Bike Month Article May 2018

Camp Hill Celebrates Bike Month

Our Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) initiative heads into 2018 fresh on the heels of our formal designation as a BFC by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) back in November.  We also head into the new year with new leadership, as Tim Poole has turned the reins over to new co-chairs Luisa Lassova and Bob Diehl.  Rest assured, the effort remains in great hands as we continue to make it better, easier, and safer to bike (and walk) in Camp Hill.

May is National Bike Month, and will feature a number of opportunities for you to ride for fitness, recreation, or transportation, and also to get involved with safety and advocacy activities.  Our unofficial bike month kickoff will occur with Camp Hill’s Spring Fling event on Saturday, April 28th.  We encourage you to bike (or walk) downtown for this event.  Bike racks are available at Cornerstone, Holmes, Uovo, Boro Hall, and various other locations.  If you would like to bike to a business, and they don’t have a rack, please ask the management to contact the Boro Office about our bike rack program, which will even provide the first rack (2-bike capacity) for free.  Bike to Spring Fling and Holmes will provide you with a $10 coupon towards a bike tune-up.

We will officially kickoff Bike Month on Saturday, May 5th.  There will be a couple of ride options, and a ceremony for the LAB award.  Come out and ride with the Mayor, council members, the CHPD bike patrol and others.  This will be a leisurely ride around the boro, totally suitable for families and novice riders.  See how easy it is to bike to schools, parks, library and other community destinations.  From 2-7 PM we will have an information table and bike safety game at Mayfair.

The Saturday morning ride is part of a series that will continue the first Saturday of every month through October.  The additional dates are as follows:

  • Saturday June 2nd
  • Saturday July 7th
  • Saturday August 4th
  • Saturday September 1st
  • Saturday October 6th

There is also a Harrisburg Bicycle Club ride every Wednesday evening at 6PM at Boro Hall throughout the riding season.  These are slow paced rides, about 10 miles. We will relax afterwards at one of the local coffee houses. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by adult. Helmet required for all riders.  Contact Diana Bermingham diana35024@gmail.com for details. Other rides throughout the month will include a morning coffee ride at 10AM on May 7, and an ice cream ride at 6PM on May 30.

Please pay special attention to the ride on Wednesday evening, May 16th.  This is our area’s observance of the International Ride of Silence.  Cyclists from around the region will meet at Camp Hill Boro Hall and ride silently to the State Capitol where we will pay our respects at the Ghost Bike Exhibit, featuring one bike for each cyclist killed in a traffic accident in 2017.  We then return to Camp Hill.

For those who are (or would like to be) bike commuters, Friday, May 18th is National Bike to Work Day.  If you bike to, from, or through Camp Hill, please note that refreshments will be served at Cornerstone for the morning commute, starting at 6:30 AM.  Refreshments will also be provided at Holmes for the afternoon commute.  For those travelling to or from Harrisburg, a similar way station will be set up at the Underground Bike Shop 1519 North Third Street in the City.

On Sunday, May 20th, Bob Diehl will lead a “trailer ride”.  Kids of all ages are welcome, especially those in bike seats, tag-alongs, and trailers.  Meet at Willow Park by the bridge at 11:45 am.  Take the scenic route around CH and end up at the Kite Festival.

Bike Month will culminate with Team Camp Hill riding in the Tour de Belt ride on the Capital Area Greenbelt.  We’ve had an excellent showing the past two years and hope to do so again this year.  The ride is on Sunday, June 3rd, but discounted registration ends May 16th.  Visit www.caga.org to register and make sure to put “Team Camp Hill” in the team area.

Due to time and space constraints, we cannot provide complete details in this newsletter.  The Boro web site and calendar usually have current information.  However, for the most up to date news and events, please like “Bike Camp Hill” on Facebook.  Sending us messages or comments there is also the best way to contact us.  For a more complete look at Bike Month activities around the region, please visit http://www.bikeharrisburg.org/

Beyond Bike Month

  • We hope to soon launch a comprehensive bike study of the Boro which will identify specific areas of need and opportunity to make our streets even safer for biking.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open for the kickoff of a 20th anniversary celebration for the Goddard Trail.
  • Interested in trails? Check out our sister group that is pursuing a trail along the Connie: https://www.facebook.com/ConodoguinetGreenway/