For those receiving the electronic and hardcopy Spokesman, the LAST issue you will receive will be the Nov./Dec. 2014 issue. After that you must rely on our spiffy new HBC website for information and events. For those renewing their memberships this year, renewing of the Hard Copy Spokesman is no longer available.
Read about what's new in Bicycle Advocacy:
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.
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.
For the first time in 2013, the HBC sponsored a three day bicycling event in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. Eighty HBC'ers attended and judging from the feedback and comments received it was a great success. We will once again sponsor the event in 2014, with the format largely unchanged from 2013. The event will be held from Thursday, 10/30 to Sunday, 11/2 and like last year, will include three nights lodging (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), a group dinner on Friday evening and plenty of bicycling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.
The only significant change from last year is a change in the hotel. This year we will be staying at the Ft. Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, which is located just "down the street" from the Clarion where we stayed in 2013. A small increase of $10 per person (from $200 to $210) is also being made. Since we maxed out our 80 person capacity last year, we've upped the capacity to 100 for 2014. But if you intend to participate I would recommend you register early to ensure a spot.
A brochure containing the event details in a handy printable format can be found here. There is a registration form in the brochure, or you can use this registration form. Complete event detail can be found on the HBC Williamsburg Website here.
Please let me know if you have any questions - I look forward to seeing you all again in 2014!
Starting April 1st!
Ride leaders are the HEART of HBC. We are a cycling club and our main function is to RIDE. Leaders put in much time and planning when volunteering to lead a ride, plus they do it over and over again. We also ask our leaders to attend an HBC training which is essential to ensure consistency in ride protocol.
Leaders need to be aware about what is expected when leading a ride, safety guidelines, what to look out for when leading a group, policies of the club, trouble shooting, club insurance, biker bucks, etc. We expect a lot from our ride leaders because they determine the safety and enjoy ability of our HBC rides.
As a thank you to our ride leaders HBC offers an HBC ride leader jersey when a trained leader leads 10 rides with submitted ride reports. This program has now been expanded and starting April 1st, now includes HBC embroidered thank you gifts when leaders have led 25, 50, 100 and 150 rides.