Friday, 14 December 2012 15:43
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.
As 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.
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.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:20
State College – Centre Region is named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
Washington, D.C. – May 15, 2012 – May is National Bike Month with hundreds of events and thousands of riders celebrating bicycling nationwide. And a growing number of U.S. communities are taking steps to encourage residents to ride all year round —including the Centre Region. The League of American Bicyclists has announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and the State College–Centre Region area was named a Bronze Level BFC. The Centre Region COG applied for the designation on behalf of six municipalities (the Townships of College, Halfmoon, Harris, Ferguson and Patton, and the Borough of State College).
The Centre Region Council of Governments is holding a brief ceremony to announce the Bronze level award as follows:
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: Centre Region Council of Governments Building
2643 Gateway Drive
State College, PA
If you're a cyclist in the State College area please join us on your bike for the ceremony!
Full text of the BFC Press Release.
Our bike month activities!
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:42
Stay tuned for Bike Month 2013 announcements, coming soon.
Centre Region Bicycle Coalition and the State College Area School District Physical Education Department, in conjunction with the League of American Bicyclists are joining together to celebrate and support “Bike Month” in the Centre Region during May, 2012.
May 1-19, 2012 – Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
Everyone is invited to participate in a Scavenger Hunt here in Centre County. 50 places within a 15 mile radius of SC will be posted on the Centre Region Bike Coalition Website and on the SCASD PE Department Website, (links listed at end of announcement) on May 1. You may compete as an individual, with a partner, or as a team of 3 or more. A picture, either on a camera or phone or paper copy, showing the rider(s) and bike(s) at each destination on the list will be used to prove how many destinations each rider (or team) has visited. A top prize will be awarded in each category for the most locations ridden to between May 1 and May 19. Also, a raffle ticket will be given to each individual for every 5 locations. Raffle tickets will be used for various other prizes. You must bring pix, camera or camera phone with pictures on it, to the Bicycle Festival on May 19 for validation. Have fun exploring the SC area with your family and friends! Take those photos as you check off how many of the destinations you have visited here in Centre County by bicycle. See this list here: http://www.centrebike.org/articles/features/192-19-day-bicycle-scavenger-hunt-sites.html
May 1-31, 2012 – Elementary School Bicycling Activities
Elementary students will be 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 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 9, with a Bicycle Tour de Corl Street supervised ride for students, faculty and interested family members. This will be a four mile ride starting and ending at Corl Street Elementary School.
May 12 - NMBA's 2012 Spring Group Ride
Nittany Mountain Biking Association's 2012 Spring Group Ride will be held on Saturday, May 12th, at Tussey Mountain. This year along with NMBA members and other mountain biking clubs, we have invited the road bikers to join our festivities. Post-ride we will meet at the pavillion by the pond behind the go cart track, at 4pm for a picnic. Tussey Mountain has graciously given us the rental of the pavillion at no charge! More details here: http://www.centrebike.org/articles/news/193-nmbas-2012-spring-group-ride.html
Saturday June 9
Sunday May 13 - Street Skills for Cyclists Course Postponed. Rescheduled for June 9th
Do you feel intimidated on the road? This one day, nine hour course gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on trails. Among the topics included are bicycle safety checks, maintenance tips, on-bike skills training and crash avoidance techniques. A student manual is included, and the day is concluded with a group ride to practice your newly-learned bicycle driving skills. This fast paced course is recommended for anyone 14 years of age or older.
Where: Videon Central, 2171 Sandy Drive, State College PA 16803
Sunday, May 13, 2012 Saturday, June 9, 2012
Time: 9 AM to 6 PM, Lunch will be provided.
Taught by League of American Bicyclists certified instructors Paul Rito and Chuck Anderson. For more information, or to sign up, visit http://www.centrebike.org/articles/features/190-street-skills-for-cyclists.html.
May 14-18, 2012 – High School Bike to School Week
Students will be encouraged to ride to and from the high school during the entire week.
Thursday, May 17, 2012- Middle School Bike to School Ride
On this date students will be riding to and from school from a variety of locations. Teachers at the Middle Schools will coordinate the rides at each school. Rain make up date will be Friday May 18.
At Park Forest Middle School there will be a bicycle based Scavenger Hunt through the Park Forest neighborhood on Thursday May 17. On Friday there will be a bagel breakfast for students who complete the Scavenger Hunt.
Friday, May 18, 2012 – National Bike to Work Day
Join our crusade and ride to work!!! Check out the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition website for details on discounts at various local businesses for folks who bike to work on this day. centrebike.org. CRBC also lists local cyclists who will help you figure out the best route for you to take to commute in to work. These Bike to Work Mentors are also listed at centrebike.org.
If you'd like your business to participate as a "Destination Business", see the details here; Destination Business 2012. For a list of participating businesses, click here!
Friday May 18 - Sunday May 20 - Bike To Worship Weekend
Bike to your favorite worship service May 18, 19 or 20. And 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 Join us for a Sunday Picnic in the Park on May 20:
The Creation Care Coalition, PA-Interfaith Power and Light and Grace Lutheran Church are planning to meet at Sunset Park in State College from 1 pm to 4 pm for a potluck picnic. Bring your own sustainable place settings and a portable dish to pass. (Label any allergens please)
The afternoon will include a Bike Tour/Scavenger Hunt to local churches, leaving from and returning to the picnic at Sunset Park.
Saturday, May 19 Grande Finale Bike Rides and Bike Festival
Community Bike Rides, Mount Nittany Middle School(raindate,Sunday,May 20)
from Mount Nittany Middle School Parking Lot
23 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
Click here for route maps & cue sheets.
Bike Festival at Mount Nittany Middle School Parking Lot (3-5 PM)
- Live Music, Food, Raffle Tickets and Prizes. We hope to have bicycling professionals who train at Woodward in attendance as well. Drawings and prizes @ 4:15 PM.
- Bring a new bike tube of any size and/or some cash to donate to help finish up the Kallari Bicycle Project, a joint project of CRBC and Penn State Office of Sustainability. We will be collecting the tubes to send and cash to help shipping of the bikes to the children of the Kallari Cocoa Cooperative, in Tena, Ecuador. Check out the website at http://Centrebike.org for details about this project. Help us give the children of this community a good way to get to school, bicycling there rather than walking up to two hours each way.
- Bicycle Scavenger Hunt Check-In @ 3 PM
Please join us by linking into one of the following pages for further information:
Bike Month Sponsors:
Monday, 06 February 2012 15:12
"Pennsylvania enacted a new bicycle safety law on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The new law now requires motorists to allow at least four feet of space between their vehicle and a bicycle when passing a bicyclist.
The law also makes it legal for a driver to cross a double yellow line into an opposing lane of traffic, when necessary to allow for the four feet clearance when passing a bicyclist on the right. If there is oncoming cars in the other direction, the motorist would have to wait until it is safe to pass the bicyclist and provide the mandated four feet clearance.
The law further allows a bicyclist to ride slower on the road than the posted maximum speed, and makes it illegal for a vehicle to cut off a bicyclist when the motorist is turning right.
The law becomes effective in sixty (60) days and is deisgned to reduce injuries which frequently do occur when a bicyclist and driver are involved in a car wreck or car accident. Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania tend to have more of these types of injury causing accidents due to the rural nature of the area."
Posted by Scott Cooper, Attorney on http://harrisburg.injuryboard.com
Another article in the Morning Call: http://blogs.mcall.com/capitol_ideas/2012/02/things-government-does-dept-gov-corbett-signs-bicycle-safety-bill-into-law.html
Full text of House Bill 170 can be found here.