2017 Ride of Silence
Over 30 bicyclists from Berks and Lebanon Counties participated in the Ride of Silence. Jim Scott and Linda Longenecker of the Quittapahilla Highlanders piped "Amazing Grace" as the cyclists biked through Annville. The new Through Bike Lanes on SR 422 proved their usefulness.
May 15, 2017: Wolf Administration Announces Good News for Bicyclists
photo L to R: PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell
With the start of Bike to Work week, the Wolf Administration announced a series of improvements for bicyclists during an event featuring an executive bike ride around Harrisburg by several cabinet members, other officials, and staff.Â Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) joined in the ride. Following the ride's conclusion, PennDOT announced it was redoing its process for establishing bicycle lanes and starting on the state's bicycle/pedestrian master plan to incorporate safety and mobility improvements for those modes into transportation planning.
Bike Share Arrives at Penn State Health Hershey Campus
Penn State Health, Penn State College of Medicine and Zagster, Inc. on April 25th launched a bike-share program that will provide employees, residents and visitors with a convenient, affordable and healthy way to get around campus and the community of Hershey. 30 Zagster Bike Share cruiser bikes are available at 6 stations for use on-demand. Riders join the program by signing up as a Hershey Rides Zagster Member. Rides for members — who must be 18 or older — will be free for the first two hours of use. Everything that you need to know to use Zagster bike share is at http://bike.zagster.com/hersheybikes/
Through Bike Lanes Arrive on SR 422 & Killinger Road
Way back in 2010, LVBC was very frustrated when a road reconstruction project on SR 322 worsened conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians. Shoulders were taken for turning lanes. We were determined to intervene whenever possible to assure that this didn’t happen again. Another project was slated for the SR 72 and SR 419 intersection. We began to work with Steckbeck Engineering to include bike/ped facilities and everything worked out. Six years later, in 2016, Through Bike Lanes were included. In 2015 with the support of the developers, the Zimmermans, a through bike lane was installed on SR 322 at their new grocery store. A future location is at Cornwall Road and Rocherty Road. Admittedly, we were worried about what was going to happen on SR 422 with the major plans to develop the farmland into businesses and build a new intersection. The good news is that PennDOT assured that Through Bike Lanes were included as part of the highway occupancy permit. (HOP) The signage, Begin Right Turn Lane, Yield to Bikes, is a welcome sight as well.
LVBC Members Educate Employees at V.A. Health Fair
Barry Yiengst and Ruth and Rich Barley provided information about the benefits of bicycling at the V.A.’s Health Fair for their employees. Included as part of their display was Rich’s new pedal assist electric bike which drew considerable attention.