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.
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.
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.
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.
Invisible Bicyclists - Bringing Them into the Light
There are hundreds of bicyclists in our region who bike because they have no other choice for their means of transportation. Unfortunately, they are not involved in advocating for better, safer bicycling. What roads are most important for their use and do they have concerns when riding on these roads? What are their destinations? Do they combine bike and bus? We need to bring them into the light. For information on the plight of invisible bicyclists read https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/5/1/invisible-bike-riders
SR 322 Roundabouts – Two Years of Advocating