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.
LVBC Members Explore Options for the Dauphin Narrows
Your LVBC Board of Directors needed a better understanding of conditions at the underpass on SR322/22 and possible solutions, short term and long term. With the support of advocates who experience firsthand the underpass, they explored off road possibilities and biked through the underpass as well. LVBC participants were Fred Richter, Chris Shelly, Mike Sheehan, Ed Krebs,and Pat Krebs. The Board remains committed to supporting the right of bicyclists to use this roadway even if nothing is done to make it safer. The Board supports electronic signalization to alert motorists that a bicyclist is passing through the underpass which is biked in a few seconds. The Board supports off road alternatives as the best solution. The photo shows the bicyclists on the shoulder south of the underpass. One recommendation is to construct a path from River Road where it ends to just south of the underpass and provide a ramp for bicyclists and pedestrians to use. A suggestion was made to allow two way direction for bicyclists and pedestrians on the River side shoulder.
Update on Bicyclists' Access through the Dauphin Narrows
Advocates for bicyclists’ access to travel through the Dauphin Narrows (SR 322/SR22) had been waiting for PennDOT to determine if they would develop an off-road means of bypassing the underpass. We had shared information with PennDOT in the Fall regarding River Road as a possibility to bypass the southbound underpass. There were onsite visits. This would require obtaining right-of way from a property owner and, perhaps, other types of permission from property owners which might include Norfolk Southern. Another recommendation was to determine if the shoulder on the southbound side could accommodate two way bike/pedestrian travel. If this were possible, it would allow for the first time access for pedestrians. Much more costly ideas which would require years for design, approvals, construction, and funding were also presented by advocates in 2016.
Not having any updates from PennDOT, Bill Hoffman, PPAC member, initiated a letter in January to Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards requesting a meeting. The LVBC Board voted to co-sign the letter as did Bicycle Access Council. A meeting with advocates and the Administration was held in April. Ed Krebs represented LVBC as he had biked through the underpass and also viewed firsthand the potential for an off road solution.
LVBC Members Pick Up Litter on SR322
Seven hardy LVBC members did a lot of back bending work on a chilly Saturday morning to remove litter from a section of SR 322 in Cornwall Borough. Many more volunteers are needed in order to remove litter as far as Boyd Street.
Relying on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Advice
During our many years of advocating for safer bicycling conditions on the roads in our area, LVBC has faced many “roadblocks” . One of these that has been especially difficult is persuading Lebanon County Metropolitan Planning Organization (LEBCOMPO) that they have a responsibility for the safety of bicyclists who use roads. Because they rejected funding for a county bike/ped plan, we have to continue scrambling to identify possible opportunities for improving roads to make them safer for cyclists. This year, a segment of SR 501 was resurfaced. This is an important road for bicyclists and especially important for the Amish population. The resurfacing was done but neither Penn DOT nor LEBCO MPO saw value in expanding the shoulder widths where possible within Penn DOT’s right of way. Our many years of advocating for SR 501 failed.
LVBC At Healthy Kids Day
Thanks to Education Chairman Dean Auchenbach and members Rich Barley, Ron Birch and Alan Olson, LVBC educated parents and their children about bicycling safely and legally at the Healthy Kids Day at the Y. Our bike wheel safety quiz is still spinning thanks to Barry Yiengst who built two of the game wheels. Members make it happen.
OBTAINING A COPY OF THE LEBANON COUNTY SCENIC BICYCLE RIDES MAP
The Lebanon County scenic bike ride map depicts the 10 scenic bike rides described in detail on the LVBC website. The Map allows cyclists to connect scenic loops to have more miles or shorten the ride to the return. It is 24 inches by 18 inches on glossy paper. Cyclists can choose to start anywhere on the loops. By showing all 10 rides, visitors can decide which lodging works best for them. You can receive a map from LVBC by paying $5 for Postage & Handling online by clicking here.