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MINUTES of CentreBike Membership Meeting

August 14, 2017

Meeting held at the State College Borough Building


  • Tristan Avelis, President
  • Joan Potter, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Brian Dempsey
  • Paul Rito
  • Courtney Hayden
  • Cecily Zhu
  • Trish Meek
  • Autumn Busbee
  • Tom Gesell
  • Andrew Artz
  • Valerie Burnett
  • Melissa Bopp
  • Nate Geiger


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

Treasurers Report

  • Current cash balance is $9,141.41. Three membership payments were received plus the donations payment from Centre Gives of $1,991.25; no expenses were paid out.


  • Shared Use paths:
    • The Puddintown Road/Orchard Road path in College Township is in progress with completion anticipated Spring 2018
      • Discussed possibility of continuing shared used path along Park Avenue from Orchard Road to Visitor’s Center,
    • The Valley Vista path, a joint project of Patton & Ferguson Townships, will likely begin in 2019
    • Inquired about status of proposed Boalsburg to Tussey Trail connector path
    • Ferguson Township has proposed extending a shared use path to Pine Grove Mills (On the agenda for the Centre Region Planning Commission meeting on Sep 7th)
  • Autumn Busbee offered to continue teaching the Bike Safety class in the high school this year.
  • Melissa Bopp’s students are available to help with any bike-related projects, i.e., feasibility study, Bike-Friendly Business assistance, safe routes to school initiative.
  • Brian Dempsey proposed an “Ask a Cyclist” information table be scheduled for Friday, Sep 1st at Allen Street Gates.
  • Paul Rito suggested another bike light giveaway in the Oct/Nov timeframe to coincide the time change. It was recommended looking into the cost of lights from the same vendor Cecily Zhu used for PSU, and ordering a large quantity to have on hand for several light giveaway events. Discussed posting ads in the Daily Collegian & CDT announcing the event when the date has been confirmed. Also notify WTAJ-TV to request coverage of this bike safety event

Action Items

  • Courtney Hayden motioned to approve a budget of up to $1,500 for the purchase of 500 white and 500 red bicycle lights for an event to promote bicycle safety; Paul Rito second; motion passed. Joan Potter will obtain pricing and take care of ordering.

Volunteers Needed

  • “Ask a Cyclist” information table on September 1st.


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

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Potter, Secretary/Treasurer

Bridge Closure on Branch Rd

Detour using Daleview, Scenery Park, & S. Atherton paths

Passing on this press release from PennDOT concerning bridgework on Branch Rd.

PennDOT will be closing Branch Road (Route 3011) just north of Country Club Road on Monday July 17 at 7:00 a.m. During this time the Centre

Hills Country Club will remain accessible from Route 322 Business side of Branch Road. The detour is necessary for excavation to begin for a new bridge structure and relocation of the existing waterline. New paint lines will also be put in place for a temporary golf cart path detour.

The bridge spans Slab Cabin Run, near the entrance to the Centre Hills Country Club. The existing bridge is weight posted at 19 tons for single vehicles and 31 tons for combination vehicles. Dating from 1954, the bridge carries an average of 10,000 vehicles each day.

Overall project work will include removal of the old bridge, construction of a new, 3-cell, pre-cast box culvert, paving, guide rail updates, water & se

wer line relocation, drainage, and miscellaneous items.

PennDOT expects the new bridge to be open to traffic on August 28, 2017.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $1.9 million project. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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