ADVOCATING FOR BETTER, SAFER BICYCLING

 

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. 

 

 



"We want to establish and update goals, objectives, and performance measures while offering guidance to local planning partners in setting priorities and developing bicycle and pedestrian plans," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "Our overall goal is to integrate pedestrian and bicycle activities into our transportation network rather than have them be an afterthought."

The improvements include:

As part of a pilot effort, PennDOT will be constructing and maintaining several demonstration bike lane projects in District 6 in the five-county Philadelphia region that will help to clarify the costs of long-term
maintenance for these facilities.

PennDOT will expand the Secretary's PennDOT Connects initiative to include work in our projects to widen shoulders to improve bicycle accommodations where planning efforts indicate it is appropriate.

PennDOT will be issuing a policy change removing the Bicycle Occupancy Permit from its design manual. Moving forward, local governments will need only provide a letter of request for the proposed bicycle lane that includes the necessary information for PennDOT to appropriately evaluate the request.
After a review, a letter of approval will be issued by the department. This will replace the previous requirement for a formal agreement between PennDOT and the municipality.

Pennsylvania's state forestland trails were the focus of the message from DCNR. 

"Within our 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, we are blessed with 11,000 miles of trails, all offering unlimited biking terrain and opportunities," said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. "Biking is one of the best activities to see what these very special outdoor places have to offer." "Biking is one of those activities that benefits everyone, not just the person in the saddle," added acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, stressing the environmental advantages of cycling. "Not only are there health benefits to the rider, but there are fewer air emissions from fewer cars on the road, which helps improve overall air quality for everyone."

Health advantages were paramount in the message delivered by DOH.  "Biking to work is a great way to go green and save money on transportation, but perhaps its most important benefit is to your own health," DOH Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy said.

"Riding your bike to work is a great way to make sure you're getting the exercise you need every day, and Bike to Work Week is the perfect time to start." "National Bike to Work Day encourages Pennsylvania's workforce to consider biking as a mode of transportation to work, so that they can both reduce pollution and traffic congestion, and take meaningful steps toward ensuring their own good health. I applaud Pennsylvania's workers who take this initiative on May 19," said Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino.

"Pennsylvania is smart to invest more in multimodal projects like trails, bike lanes, sidewalks, and walking path to promote energy efficient and eco-friendly means of transportation," said Rep. Madeleine Dean.

"Providing healthier transportation options will help increase Pennsylvanian's quality of life by creating more active, livable, and forward-thinking communities." With a focus on safety and health, Rep. David Maloney said, "Mixing share-the-road safety and awareness with the physical benefits of riding to work is a win-win combination. A British Medical Journal study released last week found that people who bike to work have a mortality rate 41 percent lower than people who take public transportation or drive, and are also significantly less likely to develop heart disease and cancer." PennDOT encourages riders to wear reflective clothing to be more visible to drivers. For more information on bicycling in Pennsylvania, visit "Ride A Bike" under "Travel in PA" at www.penndot.gov

 

LVBC IN ACTION

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“Life is like a bicycle, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

 

"Same Roads - Same Rights - Same Rules" - probicycle.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VALLEY BICYCLING VISTAS

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