May is Bike Month!

Bike Month Kickoff today:

Bike info from Centre Region Bicycle Coalition, Centre Area Transportation Authority, The Center for Sustainability, The Campus Sustainability Office and Eco-Action at the Allen St. gate to PSU. You’ll find information about bicycle registration & safety, regional biking opportunities, & other efforts to make this area GREEN. 8 a.m. –  5 p.m. at Corner of College and Allen

From Paul Rito at the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition:

School District and CRBC Bike Month Rides

The Centre Region Bicycle Coalition and the State College Area School District – in support of National Bike Month and to encourage students and their families, faculty, staff and members of the community to ride their bicycles in May – are offering three organized rides on May 7, 14 and 21. There will be options for 2, 4, 10 and 25 mile rides. Mechanical support will be available before the rides. The rides will feature bike paths, bike lanes and low-traffic roads around the State College area.

The ride on the 14th will be in remembrance of Mt. Nittany Middle School teacher Beth Donghia. Please bring flowers to place at the Ghost Bike on Boalsburg Rd.

The ride on the 21st will be in remembrance of Bodhan Kulakowski, in whose memory the Ghost Bike on Boalsburg Rd was placed.

Bring your helmet (or you can’t ride; no exceptions!), a water bottle, and if you’re doing the longer 25 mile ride, some small snacks.

We will ride in rain showers, but will cancel if heavy rain, lightning or hail is forecast. Check the CRBC website at  after 8am on the day of the rides for cancellation notices. HELMETS REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDERS. Riders participate at their own risk. Riders under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Bicycle ride cue sheets (pdf)

Maps for the rides are available here:

From Barbara Ballenger at Creation Care Coalition:

Hello Creation Care Friends!

With Bike Awareness Month upon us, it’s time to make plans for Bike to Worship Weekend May 13-15.  You’ll find a downloadable flier and bulletin announcement on the Creation Care Coalition Bike to Worship Page.

Please spread the word and consider organizing a group ride to worship that weekend — and other weekends as well.

Then plan to join the Creation Care Coalition and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light for a potluck picnic in the park at Sunset Park on McKee Street, May 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Bring your own place settings, cutlery and dish to pass. The event will feature a bike tour/scavenger hunt of local churches leaving from and returning to Sunset Park.

For more information contact Barb Ballenger, CCC convener, at

From Kirk Hoover, Physical Education Teacher at Corl Street and Easterly Parkway elementary schools:

State College Area School District First Annual Bike Month is this May!

Something very exciting is happening in the month of May. SCASD Physical Educators have been in collaboration with the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition (CRBC) to promote bicycling throughout the entire month of May.

Each week of May we focus our attention on a specific group of individuals in the district as indicated below:

  • May 1 – 7 – High School
  • May 8 – 14 – Middle School
  • May 15 – 21 – Elementary School
  • May 22 – 31 – Faculty/Staff

Several opportunities are being organized in an effort to support our community bicyclists regardless of skill level! Teachers are in the process of planning and implementing bike to school days. Every weekend the CRBC is mapping out planned family and friend rides with varying distances from 4 – 25 mile loops.

Another project aimed to promote bicycling throughout the remainder of April and May is a website where a rider can keep all personal riding information and be part of teams logging miles for their schools. Between four fellow teachers we’ve logged almost 2,000 miles and my goal is to have the district reach over 5,000 miles!

I know our district is full of bicyclists of all skill levels and even if you’re beginner, there are so many benefits to start riding. It is a total body workout that decreases heart disease, reduces stress, increases cardiovascular fitness, has low impact on joints and is a great transition from sedentary living to an increased path of fitness.

Our committee has been working hard to promote bicycle riding throughout the entire State College Community. Let’s join forces as a district and do this together!

From Mount Nittany Middle School Physical Education Teachers:

The Highmark Foundation recently awarded a Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant to our school. The grant was used to purchase 30 mountain bikes with odometers from The Bicycle Shop, 2 recumbent bikes from RBR bikes, and tools and equipment from The Bicycle Shop to maintain the bikes.

Our program, for sixth and seventh grade students, is called, “All Aboard the Mount Nittany Express…” The program will allow students to ride bikes, learn safety skills and begin or improve their riding skills, along with how to pick the right sized bike, adjust the seat for correct riding form, maintain bikes, and ride with the laws of the road. Students will be riding around the school and in the nearby neighborhoods. Homerooms will also be tracking out-of-school riding time or distance through a context, mapping accumulated miles on a map of the USA to see which homeroom can travel the farthest from State College. The winning homeroom will receive a pizza party.

Seventh grade students will be using the bicycles in conjunction with their fitness unit, learning the components of fitness, the F.I.T. principle, parts of a workout, target heart rate and planning a fitness program. They’ll be keeping a daily log when they are riding their bikes out of school and around the school and in the nearby neighborhoods.

Our culminating activity for this program is “Bike to School Week.” Our assigned week for middle school is May 9th-13th, 2011. During that week, we will be meeting at three different locations: Orchard Park, Spring Creek Park, and Boalsburg Military Museum and riding from there into school with a staff member. We have checked the routes and all of them have access to sidewalks or bike paths the entire way to school.

To encourage participation in the “Bike to School Week” event, we have solicited prizes from local businesses…

Need a bike? Check out the bike shops at the “Getting Around” page.

Also, check out the new Bike Share program at Penn State (Collegian Article) for students, and the CRBC Bike To Work mentoring program for commuters.

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