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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 first ever Harrisburg Bike Weekend, June 3 &4, 2017.
The main event is the Tour de Belt (TDB) ride around the Capital Area Greenbelt that draws over 700 people! A new feature is added to the TDB this year; an art show featuring sculpture, paintings, photographs and more about our favorite subject …BIKES! This exciting event is held Sunday, June 4.
As an added incentive to visit Harrisburg for the TDB, the Bike Harrisburg partners are offering mountain bike rides on the parkway trails, the Five Bridges Ride and Bike Night at the Movies all on Saturday, June 3. See the Bike Weekend and Bike Month tabs above for details. Join us for this fun-filled weekend!
Bike Harrisburg Invites You to Ride in the Harrisburg Holiday Parade
Show the crowd that bike riding can be fun! This year’s parade theme is “Making the Season Bright”, so we’ll be wearing lights on both riders and bikes and dressing as brightly as we can. You can add some holiday touches like Santa’s hats, elf shoes, a white beard or whatever suits your fancy. However, you may NOT dress up as Santa Clause. Bike clothing not required, so feel free to be creative. Any bike will do, and the more unique, the better. It is highly recommended that you ride your bike to City Island and be there by 11:30 a.m. If you drive, you will have to come much earlier before the groups start lining up around 10:00 a.m. Once on City Island, look for the Recycle Bicycle trailer. Let Donna Finn know if you are planning to be there. 649-4905 Being part of the parade is always a good time and also helps to present a friendly image of cyclists to the general public.
The Parkway Trail System Grand Opening!
The Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) is nearing completion of The Parkway Trail System after more than a year’s work building 10 miles of trails that are sustainable, safe and fun. The project was conceptualized and developed through the Advocacy department at Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the nation’s largest distributor of bicycles and components. We’ve logged almost 1200 hours of volunteer time since Harrisburg City Council passed our resolution in July 2015. SAMBA is a 501c3 non-profit organization and has managed to raise all funds needed to establish the entire trail facility. We see the natural surface trail option as a wonderful enhancement to the Capital Area Greenbelt that provides an escape from the city grind and a connection to nature. We tried to maximize green spaces and create a unique facility that will provide a recreational opportunity where we previously had none. This type of facility will help us retain residents and attract people to the area to visit, ride and contribute to the local economy. We designed the trail system using the Greenbelt as it’s spine. Folks can access the trail network traffic-free from any neighborhood instead of loading up the car and driving 45-60 minutes to reach the closest trails. The trail system will offer a place for beginners to learn, novices to build their skills and experts to have a fun trail experience. The trails will be shared-use (trail runners, hikers, bird watchers etc.), directional and marked for all skill levels. The City of Harrisburg is the primary stakeholder for the facility with the County of Dauphin and LCSWMA also contributing land for trail development. Partners and supporters of this project also include Quality Bicycle Products, Capital Area Greenbelt Association, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Swatara Township, Susquehanna Township, Paxtang Borough and many local businesses such as Pedal Pusher bike shop, Paxtang Grill, Troeg’s Brewing Co. and others.
RIBBON CUTTING MEDIA EVENT OCT 20
Location: Cameron Parkway entrance at Cameron st. (Near Quigley’s restaurant) at 2:30 pm
- Mayor Papenfuse- City of Harrisburg
- Commissioner(s)- County of Dauphin
- Kathryn Sandoe or John Riddinger-LCSWMA
- Nick Loftus-QBP
- Mike Krempasky-CAGA
- Bob Johnson-SAMBA
- Bob Reichart-Susquehanna Township Park and Rec
- Brian Zimmerman-Swatara Township
- John Ninosky-Paxtang Borough Mayor
- Dave Holcombe- Penndot
- Kevin Sanders-City of Harrisburg Parks and Recreation
- Geoff Knight-City of Harrisburg
- Jackie Parker-City of Harrisburg
- City officials
- SAMBA Board members
- Bike shop owners
- and others
OPENING DAY EVENTS OCT 22
WHAT: SAMBA Parkway Trail System Grand Opening event
SAMBA led rides including Kid’s ride, Ladies only ride, Expert rides, novice rides.
Food and drink vendors
Bike shops and advocacy groups in expo area
Happy Hours with Troeg’s Brewing Co. and Paxtang Grill from 4-6
WHEN: Sat. Oct. 22 11-6
11:00 Event start
Food trucks open
11:30-3:00 Various rides scheduled throughout the day
4:00 Event closes
4:00-6:00 Happy hours at Paxtang Grill w/ Troegs Brewing Co.
WHERE: Entrance to Paxtang Parkway near 32nd and Derry st.
WHY: We have developed a unique recreational opportunity that should be celebrated and promoted.
Together with the new bike lane, Greenbelt expansion and other initiatives this project really shows that
the City and our partners are taking steps to expand recreational opportunities and amenities and promote
healthy outdoor activities.
WHO: Central Pa. mountain bike community
Event to be promoted through social media, email and flyers by SAMBA and our partners.
Food trucks on site
Troegs Brewing Co. / Paxtang Grill Happy Hour event afterwards
Bike shops on site for repairs
Advocacy groups on site to promote cycling opportunities and advocacy initiatives
WOULD YOU OR SOMEONE FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION LIKE TO ATTEND THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND/OR SET UP A BOOTH TO PROMOTE YOUR CAUSE AT THE OPENING DAY EVENT ON OCT 22? YOUR PARTICIPATION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
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.
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!
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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