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Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:21

Though it was a hard winter, the weather is clearing. Lots of things happening locally on the cycling front. Read on for info about rumble strips, local rides and charity rides and advocacy activities.

  1. Penn State Cycling Nittany Cycling Classic: The Penn State Cycling Club still needs volunteers for its bike race this Saturday out at Black Moshannon from 11:30am-1:10pm.  If you or anyone else you know would be willing to marshal a corner of the race course it would be a huge help to them.  Contact Andy Artz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Cici Cruz-Uribe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also ride the race! Come out and strut your stuff up Black Moshannon for the chance to win prizes and glory!  The winner of the Cat 4 race will also receive a free one-month membership to Fitology.
    INFO: http://collegiatecycling.org/eccc/wiki/uploads/Calendar/2014-Road-PennState.pdf
    REGISTER: https://www.bikereg.com/nittany-cycling-classic  
  2. Bike Month – May is bike month. CRBC is not currently planning any major events due to volunteer shortages, but the School district will be holding many events including a photo scavenger hunt, school challenge rides, and bike fair and group rides on May 31st. Stay tuned for more details.
  3. A Centre Region Bicycle Advisory Committee (CRBAC) has been formed from CRBC members, local bike club leaders, COG planners, police, and others. The committee’s purpose is to promote a safe bicycle experience through awareness, proper enforcement, intelligent planning and effective education in the Centre Region. This is part of our next steps in taking the region from Bronze to a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community!
  4. State College Cycling Club’s Tuesday evening road rides have resumed for the season:
    INFO: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/statecollegecycling/info
  5. RUMBLE STRIPS: PENNDOT District 2 announced at the State College Transportation Commission meeting that the district adopted a policy of no new side rumble strips unless the road shoulders are at least 6 feet wide. This exceeds PENNDOTs criteria of 4 feet and should be welcome news to area cyclists.
  6. Charity Ride season starts early this year. Here’s the lineup of local charity rides
    1. April 27 – Bestwick Spring Ride 36 and 74 mile rides with world champions.  
      INFO: http://www.bestwickfoundation.org/event/spring-ride-2014/
      REGISTER: http://www.sagepayments.net/eftcart/additem.asp?M_id=383539475157&P_id=193546
    2. May 4 – The Linden Loop  5 and 28 mile bike rides, 5 mile run, 5 mile walk.
      INFO: http://rockhillschoolatlindenhall.blogspot.com/2013/02/2013-linden-loop-registration-form.html
      REGISTER:  https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=7540154
    3. May 17 – Tour for Dyslexia 35 and 75 mile rides.
      INFO: http://tourfordyslexia.org/
      REGISTER: http://tourfordyslexia.org/register/
    4. June 28 – CVIM Cycling for Care
    5. August 3: PASA Bike Fresh Bike Local  25, 50, 75 mile rides (and Elk Creek brews for those over 21)
      INFO: https://www.pasafarming.org/events/pasa-events/bike-fresh-centre-county
      REGISTER: https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=7435553
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Active Commuting PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 September 2013 14:04

Many thanks to Dr. Melissa Bopp for attending Wednesday's CRBC meeting and presenting her findings from recent studies about active travel in Centre County. Melissa is a researcher in Penn State’s Department of Kinesiology. She discussed some of the significant influences on biking for transportation in our community and also examined some of the economic implications of active travel in downtown State College. It was a great presentation and gave us a lot to think about in terms of what we can do to further bike/ped travel in the Centre region.

You can download and view the presentation here:
biking_for_transportation_crbc_sept 2013.pdf

 
Meeting Minutes - August 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:10

MINUTES of CRBC General Meeting

August 21, 2013

Meeting held at the State College Borough building.

Present:
• Jim Serene, President
• Brian Dempsey, Vice President
• Joan Potter, Secretary
• Paul Rito, ex officio
• Jean Bemis
• Roy Greenfield
• Geoff Wilson

The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 6:00 pm.  A quorum was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

Can CRBC Become a Dynamic Force for Bicycling in the Centre Region:
Jim Serene referenced a recent article from Bicycle Times describing how the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition went about inspiring their community to get involved to improve cycling conditions.  The Coalition organized a “Biketoberfest” event that enticed 150 people to come together and become civically engaged – a fun event where cyclists connected, enjoyed some entertainment and food, and their voices were heard by city planners.  Jim would like to further discuss what CRBC can do to inspire more cyclists in our community to get involved. The State College Cycling group has a very large following, but they do not appear to be particularly interested in CRBC activities. How do we capture their attention and promote CRBC’s accomplishments?  Without the concerted efforts of CRBC members, roads in this area would still have rumble strips, bike paths and bike lanes would not exist, and the Centre Region would not be a recognized Bike Friendly Community. There is so much more to accomplish, but it requires the efforts of many, not just the few that have been actively involved in recent years.  Proposed asking SC Cycling if CRBC can post messages to their list serve.

Suggestion made to have more speakers at CRBC meetings to encourage attendance – perhaps a presentation of the Master Plan by Trish Meek and Tom Flynn; Rail Trail information; or Melissa Bopp from Penn State’s Kinesiology Dept about her study of biking for transportation.

The 4’ rule needs to be messaged to the community. One suggestion was leasing a billboard, and another was contacting PennDOT to request the lighted message boards on the outskirts of town be used to remind motorists.

Glass on Fox Hollow Road was reported to cause several flat bike tires recently. A request to sweep the roadside will be made to College Township.


Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC):
Formation of a BAC received a “vote of confidence” from the Transportation Land Use (TLU) committee. COG agreed to dedicate some of Trish Meek’s time to the BAC, which is great news.  Forming a BAC was the number one improvement recommendation that came with the Bike Friendly Community award. The BAC will serve as a liaison to bicyclists, businesses and the community, and will meet quarterly to discuss biking issues.

National Bicycle Summit representative:
The NBS will be held in March 2014 in Washington, DC, and FreezeThaw has offered to subsidize the cost of a CRBC member to attend. This must be someone who is passionate about bike advocacy and willing to share information from NBS when they return.

September 13th Bike To Work Day:
CRBC will have a table set up on the Allen Street mall to dispense information about cycling in Centre County. Volunteers are needed by the hour to staff the table.


There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 7:05 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 
Meeting Minutes - May 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 May 2013 21:14

MINUTES of CRBC General Meeting

Written by Joan Potter

May 7, 2013

Meeting held at the State College Borough building.

Present:  

  • Jim Serene, President
  • Brian Dempsey, Vice President
    • Lynda Crow, Treasurer 
    • Joan Potter, Secretary 
    • Paul Rito, ex officio  
    • Sue Barsom 
    • Jean Bemis 
    • Joyce Eveleth 
    • Sue Forster 
    • Bob Ford
    • Roger Greene
    • Jean & Ray Najjar

The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 6:00 pm.  A quorum was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

The proposed list of Executive Committee members was finalized with an all-in-favor vote:

  • James Serene, President
  • Brian Dempsey, Vice President
  • Lynda Crow, Treasurer
  • Joan Potter, Secretary
  • Paul Rito
  • Sue Barsom
  • Eric Scott
  • Jordyn Drayton
  • Frank Maguire

Bike Month Activities

Joyce Eveleth from Bicycle Ambassadors announced the Mayor Ride scheduled for May 15th at 5:30. The ride will start at the Borough building and follow bike lanes and paths for 5-7 miles, ending back at the Borough building.

Review of other bike month activities as posted on the CRBC website.

Centre Volunteers in Medicine

Bob Ford, Sue Forster and Roger Greene each talked about CVIM, its mission, and the history of the “Cycling for Care” fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, June 29th.  Requested CRBC support in publicizing the event.

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

Jean Najjar presented information on the PASA “Bike Fresh Bike Local” Centre County event planned for Sunday, August 4th. Requested CRBC support in publicizing the event.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 
Meeting Minutes - April 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 April 2013 12:24

MINUTES of CRBC Meeting

Written by Joan Potter

April 17, 2013

Meeting held at the State College Borough building.

Present:  

  • Jim Serene, President
  • Brian Dempsey, Vice President
    • Lynda Crow, Treasurer 
    • Joan Potter, Secretary 
    • Paul Rito, ex officio  

The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 6:00 pm.  A quorum of directors was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

Bike Month Activities

Discussion started with mention of the numerous benefits that business donations provide to CRBC, including support of upcoming bike month activities – going forward, thank you letters will be sent. Paul Rito will create a press release for bike month activities and distribute to the CDT, Collegian, etc.

CRBC Membership Campaign

An email notice will be sent to the list serve during the first week of May to announce the annual membership renewal information. Need to encourage members to be proactive in inviting people from various townships to join and help represent their community.

Bicycle Advisory Committee

Jim and Brian reviewed their meeting with Jeff Luck regarding the formation of a BAC for the Centre Region Transportation Land Use Committee.  BAC is the number 1 recommendation from the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly Community award. Discussed forming a BAC independent of TLU.

The next general membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at 6:00 pm in the Borough Building.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 
Bike Month 2013 PDF Print E-mail

 

The Centre Region Bicycle Coalition (CRBC) and the State College Area School District Physical Education Department (SCASD-PE), in conjunction with the State College Cycling Club (SC3), the Nittany Mountain Bicycling Association (NMBA), Rock Hill School at Linden Hall, The Women’s Adventure Club, and the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) are joining together to celebrate and support  Bike Month in the Centre Region during May, 2013.

Apr 26 – Bike Information Table at PSU’s Allen St. Gate

Stop by the table and pick up maps, bicycle registration information and lots more!

Apr 26 - May 11 – Bicycle Photo Scavenger Hunt

Individuals, pairs and teams of 3 to 5 riders will be given a list of 50 destinations around town to bike to and photograph between April 26 & May 11. Try to get all participants, their bikes AND their helmets to appear in each photo of each destination’s sign. List of locations and map will be posted on Thursday, April 25 (evening) in this article (CLICK HERE FOR LIST) and the SCASD-PE website (http://www.scasd.org/Page/215).  No sign-ups or registration needed.

Bring your prints, camera or camera phone with pictures on it, to the Bicycle Extravaganza at Mount Nittany Middle School on Saturday, May 11 at 3pm for validation – remember, each photo must include helmets to be valid. A top prize will be awarded in each category (single, pairs, teams) for the most locations ridden to and photographed. Also, a raffle ticket will be given to each individual for every 5 locations. Raffle tickets can be used in drawings for various other prizes. Have fun exploring the SC area with your family and friends.  All ties will be broken by coin toss.

May 1-31 – Elementary School Bicycling Activities

Elementary students will be issued “Bicycle Calendars” at their schools.  They will color in a spoke for every day that they ride their bicycle at least 15 minutes.  If that accumulates to 20 days or more during the month of May, they may bring their calendar to their PE teacher.  A prize drawing will be held for eligible students.

Individual schools will be offering a variety of bicycling events during the month of May as well.  Corl Street Elementary will celebrate Bike Day on May 22 (rain date May 23) at 3 pm, with a Bicycle Tour de Corl Street supervised ride for students, faculty and interested family members. This will be about four mile ride through the Holmes-Foster and Greentree neighborhoods starting and ending at the school.

May 4 - Linden Loop Bicycle Ride

Join us as we support the work to restore and maintain historic Rock Hill School. Register at 11:30. Ride at 12:30. Two rides are offered, a five mile recreational/family ride and a twenty eight mile supported ride, starting and finishing at 111 Linden Hall Road, near Boalsburg. Cost to register is $20.00 Website for the event: http://rockhillschoolatlindenhall.blogspot.com

May 6-10 – High School Bike to School Week

Students will be encouraged to ride to and from the high school during the entire week.

May 6-10 Middle School Bike to School Rides

Battle of the Bikes at the area middle schools: More info will be provided on the schools’ websites:

May 9 NMBA Beginner Mountain Bike Rides

Beginner mountain bike rides will start May 9, Thursday evenings at 6pm in the Galbraith Gap parking lot.

May 10 SC3 and the Women’s Adventure Club Fun Formal Flat Ride

6pm-7:15pm meet at Westside Stadium Bar & Grill GIGI's 2080 Cato Ave. Black tie attire/formal wear (biking shorts accepted!!). Happy Hour after the ride (in your formal wear, of course)! Be sure to bring a camera - you WON'T want to miss this!

May 11 Bike Rides and Bike Extravaganza
at Mount Nittany Middle School  (rain or shine!)

 

Community Bike Rides from Mount Nittany Middle School Parking Lot

  •  
    • 23-25 miles – Organized and lead by the CRBC leaves at 12:30 PM
    • 10 miles - Organized and lead by the CRBC leaves at 1:30 PM
    • 4 miles – routes pre-arranged with maps available 1:30 – 3 PM
    • 2 miles- routes pre-arranged with maps available 1:30 – 3 PM

Bike Festival at Mount Nittany Middle School Parking Lot (3-4 PM)

  •  
    •       Live Music, Food, Raffle Tickets and Prizes. Drawings and prizes @ 3:30 PM.
    •       Bicycle Scavenger Hunt Check-In @ 3 PM
May 10-12 Bike to Worship

Bike to your favorite worship service May 10, 11 or 12. It's a great way to get in touch with the wonders of creation (even rain is a wonder after all), do something emission-free for the earth, and care for your body as well.

May 17 – National Bike to Work Day

Join our crusade for a happier, healthier, greener community and ride to work!!! CRBC has a list of local cyclists who will help you figure out the best route for you to commute in to work. These Bike-to-Work Mentors are listed at http://centrebike.org.

May 17-19 Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest at Raystown

Dirt Rag's annual celebration of bikes, presented by SCOTT Sports, Allegrippis Trails at Raystown Lake, Pa, 30 plus miles of singletrack bliss.. Dirt Fest is a gathering to promote the mountain bicycling community in an environment of inclusion not based around ability, but rather hearty spirit for adventure, festivity, and camaraderie.

http://www.dirtragdirtfest.com/. Register now: http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=14465

May 28 – SC3 and the Women’s Adventure Club Ice Cream Ride

Tuesday May 28th at 6pm. Meet at Bernel Road Park for SC3’s regular Tuesday ride , stopping at Berkey Creamery on campus mid-ride.

June 8   Happy Valley Biking Race Rothrock

Rothrock TrailMix, proceeds benefit NMBA. More info at http://www.happyvalleybiking.com/

Bike Month Sponsors:

Freeze Thaw Cycles
catalogo Videon Central  The Bicycle Shop




 

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, List of Parks: 
1 South Hills Park
2 Nittany Village Park
3 Tussey View Park
4 Westerly Parkway Wetlands
5 Smithfield Park
6 Lederer Park
7 Walnut Springs Park
8 Shamrock Park
9 Thompson Woods
10 Dalevue Park
11 Slab Cabin Park
12 Nittany Orchard Park
13 Mountainside Park
14 Spring Creek Park
15 Penn Hills Park
16 Millbrook Marsh
17 The Arboretum
18 Overlook Heights Park
19 Suburban Park
20 Oakwood Park
21 Marjorie Mae Park
22 Woodycrest Park
23 Green Hollow Park
24 Tudek Park
25 Bernel Rd Park
26 Graysdale Park
27 Circleville Park
28 Patton Township Woodlands
29 Park Hills Park
30 Homestead Park
31 Greenbriar Saybrook Park
32 Holmes-Foster Park
33 Orchard Park
34 High Point Park
35 Haymarket Park
36 Foxpointe/Lexington Place Park
37 Fairmount Park
38 Sidney Friedman Park (Central Parklet)
39 Community Field
40 PSU Alumni Garden
41 Sunset Park
42 Fogleman Field Complex
43 Nittany View Park
44 Kaywood Park
45 Blue Spring Park
46 Country Place Park
47 Stan Yoder Preserve
48 Fairbrook Park
49 Meadows Park
50 Park Forest Tot Lot
 
Meeting Minutes - March 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 March 2013 19:18

MINUTES of CRBC Meeting

 

Written by Joan Potter

March 5, 2013

 

Meeting held at the State College Borough building.

 

Present:  

·         Jim Serene, President

·         Brian Dempsey, Vice President

·         Lynda Crow, Treasurer

·         Joan Potter, Secretary

·         Paul Rito, ex officio

·         Roy Greenfield

·         Jean Bemis

·         Nathan Geiger

·         Laura Brown

 

The meeting was called to order by Jim Serene at 6:00 pm.  A quorum of directors was present, and the meeting was ready to proceed with business.

 

National Bike Month

Reviewed the proclamation of May as National Bike Month and May 17th as Bike-to-Work Day drafted by Brian Dempsey for the Borough, COG, PSU and surrounding Townships. Each entity will be contacted to request the resolution be added to their April meeting agenda. Brian will attend the Borough meeting, COG, PSU, Patton Twp and Harris Twp, Jim Serene will attend College and Ferguson Twp, and Joan Potter will attend the Halfmoon Twp. meeting.

 

Bike Path Commemoration

Jim Serene proposed CRBC commemorate the new bike path to the Mt. Nittany Middle school with a sign designating it as “Remick Way” in honor of Forrest Remick. Mr. Remick is on the College Township Counsel and initiated the effort to change the path from gravel to paved asphalt. Usage of the path now exceeds expectations. Discussion followed and the general consensus was positive, there were no objections to our supporting recognition of Mr. Remick in this way.  Motion by Paul Rito:  Move to approve up to $200 for a sign; seconded and unanimously adopted.  (The township manager, Adam Brumbaugh will provide us with further details.)

 

CRBC Membership Campaign

The current CRBC membership form was reviewed, and there was discussion of when to send out the dues notice. Motion by Roy Greenfield:  Move to approve the annual dues remain as is and the notice be emailed in May; seconded and unanimously adopted.  

 

Laura Brown suggested asking PSU/Borough to send a CRBC membership notice to their bike permit list along with information on the benefits of bike registration.

 

Friday, April 26th, the last day of PSU classes, was selected as the date to have a membership drive and distribute Bike Month awareness information at the main gate of PSU on College Ave.  Jackie Sheader at CATA will be contacted to request a $150 grant for promoting Bike Month. Lydia Vandenbergh at PSU will be contacted to arrange for the table set-up.

 

Brief discussion of Bike Month activities followed. Community rides are planned for Saturday, May 11th in conjunction with the SCASD.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Approval requested to pay the following:

·         $  75 – League of American Bicyclists advocacy coalition dues

·         $100 – Alliance for Biking and Walking advocacy coalition dues

·         $  88 – Liability insurance

·         $  86 – Post office box rental

Motion by Brian Dempsey:  Move to approve payment of the above listed expenses; seconded and unanimously adopted.

 

Bicycle Advisory Committee

Jim Serene reviewed the concept of a Bicycle Advisory Committee and shared information about a similar organization in south central Pennsylvania that could be used as a model. Website:  http://www.spcregion.org/about.shtml.

 

CRBC Website

Members present were asked to review the CRBC website and make suggestions on what should be updated. Discussion on the best use of CRBC funds resulted in the following list being drafted:

·         League Certified Instructor Training ($300 fee)

·         Street Skills for Cyclists ($5 subsidy towards $33 cost for up to 20 attendees per year)

·         National Bike Summit fee for one attendee per year

·         Bicycle education

·         Community biking activities

·         Promotion of Bike Month awareness

·         CRBC marketing

·         Advocacy group memberships (League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking)

·         Basic expenses (insurance, post office box, etc.)

 

CVIM Cycling for Care

The 5th annual CVIM fundraising ride is scheduled for Saturday, June 29th. They asked CRBC to include an announcement on our website. Discussion followed. It was suggested that CVIM be asked to do a presentation in May during Bike Month on the health benefits of cycling.

 

The next general membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:00 pm in the Borough Building.

 

There being no further business to come before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

 
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