The Excitement is Building for Bike Month and “Celebrate the Greenbelt” Weekend!
May is Bike Month and planning is underway by Bike Harrisburg for oodles of special rides and events, including the International Ride of Silence, the Highlights of Harrisburg Bike Tour, the Seersucker and Lace Ride, a Rally at the Capitol, and much more.
June 2-3 is “Celebrate the Greenbelt” weekend, with the main feature being the Tour de Belt fundraising ride on June 3 around the Capital Area Greenbelt, Harrisburg’s emerald necklace. There are special events planned for the whole weekend including mountain bike rides on the SAMBA Parkway Trails, the Five Bridges Bike Tour, Bike the Burg family ride, Walk the Belt, Bike Night at the Senators baseball game and more. Several hotels are offering discounted rates to encourage visitors to spend the weekend enjoying all that Harrisburg has to offer.
More information coming soon!
Cumberland Valley Rail Trails will be participating in "Match Madness" again, the program where Partnership for Better Health in Carlisle has committed $50,000 to a 'stretch' fund to benefit small non-profits like Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. Money donated in March will get matching support from the Partnership.
CVRT had a great 2017 with two bridges, the Rt.233 underpass, CVRTC Boxcar, restroom facilities at Shippensburg Station and almost two additional miles added to the trail. Right now, CVRT has a construction company under contract to extend the trail two miles further east from Rt.233 in Newville. They also have funding committed to add two more miles of trail late this year or next year in the center of the county.
Bottom line is we still need your support!
Money must pass through the Partnership to us....we will get 100% of what you donate plus matching funds.
If you want to donate by check: Make the check out to "Partnership For Better Health" and be sure to put CVRTC on the front of the check in the 'for' or 'memo' line. Here's the address:
If paying by Credit Card or PayPal: Go to the http://www.forbetterhealthpa.org/ web page, scroll down and click the "Donate, Match Madness 2018 button." At the next page you will find directions. Please specify Cumberland Valley Rail Trail to receive the gift. If using PayPal you will have an opportunity to do this in the second PayPal screen under: “Add special instructions to the seller.” This should be done before you click on the Donate Now button.
Fellow HBC cyclists,
As the HBC president I often receive calls from non-members about the club. This afternoon I received a call which was quiet disturbing. This gentleman lives in Boiling Springs. He is very upset with groups of cyclists, especially on Thursday nights that come into the area riding 3 abreast, going the wrong way on Race St. (a one way street), not using hand signals, riding through stop signs and jumping the fence on Criswell Dr. to go through the Water Treatment Plant which is signed as no trespassing. He was shaken by being in a near collision with a cyclist on Race St. precisely because the cyclist was going the wrong way. This is not only affecting him but his neighbors also. He called me as a concerned citizen.
For people who live on the west shore, (and I am sure the east shore has their particular areas) riding to Boiling Springs and stopping at Café 101 is a regular occurrence. It is a very pleasant area to ride through and to stop at for a break. It is up to ALL of us, not only in Boiling Springs but everywhere we ride to be courteous to ALL vehicles on the rode which we SHARE. Cyclists like to comment about the rude motorists, and drivers not obeying the 4 foot rule as they pedal their way through a red traffic signal or stop sign. Following the traffic laws are not just for motor vehicles, they are for cyclists, pedestrians, skate boarders and EVERYONE using the roadways which we share. The traffic laws are there to keep everyone alive and safe by having general rules so we all know what to expect when we are out on the roadways. Take off and race on a long straight away, have fun, enjoy your sport AND be courteous and respectful especially in neighborhoods and busy traffic areas and intersections. It only takes one person being careless to affect the lives of many. Don’t let that one person be you.
PLEASE set a good example for all and keep yourself and all those you ride with safe by following the laws.
Please pass the word.