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.
LVBC Recognizes Many Who Support Bicycling
Lebanon County Commissioners joined LVBC as we recognized many who have contributed to making bicycling respected and safer at the local, regional and state levels. Advocates cannot be successful without building relationships with others. The Bike Coalition is fortunate to have so much support of our mission. To learn about each honoree’s contributions, click here.
Bike Lebanon is Represented at Comprehensive Transportation Bill Signing Ceremony
Two LVBC members, Pat and Ed Krebs, joined the Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition in 2008 to make certain that bicycling was a part of the comprehensive transportation funding legislation at both the federal and state levels. Finally, in November, 2013, Act 89 was enacted in Pennsylvania with bicycling recognized as a mode of transportation, and a start was made in providing funds. In February, Governor Corbett and Secretary Schoch met with bicycle advocates at a bill signing ceremony. Now all of us need to focus on Congress and especially the House of Representatives. The highway surface transportation funding law, MAP-21, needs to be reauthorized. Can bicyclists be as effective with Congress as we finally were with the PA General Assembly?
Used Bike Drive – April 5th
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Youth Group is holding is annual Used Bike Drive on April 5th from 9 AM – 12 Noon. The Church is located at 600 S.12th Street, Lebanon. Both adult and youth bicycles are needed to help in building better communities in countries such as Nicaragua and Guatemala and locally for the residents at the Rescue Mission in Lebanon. This is a great opportunity to have your unused bicycles enable others to improve their lives. Bikes with flat tires in repairable condition are accepted. There is also a need for working, portable sewing machines. All donations are tax deductible. A $10 donation is suggested to assist with shipping bikes. For more info or pickup call Scott at 717 949-2971. Visit www.p4p.org.
Prioritizing State Roads that Require Better, Safer Facilities for Bicyclists
Panel Interviews Candidates to Undertake the Bicycle Connectivity Study
Throughout January, a cadre of Derry Township staff and bicycle advocates reviewed responses to the RFP for the Multi Municipal Bicycle Connectivity Study. This study will be funded by a $45,000 grant from Tri County Regional Planning. LVBC provided $250 each to South and North Londonderry Townships and Palmyra for their local matches.
Juliet Waldron and Derry Supervisor Sandy Ballard at the interview presentations
There were 14 proposals that were studied and then gradually reduced to five. These candidates were interviewed on January 30th. Representing the Coalition were Juliet Waldron and Pat Krebs. There were many excellent proposals and it was a daunting task to select one. Derry Township Supervisor Sandy Ballard led this initiative. TCRPC and Derry Township will be issuing a News Release to announce which firm was selected.
Ride Committee Chairman's Letter on Riding with LVBC in 2014
As I sit here enduring this awful winter weather, I am trying to come up with something to lift one’s spirits. So why not start thinking about something positive, like biking with the Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition this year. CLICK TO READ MORE
Bike Lebanon = Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition
When you hear or read about Bike Lebanon, please note that this name is LVBC. Advocacy organizations with long names often select more casual names to be used publicly. Our website became “Bike Lebanon” several years ago. Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is Bike MN. Alabama Bicycle Coalition is AlaBike.
Fred Richter Appointed to PPAC
Member Fred Richter has been appointed by Governor Corbett to represent recreational bicycle clubs on PPAC, the Pedalcycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. This group provides advice and recommendations to Penn DOT on bicycling and pedestrian issues. Fred notes that "there's so much that can be done to promote bicycling and to make it safer. Hopefully, in some small way working at different levels, cyclists can make a difference."
New multi bike rack for HAAC Lebanon Campus
Bike Lebanon provided a new multi bike rack for HAAC Lebanon Campus. National bicycle facilities organizations recommend eliminating the front wheel racks which HAAC was providing. E & E Metalfab, Inc delivered the bike rack in December. In 2013, multi bike racks were also provided to the YMCA and the Lebanon City Middle School.
Bicycle South Central Pa Website
A new bicycle advocacy group covering eight South Central counties has started. Those counties are Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York. Its URL is bicyclesouthcentralpa.org. Ed Krebs, LVBC’S Treasurer, is also serving as Treasurer for BSCPA. By working with other bicycle groups in our region, including BSCPA, LVBC hopes that South Central PA will be made more bicycle friendly sooner.
Commuter Services of PA – Bike to Work Week Contest 2014
In 2013, Bayer Healthcare employee John Saldibar was recognized by Commuter Services of PA for cycling the most miles to and from work in Lebanon County. He cycled 90 miles. John’s taking the time to participate in the contest is very important for demonstrating that bicycling as a mode of transportation is reality. Penn State Hershey Medical Center, once again, won recognition for the most employees who bike to work. Perhaps, some of these employees bicycle from Lebanon County to the Medical Center. There’s no doubt that Lebanon County can win big in 2014.
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.
AASHTO Bicycle Guidebook Training Course Provided for over 90 Participants
The AASHTO bicycle facilities guidebook training course was attended by advocates, traffic engineers, planners, municipal and university staffs, PennDOT and DCNR professionals. LVBC initiated the idea of the training course and the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the state organization for professional planners agreed to sponsor. Toole Design Group, a nationally recognized business that specializes in bicycle facilities provided the training. Tri County Regional Planning Commission coordinated the event. The cost for the training was provided by LVBC, PA Walks and Bikes, HBC, many private businesses, PennDOT and DCNR, We anticipate that what was learned will be implemented in the region and elsewhere in Pennsylvania.
E&E Metalfab., Inc. Builds Bike Racks Beyond Lebanon County
In 2008, E&E Metalfab undertook the task of learning how to build bike racks that meet APBP (Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals) guidelines. Lebanon City’s Mayor wanted bike racks built locally for the city and he asked LVBC to take the lead in getting the job done. During the past several years, the inverted U became more decorative with the technical assistance of Nest Architecture. A multi-bike rack was designed, built and installed. Today, this style of bike rack is at the LVRT Cornwall trailhead, the YMCA, and the City Middle School. Commuter Services of PA purchased a multi bike rack for a York City garage. This led to York’s purchasing many bike racks from E&E Metafab and the new design proposed by the City is an improvement. LVBC’s bike rack initiative is making a difference beyond Lebanon County.
The Lebanon County Bicycle Transportation Map Edited for Changes
Annually, Bike Lebanon members need to update the Bicycle Transportation Map. Executive Board members Juliet Waldron, Phyllis Zitzer, Dale Speicher and Emmy Truckenmiller reviewed the Map as did Pat and Ed Krebs, Gordie Sheetz and Fred Richter. This Map is used by planners, engineering firms, municipalities and Penn DOT. When they have projects in the County, they need to know which roads are most critical for bicyclists to use for transportation and tourism and improve road conditions where possible and not damage existing good bicycling facilities.
Educating Girl Scouts on Bicycling Safely