All styles of Cycling in State College: Road, Mountain, BMX, Commuting, Recreation
CRBC is an umbrella organization for a wide variety of cycling interests in the greater State College area. These interests include bicycling advocacy, road racing, mountain and cyclocross biking, providing riding opportunities to young children, and many others. The common thread is that we love to ride, whether it be on the way to work, on singletrack through the forest, or on rolling backcountry roads
The Centre Region Bike Coalition was founded in the spring of 2000 to help facilitate the vision of a more cycle-friendly Centre County. We are a collection of cyclists working for cyclists, with the goals of promoting bicycling as a means of recreation and transporation in the area. We meet on a regular basis to discuss a variety of issues related to cycling and we maintain contact with a host a local organizations, municipalities, and elected officials. And, of course, we ride. Our member organizations include:
Nittany Mountain Biking Association
Penn State Sustainability Institute
Penn State Cycling Club
Penn State Eco Action
We are a member organization of the League of American Cyclists a nationwide cycling advocacy organization with a mission "To promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America."
We are also a member organization of the World Carfree Network, a clearinghouse of information from around the world on how to revitalise our towns and cities and create a sustainable future. In addition to serving the carfree movement, Worldcarfree.net offers resources for architects, planners, teachers/professors, students, decision-makers and engaged citizens.
The long term goals of the CRBC currently include:
- Achieve Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Cyclists for the area of the Centre Region Council of Governments.
- Get all local municipalities to support the construction of bike lanes or paved shoulders on ALL arterial roads, whenever they are up-graded or constructed. Some great places to start are the Whitehall Road, Fox Hollow Road past Toftrees, and Route 45 East of Boalsburg.
- Safe, signed, connected & maintained bike paths that connect bikers and pedestrians to important destinations! The new Dalevue Park to Scenery Drive bike path is a great improvement in the system. State College and Penn State are KEY elements for this plan, and State College seems to be actively planning for a connected network.. The sign at East Branch Road near Dalevue Summit is a good example of what we need throughout the sytem (thanks College Township!). It will soon be important for the municipalities to empower Parks & Rec to plan, improve, and maintain our system of bike/pedestrian paths.
- Access all available funds for alternative transportation such as Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR), Department of Environmental Protections (DEP), and Department of Transportation (DOT).
- Provide bike-friendly facilities at municipal, campus and other community locations (e.g. new library, schools, municipal building) by including secure & sheltered bike-racks and showers for bike commuters. Provide the same emergency transportation services for bikers as are now provided for car-poolers.
- Make biking a central component of PSU transportation planning.
- Increase the miles of commuter biking in the Centre Region, i.e. create a real critical mass that is there every day.
- Educate bikers, automobile drivers and the community about bike safety issues and about civil ways to live together.
- We need to work now to prevent our lovely communities from becoming completely dominated by automobiles.
The current officers of the CRBC are listed on the Contacts page.