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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.

Click on the “Events” tab above to learn more about:

  • Rides on the Capital Area Greenbelt – Each Sunday in May
  • The HBC Sunday Morning Sociable ride – Every Sunday
  • Bike info night at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore – May 4
  • Friday Night Social Ride – May 6
  • Harrisburg Bike Party – May 6
  • Allison Hill Multi-Cultural Festival and Bike Parade – May 7
  • Seersucker and Lace Benefit Bicycle Ride – May 15
  • Bike to Work Week – May 16-20
  • Rally at the Capitol to make cycling safer – May 16
  • Register Your Bike! – May 17
  • Ghost Bikes on display at the Capitol– May 18
  • International Ride of Silence to remember fallen cyclists – May 18
  • Spoke’n Gear Festival – May 20
  • 3rd in the ‘Burg Bike Train – May 20
  • Bike repair at Broad St. Market – May 21
  • Highlights of Harrisburg Bike Tour – May 21
  • Historic Bike Tour of the former State Hospital – May 26
  • Free bike parking at the Harrisburg Arts Festival! – May 28-30

And don’t forget to follow Bike Harrisburg on Facebook for updates!

Share the Road License Plate Now Available!
PA Share-the-Road vehicle license plateAfter 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.

League Cycling Instructor Seminar Being Offered in Elizabethtown Borough
Please see this link: http://bikeleague.org/content/seminar-schedule

October 14-16 in Elizabethtown, PA (Registration closes 9/22)

  • Location: Elizbaethtown Borough Hall
  • Coach: Jenni Laurita
  • Hours: 5-9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Registration Fee: $300
  • After registration date: $75 late fee applied, pending Coach and League approval into the course

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/

Ross Willard Named Volunteer of the Year
Ross Willard, Founder of Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg, receives the United Way’s Volunteer Center Award for the Volunteer of the Year in the adult category.At the United Way’s Volunteer Center Awards ceremony on April 21, Ross Willard, Founder of Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg, was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award in the adult category.

Ross began his non-profit service over 15 years ago when he saw kids riding bikes with no brakes. Since then, he has recruited many volunteers who work with him to provide bikes, parts, repair and training for anyone in need.

RBH primarily serves adults and children in Harrisburg neighborhoods who would not be able to afford to purchase or repair bikes. Last year RBH gave out over 900 bikes, many as a result of their Earn-a-Bike program where teens and adults who want a bike must volunteer at least 2 hours at RBH before the bike becomes theirs.

RBH is currently conducting a Capital Building Campaign so they can finally settle into a permanent location. To learn more about Ross, Recycle Bicycle of Harrisburg and how you can help, go to http://recyclebicycleharrisburg.org

SAMBA trails approved by city council!!

Be Part of Harrisburg’s Comprehensive Plan Process

Harrisburg officials are developing a comprehensive plan for the City and public input is an important part of the planning process. People who live, work and play in Harrisburg are encouraged to attend public meetings and submit their ideas on the beHBG interactive web tool. This site works much like a Facebook page where you can add comments and “like” ideas submitted by others. Those ideas with the most “likes” will receive greater consideration when the plan is being finalized. Biking is a big component of the plan so input from cyclists is especially important. The first step is to register at www.beHBG.com. Then view the ideas posted and “like” those you like and add your own ideas. You will also get email updates on meetings and other important information once you register.

Camp Hill on Track to Becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community

Camp Hill Borough is in the process of submitting an application to receive Bicycle Friendly Community Status. In order to be eligible, they must meet the criteria set by the League of American Bicyclists. Officials, residents and other interested persons are participating on committees that will address LAB’s 5 E’s: Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, Engineering, and Evaluation. If successful, Camp Hill will become the first BFC in the Capital Region and it is hoped that other communities will follow their example. Want to help? Contact Tim Poole at info@greendiamondtrails.com

There are also categories for Bicycle Friendly Businesses, Universities and States. More information about the Bicycle Friendly program can be found at http://bikeleague.org/bfa