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Police to Enforce Bike Lights

State College Police Chief Thomas King indicated last week that a targeted enforcement effort will be directed at cyclists violating the law requiring lights on bicycles operated at night on streets. This safety measure is being undertaken because of increasing numbers of cyclists riding at night without lights. Ticketing will begin in a few weeks. King indicated that the initial phase of enforcement will likely consist of tickets which will carry no fine if the offender presents proof within a short time that the lighting deficiency has been corrected.

Relevant Section in the bike code:

Section 3507. Lamps or other equipment on pedalcycles.

(a) Lamps and reflectors. — Every pedalcycle when in use between sunset and sunrise shall be equipped on the front with a lamp which emits a beam of white light intended to illuminate the pedalcycle operator’s path and visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front, a red reflector facing to the rear which shall be visible at least 500 feet to the rear, and an amber reflector on each side . Operators of pedalcycles may supplement the required front lamp with a white flashing lamp, light-emitting diode or similar device to enhance their visibility to other traffic and with a lamp emitting a red flashing lamp, light emitting diode or similar device visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear. A lamp or lamps worn by the operator of a pedalcycle shall comply with the requirements of this subsection if the lamp or lamps can be seen at the distances specified.

New Campus Bike Plan Unveiled

The current campus ban of bicycling on sidewalks would be eliminated.

PSU Director of Transportation Teresa Davis and landscape architect Thomas Flynn presented Penn State’s new campus bike/ped traffic plan at CRBC’s January meeting. If approved and implemented, Davis and Flynn said the plan should improve safety and better connect campus destinations while improving links to the regional bikeway network. The current campus ban of bicycling on sidewalks would be eliminated, but bikes would not be allowed on sidewalks adjacent to roads. Bikes traffic would mix with motor traffic on campus streets.

The plan includes:
•  Bike climbing lanes for steep uphill road sections (Burrowes and Shortlidge Streets).
•  Showering and changing facilities within a five minute walk of all major campus destinations.
•  More Bike racks on campus
•  Covered bike parking within five minutes of major destinations.
•  Large bike parking courts at major destinations.
•  Secure bike parking rooms in residence halls.
•  Bike paths along Park Avenue and University Drive .
•  On-road bike lanes or separated paths around the periphery of campus.
•  More effective snow clearance from paths and around bike parking.
•  A new path to connect campus to Millbrook Marsh and the Puddintown extension of the College Township Bikeway.
•  An education program for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers to ensure the plan works effectively.

CRBC has suggested a mandatory bicycle education class for all entering freshmen, similar to the successful online course in use at Cornell University. This course could be given along with the new alcohol education course required for entering PSU freshmen. CRBC members and PSU officials traveled to Ithaca three years ago to study Cornell’s bike education program and declared it a useful model for Penn State. When asked if an effort will be made to enforce the 15 mph campus speed limit since the plan forces cyclists to mix with motor vehicle traffic, Davis and Flynn said they were advised that 15 mph speed limits are not enforceable in Pennsylvania. It was pointed out that 15 mph is enforced in school zones and that PSU is a school.

Elmwood Cycle Traps Fixed

Cycle Trap Fixed :: Penn DOT workers repair dangerous drain grates

In response to CRBC’s request of last September, Penn DOT has repaired the dangerous drain grates on Elmwood Avenue in Lemont (see article below). The photo above left shows one of the grates before the repair. The photo at right, taken yesterday, shows the same grate after the repair. CRBC wishes to thank Penn DOT, College Township, and the Centre Region Planning office for their help in correcting these cycle traps.

Cycle Trap Fixed :: New and improved drain gate as installed