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MINUTES of CentreBike General Membership Meeting

September 12, 2016

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building

Present:

  • Anna Nelson, President
  • Paul Rito, Vice President
  • Joan Potter, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jean Bemis
  • Courtney Hayden
  • Autumn Busbee
  • James Read
  • Mark Davison
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Cecily Zhu
  • Melissa Bopp
  • Brian Helf
  • Tom Gesell
  • Ed Jenkins

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

Treasurers Report

The cash balance on Aug 31, 2016 was $7,426.44. There were 7 new memberships in July/August. Expenses paid out included $321 for bike lights to use as prizes for the Slow Bike Races at LION Bash and future events, $37.10 for signs for donated bike racks, and $122 for annual post office box rental.

Bike Racks Update

Three bike racks have been purchased from Penn State Salvage for $10 each, and “Donated by CentreBike.org” signs riveted to them before distributing to Park Forest Elementary School, Grays Woods Elementary School and Millbrook Marsh. When additional racks are available, they will be distributed as per the growing list of interested organizations.

Lion Bash

There was a great turnout on Tuesday, Aug 30th for the 2nd annual LION Bash. CentreBike’s Slow Bike Races were a big hit and about 40 bike lights were given as prizes. Many people also stopped at the information table to chat and pick up ride maps.

Fall PSU Info Table

The information and bike registration table at the Allen Street Gates on Thursday, Sep 8th was well attended. Maps continue to be popular and discussion followed on getting the Centre Region map updated with bike shops and repair stations noted. Also discussed ways to improve our display of table information, with better signage and possibly a custom tent canopy.

Biking Classes

The Biking 101 Class has 10 registered and the Cycling Skills class has 3 at this point. CRPR will be a good partner going forward for biking classes and activities. For winter classes, Bike Maintenance and Riding in Cold Weather are possibilities. It was noted that the deadline is October for posting activities in the winter CRPR Active Guide. A “Kiddical Mass” community ride was suggested for spring/summer. Courtney also mentioned Schlow Library might be willing to promote May Bike Month with a display and space for a class.

Fall/Winter Events/Projects

A “BFB Happy Hour” sponsored by CentreBike is tentatively planned for Thursday, Oct 6th at Videon to celebrate current BFBs and encourage more local businesses to become bike-friendly and apply for BFB status. The next application period opens in October and closes in January with awards announced in March.  Providing this informal opportunity to meet with current BFBs and learn of the various ways they went about becoming bike-friendly will hopefully be an effective way to create more interest and increase the number of BFBs in our community. The invitation list includes representatives of 45 organizations, and the proposed budget for beer & food is $300. Anna moved to support the event; Courtney seconded; motion passed. It was suggested that any business applying for BFB status could be put in the queue for a bike rack as an incentive.

A suggested project is advocating to get the gravel path on Orchard Road extended along Park Road (in front of the the Visitors Bureau). CentreBike could help facilitate with grant applications.

Anna announced she is leaving in January to return to Minneapolis. She encouraged everyone to start thinking about the December Board election and identify new candidates for President.

Melissa mentioned she’ll be on sabbatical in the spring, but her interns will be available to help with projects and write grants.

 

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

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

Fall Bike to Work Day – Thurs, Sept. 8

Ready to try biking to work?

We are encouraging all Centre Region residents to commit to bicycling to work on Thursday, September 8th to celebrate our designation at a Bicycle Friendly Community and Penn State’s status as a Bicycle Friendly University.

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Together with PSU Sustainability and PSU Transportation Services, CentreBike will have a table from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allen Street Gates (at the intersection of College Ave & Allen St. in downtown State College) where you can register bikes, ask questions, hear updates on bike route expansions and improvement, and learn about group ride events.

If you have never tried biking to work, we can match you with a mentor who can answer questions, identify a comfortable route, and/or bike with you. Commuting by bike offers several advantages in addition to exercise and financial savings; it can also save time for those with shorter driving distances or satellite parking spots.

How to participate:

  • Commit to bike to work on Thursday, September 8 and/or stop by Allen Street Gates that day (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Encourage friends to commit by sharing an image above in emails or social media
  • Contact us if you would be interested in help from a bike comm2ute mentor

 

Share your commute photos this fall with #CentreFallBike or @sustainPSU on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also directly share on the CentreBike or Sustainability at Penn State Facebook pages.

MINUTES of CentreBike General Membership Meeting

August 8, 2016

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building

Present:

  • Anna Nelson, President
  • Paul Rito, Vice President
  • Joan Potter, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jean Bemis
  • Courtney Hayden
  • James Read
  • Mark Davison
  • Brian Dempsey

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

Election of Executive Committee Members

The slate of two new Executive Committee members was nominated, seconded, and unanimously approved:

  • Courtney Hayden
  • James Read

Bike Racks

Five bike racks will be purchased from Penn State Salvage for $10 each, and “Donated by CentreBike.org” signs will be riveted to the racks. The racks will be donated to West Side Stadium Grill, Toftrees, Gigi’s, Millbrook Marsh and Park Forest Elementary School to help them become more bike-friendly.

Lion Bash

On Tuesday, Aug 30th from 6:00-8:30p, CentreBike will participate in LION Bash with an information table located near the new bike repair station across from the Borough Building. The “engagement station” will be Slow Bike Races. A motion was approved to purchase 100 custom-printed “CentreBike.org” bike lights for prizes, and extra lights will be used as giveaways for future events. Mark Davison offered to provide 2 bikes for the races, and Courtney Hayden will provide 2 helmets. Volunteers are needed to help.

Fall PSU Info Table

CentreBike will have an information and bike registration table at the Allen Street Gates on Thursday, Sep 8th from 8:00-4:00. Brian Dempsey will coordinate volunteers.

Fall Biking Classes

Paul Rito & Brian Dempsey will instruct cycling skills classes this fall. Classes will be promoted in the fall Centre Region Parks & Rec Active Guide. In addition, Anna Nelson & Trish Meek will offer an introduction to biking in the Centre Region course.

Miscellaneous

Mark Davison raised concern about trail allocation and signage in state game lands (Scotia), specifically where biking is and is not allowed. It was noted that at one path entry point it states no biking or horses and at another entry it does not. The area is being monitored by the Game Commission and two people who weren’t aware it was not allowed were recently fined $200 for riding horses. Mark will look into this issue further. It was suggested that CentreBike add game land guidelines for biking to the website.

It was recommended that CentreBike’s website offer information on who to contact in each municipality about cycling issues, or possibly add a mechanism to the website to report cycling issues.

The Aug 1st meeting of the Borough Capital Improvement Project (CIP) was discussed. There were many public comments on the proposed action sports (skate/bike) facility in Orchard Park. Those opposed raised concerns about noise, lack of parking and loss of green space, although most mentioned they were in favor of a sports park, just not located in Orchard Park.

 

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

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary