December 12, 2016
Meeting held at the State College Borough Building
The meeting was called to order by Anna Nelson at 5:35 pm.
The cash balance is $7,220.62. One new membership received; no expenses paid out.
Executive Committee Election
The election of CentreBike Executive Committee members and Officers occurred as follows. A ballot was distributed with the slate of 9 nominees and the membership unanimously voted to approve:
Bike Rack Project
Four used bicycle racks are available for pick up this week from Penn State Lion Surplus. The cost is $10/each, and they will be donated to these local businesses: Childspace, the COG building, Gigi’s, and Way Fruit Farm. Dennis Bender volunteered to pick up and deliver the racks. Additional racks may be available in January. Other businesses who have expressed interest include West Side Stadium Bar & Grill and Toftrees Golf Club.
Drive With Care – Walk Aware Campaign
Lydia Vandenbergh presented posters created by a Penn State Communications class for the State College Borough. This public safety campaign reminds drivers and pedestrians to obey traffic safety laws.
Bike Parking Survey
Melissa Bopp shared the results of a November Bike Parking Survey conducted by Penn State’s Physical Activity & Public Health Lab. Students collected data at various campus entry points during morning & afternoon rush hours. The majority reported commuting less than 20 minutes and parked their bikes outside of their destination building, with a few who noted they bring their bikes inside. Most respondents believe Penn State has adequate bike parking.
CATA Guaranteed Ride Home Program
Starting in Januay, CATA will offer free Guaranteed Ride Home to bicycle commuters who are registered on their website. Their new ridematching software will also allow bicyclists to find others who want to commute together in a safe group travel mode.
Feasibility Study Support
In June, CentreBike sent a letter of support for Centre County to apply for grant funding through PA Dept of Community & Economic Development – Greenways, Trails & Recreation Program to study the feasibility of a shared use path from Milesburg to Bellefonte, and CentreBike committed $500 toward the required 15% match needed for the application. Mark Higgins confirmed that the application has been approved. CentreBike will send the $500 for matching grant funds by the January due date.
Discussed whether or not to continue monthly meetings throughout the year. Suggestions included not having a meeting in the same month as CRBAC quarterly meetings. Will re-visit this discussion at the next meeting on Jan 9th.
Adding a summary of 2016 CentreBike highlights to the website was suggested, i.e.:
2017 Potential Projects Discussed
A poster commemorating Anna Nelson’s tenure with CentreBike (created by Brian Dempsey & Paul Rito and signed by everyone attending the meeting) was presented to Anna to acknowledge our gratitude for the significant impact she’s made. She will be missed!
There being no further business to come before the meeting, it adjourned at 6:40 pm.
Joan Potter, Secretary