May 16-20th is National Bike to Work Week! — May 20th is National Bike to Work Day!
May is National Bike Month! To celebrate, the CRBC, in conjunction with other local organizations, is planning these Bike Month activities:
4T&aB Ride -- Click on pic for album
We held the last of Bike Month events! Thanks to everyone who participated. We're still collecting Bikes for Ecuador and if you haven't ridden yet this month, there's still time!
- Commuting Ride Mentors
- Commuting Tips and Resources
- April 23, Bikes for Ecuador, YMCA Healthy Kids Day
- April 23-24, PSU Cycling Club ECCC Championship Weekend
- April 27, Street Skills for Cyclists Class
- April 29, Bike Month Kickoff & Bikes for Ecuador.
- May 1, The Linden Loop Ride
- May 7, SCASD Group Ride #1 & Mount Nittany Winery Ride
- May 11, From Obese and Sedentary to Centuries Talk
- May 13-15 Bike to Worship Weekend
- May 14, SCASD Group Ride #2
- May 17, Yoga for Bicyclists
- May 21, SCASD Group Ride #3 -- 4 Townships & a Borough Ride
Saturday, April 23 – State College YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Healthy Kids Day will be held Sunday April 23. Bicycling related activities include:
- a bicycle rodeo during which local police teach children bike safety;
- bike clinics with instruction from local bike shops;
- family friendly group rides starting and ending at the SCAYMCA at 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 pm. ½ mile course on parking lots and sidewalks around the Y;
- a used bike collection (see Bikes for Ecuador )
Saturday April 23 1-4pm – Bikes for Ecuador
Friday April 29 8am - 5 pm
CRBC, the Center for Sustainability, and Eco-Action have teamed up to collect bikes for kids in Ecuador. Donations of used bicycles will be accepted the YMCA Healthy Kids Day and at the Bike Month Kickoff by the Allen Street Gates. All bikes will go to the members of Kallari (kai-YAH-ri), a sustainable cacao growers’ cooperative within the Amazon rain forest. Kids in Kallari have to travel many miles to attend school, and because most lack transportation, many drop out with only elementary-level educations. Bikes must be rideable on dirt roads, but those needing minor repairs will be accepted. Donations of cycling gear and accessories will also be accepted, as will cash to cover costs of repairs and shipping. Bring your unwanted bike, and help a student succeed!
Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24 – ECCC Championship Weekend
For the riders: Easterns is upon us at last! After 7 weeks of competition on the ECCC circuit, it's time to bring the season to a culmination and get our sufferfest on.
The team time trial and EPIC road race in Black Moshannon State Park will take place on Saturday, starting at 8:30 AM.
On Sunday, we will be hosting a criterium race through Frat Row in downtown State College!! It's time for the cyclists of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference to duke it out for ECCC supremacy.
See more at the PSU Cycling Club site or their Facebook page.
Wednesday April 27 6:00-9:00 pm – Street Skills for Cyclists
Wednesday May 4 6:00-9:00 pm, and
Sunday May 8 12:30-5:00 pm
League of American Bicyclists certified class that empowers bike riders to confidently share the road with other traffic. The class benefits riders of every level, from those just getting back on a bike to veteran cyclists who ride every day. Combining classroom and on-bike skills practice, the class features information on interacting with traffic, crash types and avoidance techniques, basic bike maintenance, roadside repairs, and emergency bike-handling skills. The Wednesday sessions are both classroom sessions while the Sunday session is the on-bike portion of the class. The class is offered through the Penn State Health matters program, but is open to all community members. Those in the Penn State system can register online at ohr.psu.edu/health-matters/register-for-programs and community members can register by calling the Health Matters office at 863-4606.
Friday, April 29 – Bike Month Kickoff
Bike Info by CRBC, CATA, The Center for Sustainability, The Campus Sustainability Office and Eco-Action at the Allen St. gate to PSU. You’ll find information about bicycle registration & safety, regional biking opportunities, & other efforts to make this area GREEN.
When: 8am - 5pm
Where: Corner of College and Allen
Sunday May 1 – The Linden Loop
- The Linden Loop Bike Run or Walk supports the Rock Hill School restoration project. For a description of the ride and printable registration form:
When: 12:30 pm (28 mile ride)and 1:00 pm (5 mile ride)
The CRBC is supporting and promoting this ride but is not involved in organizing or running the event.
Where: Rock Hill School in Linden Hall
How Much? $20 registration, waived if you raise $50 for the Rock Hill School.
Saturday May 7 – Mount Nittany Vineyard Vino & Pizza Ride
- Saturday, May 7th, at 3 PM we will be riding up to Mount Nittany Vineyard from the State College Borough Building to pair vino and pizza. This is not a tour, but a special event organized by Mount Nittany Vineyard. Tony of Gemelli's and NOLA'S PLACE fame will have his wood fired pizza oven there, and the Vineyard folks will be pairing local wines with some stellar pizza.
Tickets are $10, and can be picked up at Eddie's Bike's and Freeze Thaw. There are a limited number of tickets available (15ish)...If it rains and you want to drive, you will still need a ticket to get in. E-mail Mike Shamalla for more info
See the map and cue sheet here: Winery Tour Map. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED for all participants.
When: 3:00 pm (Space is limited and you must have a ticket to get in)
Where: State College Municipal Building Plaza, 243 S. Allen St.
How Much? $10. Tickets available at Freeze-Thaw and Eddie's Bikes.
Wednesday May 11 – Talk: From Obese and Sedentary to Centuries
- Subtitled: How I became healthy and active through cycling
AccuWeather meteorologist and local cycling enthusiast Joe Lundberg will talk about how he used cycling to lose a significant amount of weight, and how he continues cycling to keep it off. Joe will talk about where he was...what essentially 'triggered' him to change...how he got started....what spurred him on....and how he gradually built up and lost the weight, and how he keeps it off.
When: 7:00 pm
Where: State College Borough Building, 243 S. Allen St, Room 220.
Friday-Sunday, May 13-15 – Bike-to-Worship Weekend
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 plan to join the CCC for a Sunday Picnic in the Park on May 15 in the afternoon. For more info, see the Creation Care website here: Bike-to-Worship
Saturday May 7, 14, and 21 – SCASD Saturday Rides
Saturday Rides. Group ride with options for kids of all ages. 2, 4 (loop or out-and-back), 10 and 25 miles.
The ride on the 14th will be in remembrance of Mt. Nittany Middle School teacher Beth Donghia. Please bring flowers to place at the Ghost Bike on Boalsburg Rd. Update 5/11/11: A second starting point will be available at Spring Creek Park Please gather there and get signed in around 12:30. The 25 mile ride will meet us at the park and we hope to be on our way by 12:45. The round trip distance from the park is about 11 miles.
The ride on the 21st will be our annual 4 Townships and a Borough ride and will be in remembrance of Bodhan Kulakowski, in whose memory the Ghost Bike on Boalsburg Rd was placed.
HELMETS ARE REQUIRED for all participants. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please print out, sign, and bring along this liability waiver (copies will be available at the ride, too). If you're under 18, have your parents sign for you.
When: 11am-2pm, or 12:30-2pm
Where: South High School Parking Lot, or Spring Creek Park
More info, maps & cule sheets here: http://www.centrebike.org/articles/news/165-school-district-and-crbc-bike-month-rides.html
Tuesday May 17, 7:15-8:15 pm – Yoga for Bicyclists
Tues. May 17th Center for Well-Being, Lemont. Kate Marshall-Chase will teach a variety of yoga poses to both prepare for and recover from riding! Emphasis on both stretching and strengthening the key areas that cycling requires. Class suitable for all levels. No one is too stiff for yoga! If you think you are then you need to come to this class!!
When: 7:15-8:15 pm
Where: Center for Well Being, 123 Mt. Nittany Rd, Lemont
How Much? FREE!!!
Throughout May (and continuing) – Mentored Bike Commuting
Several experienced commuting cyclists have volunteered their time to guide new commuters during Bike To Work Week -- or anytime. Areas, contacts, and availability are listed below:
|Flexible departure time
Spring Creek Park
|7:45 - 8:00am
||9 - 9:30am
|Blue Course Dr
|Boalsburg Pump Station
|South Hills to
or Innovation Park
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Please contact your Ride Guide mentor to arrange your commute!
For general questions, please contact Kate Marshall-Chase via e-mail at
or via phone at 237-6316.
So mark you calendars, because in May we urge you to get out of your car and back on your bike!
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