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MINUTES of CentreBike General Membership Meeting

July 18, 2016

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building

Present:

  • Anna Nelson, President
  • Kelly Doyle, Treasurer
  • Joan Potter, Secretary
  • Jean Bemis
  • Courtney Hayden
  • James Read
  • Roy Greenfield
  • Sarah Pollock
  • Mark Davison
  • Jim Serene
  • Nate Geiger
  • Brian Dempsey

The meeting was called to order by Anna Nelson at 5:35 pm.

Nominations for Executive Committee Members

Names were accepted for nominees to fill two positions vacated by Sue Barsom and Kelly Doyle. A motion was made and seconded for the following slate of nominees to be voted on at the next meeting:

  • Courtney Hayden
  • James Read

Bike Racks

As referenced last month, the lack of bike parking is an issue at various locations around town, particularly during Arts Fest. CentreBike has the opportunity to purchase a few of Penn State’s old racks as they are replaced with new ones. The plan is to apply tags “Donated by CentreBike.org” to the racks and donate them to businesses to help them become more bike-friendly. Initial suggestions include West Side Stadium Grill, Toftrees, Gigi’s, Centre Foundation and Millbrook Marsh. Several racks will be available soon, and it was moved and seconded to allocate $10-$25 to purchase each rack.

It was further discussed to identify bike-friendly businesses on the next update to the Visitor’s Bureau map.

Lion Bash

The 2016 Lion Bash community event will be Tuesday, August 30th from 6:00-8:30p. CentreBike was invited to participate with an information table located near the new bike repair station across from the Borough Building. Ideas were discussed to host an “engagement station” with a giveaway, such as bike lights. Sarah Pollock offered to create a map with photos identifying good bike rides from campus that could be displayed at the event. Plans will be finalized at the August meeting.

Bicycle Touring Class

Brian and Paul gave an update on the class they offered on bike touring skills. It was well received by the 11 people who attended, and the class fulfilled an education requirement for the Bike-Friendly Community application. There is interest in more cycling skills classes, such as Cycling 101, Learn to Ride, Commuting Skills, and Biking in the Centre Region. It was noted that two cycling classes will be offered in the fall Centre Region Parks & Rec Active Guide.

Fall PSU Info Table

Discussed hosting a bike info and registration table at the Allen Street Gates. Possible dates are Friday, Aug 26th, Sep 2nd, or Sep 9th. Brian volunteered to coordinate.

 

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

Overcoming Commuting Concerns

Interested in commuting by bike, but running into some questions? Take a look at tips and advice from the League of American Bicyclists!

I’M OUT OF SHAPE
» Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you will be in great shape.
» Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work
» You will improve your fitness level when you become a regular bike commuter.

IT TAKES TOO LONG
» The average commuter travels at 10 mph; the more you ride, the faster you will get.
» Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike.
» Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas may take the same time or less as by car.

IT’S TOO FAR
» Try riding to work and taking mass transit home, then alternating the next day.
» Combine riding and mass transit to shorten your commute.
» Ride to a coworker’s house and carpool to work.

NO BIKE PARKING
» Look around for a storage area in your building or office.
» Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office.
» Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up outside.

MY BIKE IS BEAT UP
» Tell a reputable bike shop that you are commuting and have them tune up your bike.
» If you can’t maintain your bike yourself, identify bike shops near your route.
» Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before you start riding.

NO SHOWERS
» Most commuters don’t shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry.
» Ride home at a fast pace if you want a workout; shower when you get there.
» Health clubs offer showers; get a discounted membership for showers only.

I HAVE TO DRESS UP
» Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive.
» Have work clothes cleaned at nearby laundromats or dry cleaners.
» Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding.

IT’S RAINING
» Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry.
» If you are at work, take transit or carpool to get home; ride home the next day.
» Take transit or drive if you don’t have the gear to ride comfortably in the rain.

THE ROADS AREN’T SAFE
» Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, and stop at lights.
» Wear bright clothing.
» You are at no greater risk than driving a car.
» Wear a helmet every time you ride.

I HAVE TO RUN ERRANDS
» Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity.
» Make sure that you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building.
» Allow extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking.
» Encourage your employer to provide a bicycle fleet for office use.