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Ferguson Township recognized as Outstanding Bicycling Advocate PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 October 2014 23:24

Since CRBC's founding in 2000, there has been much activity and progress building cycling facilities regionwide. We took notice that much of that activity has been happening in Ferguson Township. Blue Course Drive, Science Park, Gatesburg Rd,Foxpointe/Autumnwood and now Havershire are just a few of paths that have been opened in the last few years. Preliminary results of our recent poll indicates that they are among the most used paths in the area.Elliot Killian receives Outstanding Bicycling Advocate award for Ferguson Township
Elliot Killian receives OBA award from President Jim
Serene and ex comm board member Paul Rito


Ferguson's consideration of cyclists and pedestrians when new developments or new or rehab street projects are proposed is unmatched in the area. There is one reason for that: connectivity. While there are paths here and paths there what sets Ferguson apart is the connectivity. One can ride over 15 miles almost exclusively on off-street paths just in Ferguson Twp. If you include low traffic roads and on-street paths, that mileage increases significantly. They have been extraordinarily responsive to our requests for path maintenance, and the recent improvements on Whitehall Rd both by PennDOT and Ferguson have added a level of safety that has been desperately needed in that corridor. It is well appreciated, as it adds to the safety of all road users, motorists included. Ferguson's planning and execution are a model that the other communities in the area should strive to match. The icing on the cake was the recent announcement that 4 more paths will be maintained in Winter. Without winter maintenance, the network cannot be reliably used for 1/3 or more of the year.

In recognition of outstanding dedication and commitment to making the Centre Region a better place to bicycle we recognize Ferguson Township's contributions with our Outstanding Bicycling Advocate award.

Ferguson joins previous awardees Trish Meek of the Centre Region Council of Governments (2011), and Tom Remick of College Township (2013). 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:13
 
Great Ride with Mayor Goreham! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joan Potter   
Monday, 06 October 2014 09:19

Summary of Oct 4th Ride with Mayor Goreham

Hi All,

Saturday morning began with a few rain sprinkles and a cool breeze, however that did not deter an enthusiastic group from enjoying a 7-mile ride through town with the State College Mayor, Elizabeth Goreham. Participants included CRBC members, school officials, a bike police officer, members of SCCC and Penn State Bicycle Club, and folks from the community.

After the ride, we enjoyed coffee & bagels in the Sidney FriedmanParklet and shared stories with the Mayor and her husband, Dr. Jack Matson. In spite of the weather, the event was a success and everyone had a good time. Mayor Goreham stated she’s looking forward to another similar ride next Fall.

So, why ride with the Mayor? In a recent edition of American Bicyclist magazine, there’s an article about Betsy Price, the Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas. Mayor Price has made it her goal to spearhead “a citywide initiative focused on promoting active lifestyles and healthy habits”. Mayor Price is a big supporter of bicycling as a form of alternative transportation, and is leading the charge to improve bicycling infrastructure, safety, and community acceptance. Under her tenure, the city has added miles of bike lanes, and dedicated $1.2 million for trails and signature events for cycling. She is convinced that improved bicycling is good for community economic development.

We are fortunate to have a Mayor who is supportive of our bicycle community. However, she will need our support when it comes to convincing other officials that improvements and events for bicyclists are worthy of government time and money. Only a strong bicycle organization like CRBC (which may soon be known as “CentreBike”), can make that happen. If you’re a current member of CRBC, thank you. If not, please consider joining today and help to support a more cycle-friendly Centre Region.

Hope to see you at our next event…

Jim Serene

President, CRBC

www.centrebike.org

https://www.facebook.com/centrebike

A voice for ALL cyclists in the Centre Region!

 
Name Change Under Consideration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joan Potter   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:09

We would appreciate your comments and suggestions regarding changing the name of the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition (CRBC). At last week’s CRBC meeting it was agreed that a shorter more contemporary name would be more appealing and help to attract new membership. Reasons discussed in considering a name change included: 

  • The local cycling community has evolved since the creation of CRBC in 2000, and CRBC is no longer an umbrella organization for various groups as it was in the beginning, although the vision of a more cycle-friendly Centre County remains unchanged.
  • There are many who are comfortable with the CRBC name and don’t have second thoughts about ‘Coalition’ being in the name, however in speaking with potential new members some are unsure they want to belong to a Coalition, finding it intimidating.
  • The name may easily be confused with the new Centre Region Bicycle Advisory Committee (CRBAC). 
  • Many cycling groups around the country who once had longer names have shortened them – BikePGH and Bike Austin are examples. Although rather than follow these examples and use Bike State College, it was felt we should incorporate the wider region in the name. 
  • The name change is only one part of a greater effort to breathe new life into this local bicycle advocacy organization. In 2001, CRBC had more than 150 members and 7 committees. Today, CRBC has only 38 members who have paid the $15 dues and there are no committees. For whatever reason, and with full appreciation for previous strong, dedicated leadership, our numbers have greatly diminished.
  • CRBC past records show that one of the benefits of membership listed in 2001 was: “Bike rides and other outings to allow members to get to know one another and to perform service to the cycling community”. An appealing name may help to foster this social emphasis again.

After much discussion around possible names, it was suggested that we simply use our website address as the new name –CentreBike.org. There has been a very positive response to this logical suggestion, however we would like to hear additional input before the name change is put to a vote at the next meeting in October.

Please be assured that changing the name will not change the mission and goals of the organization. We will continue to be the voice of slow and fast bicyclists for safe connected bike routes.

Please send your comments and suggestions to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  All comments received will be summarized and shared prior to the next meeting on October 21st.

Thank you for your consideration,

Joan Potter

Secretary

Centre Region Bicycle Coalition

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:14
 
2014 National Bike Month Activities PDF Print E-mail

May 1-31, 2014 – Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
21 places within the Centre Region will be posted on the below links on May 1. You may compete as an individual, with a partner, or as a team of 3 or more.  All riders or groups must take a photo with their bikes at the designated locations.  Some locations require you to leave your bikes parked nearby, however.  Pictures need to be submitted throughout the month to Clay Chiles, Environmental AmeriCorps Member at State College Borough: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If pictures match the clues provided, you will get that location checked off. These pictures will randomly be shared and celebrated through CRBC, SCASD and State College Borough social media, including @BikeStCollege on twitter.

A top prize will be awarded in each category for the most locations ridden to between May 1 and May 30.  Also, a raffle ticket will be given to each individual for every 5 locations. Raffle tickets will be used for various other prizes.  Winners will be announced on May 31st at the Extravaganza! (see below -- you may need to click on "read more" or here to see the full article)

Have fun exploring the SC area with your family and friends!

Get the clues here!

May 1-September 30, 2014 National Bike Challenge

National Bike ChallengeJoin the CRBC team! The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level. The NBC aims to unite 50,000 riders to pedal 30 million miles before September 30. If you have a MapMyRide or Endomondo account, you can link it and your workouts will be automatically logged.

May 1-31, 2014 – Elementary School Bicycling Activities
Elementary students were 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

Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 13:38
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Area Cycling News PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
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
Written by Paul Rito   
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

Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 14:33
 
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 Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:06
 
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