Meeting Minutes

MINUTES of CentreBike Membership Meeting

May 8, 2017

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building

Present:

  • Tristan Avelis, President
  • Joan Potter, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mark Davison
  • Cliff Kanz
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Ed Jenkins
  • Jim Serene
  • Autumn Busbee
  • Paul Rito
  • Courtney Hayden
  • Cecily Zhu
  • Michele Chernega

The meeting was called to order by Tristan Avelis at 5:35 pm. (more…)

MINUTES of CentreBike Membership Meeting

April 10, 2017

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building

Present:

  • Tristan Avelis, President
  • Joan Potter, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mark Davison
  • Cliff Kanz
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Jim Serene
  • Paul Rito
  • Cecily Zhu
  • Peter Koby
  • Michele Chernega
  • Autumn Busbee

The meeting was called to order by Tristan Avelis at 5:40 pm.

Treasurers Report

  • The current cash balance is $5,098.18. One membership renewal of $15 was received, and expenses included: $112 post office box rental fee, $75 League of American Bicyclists membership dues, and $575 for CATA bus tail wraps for display during May Bike Month. Anticipated expenses in the next month include the $50 fee to participate in the Adult Health & Lifestyle Expo at Nittany Mall on May 18th.

Activities Update

  • The final CATA bus tail wrap designs were shared. Two buses will display the signs during May. Members are encouraged to take photos if they see a bus with the CentreBike design and share it on Facebook or submit for posting on the website.
  • Discussed good locations for roadside message boards to display the 4’ rule. Several locations will host these awareness signs during May Bike Month.
  • Mark Davison gave a brief summary of the South Central PA Bike Summit he attended on March 18th. The full report will be sent to Executive Committee for review.
  • Paul Rito attended the Rebersburg Elementary School’s bicycle safety presentation on March 23rd and distributed information and youth bicycle helmets donated by the radio station 93.7 The Bus.
  • Brian Dempsey, Joan Potter, Tristan Avelis and Scott Mato staffed the CentreBike information table at the Millbrook Marsh Earth Day Birthday celebration on April 10th. Maps of cycling routes were the most requested item by visitors.
  • Cecily Zhu noted that two bicycle safety workshops were held for students recently that were taught by Brian Dempsey and Paul Rito, who are both certified League Cycling Instructors.
  • Autumn Busbee mentioned the survey for the Action Sports Park in the Borough. The park will accommodate bicyclists, skaters and skateboarders.

Action Items

  • Recommendations were discussed for the 2017 Outstanding Cycling Advocate (OCA) Award. It was moved and seconded to allot funding for the award plaque; all in favor.
  • Last year CentreBike donated stickers and snacks for the middle schools’ Battle of the Bikes during May Bike Month. Approval of up to $75 for snacks was requested to do the same again this year; moved and seconded; all in favor.
  • Board members Andrew Artz and James Read will be leaving the area in May. Nominations for Vice President will be accepted over the next month and voted on at next meeting.

Volunteers Needed

CentreBike is now utilizing SignUp.com to schedule volunteers for events:  https://signup.com/Group/135794046014/

  • May Bike Month will kickoff with an information table at Allen Street Gates on April 28th. Many volunteers are needed to staff the table throughout the day.
  • Commuter Coffee Fridays will be held from 7:30-8:30am at the following locations in May:
    • The Bicycle Shop on May 6th – coffee provided by Rothrock Coffee; volunteers needed to pick up coffee and staff information table
    • Freeze Thaw Cycles on May 12th – coffee provided by Rothrock Coffee; volunteers needed to pick up coffee and staff information table
    • Central PA Visitor’s Bureau on May 19th [Bike to Work Day] – coffee provider not yet confirmed; volunteers needed to pick up coffee and staff information table
    • State College Borough Building on May 26th – coffee provided by the Borough; information table staffed by Autumn Busbee and another volunteer
  • The Penn State Spring Bike Count is Wednesday, April 19th from 10:00-2:00. Lunch will be provided to volunteers.
  • The Adult Health & Lifestyle Expo is at the Nittany Mall on May 18th from 9:00a-2:00p.

Announcements

  • The Centre Gives campaign is May 9-10th and will be promoted on Facebook and via email. Donations of $50 or more will receive a complimentary one year CentreBike membership.
  • The annual membership drive is in May.
  • Cecily Zhu mentioned the annual bicycle auction at Lion Surplus will be Thursday, April 27th. The auction starts at 1:00p and bikes can be viewed between 12:00-1:00p.
  • There will be a free PSU Bike Workshop on Tuesday, May 2nd from 3:00-5:00p that is open to the community. Participants will learn the rules of the road and bike safety skills before bringing the group outside to a beginner-friendly practice course at the Porter North parking lot. All participants must be 18 years or older and must bring a bike and helmet to participate. Recipients will receive a silicone wrap bike light and coupon to local bike shops. For more information or to RSVP for the event, please email: biking@psu.edu. Spaces are limited. RSVPs must be received by Monday May 1st. Sponsored by Penn State Transportation Services and University Health Services.
  • The next CentreBike general membership meeting will be May 10th at 5:30p in Room 241 at the Borough Building.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary

MINUTES of CentreBike Membership Meeting

March 13, 2017

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building

Present:

  • Tristan Avelis, President
  • Andrew Artz, Vice President
  • Joan Potter, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Mark Davison
  • Cliff Kanz
  • Paul Rito
  • James Read
  • Cecily Zhu
  • Will Gowan
  • Peter Koby
  • Michele Chernega
  • Leanne Martin
  • Jeff Martin

The meeting was called to order by Tristan Avelis at 5:30 pm.

Updates

  • International Winter Bike to Work Day was Feb 10th. Seven CentreBike members met at the “We Are” sculpture by the IM building at 8:00am for a photo. As usual, it was a bitter cold morning for the event. Next year’s meeting place will be the Lion Shrine.
  • On Feb 13th, 25 volunteers from CentreBike, NMBA and PSU Comm473 class distributed almost 100 free bicycle lights to non-illuminated cyclists during CentreBike’s “Light up the Night” campaign with the goal to make cycling safer in the Centre Region. During the event, volunteers also collected data related to travel behaviors of bicyclists and pedestrians. The results were summarized and distributed for meeting attendees to review.
  • The draft designs for two “tail wraps” to be posted on CATA buses during National May Bike Month were presented for comment. One design promotes the 4’ rule and the other promotes May Bike Month. Suggestions were noted and final designs will be completed by Apr 3rd to be ready to install on two buses in May. Funding for the tail wraps was approved by the Executive Committee at the January meeting.
  • Andrew Artz mentioned that he met with transportation planners to learn about usage of bicycle racks on CATA buses. More than 14,000 bus riders used the racks in 2016, and the greatest usage was during the fall months on routes which serve student areas.
  • Two more used bike racks were purchased from PSU Salvage in January and donated to Centre Region Parks & Rec and the office of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society. The State College Friends School has expressed interest in receiving a rack when another one becomes available in the spring.
  • There are two bicycle classes this month: “How to pick a bike” will be Mar 15th from 6:00-8:00 at The Bicycle Shop, and the “Basics of Bike Touring” is Mar 16th from 6:00-8:00 at Millbrook Marsh.
  • Patton Township voted to approve a new master plan for the Bernel Road Park, which includes two pump tracks. The tracks are part of the park’s phase one expansion and with the right support could break ground sometime before 2020. It was suggested that CentreBike send a letter of support to Patton Township acknowledging our appreciation for the bicycle facilities in the proposed expansion. The letter will be drafted for approval at the next meeting.
  • Peter Koby described his work with bicycle map designs and discussion followed on what would be important to include in a new Centre Region bicycle map.
  • Michelle Chernega suggested posting links to bicycling-related podcasts on the website. She recently heard one about women and bicycling and thought it would be great to share. Discussion followed on what members might be interested in seeing on the website and how often.

Treasurers Report

The current cash balance is $5,748.18. Upcoming expenses include the $75 annual membership dues for the League of American Bicyclists and $700 for the CATA bus tail wraps. CentreBike’s annual membership drive will be held during the month of May.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Because bicycling issues are important to our membership, it was suggested to find a volunteer willing to interview candidates running for local office this year to collect their thoughts on bicycling and share with CentreBike members before the May 16th primary election. Members could submit questions for the interviewer to use.
  • On Sunday, Apr 9th, Millbrook Marsh is celebrating “Earth Day Birthday” and CentreBike will have an information table. Two volunteers are needed from 2:00-5:00p to distribute information.
  • The Sierra Club Moshannon Group is hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival on April 14th & 15th at the State Theatre, and offered free table space in the lobby for local environmental groups to distribute information before the show. If CentreBike has a table, one volunteer will be needed each night between 5:30-7:00. Note that this doesn’t include complimentary tickets for the show, but volunteers are welcome to purchase a ticket and stay to watch it.
  • CentreBike is tentatively scheduled to have an information table at Allen Street Gates on April 28th to kick-off May Bike month. Many volunteers will be needed to staff the table in shifts throughout the day.
  • The 28th annual Adult Health & Lifestyle Expo will be held at the Nittany Mall on May 18th from 9:00a-2:00p. There is a fee of $50 for non-profit organizations to participate, which includes a skirted table, 2 chairs and signage. A motion to approve the $50 expense for a display table was made by Paul Rito and seconded by Andrew Artz; all in favor. Several volunteers will be needed to staff the table in shifts.
  • Doodle-type polls will be shared with the listserv to gather volunteer interest and availability to help with these events.

Announcements

  • The South Central PA’s Regional Bike Summit will be Mar 18th at the Harrisburg Area Community College. http://bicyclesouthcentralpa.org/. Mark Davison is planning to attend and offered a ride to anyone wanting to carpool.
  • The Nittany Classic’s Criterium is Sunday, Mar 26th from 8:00a-5:00p in State College at Locust Lane and Nittany Avenue. It will be a great spectator race!
  • May 17th is the date of the 14th annual International Ride of Silence, and Mark Davison suggested we organize a local ride to honor those who have been killed or injured while riding a bike in the Centre Region. More information will be forthcoming.
  • The next CentreBike general membership meeting will be Apr 10th at 5:30p in Room 241 at the Borough Building.

 

There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary/Treasurer