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MINUTES of CentreBike General Membership Meeting

February 8, 2016

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building


  • Paul Rito, Vice President
  • Joan Potter, Secretary
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Jean Bemis
  • Mark Davison
  • Ed Jenkins
  • Mark Higgins
  • Melissa Bopp
  • Brooke Pinkos


The meeting was called to order by Paul Rito at 5:40 pm.

Financial Update

Current bank account balance is $4,086.23. No new membership or renewals since January.

Winter Bike To Work Day

Everything is confirmed for Friday, Feb 12th event.

May Bike Month Activity Planning

Preliminary plans discussed:

  • Information table at Allen Street Gates on Friday, April 29th in order to catch students & faculty before finals start the first week in May. [Joan will reach out to Lydia Vandenbergh to reserve space.]
  • In agreement that we should look into cost of a newspaper ad for Sunday, May 1st to recognize National Bike Month.
  • Commuter Coffee Fridays
    • May 6 – Old Main Steps
    • May 13 – The Bicycle Shop
    • May 20 – FreezeThaw Cycles
    • May 27 – Borough Building Plaza
  • Bike to School Day initiative – May 4th. Melissa Bopp, the Coordinator of Exercise is Medicine on Campus Initiative at Penn State, volunteered to work with her interns to prepare a package of information to distribute to Phys Ed instructors in the State College and surrounding school districts.
  • Bike to Work Day initiative – May 20th
  • Commuter Incentives
    • Brian Dempsey summarized a conversation he had with Rob Cooper (PSU representative on TLU). A committee was formed, including Brian, Paul Rito, Allan Stoekl and Melissa Bopp. Proposed hosting a public event to discuss commuter incentives with all the applicable decision-making people.


PSU Bike Share Program

Melissa Bopp gave an update on the proposed Bike Share Program and noted that proposals have been requested.  Melissa also noted that she’s putting together a curriculum for a 4-credit cycling class for students to learn about urban cycling skills, and the class would utilize the Bike Share program.


There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

A Transformational Gift


We are excited to share that one of our local supporters has given CentreBike a tremendous gift to kick off our new year: an endowment of $50,000, held at Centre Foundation.

We are so thankful to our donors, Blake and Linda Gall, for their support of our efforts to improve cycling in the Centre Region. This gift is transformational for a small organization like ours. It will allow us to have a small, steady funding stream on top of our regular donations and membership dues.

Where does the money go?

  • To grow support and increase impact for efforts like the Regional Bike Plan, the 4 ft. pass law, and the Bike-Friendly Community standards – which help people to feel safe, educated, and confident travelling by bike.
  • To cover insurance for our family-friendly rides, like the annual Bike with the Mayor or our proposed Open Streets events, that encourage our whole community to participate with biking.
  • To host events – with signs, handouts, and a physical presence – like Winter Bike to Work Day and May Bike Month, that increase positive awareness and participation for biking as transportation and recreation.
  • And more – website hosting fees, incidental expenses, bike racks, awards, .. anything that supports a more bike-friendly Centre Region.


Read more about the new fund on Centre Foundation website. Ready to make your own gift? You may join as a member on our website, or you can donate any amount to the CentreBike fund directly on it’s webpage.

Join Us for International Winter Bike to Work Day

Winter Bike HEADER

Imagine a winter day with people on bikes everywhere….


On Friday, Feb 12th, join CentreBike, the Penn State Sustainability Institute, Active Lions, and your fellow cyclists for International Winter Bike to Work Day!  


Meet us at the Old Main steps at 7:45am on Friday, 2/12 — we’ll have hot coffee and take a group photo at 7:55am.  Active Lions will be on-hand with free giveaways. Can we beat last year’s attendance of 30 cyclists?

If you’ve never tried biking to work in the winter, this could be your day.

  • Commit to riding at, a global website for the event
  • Encourage other local cyclists to join us, or share with #PSUWinterBike
  • Need some guidance on winter biking? Read our Winter Cycling Tips.


Winter Bike to Work Day highlights the many benefits of using bikes as transportation – and the many people who bike to work year-round in our community. Check out photos from last year’s event (photo courtesy of Pat Mansell, Penn State).

Penn State bike commuters gathered on the Old Main steps during Winter Bike to Work Day on Feb. 13. Many members of the Penn State community braved frigid temperatures to participate in the event.

Penn State bike commuters gathered on the Old Main steps during Winter Bike to Work Day on Feb. 13, 2015.