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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
 
New Officers Elected PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:37

New officers for 2013 were elected at our January 22 meeting. 

Jim Serene was elected President. Among Jim’s many contributions to CRBC projects and programs, he led the committee that helped the State College-Centre Region achieve Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community status.

Brian Dempsey is Vice-President. Brian has worked with the CRBC since its inception in 2000. Among his many contributions to CRBC, Brian also served as President at two different times during the last 12 years. 

Lynda Crow stays on as Treasurer, extending her service in that role to 3 years. During her tenure, CRBC has seen the long-awaited addition of online membership renewal and a positive bank balance that will help fund our advocacy efforts. 

Joan Potter also remains as Secretary. Joan has been an active proponent of CRBC cycling education programs. Her employer, Videon Central, is the area's first (and so far, only) Bicycle Friendly Business, due in large part to the cycling encouragement programs Joan put in place in her position as Videon's HR Directror. 

Welcome to all our new and returning Officers. Please give them your support to help make cycling in the Centre Region a safe, fun, and healthy lifestyle alternative. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:47
 
Thanks & Goodbye, Chuck Anderson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Friday, 14 December 2012 15:43
Chuck Anderson

Farewell, Chuck!

Long time CRBC volunteer, Vice-President, and past-President, Chuck Anderson will be leaving the area and us at the end of December. To explain why and where he's going, I thought it best to use his own words: 

"With mixed emotions I want to let you all know that at after Christmas Susie and I are moving to Boulder, CO. I have been offered a position with the National Geophysical Data Center there in Boulder. It has been great working with you all over the years and I will miss the challenges and opportunities of the bike community here in State College. I am proud of the work CRBC has done and regret that I will not be a part of it. On the flip side, Boulder is a platinum level BFC and I'll pass along anything I see there that would fit into the needs here in State College." 

We regret it, too, Chuck!  Chuck has been an integral part of the cycling advocacy scene since his arrival in the area. As well as serving multiple executive posts, Chuck was always working on one cycling issue or the other. Many of the improvements you've seen, and many you may not have noticed, were started, nudged, & sometimes pushed along through Chuck's tenacious desire to see things bettered for cyclists in the area. From consulting with accident victims, to interacting with area planning agencies, police forces, and PennDOT, Chuck put a lot of personal time and effort behind his beliefs. 

Chuck AndersonAs a League (of American Bicyclists) Cycling Instructor, Chuck's Street Skills and Fix-a-Flat and More classes at Penn State helped spread the word and experience that cycling is and can be an enjoyable experience that needn't be feared, whether on a bike path, a trail, or down Atherton St.  

As a member of our Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) committee, Chuck helped write the application that won the Centre Region BFC Bronze, and he served on advisory committees at Penn State that spurred the progress that led to PSU's recent award of Bronze Bicycle Friendly University. 

As a volunteer for CRBC, Chuck could always be counted on to help staff our tables for Bike-to-Work Day/Week/Month, run a cycling education seminar for Earth Day, or events with the Campus Sustainability Office. 

And as I write this, I realize the void that Chuck's departure will leave in the organization. I hope that some of his legacy will be to inspire others, as he has me, to take up the banner of cycling advocacy, pitch in, and help fill that void and keep the area progressing towards an even more bicycle friendly place. 

Thanks Chuck. The CRBC and the Centre Region appreciate all you've done for us. Good luck to you and Susie in this new phase of your lives. We'll miss you. 

Paul Rito 

Last Updated on Friday, 14 December 2012 15:54
 
October 18: Everything you always wanted to know about Bicycle Touring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Tuesday, 09 October 2012 21:57

Slides from the presentation are available here: http://www.centrebike.org/images/downloads/documents/tourpres2012.pdf

Thursday, October 18th, 6 pm in Room 201 of the State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St.

Bicycle Touring can be as simple as an overnight to a nearby location or as monumental as an around-the-world adventure. If you are thinking of a tour next year, it’s time to start thinking about why and where how and whatifs. Maybe you’re just interested in learning what touring’s all about. Either way, join us for a panel discussion featuring local touring cyclists who’ve done a variety of tours from local overnights to cross-country and European tours. We’ll talk about types of tours, planning, equipment, cost, training, resources, and share our experiences with you (and we’ll be showing pics from our tours throughout the discussions).

Our panel includes:
  • Brian Dempsey rode 2400 miles from Arcata, CA to St. Louis, MO during May 2006. He rode with a friend, partially supported the first two weeks. It was a life-changing event!
  • Roy Greenfield is a retired PSU Geoscience Professor and has ridden, with Toby Carlson and others, more than 10 self-supported 2 week rides in Europe staying in moderately priced hotels and B&Bs.
  • Kurt Kunka has crossed-countried multiple times and has extensive local and regional touring experience.
  • Dana Miller solo crossed-countried from D.C. to Oregon in 2010, and will provide a woman's perspective on solo and small group touring.
  • Eric Nord and his brother crossed the country between mid May and July of 1993 on mountain bikes converted for touring.
  • Paul Rito cross-countried from Seattle to Bethany Beach in 2005, combining organized group and solo touring. He’s also organized and led smaller scale tours locally over the last 5 years.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 16:26
 
Fix that Flat! (and Beyond) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Friday, 21 September 2012 10:51

Thursday September 27th Fix that Flat (and Beyond) 6-9pm in rm 117 EES Bldg. WEL 512

We will discuss routine preventive maintenance for your bike, including maintenance of cables and shifting mechanisms, adjustment of brakes, and proper lubrication techniques. You will also learn how to handle emergency roadside repairs, such as flat tires, broken cables, jammed chains, and bent wheels. This is the perfect class for people who ride bikes but always take it to the shop for even minor maintenance, and who think of their cell phone as their emergency repair kit.

Register at:PSU Health Matters (if you're not a PSUE student/faculty/staff, you'll need to use/create a "Friend of Penn State" account to register, or you can call 863-4606).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 22:03
 
Street Skills Class Oct 7 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Monday, 10 September 2012 11:31
Trainee performing an Insta-Turn

Do you choose a car over your bike because you fear dealing with traffic? Street Skills for Cyclists is designed to teach adult cyclists how to drive a bicycle with confidence and competence for pleasure, utility, or sport. The class is offered as a self-paced, approx. 4 hour online tutorial, followed up with on-bike skills training and a group ride.
Where:
Online, and Earth & Mineral Sciences East, Rm 117, University Park Campus
When:  Sunday October 7, 2012
Time:  12 pm to 5 pm. 
Instructor: Chuck Anderson, Certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI)  
Register at:   PSU Health Matters (if you're not a PSUE student/faculty/staff, you'll need to use/create a "Friend of Penn State" account to register, or you can call 863-4606).
What you'll need: A bicycle and helmet. 

Read more: Street Skills Information Flyer

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 22:00
 
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