ADVOCATING FOR BETTER, SAFER BICYCLING
LEBANON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION was organized in 2008 to make Lebanon County a better 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. We need you to strengthen our efforts. With your help, we can be more successful. Become a Member or Supporter and especially volunteer your enthusiasm, skills and knowledge. Membership and Supporter Forms can be found in the GET INVOLVED Menu.
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Please Don’t Count on Luck to be Safe
A Guest Column in the Gettysburg Times was written by Mark Berg after he barely avoided crashes with bicyclists when driving his car. Mr. Berg supports Active Transportation and represents AARP at the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition in Harrisburg. His descriptions of what two bicyclists did at great risk to themselves are clear reminders that both bicyclists and motorists need to obey traffic laws. Click here to access the article.
POWER MOVES FOR BICYCLE COALITIONS
Randy Neufeld as the Director of the $10 million SRAM Cycling Fund is a leader in cycling advocacy nationally and internationally. From 1987 to 2009 he served as the Executive Director and then Chief Strategy Officer of Active Transportation, formally known as Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. He worked in all aspects of cycling promotion including planning, mapping, safety, marketing, design, policy, lobbying and funding. Learn from Randy’s perspective on effective advocacy by clicking here.
To learn about SRAM’s Cycling fund visit www.sramcycling.fund.com.
Governor-Elect Tom Wolf’s Views on Bicycling
During the General Election campaign, Governor-Elect Tom Wolf responded to the questionnaire sent to both gubernatorial candidates. Governor Corbett did not respond. Review Wolf’s answers by clicking here.
LVBC and PennDOT District 8 Study SR 897 for a Safer Route to an Elementary School
South Lebanon Township resident and LVBC member Steve Doster is leading an LVBC effort to improve conditions for families and students to bike and walk to South Lebanon Elementary School. Penn DOT will resurface SR 897 from Evergreen Road to Schaefferstown next year. The Coalition is asking Penn DOT at the same time to widen the shoulders for a road section prior to Evergreen. Steve will meet with PennDOT personnel and Jon Fitzkee, the LEBCO MPO’s transportation planner, to study the roadway. LVBC realizes that extending the sidewalk would be an optimal solution for children; decisions regarding sidewalks, however, are a municipal function. Steve and Ed Krebs conducted preliminary work before the meeting with PennDOT. The photo depicts where the wide shoulder ends.
Q: Do you use a bicycle for transportation, health, fitness, recreation? Q: Are you interesting in bicycling but want safer bicycling conditions?
Your Input is Needed to Make our Region More Bicycle Friendly.
A year ago a group of advocates for bicyclists, including LVBC Members, prepared an application for a Tri County Regional Planning Commission grant to have a bicycle connectivity study undertaken on how to improve bicycling between and within our connecting communities of Harrisburg, Paxtang Borough, Swatara Township, Hummelstown, Derry Township/Hershey, and Lebanon County’s South Londonderry Township, North Londonderry Township and Palmyra. There are so many destinations for bicyclists to reach, whether going to work, to school, to shop, to enjoy events. We were successful. Grant was won. LVBC contributed $750 for our municipalities, and individual members contributed as well. Alta Planning + Design was contracted after interviewing many excellent finalists who responded to the RFP. Derry Township is the lead municipality for the grant. For several months, Alta Planning has been undertaking the study and collecting as much data as possible.
On August 7th there was an opportunity to provide your knowledge and experience about the roads in the study area. Juliet Waldron and Phyllis Zitzer assisted Alta’s staff. Other LVBC members including Chris Shelly and Ruth Barley came to make comments. You are a critical part of this study. You can use a map to identify the roads that you bicycle or want to bicycle and point out trouble spots. The site will be closed at the end of August. Make your comments at www.RegionalBicycleConnections.com Go to Public Input. The website also provides more information about the study.
Advocating for safer bicycling (and walking) on Lingle Avenue Bicyclists depend on Lingle Avenue to reach many destinations such as connecting to Hersheypark Drive, the Northside Shopping Center and the elementary school. Also, many bicyclists reside close by Lingle Avenue and must use Lingle. LVBC prepared a document to explain and illustrate the unsafe conditions and presented this at the June Policy Board meeting of LEBCO MPO. Read the document by clicking here. Your assistance in helping us to get Penn DOT to fix some of the conditions soon can make a difference. Tell us why you use Lingle Avenue. If you live in North Londonderry Township, Palmyra, or South Londonderry Township, ask your elected officials to help get action.
LVBC Response and Recommendations to the 2015-2040 LRTP & TIP for Lebanon County’s Comprehensive Transportation System
Due to a very condensed time period to review and make recommendations to the LRTP (Long Range Transportation Plan) and TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) that covers the next 25 years, LVBC Executive Board and our non voting representative on the Technical Planning Committee have prepared and approved a response. It can be read here. Since May 13th when it was approved by the LEBCO MPO Technical Committee, we have collaborated on a response. A full packet of information will be provided to the LEBCO MPO Policy Board the week of June 4th. No public comment is accepted after June 6th. The packet includes the FHWA documents on planning for bicycling as a mode of transportation, federal recommendations for the use of CMAQ funds and past requests that LVBC has made since 2010. The TIP/LRTP can be revised during the 25 year span. However, with the increased funding provided by Act 89, the state transportation bill, that bicyclists and bicycle advocacy organizations worked diligently to get passed by the legislature, the time is now when bicycling and walking, should be clearly shown to be part of the comprehensive transportation system of Lebanon County in the MPOs’ Action items and on the Transportation Improvement Program for 2015-2018. The TIP used to be for two years, and then was amended, but the time frame has been extended to a 3 year period.
The League’s American Bicyclist Magazines are a Valuable Resource
If you are not a member of the League, you can still read their magazine, American Bicyclist. The publication provides much information including plenty of examples of what is happening for cyclists in the USA and sometimes much father away.
What you learn may be very “transferable” to Lebanon County no matter which of the 5 Es, Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement or Equity, is the topic. Go to http://bikeleague.org/americanbicyclist. The latest issue is not immediately posted on their website.
Lebanon County Bicycle Transportation Priorities Map
The Priorities Map depicts which state roads need immediate improvements. The Map also identifies where signage, Bikes May Use Full Lane and Begin Right Turn, Yield to Bikes, should be installed. There are recommendations for shared lane markings (sharrows). You can access the Map by clicking here.
Providing Mentoring to New and “Returning” Bicyclists
Coalition members will mentor bicyclists who are just starting to bike or returning to this great way to become fit, have fun, and use their bikes for many utilitarian purposes. If you want an experienced bicyclist to ride with you and offer advice, complete the survey provided on Survey Monkey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JZMF2D8
There is also much information available for both adults and youth under the Education section of this website. These include links to videos.