Bicycling included in the Senate transportation bill– Now it is time for grassroots lobbying
For the first time, bicycling as a mode of transportation is included in a transportation funding bill, SB 1, which passed the Senate with bi partisan support. Also, Penn DOT ‘s leaders have finally agreed with us that there needs to be a productive bicycle pedestrian program in Central Office. We provided recommendations for this office and position/s. The Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition is composed of many interests that have been making the case for a comprehensive transportation system which includes bicycling and walking. Meeting with legislators, their staff, Penn DOT officials and fellow members of the Coalition has required many hours of work. The American Heart Association and Mission Readiness are our allies as they support active transportation for health and fitness. In the photograph are Hans van Naerssen; PA Walks and Bikes; Alex Doty, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia; Ross Willard, Recycle Bikes; Steve Doster, Mission Readiness; and LVBC’s Pat and Ed Krebs. We will continue to work at the Capitol but grassroots lobbying is what will bring success. Please contact your PA House member and ask him/her to support SB 1. Explain why bicycling is important for transportation and what needs to be done to make it safer, better and more convenient. There is very little time left before the summer recess. It is up to you and hundreds of other Pennsylvania bicyclists to let House members know that SB 1 should be passed and funding for bicycling not be removed. If you don’t want to make the phone call or write your personal email, use Pa Walks and Bikes form letter at the following link http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5918/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14407.
2013 Ride of Silence
Photo by Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News
Many members as well as non members participated in the Ride of Silence that travelled on SR 422. The Cleona Police assisted our large group in accessing the highway. Jim Scott of the Quittapahilla Highlanders played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes in Annville while we passed by. Erik Gardner led the ride with Ron Birch and Ray Weaver’s assisting. Rich Barley conducted the remembrance. Joe Mesics wore Harry Fenton’s sign so that he was there symbolically. Ruth posted four foot safe passing signs on the route. Having fathers and sons on the Ride was a first. Lebanon Daily News reported the event. Everyone showed how much we care about remembering bicyclists who have been killed or injured and that we must do all that we can to have motorists and bicyclists share the roads with respect for each other.
Bike to Work Survey
Ever think about how much fun it could be to bike to work? Want some help to give it try? LVBC is offering free mentors to assist people in biking to and/or from work. If you'd like a friendly mentor to assist you and even ride to/from work with you one day, please complete the brief survey at the link below.
2013 LVBC RIDES
This coming year, LVBC will have bicycle rides on Tuesday evenings on a regular basis as well as some Saturday mornings. The rides will run with weather permitting from late April to early September. I will lead many of the rides myself, however I strongly encourage other members to chip in and lead some rides. It is perfectly fine if a ride leader would like to select another day of the week instead of Tuesday or Saturday. I will gladly assist people any way I can in becoming ride leaders. I can be contacted at:
(717) 821-5040 (Cell)
(717) 273-7971 (Home)
Please note that the calendar on the top menu of this website has a calendar entry that will take you to full details on the rides.
The Philadelphia Bike Summit is a Great Resource
The Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Summit was crammed full of excellent information that can be used throughout Pennsylvania. If you did not attend the event, go to http://www.dvrpc.org/Transportation/BicyclePedestrian/ and take advantage of several of the presentations. At this site, you can utilize other resources as well.
Should there be a Bicycle Summit for our south central Pennsylvania region? If yes, what issues should be addressed?
Taking Steps to Make Bicycling Better and Safer
Each year the League of American Bicyclists asks each state’s Department of Transportation to complete a detailed form to show how “bicycle friendly” the state has become. Read the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s blog on Pennsylvania’s ranking. There are links to additional information from the League. BCGP was a lead partner in holding a Bike Summit in Philadelphia. The second link is to a presentation on making an urban neighborhood more conducive for bicyclists. Do you support any of these treatments for the City of Lebanon, Harrisburg and other denser populated areas in our region?