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Cyclist + Motorist Education

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One of CentreBike’s big goals is to continue to improve bicycle safety in our community. We’re lucky to have safe routes, paths, and roads for cycling, but we believe there is always room for improvement.

That’s why we’re proud to share that, through a partnership with the Centre Region Bicycle Advisory Commitee, the State College Borough and State College Area School District, we’ve helped to implement an important new program at State College High School this year.

As part of the required Driver’s Education class, 400 students per year will learn how to share the road safely, as motorists and as cyclists.

The material focuses on state laws surrounding bikes and cars – to make sure our newest drivers know exactly what the laws are, whether they are behind the wheel, or out on their bikes.We know that not everyone in our community is familiar with these laws, and this program is another positive step in the right direction.

Special thanks to Kelly Doyle, from the State College Borough, for compiling and implementing the materials, and to Brad Fisher, for being a great partner at SCASD. In 2016, we hope to look for other ways to bring this important education to young people in our region!


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We’re Having a Holiday Party

We’re teaming up with State College Cycling Club and Nittany Mountain Biking Association for a holiday party!
Tuesday, December 15,  6-9pm at Videon Central.
 — BYOB Drinks, Beer, Wine
 — Potluck Apps & Treats
 — Optional White Elephant Exchange (if participating, bring a gift of no more than $20)
More details can be found on our website, and you can help us with headcount by RSVPing to our Facebook event.
Come to celebrate, learn more about each of the bike groups in town, talk about what CentreBike should be focused on in 2016, and enjoy time with fellow people who are into bikes.  See you there!


MINUTES of CentreBike General Meeting

November 9, 2015

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building


  • Anna Nelson, Vice President
  • Joan Potter, Secretary
  • Paul Rito
  • Kelly Doyle
  • Jean Bemis
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Sue Barsom
  • Irene Hicks
  • Courtney Hayden
  • Michele Chernega
  • Cecily Zhu

The meeting was called to order by Anna Nelson at 5:30 pm.

PSU Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator

Introductions were made for Cecily Zhu, Penn State’s new coordinator for the Alternative Transportation Program. She mentioned a few projects she is working on, including a car/ride share program, a bike share program, expanding the bike repair stations system in coordination with the Borough of State College, and renewing the Bike-Friendly University status in the spring.


Centre Region Bike Plan

Meetings to present the regional bike plan to Township Supervisors are in progress and going well. Trish Meek is doing an excellent job presenting the plan and answering questions. She also asked for bike touring routes to be noted.


December Meeting

Videon Central is available for a meeting/party on Dec. 13, 14 or 15.  Other locations and dates were also discussed. Anna will send a quick survey out to the Executive Committee to finalize where & when.


2016 Projects

At the December meeting/party, there will be an opportunity to brainstorm projects to address in 2016.  Initial suggestions are:

  • Encourage businesses to incentivize biking to work (i.e., PSU, Hospital and downtown businesses that pay for employee parking)
  • Create map of bike routes to historical sites in Centre County, such as Curtain Village Ironworks, Centre Furnace Mansion and Boogersville Schoolhouse
  • Bellefonte-State College Rail Trail
  • Revamp bike registration process
  • Bike lights campaign


Election of 2016 Officers and Executive Committee Members

The election of CentreBike officers and Executive Committee members occurred as follows:

  • Anna Nelson was nominated as President; unanimously elected
  • Paul Rito was nominated as Vice President; unanimously elected
  • Kelly Doyle was nominated as Treasurer; unanimously elected
  • Joan Potter was nominated as Secretary; unanimously elected

The Executive Committee slate was nominated, seconded, and unanimously approved as follows:

  • Jim Serene
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Allan Stoekl
  • Sue Barsom
  • Mark Davison


Share the Road signage

Sue Barsom suggested a request be made for a Share the Road sign on Fox Hollow Road.


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

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary