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Ferguson Township recognized as Outstanding Bicycling Advocate
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). 

 
2014 National Bike Month Activities

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

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Area Cycling News
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
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

 
New Officers Elected
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. 

 
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