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Regional Bike Transportation Study
Funding was secured for this study that looks at improving biking facilities and conditions in the area running from western Lebanon County to the City of Harrisburg. Consultants interested in performing the study were interviewed and one was selected.
Transportation Funding and Advocacy Training
The new regional bicycle advocacy group, Bicycle South Central PA, and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will be hosting a 2-part training on May 29 and 30 at the Giant Community Center in Camp Hill.
Bike Harrisburg is once again putting together a full calendar of bicycling activities in May to celebrate National Bike Month. There will be “Women Bike” rides, the Spoke-n-Gear Festival, Historic Harrisburg Bike Tours, Bike Law information sessions, guided rides around the Capital Area Greenbelt, special Bike to Work promotions and more.
We are returning to the Finger Lakes area to enjoy the pleasant riding, spectacular scenery, historic points of interest and the many wonderful wineries and local craft breweries. This is the 11th annual trip. Wow!
A major goal of the Harrisburg Bicycle Club is to promote safe riding for cyclists, and helmets are required on all of the HBC rides. May is National Bicycle Safety Month. In observance of National Bike Safety, the HBC will offer a $5.00 discount coupon on ANSI or SNELL approved bicycle helmets purchased during the months of May through September 2014.
The discount is made possible by the Janet A. Pontius Bicycle Safety Foundation Fund, established in 1976 to honor the memory of Janet A. Pontius. The funds raised by donations and administered through the HBC are used to promote bicycle safety. You may contribute to the fund at any time – the membership form in the Spokesman provides space to do so. Watch the HBC web site for announcement of the participating shops. Then visit and ask those shops for your coupon. A limited number of coupons will be available so be sure to shop early and enjoy the whole season safely.
Most of us grew up in a mobile world based on private cars and interstate highways for fast connectivity to just about everywhere worth going but anyone who drives any distance today … our local Harrisburg transportation network is a good example … will find far more congestion and traffic than ever. And we all know that the infrastructure on which our transportation network is built is fast falling apart and will continue to do so unless a magic solution is found and soon.
It all started in 1956 with the Interstate Highway System which cost $25 billion and a decade to complete and it drove our culture of owning a car which represented freedom. But even the best built highways take bushels of money to maintain and last at best 50 years before having to be completely rebuilt. Want to know the cost to build a new highway today? “Bikenomics” has the answer to this and many more questions of interest. Many millions per square mile and in one case (Boston) more than a billion per mile. Yikes!