Save the Date
HBC 2018 Annual Banquet - Link to Banquet Home Page
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
5:30 - 9:30 pm
Radisson Ballroom, Camp Hill, PA
A survey was conducted of Century participants after the event, and I thought some of the results were interesting enough to share with you. 171 people responded which is about a 28% response rate, a very high percentage for surveys of this sort. Responses were overwhelmingly positive concerning the food, sags, cue sheets, parking, repair stations, registration and rest stops. There were also many comments complimenting the friendly and helpful volunteers. Below you’ll find some statistics that might surprise you.
· 59% of riders who responded to the survey were first time riders.
· 39% of all respondents drove over 75 miles one way to participate. –
· 28% of riders came from 26-50 miles away.
· 98% found the routes to be safe and enjoyable to ride.
The top 3 ways that people learned about the Century were:
1. Through the other Central PA Trifecta events
2. From the HBC website and the Spokesman
3. From family and friends
Marilyn Chastek, 2018 Century Chair
We had a great HBC Three Creek Century this year. There were 637 registrants and that is the most we’ve had since we moved to the Penn Township Fire Department facility in 2015. We were initially concerned that Hurricane Florence would move in and we’d have to cancel the Century. However, Florence wasn’t a problem and actually helped boost our attendance because some other biking events closer to her path were cancelled and their riders came our way instead. We had participants from Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia. Pennsylvania riders came from both near and far, including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Most came from the Harrisburg area and throughout Central Pennsylvania.
We have received wonderful reviews from the people who rode the Century this year, and they remarked on the terrific food, helpful volunteers, and beautiful, well marked routes.
Our many HBC Volunteers deserve all the credit for a job well done as the Century could not have been successful without them. They pitched in wherever needed, sometimes spending the whole day shifting from job to job.
I especially want to thank the 2018 Century Committee Coordinators who did an outstanding job of pulling everything together.:
Rebecca Bausinger- Co-chair
Howard Ross – Volunteers
Dick Norford – Parking
Terry Drachbar – Routes
Donna Finn – Registration
Dean Giger – Sag
Ed Reynolds- Rest Stops
Diana Bermingham – Cookies
Dave and Lois Young- Food
Steve Holland- Photographer
Ken Frohnert – Jack of all trades
Howard Davison- HBC OPS Committee Liaison
Tim Clawser – PR Assistant
We also thank the following for their contributions to the Century:
Donegal Insurance Group
The Pedal Pusher
As of now, the finances haven’t been settled yet but I’ll report that when it’s available. We expect it to be a record-breaking year for proceeds thanks to Donegal Insurance Group, the sponsor, and to the large number of registrants.
Save the date for the next Century: September 15, 2019
We’re excited to announce the latest round of the HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program. We appreciate the help we’ve gotten for this effort over the past 4 years. The data collected has been used in studies and analyses throughout the region, such as the Camp Hill to Capital Corridor study and the Route 39 Corridor study. This effort depends on the help of people like you, and be assured it is greatly appreciated.
All the information and links necessary to help can be found at TCRPC’s Bike/Ped Planning Page, or at the links below. You can choose the times and intersections that work best for you.
The Fall 2018 HATS Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place during the following dates and times:
· Sunday, September 30, 12-2 p.m.
· Tuesday, October 2, 4-6 p.m.
· Wednesday, October 3, 4-6 p.m.
· Thursday, October 4, 4-6 p.m.
· Saturday, October 6, 12-2 p.m.
The counts are being done as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation project. For more information on NBPD in general, click here.
To perform the counts:
1. Print out the counting form (click here to download form) and bring other necessary items (pen/pencil, timer, etc).
2. Arrive at your designated location approximately 15 minutes before you are to begin counting.
3. Find a spot from which you can best view the entire intersection.
4. Count and record cyclists, pedestrians, and “others” (skateboarders, rollerbladers) as they enter the intersection on the form in 15 minute increments.
To view training slides on how to conduct bicycle and pedestrian counts, click here.
To view a list of the locations, with Google Maps links for each, click here.
To view a map of the locations, click here.
Anyone interested in signing up should visit our SignUpGenius page by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Bomberger.
Andrew Bomberger, AICP
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
112 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101
P: 717-234-2639 | F: 717-234-4058
What is an Electric Bike? We’re starting to see a few E-Bikes on HBC rides and most are battery assisted pedal bicycles. For some reason, these battery- assisted phenomena are just starting to catch on in America … maybe the low cost of fossil fuels and the American desire for huge machines with massive horsepower to propel them and our national belief that Global Warming is a myth are part of the impetus … although the first U.S. Patent 552,271 was recorded in 1895 by Ogden Bolton Jr.
I wrote about the first E-bike on one of my scheduled rides several years back when a participant showed up and introduced us to what we thought was new at the time. Research on the internet and testing a few bike models in local shops impressed me then but I was not “ready for the transition”. That was then and then is now and yes, I am now riding … joyfully I might add … my new Trek CrossRip e-bike as often as I can and up many hills as I like. You hate hills or being left in the back … try an “E”. Guaranteed to take years off any age you feel (even if you’re still a kid).
What do I like about the Trek CrossRip? Start with the name … I can now “rip” up hills in my high gear that I torturously climbed at a 5-10 mph pace previously and keep up with traffic in the 30 plus range at least briefly. Add to this touring style looks, drop handlebars, full fenders, disc brakes and running lights front and back. Oh, and a kickstand! Remember these … we used to have them to hold our bikes upright but got rid of them along with reflectors on the wheels and valve stems because of the extra weight. And with the high heat and humidity in recent weeks I’ve also discovered moving 5-10+ mph faster has a more cooling effect. Add hills and wind as factors … no problem with an “E”.
Several people have asked me if I feel like I’m “cheating” with my new E-Bike? Not really. Age, disease and injuries have taken a toll on my body and if it takes a battery to allow me to go faster and keep up (or ahead) of younger and more fit cyclists the only one I’m cheating is Father Time. You ride a lighter bike than the guy or gal next to you do you feel like you’re ‘cheating’?
Do you get the same workout with an E-bike as the conventional pedal bike? I think it depends on how hard we pedal because to move the bicycle forward requires pedaling and how far we pedal. I know for sure I’m not feeling the stress of trying to keep up with faster bicyclists and pedaling hard to catch up with the group just as they are rested and taking off again. The pack gets a little ahead of me now I slip the gear into “Turbo” and I’m quickly back to the group.
How far an electric bike can travel depends on how fast and the distance and how often hills up and down are encountered but fully charged (takes just two hours) in “ECO” the bike can go 65-80 miles but the bike can be turned to “Off” and coast or be pedaled to add more range.
References for more information on E-bikes:
“The Electric Bike Book” by Jim Turner … available free in digital version at www.electicbikebook.com.
Fun and Health … No Previous Fitness Required
Very efficient and virtually cost-free to operate
Responsible carbon footprint with no emissions
Camp Hill, PA
The HBC Operations Committee is now accepting nominations for the Service Before Self Award. This award was established in 2000 to recognize individuals who distinguish themselves by dedicating significant time and effort to the success of the Harrisburg Bicycle Club.
The past recipients of the award have been:
2000 Mary Lott
2001 Carole Rockland
2002 Marilyn Chastek
2003 John Donoughe
2004 Owen Moore
2005 Mark Riordan
2006 Cindy Hoehn
2007 Bill Pickering
2008 Ross Willard
2010 Mike Prestosh
2011 Michael Floyd
2012 Rick Nevins
2013 Dave Young
2014 Bill Wierman
2015 Jeff Hoch
2016 Cindy Gorski
2017 Larry Riley
RIDE LEADER THANK YOU GIFTS
Have YOU earned a Thank You gift?
Trained leaders that have led 10, 25, 50, 100, 150, 200 and 250 rides and submitted ride reports have earned thank you gifts!!! Orders will be placed early October and the gifts will be handed out at our HBC banquet in Nov.
CUT OFF DATE FOR ORDERS IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
HBC THANK YOU GIFTS:
You may choose your gift from the highest level you have reached or from any level below that – But you may only earn one gift per each level.