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State College - Centre Region wins Bronze BFC
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:20
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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).

BFC-Ceremony

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!

 
Bike Month 2012
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:42
Stay tuned for Bike Month 2013 announcements, coming soon.

Centre Region Bicycle Coalition gaspumpcolor_loresand 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 6, 2012 - 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 and a twenty eight mile 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. Register here: http://www.active.com/cycling/linden-hall-near-boalsburg-pa/linden-loop-walk-run-or-bike-2012

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
When: 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.

DestinationBusinessFriday, 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.
http://creationcare.pbworks.com/w/page/39202228/Bike%20to%20Worship%20Weekend%202012

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:

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Mount Nittany Health
 
New PA Bicycle Safety Law Signed
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.

 
"Bicycle Dreams" Thanks
Friday, 27 January 2012 13:39

Thanks to the sponsors who helped bring "Bicycle Dreams" to the State Theatre: 

  • RBR Recumbent Cycles
  • Matson & Associates
  • Freeze Thaw Cycles
  • Videon Central 
  •  Nittany Mountain Biking Association
  • The Bicycle Shop

And to everyone at the State Theatre, for a well-run, smooth, supportive operation. 

And to CRBC board member Dr. Jim Serene, for organizing the presentation of the movie, promoting it, and generally running a one-man show to get the movie on the screen at the State

What was "Bicycle Dreams"? -- check out our story here: http://www.centrebike.org/articles/news/180-qbicycle-dreamsq-at-the-state-theatre.html

 
PA Rail Trails are an economic driver
Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:58

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania has more rail-to-trail projects than any other state. Those 138 trails average about 10 miles each, but the state also hosts the first stretch of the longest multi-use trail in the country: the Great Allegheny Passage runs from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, where it meets the C&O Towpath Trail to Washington, DC, for a total of 335 miles of person-powered travel.

Read the full story here: http://www.keystoneedge.com/features/trailspaeconomy0804.aspx?utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=The+Long+and+Winding+Road%3a+Trails+an+Economic+Driver+in+PA&utm_content={Email_Address}&utm_campaign=Trail+Mix+and+Batman 

Lackawana trail map photo
 
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