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Celebrate National Bike Month in May!

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Did you know? May is National Bike Month.  Throughout the month, you’ll see bike-friendly events around the State College area.

CentreBike is encouraging the community to try riding a bike to work, school or just for recreation! If you are new to riding a bike, or looking for tips on commuting, staying safe, and following bike laws, check out our Tips & Articles.

Centre Region  May Bike Events

  • Friday April 29, 7:30am – 4pmBike Month Kick-off and “Ask a Cyclist” – Have a question about biking in the Centre Region? Volunteers will be at Allen Street Gates to answer questions, offer maps/resources, and to celebrate May Bike Month. Contact CentreBike with questions.
  • All Month – Track your bike miles ridden on the National Bike Challenge. Thousands of cyclists nationwide participate and prizes are awarded. Last year, Centre Region took 14th in the nation for points earned as a community. Help us reach over 200 riders this year!
  • Sunday, May 1, 11:30am – Linden Loop Ride – Participate in a fundraising ride for the Rock Hill School – either the 28 mile ride (12:30pm) or the 5 mile family ride (1pm). Register online at http://bit.ly/lindenloop2016
  • Every Friday in May, 8am – 9:30am – Free Coffee for Bike Commuters – Trying riding your bike to work in May! Designated locations around State College will be offering free coffee or breakfast to bike commuters. May 6 – Old Main Steps, May 13 – Freeze/Thaw Cycles, May 20 – The Bicycle Shop, May 27 – TBD location (likely State College Borough Building)
  • Every Wednesday in May, 6pm – Beginner Mountain Bike Ride – Nittany Mountain Biking Association (nittanymba.org) hosts an easier ride with lots of encouragement. All ride levels welcome! Meet at Galbraith Gap Parking Lot at Rothrock State Forest (beyond Tussey Mountain parking lot, on your left) Contact NMBA with questions.
  • Tuesday, May 17, 5:30pm Forum: Building A Bike Friendly Community – Where do we go from here? Hear how the Regional Bike Plan is being implemented, plus updates on our Bike Friendly Community (BFC) status, and where we’re going from here. We want your ideas! Hosted at State College Borough Building, in the Community Room. Contact CentreBike with questions: https://centrebike.org/contact-us-2/
  • Saturday May 21 Family Ride Around Town– Easy ride (5-7 miles) along shared paths through town. Come out and enjoy the fresh air and fellow slow-rolling cyclists. Contact CentreBike with questions.
  • Thursday, May 26, 6:00pm – Lower Level Road Ride – Interested in longer distance group rides, but new to the sport? Join State College Cycling at Haymarket Park for a “Slow and Easy” 10-15 mile ride to learn the ropes. Email statecollegecycling-owner@yahoogroups.com  with questions.

MINUTES of CentreBike General Membership Meeting

April 11, 2016

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building

Present:

  • Anna Nelson, President
  • Paul Rito, Vice President
  • Kelly Doyle, Treasurer
  • Joan Potter, Secretary
  • Andrew Artz
  • Thomas Wilson
  • Betsey Howell
  • Catherine Grigor
  • Dennis Bender
  • Barbara Fleischer
  • Lynn Carpenter
  • Jeff DeLatto
  • Rick Gilmore
  • Alan Daum
  • Jean Bemis
  • Melissa Bopp
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Lynda Crow
  • Jim Serene
  • Katie Dutt
  • Nate Geiger

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

Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau

Betsey Howell, Director of the Visitors Bureau, brought in a collection of mountain and road bike cue sheets they’ve had on file and asked if CentreBike is interested in updating them. This would be a good project for local bike groups to review and update the maps. Funding may be available to print new maps for the Visitors Bureau, and they could also be shared online.

CentreBike is also in the process of creating a new map of Centre Region bike routes, and will coordinate efforts with COG, CATA and the Visitors Bureau.

Bellefonte Central Rail Trail

Tom Wilson, the Bellefonte Mayor, gave an update on the rekindled efforts to complete the Bellefonte to State College Rail Trail. The proposed sections include:

  • Milesburg to Bellefonte
  • Bellefonte to Spring Creek Canyon
  • Shiloh Road to Rock Road
  • Rock Road to Houserville

The project has support from the Centre County Planners, PA Fish & Boat Commission, DCNR and PennDOT. A matching grant was received from the Bellefonte Borough for a feasibility study. The path has been included in the waterfront development plan along Spring Creek in Bellefonte. For grant purposes, they’re seeking letters of support from the State College Borough and Townships, and CentreBike will also provide a letter of support.

May Bike Month Activity Planning

  • Bike Month kick-off: information table at Allen Street Gates scheduled for Friday, April 29th. Brian Dempsey will organize volunteers.
  • Commuter Coffee Fridays will be organized by Anna Nelson:
    • May 6 – Old Main Steps
    • May 13 – Freeze Thaw Cycles
    • May 20 – The Bicycle Shop
    • May 27 – State College Borough Building
  • Bike to School Day initiative – May 4th. Melissa Bopp, the Coordinator of Exercise is Medicine on Campus Initiative at Penn State, and her interns will send information to Phys Ed teachers and disseminate information to parents via PTO Facebook pages.
  • Community Bike Ride on May 21st – although Mayor Goreham is unable to ride due to recovering from a broken ankle, she’d like to participate in some capacity.
  • A public town hall meeting is being planned with local government officials to provide an update on the Regional Bike Plan.
  • Paul Rito will offer an introduction to the Streets Skills training class prior to the town hall meeting, and plans to hold the full length program at a later date.

CentreGives Campaign

Discussed using funds raised through CentreGives for a creative ad campaign to bring awareness to biking called “Travel with Care”. The campaign started in Pittsburgh and is spreading nationwide. Photos of local celebrities and their bikes are used to create a powerful message on billboards, buses, posters, and social media. Cost estimates will be presented at a future meeting.

Bike Donations

Jim Serene suggested a campaign to donate used bikes which could be given to underprivileged children in the area. CentreBike could provide donors with a receipt for tax purposes. Warehouse storage space for donated bikes may be available.

Membership Dues

The annual dues notice will be sent to the listserv in May and will include a summary of CentreBike’s accomplishments.

 

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

Visitors & Rail Trails @ Monday’s CentreBike Meeting

Join us at Monday’s CentreBike meeting to hear an update on the Bellefonte Central Rail Trail project! Betsey Howell, Executive Director of the Central PA Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with Bellefonte Mayor Tom Wilson and Jack Schuster will be presenting information and answering questions.

Monday, April 11th at 5:30 pm
State College Borough Bldg
243 S. Allen Street, 2nd floor, Room 220