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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 Cynthia Gorski
The cyclists listed below are HBC members who have cycled across the United States.
Some have done it solo, others in small groups. Some have done the Trans-America or Bicentennial Route.
Some have even done the entire perimeter of our country! All set out to accomplish an epic journey have completed it.
All have tales to tell for the rest of their lives.
Jim Buckheit at the Pacific Ocean… August 2017
A la Car-less: A Progressive Dinner by Bicycle (with a side of Glow to Go!)
Come join Amy Addams and friends on Saturday evening, September 9, in Elizabethtown for a progressive dinner by bicycle. We will take a tour of Elizabethtown and check out the local scenery in our little Lancaster County town. This is a fundraiser for the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Center to help find better treatments and a cure for pancreatic cancer, one of the cancers with the poorest survival rates today. (Amy's brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this spring and Amy is raising money to help find a cure.) The ride will be that of a Sunday social pace (D pace, 8 - 10 miles an hour) and will stop at several places in Elizabethtown for the different courses. Total distance will be between 10 and 12 miles. The menu will be an Italian theme and will include appetizer, soup, salad, aperitif, main course and dessert. (Word on the street is that the dessert may not be Italian; rumor has it that Amy is making chocolate chip cookies and other goodies for the dessert table!)
All riders are expected to wear a helmet, bring a tail light, have a bicycle in good working condition, be able to keep up with the pace, be comfortable riding in a group, and practice safe bicycle riding skills. While children are welcome, this is not a ride for little ones on training wheels and those who cannot keep up with the pace and be comfortable riding in a large group. Consent forms/waivers will be completed at check-in on Saturday, September 9. Please arrive early to allow time to complete the paperwork and get checked in.
A limited number of glow items to decorate your bike will be available for purchase at registration.
In the event of rain, the dinner will be hosted at the church.
Starting/Ending Location: Christ Church United Church of Christ, 247 S. Market Street, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Check-in and registration: Begins at 3:00 pm
Ride start time: Promptly at 4:00 pm
Cost: By RSVP date: $25 per person (14 and over); children under 14: $10.
(Late registration or day of: $30 per person for adults; children 14 and under $10.)
Payment will be collected at registration.
Checks payable to: Johns Hopkins University (please put Run4Rick in your memo line)
On Saturday, July 22, the driver of a 1990’s era light colored Dodge Durango swerved twice into a group of 4 cyclists on Colebrook Road near Palmyra, sending one to the hospital and causing injuries to two of the other riders. The driver left the scene at high speed, fishtailing his vehicle as he left. The hit appears to be intentional.
On Monday, July 31, Bicycle South Central PA placed 3 red bikes near the scene of the crime to raise awareness of the cyclists that were injured there and of the need for all road users to treat each other with respect. About 100 spectators came to the Red Bike Dedication, most of them on bikes, and there was plentiful media coverage of this event. The plea was made to people to help find the hit-and-run driver of the Durango, who is still at a large. The bikes were removed on Aug. 14 as a courtesy to the property owner who generously allowed the bikes to be placed there for two weeks.
Riders Ted Mengel, Gary Lauerman and Ted Achorn have been working tirelessly to help their friend, Tom Bay, who remains in serious condition at Hershey Medical Center. The force of the SUV pushed Tom’s femur into his pelvis, fracturing his pelvis. Blood clots that formed in his heart during recovery required open-heart surgery to remove. Recovery will be a long and slow process for Tom.
PA Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for the apprehension of the hit-and-run driver. Please keep your eyes open for the light colored Durango which may have a dented and scratched area on the right side and front bumper of the vehicle.
Anonymous tips can be sent to PA Crime Stoppers https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316 or you can contact the South Londonderry Police. PA Crime Stoppers does accept donations towards rewards, although the donations cannot be designated for specific cases.
Follow HBC and BSCPA on Facebook for updates on this horrible incident and for progress reports on apprehending the driver as well as Tom’s rehab updates.
Please ask your PA House Members to co sponsor the following two bills, which will make cycling safer in Pennsylvania. Also, pass this on to any other organizations including social/recreational clubs.
This bill prevents the use of hand held phones. Sponsored by DeLuca; only 10 co sponsors. He’ll be asking Taylor/Keller, Chairs of the Transportation Committee to hold hearings and/or a Committee vote. His chance of success depends on showing more support for the legislation from both Democrat and Republican House Members. Getting them to co sponsor is an important means of showing support.
Bicyclists are well aware of motorists who are using their cell phones and are distracted as they “close in” on them on the roadways.
HB 1646: This is the vulnerable roadway user bill. It increases fines for injuring or killing a vulnerable roadway user. Current penalties are shamefully low. Bicyclists are included in the definition. http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2017&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1646&pn=2205
You’ll find that language has been added specifically for vulnerable roadway users. This new category includes quite a few users other than bicyclists. Proceed further you’ll find that the fine presently for death is $500 – the bill increases this for vulnerable road users category to $10,000. Same with injuries; presently fine is for all cases $250 according to the law; the fine goes to $5,000 for serious injury and $1,000 for injury.
The bill was introduced in July by House Member Miller from Lancaster County where there is a sizeable Amish population.
www.legis.state.pa.us is the link for reading all the bills.
http://www.house.state.pa.us/index.cfm is the link for finding your House Representative and his/her contact info.
Call or email your representative about these bills as soon as possible.
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