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Public review of Centre Region Bike Plan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:50

CR COG Bike Plan Meeting Announcement

The Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) has developed a preliminary draft for a Centre Region Bicycle plan. Over a series of weeks, the Plan will be shared with municipalities as well as the general public. At this meeting, the general public will have the opportunity to review the plan, provide feedback, and ask questions.

CentreBike encourages all cyclists in the region to make your voice heard in this process! We encourage you to attend the event to learn more and share how bicycle planning will affect you. Click on the picture to visit the COG bike page and complete a survey about your cycling preferences.

Details

Date: April 15
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Centre Region Council of Governments
Phone: (814) 231-3077
Website: http://crcog.net
Venue: Centre Region Council of Governments Bldg.
2643 Gateway Drive, State College PA

 
Nittany Stage Race Aug 1-2, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2015 13:42

The Nittany Stage Race Aug 1-2, 2015

Get all the info about the Nittany Stage Race being organized by Penn State Junior and Cycling Club member Andrew Artz. The event will be held on the 1st and 2nd of August 2015 and all proceeds benefit The Bestwick Foundation.

View all the info in a PDF

 

 
Winter Bike-to-Work-Day PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 14:39

Check out the details about Winter Bike-To-Work-Day coming up this Friday: 

http://news.psu.edu/story/344090/2015/02/10/campus-life/winter-bike-work-day-feb-13 

 
Meeting Minutes - February 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:52

MINUTES of CentreBike General Meeting

February 3, 2015

Meeting held at the State College Borough building.

Present:

Jim Serene, President

Paul Barsom, Treasurer

Joan Potter, Secretary

Anna Morrison Nelson

Paul Rito

Brian Dempsey

Lynda Crow

Sue Barsom

Catherine Grigor

Ben Lawrence


The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 5:30 pm.  A quorum was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

Minutes of the December 9, 2014 meeting were reviewed. Lynda Crow moved to approve; Sue Barsom second; all in favor.

South Atherton Bikeway Winter Maintenance

The multi-use path from Hills Plaza to Villa Crest Drive is being cleared of snow by College Township, and it was noted that it is being used by many people. The Harris Township manager would not commit to clearing the remainder of the path to Boalsburg this season, but indicated they would reconsider next year.

Marketing and Communications Committee

Anna Nelson, Committee Chair, reported good progress is being made on the website. It was noted that purchasing stock photos and a site template would be helpful to improve the look. A motion was made by Lynda Crow to approve up to $500 for the website and Brian Dempsey second; all in favor.

Events Committee

It was noted that Meagan Tuttle has a tentative list of events proposed for May to celebrate Bike Month, and would like to plan regular events throughout the year. Jim Serene is planning to meet with the Mayor to discuss potential community events.

Anna announced that February 13th is National Winter Bike to Work Day and suggested publicizing it and asking commuters to meet at the Old Main steps at 8:00am for a photo opportunity. www.winterbiketoworkday.org

Paul Rito volunteered to organize the National Bike Challenge again this year for Centre County. Last year we had very good participation, and hope to exceed the number of miles this year.

Jim Serene announced this will be his last year serving as President of CentreBike.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for the 3rd week in March, pending room availability.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:50 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 
Meeting Minutes - January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 09:41

MINUTES of CentreBike Executive Meeting

January 20, 2015

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building

Present:

 

Jim Serene, President

Meagan Tuttle, Vice President

Paul Barsom, Treasurer

Joan Potter, Secretary

Anna Morrison Nelson

Jean Bemis

Paul Rito

Brian Dempsey

 

The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 5:30 pm.  A quorum was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

Joan Potter noted that 28 members paid dues in 2014. A membership dues notice will be sent to the listserv in April/May to coincide with Bike Month.

Website Update

Anna Nelson, Marketing Committee Chair, announced that Travis has ported the website over to WordPress. Anna’s proposed content changes for the Join and Who We Are pages were approved. She mentioned the need for photos/images for the website, and a graphic artist to design a new logo. Anna will draft an email asking the listserv to share photos that can be used. Suggestion made to create a DropBox or Google Drive folder to deposit photos. Additional website progress expected this month.

Mission-Safety

Jim referred to BikePgh’s events as an example of fun activities that have a focus on bicycle safety. CentreBike can learn from this and take the lead in our community for Safe Streets.

Events Committee

Meagan Tuttle, Committee Chair, shared their recommendations for planning a fun advocacy event every other month and asking other groups to partner with us. Examples:  March- Spring Bike Maintenance; May- Bike to Work Kickoff; July- Bike Storage at Peoples Choice/Arts Fest; Aug/Sep- Young Professionals Wino Ride.

Commuter Cycling Information

Brian Dempsey offered to distribute cycling info to bike commuters at a couple key locations. He said the idea originated from Teresa Lafer.  Brian thought a good place to start is McKee & Park Ave, and he and Lynda would be happy to lead this.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:50 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 
Meeting Minutes - December 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2014 20:30

MINUTES of CentreBike General Meeting

December 09, 2014

Meeting held at the State College Borough building.

Present:

  • Jim Serene, President
  • Meagan Tuttle, Vice President
  • Paul Barsom, Treasurer
  • Joan Potter, Secretary
  • Anna Morrison Nelson
  • Jean Bemis
  • Sue Barsom
  • Paul Rito
  • Lynda Crow
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Brucie Serene
  • Nan Moschella
  • Kirsty Lloyd
  • Dave Chase
  • Eric Durante
  • Catherine Grigor
  • Henry Margusity
  • Ed Jenkins
 

The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 5:30 pm.  A quorum was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

Minutes of the October 21, 2014 meeting were reviewed. Sue Barsom moved to approve; Brucie Serene second; all in favor.

Joan Potter noted there are 52 recorded members, 25 are current in the past 12 months of which 7 are new members.

Paul Barsom presented the Financial Report:  $86 received for memberships; $26 paid out for Survey Monkey expense; ending balance = $4,058.41.

Shared Use Path Survey Update

There were 203 responses received to the survey. The input gathered on frequency of use of the South Atherton bikeway was presented to the College Twp Council meeting on Dec 4th with very positive results - they approved hiring Scotts Landscaping to provide winter maintenance on the bikeway to the border of Harris Township. Next step is persuading Harris Twp to assume maintenance of the remainder of the path to Boalsburg.  

‘Doing Business As’ CentreBike Status

LegalZoom.com was used to file an Application for Registration of Fictitious Name with the PA Dept of State Corporation Bureau (document appended). CentreBike can officially be used to represent Centre Region Bicycle Coalition.

Election of Executive Committee Member

A motion to approve the nomination and elect Brian Dempsey as a member of the Executive Committee was made by Paul Rito; Sue Barsom second; motion passed unanimously.

Marketing and Communications Committee

Anna Nelson, Committee Chair, reported on the input gathered from committee members assessing the current situation and the proposed recommendations. The focus:

  1. Develop a new visual identify for the CentreBike brand.  Create a new logo, color scheme, tag line, etc., utilize branded emails with a new email client and limit the listserv for outbound communication only (no discussions), and plan a launch of the new CentreBike identity in Mar/Apr.
  2. Improve member communications. Provide immediate confirmation (automated message) to new members with a friendly message sharing upcoming events, send annual membership renewal notices, and develop newsletter to share activities, achievements and upcoming events.
  3. Promote CentreBike to the community. Plan special events; partner with businesses and organizations to promote cycling.
  4. Update the website.

(A member noted that the new automated message should contain info on how to log in to website.)

Events Committee

Meagan Tuttle, Committee Chair, reported the first event was a success:  Maintenance & Mittens was held at FreezeThaw Cycles on Dec 6th. Information was presented on how to care for your bike in the winter and what to wear to stay comfortable. The second event will be the CentreBike Holiday Party for members and non-members, which will follow tonight’s meeting and is being hosted by FreezeThaw Cycles.

Bike Safety

Good discussion around the recent controversy over bike safety with ideas on how CentreBike could lead a Bike Safety Initiative in the community: start a safety campaign within the biking groups (SCCC, NMBA, PSU Cycling); public promotion with a full page CDT ad or billboard showing photos of who bikers are - mothers, fathers, teachers, doctors, etc.  Attend township meetings and talk during “citizen input” sessions.

Clarifying Roles of CentreBike and Centre Region Bicycle Advisory Committee (CRBAC)

Brian Dempsey explained why CRBAC was created and its purpose as a separate entity from CentreBike.  Suggestion to provide CRBAC informational updates on CentreBike website.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 7:10 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 

 
Meeting Minutes - October 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 November 2014 17:17

MINUTES of CRBC General Meeting

October 21, 2014

Meeting held at the State College Borough building.

Present:

  • Jim Serene, President
  • Meagan Tuttle, Vice President
  • Paul Barsom, Treasurer
  • Joan Potter, Secretary
  • Jean Bemis
  • Travis Prebble
  • Sue Barsom
  • Paul Rito
  • Linda Crow
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Anna Nelson
  • Lydia Vanderbergh
  • Roy Greenfield
  • Joyce Eveleth
  • Brucie Serene
  • Geoff Wilson
  • Paul Rito
  • Anna Morrison-Nelson
  • Alan Stoekl
  • Jean Bemis

The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 5:30 pm.  A quorum was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

Minutes of the September 18, 2014 meeting were reviewed. Brucie Serene moved to approve; Sue Barsom second; all in favor.

Paul Barsom presented the Financial Report: $155 was received for new memberships and $393.38 was paid out for expenses related to the Mayor Ride and the Bicycle Advocate award, leaving a balance in the checking account of $3,998.41.

Shared Use Path Survey Results

Paul Rito presented a summary of the survey responses received to-date. To increase survey participation, Brian Dempsey suggested sending the it to the NMBA membership, and Meagan Tuttle suggested the PSU bike permit list.

Outstanding Bicycling Advocate Award

On October 20th, Jim Serene and Paul Rito presented the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors with the Outstanding Bicycling Advocate Award for expansion of winter maintenance on the Township’s shared use paths.

Election of Executive Committee Members

A motion to approve the nominations of Paul Rito, Anna Morrison-Nelson, Alan Stoekl and Jean Bemis was made by Meagan Tuttle; Brucie Serene second; motion passed unanimously.

Marketing and Communications

Anna Nelson suggested forming a committee to focus on marketing and communication efforts. Travis Prebble said he set up the website many years ago and recommended upgrading to use WordPress. Meagan Tuttle mentioned this is good timing to communicate upcoming winter biking. Brucie Serene moved to approve committee formation; Paul second; all in favor.

Volunteers for Marketing Committee:

  • Anna Nelson, Chairperson
  • Paul Rito
  • Meagan Tuttle
  • Roy Greenfield
  • Joyce Eveleth
  • Jim Serene
  • Joan Potter

The Knight Foundation’s “Knight Cities $5M Challenge” Grant Application

Meagan Tuttle outlined the requirements for the application, stating that there were numerous options we could consider. Melissa Bopp’s idea was mentioned: collaborate with the Borough and Chamber of Business & Industry (if interested) to develop training and educational materials to help companies incorporate biking initiatives into their businesses and help them become a “Bike Friendly Business” through the League of American Bicyclists. A suggestion was made to form a Grant Writing Committee. Paul Barsom moved to approve; Lynda Crow second; all in favor. Meagan Tuttle agreed to be the Chairperson.

Name Change

Jim Serene recommended that we change the name of the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition to CentreBike. He reviewed the comments that have been received, both positive and negative. Discussion followed. Paul Barsom suggested just “doing business as” (dba) CentreBike instead of officially changing the name. After discussion about the legal implications and suggestions of who to contact to get clarification, there was a motion to adopt the name CentreBike legally or dba, and use the tag line “Centre Region Bicycle Coalition” where appropriate. Anna Nelson moved to approve; Paul Barsom second. 15 in favor and 1 opposed. Motion passed.

Musser Gap Trail Dedication

Meagan Tuttle represented CRBC at the ceremony. The Musser Gap Trail is a shared use path that connects Route 45 with Whitehall Road.

 

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 7:00 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 
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