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Come On Down to the Nittany Stage Race

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“The Nittany Stage Race is the dream of every cyclist.  A two day, three race event that offers a challenging road course, incredible downtown racing, and lots of bang for the buck… all to help a great cause! “

On Aug 1-2, CentreBike is helping to support the Nittany Stage Race (www.racestagecollege.com). Not only do proceeds go towards a great local organization, The Bestwick Foundation, but the event will bring crowds of top cyclists to town, and help us continue to build momentum around our bike-friendly image.

On Sunday, CentreBike encourages all residents of State College to bike down to downtown to watch the races – which will be held on several closed-off roads of the Borough. In addition to spectating, from 1:30 to 6:00, during the Criterium races, a section of Nittany Ave (next to KCF Technologies) will be closed. CentreBike will host activities like free bike tune-ups and safety checks, as well as having food trucks (including Food for Thought and Ritas Italian Ice), a masseuse from A Step Beyond Massage Therapy, and unusual bike demonstrations. Visit with folks from The Bicycle Shop as well as 105.9 Quik Rock From 5:00-5:20pm, families who register at the tent in advance can have the chance to ride the Criterium bicycle course! Learn more about Family Fun at the Criterium.

Many CentreBike members are also volunteering to help on both days of the event – marshaling at intersections, set-up/take-down, pace car drivers, and more. (Watch out for us in our matching shirts!) If you are interested in volunteering, there are still slots available — contact Brian Dempsey at bad5@psu.edu

We hope to see you there!

Did You Know? We Have Bike-Friendly Businesses!

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You may have heard that State College-Centre Region is recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community (Bronze Level) by the League of American Bicyclists. Here’s our profile on the League’s website. We’re proud of that honor — it involves work by many organizations in many areas, as well as a lengthy application process.

But did you know that there are other organizations in our community who have gone through this application process to be recognized by the League?

Here’s the list of official Bicycle Friendly organizations in our community:

Know a business that might be interested in applying for recognition? Let us know! We can help with the application process, and in some cases, provide funds to help purchase bicycle tools, pumps, or other small items that can help strengthen the application.

(last updated June 2015)

On Motorist Conflict

Recently, some of our CentreBike members identified an unfortunate situation: a motorist who had been harassing cyclists on certain roads in our community.  We sprung into action: with the help of several cyclists, the incidents were documented and the motorist identified.

That information allowed the State College Police to take quick action to resolve the issue. Thank you to those involved – both cyclists and our partners on the police force!

However, this incident brings up a good question:

What should you do if you are harassed while cycling?

Harassment may include negative comments, physical proximity (cars passing “too close”), taunting, or any other behavior that verbally or physically threatens a cyclist while riding.

  • Always make your personal safety a priority. If you feel you are in physical danger, leave the road, and call 911.
  • Document the incident. Write down the date, location, any details on the harasser (physical appearance, car make/model, etc.) and exactly what happened. Best information to have, if you are able to capture it:
    • License plate number
    • Photo
  • Share your documentation with the police. Filing a police report is the best way to elevate the issue.
  • Let CentreBike know. We believe these incidents are very rare, but in the event they happen, we want to take quick action. Send us an email.