Bike to Work!!
Celebrate Bike Month and Learn How Much Fun Biking in the ‘Burg Can Be!
Dust off those bikes. It’s time to get out and ride!
May is Bike Month and Bike Harrisburg has a whole month of great events and activities planned, including Learn to Bike opportunities and Bike to Work Week contests. There are also family rides, tours of the Harrisburg area, the Spoke’n Gear Expo, the Seersucker and Lace Ride, social gatherings, & more. There is something for everybody!
Details for Bike Month and Bike Weekend can be found in the schedule here.
Thanks to Aetna Better Health for their sponsorship.
Bike Weekend, June 1 & 2, 2019
With “Bikes and Beers” and the “Tour de Belt” as the main events plus other casual rides that feature local flavor, why not plan to spend the whole weekend in Pennsylvania’s Capital City?
Special rates are being offered at the Staybridge Suites, 920 Wildwood Park Drive, Harrisburg. It’s located here only ½ mile from the start of the exciting Tour de Belt! Rates begin at $119 a night. Call 800-238-8000 for reservations. Request the Tour de Belt discounted rate.
- Bikes and Beers at Hershey Sat. June 1 Who can pass up a ride a bike ride that focuses on great local craft brews in Chocolatetown USA? Troegs Brewery is the sponsor of this fun-filled event that offers rides of 15, 30 and 45 miles. https://bikesandbeers.com/portfolio/hershey-pa-2/
- Bike the Burg Family Ride Sat., June 1, 10:00 a.m. Meet at the HACC Midtown parking lot at 4th and Reily Streets in Harrisburg. This short ride takes kids and parents along the scenic Susquehanna River and includes an ice cream stop!
- SAMBA Parkway Mountain Bike Trail Rides Sat. June 1: 10:00 am. Meet behind the Paxtang Borough Building (rear) 3423 Derry Street Harrisburg. Rides will be offered for beginners doing selected loops to the regular full 12 mile loop. No drop. Bail out anytime. Helmets required.
- Five Bridges Tour Sat. June 1 6:00 p.m. Meet at HACC Midtown parking lot at N. 4rd& Reily Streets in Harrisburg. Enjoy this ride that will take you over the Susquehanna River and across several other bridges that offer great views of Harrisburg. Social gathering to follow at Harrisburg Music and Art Center.
- The Tour de Belt! Sun. June 2 Have a great time on your bike while supporting the beautiful Capital Area Greenbelt, the emerald necklace that circles Harrisburg. Volunteers are placed along the 20 mile route to cheerfully provide encouragement, directions and refreshments to all riders. Pre-registered riders get a free shirt. Enjoy the after-the-ride celebration. Bring the whole family. http://caga.org/tour-de-belt/
- Art of the Bike Show at Tour de Belt Sun. June 2. Some very creative people can make wonderful things from bike parts. Check it out!
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.
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/