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.
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Volunteers Make Earn a Bike a Success
On a very hot and humid Saturday, five LVBC members worked with clients to enable them to fix and then own bikes. Not having access to cars, these men need reliable bikes to reach their jobs and for other purposes. While Scott Shreve leads this project, he depends on others to help. At this particular Earn a Bike session, Scott was joined by Chris Waldron, Rich Barley, Ed Krebs and Alan Olson.
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. E&E Metal Fab provides critically needed warehouse space.
No bicycle mechanic experience is necessary. Please join us. You're likely to make a few new friends along the way while learning some repair techniques. Donations of repairable bikes are always needed. If you have questions, call Scott at 717 273-1571.
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.
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.
SLMs and BMUFL arrive in Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown Borough is diligently working to have a bicycle friendly community. Shared lane markings (sharrows) have been installed on Market Street which is SR 230 by Penn DOT 8-0. Bikes May Use Full Lane signage is also posted. Penn DOT paid for the cost of installation of the SLMs and the Borough will maintain them when they wear out.