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Extend National Bike Month by joining the Challenge! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Rito   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 15:29

Join the CRBC team in the National Bike ChallengeBike month is over, but the fun continues. The National Bike Challenge runs from May 1 to September 30, and Team CRBC is currently #16 in the nation. Help us by adding your miles to our totals! 

Team CRBC's NBC stats

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 15:32
 
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
 
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
 
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