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“Celebrate the Greenbelt” Weekend
June 2 -3, 2018
One of the biggest bicycling events in Harrisburg is the Tour de Belt that attracts over 700 riders who enjoy riding around the 20 mile Capital Area Greenbelt, the “emerald necklace” that surrounds Pennsylvania’s capital city. This is an event you won’t want to miss! While you’re in Harrisburg, why not enjoy a whole weekend of Greenbelt related fun? Multiple activities are being offered to showcase all that the City of Harrisburg and the Capital Area Greenbelt have to offer. Saturday’s schedule offers the Bike the Burg family ride, mountain bike rides on the Parkway trails, Audubon bird walk, the Five Bridges Bike Tour and Bike Day at the Harrisburg Senators game. Sunday features the Tour de Belt, the “Art of the Bike” show, the Greenbelt Community Walk and the Tour de Belt After Ride Party. Discounts at local hotels are available. Details and registration information can be found HERE.
Celebrate Bike Month!
May is Bike Month and to celebrate, Bike Harrisburg is offering rides, events and special incentives for people who bike. A listing of upcoming important dates is shown below, but a brochure with more details can be found HERE,
Schedule at a Glance
- HBC Sunday Morning Sociable Ride: Every Sunday 7:15 a.m. City Island
- Capital Area Greenbelt Ride: Every Sunday May 6 – May 27 1:00 p.m. Meet at the trailhead behind the City Line Diner, 3302 Derry St.
- Explore West Shore Ride: May 5 – 9:00 a.m. Meet at West Shore Plaza, Lemoyne, across from Karns.
- Garden Faire at Fort Hunter: May 6 – Ride your bike to Garden Faire and receive a voucher for a free tour of the elegantly restored Fort Hunter Mansion.
- Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo: May 9 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Field (across from the Capital Fountain)
- Allison Hill Multi-Cultural Festival and Free Bike Repair: May 12 – Meet at 13th & Derry in Harrisburg. Parade at 1:00 PM. Decorate your bike!
- Rally to Support Cycling In PA: May 14 10:00 a.m. – Ride your bike into Harrisburg and meet at the Capitol steps on 3rd Street.
- Bike to Work Week: May 14-20 – Ride your bike to work. It’s a wonderful way to get exercise and go green.
- Bike to Work Day: May 18 Local businesses will offer special incentives for those who bike to work this day. Follow Bike Harrisburg on Facebook for details.
- HBC Friday Night Social Ride: , May 18- 6:15 p.m. Meet at the HACC Midtown parking lot on Reilly St. Dinner afterwards at the Broad St. Market.
- Free Bike Repair, Learn to Ride, and Bike Advocacy: May 19 – 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Broad Street Market, 3rd. Street, Harrisburg.
- “Highlights of HBG” Bike Tour: May 19 – 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Meet at the east end of the Walnut Street Bridge, near Front Street.
- Seersucker & Lace Ride: May 20 – 2:00 p.m. Think of this as a fashion show on wheels. Meet at the Underground Bike Shop,1519 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg.
- Free Valet Bike Parking at the Harrisburg Arts Festival: May 26-28, Riverfront Park on the north and south ends of the festival, courtesy of Recycle Bicycle.
Bike Month and Bike Weekend Events Begin May 1!
Bike Harrisburg has great things planned to celebrate Bike Month during May. And this year, join us for the Harrisburg Bike Weekend, June 2 & 3, 2018.
The main event is the Tour de Belt (TDB) ride around the Capital Area Greenbelt that draws over 700 people! Be sure to check out the art show featuring sculpture, paintings, photographs and more about our favorite subject …BIKES! This exciting event is held Sunday, June 3, 2018. You can register online here.
Bike Index Registration Can Help You Recover a Stolen Bike
Your chance of recovering your bike if it’s stolen are greatly increased if you register it. Bicycle South Central PA encourages the use of Bike Index, which can be used for free by anyone in any location. It’s wide reach is used by police departments, bike shops, and bike owners. Almost 100,000 bikes are registered on Bike Index and over 3,000 stolen bikes have been returned to their owners. All you need is your bike’s serial number, make, model number and a general description of your bike. A photo is recommended, too. The process is quick and easy. For more information, go to https://bikeindex.org.
Celebrate Bike Month with Bike Harrisburg!
May is Bike Month and Bike Harrisburg has a full schedule of events and rides planned to celebrate the joy of cycling in the Harrisburg Area.
Watch for more details coming soon.
Share the Road License Plate Now Available!
After nearly four years of effort by Bicycle Access Council, a Share-The-Road vehicle registration plate became official and made available on August 8. An order form is up on PennDOT’s website now—Form MV-917. The cost of the plate is $40. A personalized plate will add a fee of $100 in addition to the $40 plate cost. All details are included on the form, which can be found here.
Act 36 now allows PennDOT to issue this new plate for passenger vehicles and light trucks. PennDOT receives all revenue to be used for the central office position of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator and/or signage needed for bicycle projects. The final design was created by PennDOT with continuous input from BAC with the objective to expressly remind the public of the bicycle safety legislation passed in 2012 meant to give bicyclists a greater margin of safety on Pennsylvania roadways.
The intent of Act 36 includes several goals to benefit Pennsylvania bicyclists:
- Awareness to motorists that bicyclists are legitimate roadway users
- Passing a bicyclist requires not less than four-feet at a safe and reasonable speed Other provisions of Act 3 of 2012 will be promoted in media coverage
- Act 36 shall also be known as the Dave Bachman Act as a tribute and memorial to PennDOT’s first Bike/Ped Coordinator who passed away unexpectedly 2012.
Representative David Maloney (R-Berks) fought hard to get this passed, with many disappointing twists and turns in the legislative process before it was signed by the governor. Drafted by BAC and introduced by Representative Maloney in 2013, the bill started out as House Bill 1415, then had to be re-introduced as HB 150 when it failed to pass in the previous legislative session.
Tips for Teaching Children to Ride a Bike
Figuring out the best bike-friendly routes to take on your two wheels is one thing. But to take the whole family along for a ride, everyone needs a bike. And when it comes to kids bikes, there are lots and lots of options to consider.
For the newbie bicyclists in your household, a balance bike is one great option. It’s usually lacking brakes and pedals, all the more to build coordination and confidence in your littlest bicyclists. Once your kids graduate to pedal bikes, there will be more materials — aluminum versus steel to name one — to consider.
A couple of key measurements on your child as they relate to the bicycle will ensure a fit that’s comfortable and safe. Another safety must to get right? A helmet: If it doesn’t fit right it won’t be able to do its job, and that puts your child in danger.
As you map out your favorite bicycle route, use this graphic to ensure everyone in your house gets the bike that’s just right for them.
The infographic can be found here: https://www.fix.com/assets/content/19723/choose-right-bike-embed-small.jpg
and the companion article here: https://www.fix.com/blog/choose-the-right-bike-for-your-child/