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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

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    • 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)

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    •       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
Last Updated on Friday, 17 May 2013 10:44
 
4 ft Law featured in WPSU story PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Friday, 04 January 2013 12:54

4' Law SignWPSU's Patty Satalia presents an interesting overview of Pennsylvania's recently enacted 4' law.

Click this link to listen: http://wpsu.org/radio/single_entry/LL-4468/stories

Our V.P. Brian Dempsey is interviewed in the piece about his experience with a recent bike-car accident.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2013 13:01
 
Penn State a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Thursday, 29 November 2012 11:24
Penn State Campus was recently recognized as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. As with the State College-Centre Region's recent designation as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community, the Bronze level award acknowledges a great effort to incorporate bicycles into the fabric of the region's transportation infrastructure. Better yet, it spurs the desire to continue to improve to Silver, Gold, or even Platinum, and that's good news for all Centre County cyclists. Congratulations PSU! 

To read the full story, click here! 
Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 15:44
 
Touring Presentation Available PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Friday, 19 October 2012 16:21

You can download and review the slides of our recent touring presentation here: 

http://www.centrebike.org/images/downloads/documents/tourpres2012.pdf

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 16:22
 
Bike Month 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:42
Stay tuned for Bike Month 2013 announcements, coming soon.

Centre Region Bicycle Coalition gaspumpcolor_loresand the State College Area School District Physical Education Department, in conjunction with the League of American Bicyclists are joining together to celebrate and support “Bike Month” in the Centre Region during May, 2012.

May 1-19, 2012 – Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

Everyone is invited to participate in a Scavenger Hunt here in Centre County. 50 places within a 15 mile radius of SC will be posted on the Centre Region Bike Coalition Website and on the SCASD PE Department Website, (links listed at end of announcement) on May 1. You may compete as an individual, with a partner, or as a team of 3 or more. A picture, either on a camera or phone or paper copy, showing the rider(s) and bike(s) at each destination on the list will be used to prove how many destinations each rider (or team) has visited. A top prize will be awarded in each category for the most locations ridden to between May 1 and May 19. Also, a raffle ticket will be given to each individual for every 5 locations. Raffle tickets will be used for various other prizes. You must bring pix, camera or camera phone with pictures on it, to the Bicycle Festival on May 19 for validation. Have fun exploring the SC area with your family and friends! Take those photos as you check off how many of the destinations you have visited here in Centre County by bicycle. See this list here: http://www.centrebike.org/articles/features/192-19-day-bicycle-scavenger-hunt-sites.html

May 1-31, 2012 – Elementary School Bicycling Activities

Elementary students will be issued “Bicycle Calendars” at their schools. They should 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 9, with a Bicycle Tour de Corl Street supervised ride for students, faculty and interested family members. This will be a four mile ride starting and ending at Corl Street Elementary School.

May 6, 2012 - 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 and a twenty eight mile 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. Register here: http://www.active.com/cycling/linden-hall-near-boalsburg-pa/linden-loop-walk-run-or-bike-2012

May 12 - NMBA's 2012 Spring Group Ride

Nittany Mountain Biking Association's 2012 Spring Group Ride will be held on Saturday, May 12th, at Tussey Mountain. This year along with NMBA members and other mountain biking clubs, we have invited the road bikers to join our festivities. Post-ride we will meet at the pavillion by the pond behind the go cart track, at 4pm for a picnic. Tussey Mountain has graciously given us the rental of the pavillion at no charge! More details here: http://www.centrebike.org/articles/news/193-nmbas-2012-spring-group-ride.html

Saturday June 9 Sunday May 13 - Street Skills for Cyclists Course Postponed. Rescheduled for June 9th

Do you feel intimidated on the road? This one day, nine hour course gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on trails. Among the topics included are bicycle safety checks, maintenance tips, on-bike skills training and crash avoidance techniques. A student manual is included, and the day is concluded with a group ride to practice your newly-learned bicycle driving skills. This fast paced course is recommended for anyone 14 years of age or older.

Where: Videon Central, 2171 Sandy Drive, State College PA 16803
When: Sunday, May 13, 2012 Saturday, June 9, 2012
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM, Lunch will be provided.

Taught by League of American Bicyclists certified instructors Paul Rito and Chuck Anderson. For more information, or to sign up, visit http://www.centrebike.org/articles/features/190-street-skills-for-cyclists.html.

May 14-18, 2012 – High School Bike to School Week

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

Thursday, May 17, 2012- Middle School Bike to School Ride

On this date students will be riding to and from school from a variety of locations. Teachers at the Middle Schools will coordinate the rides at each school. Rain make up date will be Friday May 18.

At Park Forest Middle School there will be a bicycle based Scavenger Hunt through the Park Forest neighborhood on Thursday May 17. On Friday there will be a bagel breakfast for students who complete the Scavenger Hunt.

DestinationBusinessFriday, May 18, 2012 – National Bike to Work Day

Join our crusade and ride to work!!! Check out the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition website for details on discounts at various local businesses for folks who bike to work on this day. centrebike.org. CRBC also lists local cyclists who will help you figure out the best route for you to take to commute in to work. These Bike to Work Mentors are also listed at centrebike.org.

If you'd like your business to participate as a "Destination Business", see the details here; Destination Business 2012. For a list of participating businesses, click here!

Friday May 18 - Sunday May 20 - Bike To Worship Weekend

Bike to your favorite worship service May 18, 19 or 20. And 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. Then Join us for a Sunday Picnic in the Park on May 20:

The Creation Care Coalition, PA-Interfaith Power and Light and Grace Lutheran Church are planning to meet at Sunset Park in State College from 1 pm to 4 pm for a potluck picnic. Bring your own sustainable place settings and a portable dish to pass. (Label any allergens please)

The afternoon will include a Bike Tour/Scavenger Hunt to local churches, leaving from and returning to the picnic at Sunset Park.
http://creationcare.pbworks.com/w/page/39202228/Bike%20to%20Worship%20Weekend%202012

Saturday, May 19 Grande Finale Bike Rides and Bike Festival

 

Community Bike Rides, Mount Nittany Middle School(raindate,Sunday,May 20)

from Mount Nittany Middle School Parking Lot

23 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

Click here for route maps & cue sheets.

 

Bike Festival at Mount Nittany Middle School Parking Lot (3-5 PM)
  • Live Music, Food, Raffle Tickets and Prizes. We hope to have bicycling professionals who train at Woodward in attendance as well. Drawings and prizes @ 4:15 PM.
  • Bring a new bike tube of any size and/or some cash to donate to help finish up the Kallari Bicycle Project, a joint project of CRBC and Penn State Office of Sustainability. We will be collecting the tubes to send and cash to help shipping of the bikes to the children of the Kallari Cocoa Cooperative, in Tena, Ecuador. Check out the website at http://Centrebike.org for details about this project. Help us give the children of this community a good way to get to school, bicycling there rather than walking up to two hours each way.
  • Bicycle Scavenger Hunt Check-In @ 3 PM

Please join us by linking into one of the following pages for further information:

Bike Month Sponsors:

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Mount Nittany Health
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 22:01
 
Videon receives Bicycle Friendly Business Bronze PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:53
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Congratulations to Videon Central, the Centre Region's first Bicycle Friendly Business!

Read the CDT story here: 

http://www.centredaily.com/2011/09/18/2917948/business-awarded-for-bike-program.html#storylink=misearch 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 11:05
 
State College a Top City for Biking! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Thursday, 23 June 2011 10:35

State College made #11 in this list of Top Cities for Biking. We're working to get the Centre Region COG (S.C. Borough, Ferguson, College, Harris, Patton, & Halfmoon Townships) designated as a nationally recognized Bicycle Friendly Community.

http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/06/americas-top-cities-for-bike-commuting-happier-too/240265/#slide11

 
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