Secretary for Multi Modal.
Bicyclists Speak about Importance and Safety of SR 422
OBTAINING A COPY OF THE LEBANON COUNTY SCENIC BICYCLE RIDES MAP
The Lebanon County scenic bike ride map depicts the 10 scenic bike rides described in detail on the LVBC website. The Map allows cyclists to connect scenic loops to have more miles or shorten the ride to the return. It is 24 inches by 18 inches on glossy paper. Cyclists can choose to start anywhere on the loops. By showing all 10 rides, visitors can decide which lodging works best for them. You can receive a map from LVBC by paying $5 for Postage & Handling online by clicking here.