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. The 2017 membership dues is any contribution that you are willing to provide. You can join by PayPal which allows for use of a credit card or you can pay by check. Go to "Contribute" at the Menu Bar to access the form or pay on line through PayPal. Your contribution is tax deductible.
BMUFL installed on Walton Avenue, Derry Township
Bicycling on Walton Avenue near the intersection with Hersheypark Drive requires guts and skills. There are right turn lanes to reach eateries, lodgings and other businesses. During the tourism season, conditions worsen. Bikes May Use Full Lane signs were installed. We learned about these newly installed signs from a restaurant employee. He lives in Hummelstown and bikes to and from work on Walton Avenue to save money. He now feels more confident in taking the lane as the signs confirm his right to do so.
Bicycle Auditing SR 422 in Derry Township
In 2018, PennDOT will resurface SR 422 between Orchard Avenue and Lingle Avenue. Pat Krebs, representing LVBC, met with Derry Township officials including Supervisors John Foley and Justin Engle and Economic Development staff, Chuck Emerick and Lauren Zumbrun. PennDOT Bike Ped Coordinator Roy Gothie also attended to ask them to consider an on road, SR 322, demonstration project with bike lanes. The meeting was very positive. Next, a bicycling audit was needed beyond what LVBC had done several years ago. LVBC members Mike Sheehan, Fred Richter and Pat Krebs volunteered to audit and develop their findings for the Township and PennDOT 8-0. Discussion about what is possible to improve the safety of bicyclists within the limits of both the PennDOT and the Hershey Downtown projects will be forthcoming.
SR 322 Roundabouts – Two Years of Advocating
EARN A BIKE 2017 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Every 4th Saturday from March through November, the Earn A Bike program gets together to fix up old bikes. In collaboration with the Lebanon Rescue Mission, Jubilee, the VA and others, the Earn A Bike program helps people earn bikes for transportation to work and to share the joy of biking. With volunteers from the Lebanon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the generous donation of warehouse space by E&E Metal Fab, the Earn A Bike program has provided more than 50 bikes for guys seeking to improve their lives while having fun fixing up old bikes.
No bicycle mechanic experience is necessary if you'd like to join us. You're likely to make a few new friends along the way while perhaps learning some repair techniques. Donations of repairable bikes are welcomed with adult mountain bikes being the most sought after style. Check out the smiles of those we've helped to date in the attached pictures and be prepared to see some of these faces riding by you in and around Lebanon, hopefully on the correct side of the street (e.g., with traffic). If you have questions, call Scott at 717 273-1571. Many thanks to Common Wheel of Lancaster and Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg for their wonderful support of Earn A Bike.
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 SR 422 and Killinger Road now has 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 SR 422.