Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Adult obesity rates climbed in 28 states during the past year and now exceed 25 percent in more than two-thirds of the states, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010. The report, by Trust for America’s Health and RWJF, concludes that the nation’s response still fails to measure up to the magnitude of the problem. At the same time, it highlights public recognition of the issue and results of a new survey showing Americans’ acute concern about childhood obesity—and their willingness to invest significantly in prevention programs.
Read the news release and the report.
State by State Report:
"Millions of Americans still face barriers - like the high cost of healthy foods and lack of access to safe places to be physically active - that make healthy choices challenging."
"Pennsylvania has not passed Complete Streets legislation, which aims to ensure that all users -- pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities -- have safe access to a community's streets. Thirteen states have passed Complete Streets legislation."
Saturday, June 26, 2010
As budget negotiations are heating up in Harrisburg, Governor Rendell has built his latest budget proposal by gutting $132 million in environmental funds.
These funds support a host of valuable projects in Pennsylvania, including Growing Greener and the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund – the drivers of countless trail projects in Pennsylvania.
Take action today! Contact your legislators through our easy form to ensure that they get the message. Trails are important to Pennsylvania!
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Area Digest: Court awards $850,000 in fatal pedestrian accident in Reading
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday June 28, 7:00 pm
"County Plan for Walking and Biking"
Guest Michael Golembiewski, Berks County Planning Commission, Transportation Modeler
Previous Shows include:
Monday, October 27, 2008 12:00 am
Safe Routes to Schools
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 8:30 pm
Monday, December 22, 2008 7:00 pm
Monday, February 23, 2009 7:00 pm
Bicycling Rights & Responsibilities
Monday, April 27, 2009 7:00 pm
May is National Bike Month
Monday, June 22, 2009 7:00 pm
Make it Intermodal
Monday, February 22, 2010 7:00 pm
Monday, April 26, 2010 7:00 pm
Bike to Work
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Posted on June 15, 2010 by lskenazy
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Lower Alsace Township Municipal Building
1200 Carsonia Avenue, Reading, PA 19606
Berks County is in the process of developing a Master Plan for Antietam Lake Park. The Master Plan will provide a blueprint for future improvements to the park and expanded recreation opportunities for Berks County residents.
If you would like to bicycle or walk to this County Park -- and leave your car at home -- make sure to suggest that the plan include how bicyclists and pedestrians will come and go -- safely and conveniently. A transportation plan to the facility won't be complete without accomodating all modes!
You are invited to attend an evening brainstorming session to voice your thoughts and ideas on the prefinal master plan for Antietam Lake Park. Public input will be incorporated into the design process and will help to establish priorities for future development and conservation. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Share this invitation with others. If unable to attend, and want to contribute, please forward your comments to Chris Lessig, Director, Berks County Parks & Recreation, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, June 18, 2010
We congratulate everyone and wish them a happier commute with the cash they now have from our bike shop sponsors!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
On Monday, June 14, 2010, we alerted you to the possibility that the federal Safe Routes to School program could be targeted for a House floor vote to cut the program. Rep. Cantor (R-VA) had identified Safe Routes to School as one of five options that the public could vote on cutting through his YouCut initiative. Fortunately, Safe Routes to School was not subjected to a vote at that time, selling off excess federal property, got the most votes.
On very short notice, advocates across the country sprang into action and contacted their Members of Congress to ask them to vote against any effort to cut Safe Routes to School. More than 1150 people used the League of American Bicyclists' advocacy system in a 24-hour period to contact their Members of Congress via email. We also heard from many others that made phone calls or contacted a Congressional staff person directly that wouldn't be included in that tally.
WalkBikeBerks, the League and Safe Routes to School National Partnership is grateful to all the national, state and local organizations that helped quickly spread the word about this threat. And, thank you to everyone who took the time to contact their Members of Congress. Even though there was not a vote this time, it helped raise awareness about the importance of Safe Routes to School and the wide support it has across the country.
However, we will have to remain vigilant. This isn't the first time Rep. Cantor has attacked bicycling and walking, and his press secretary has stated that bicycling and walking will likely be the subject of future YouCut votes.
If you have not done so please contact your Representative to urge them to support Safe Routes to Schools.
Monday, June 14, 2010
This week, the Federal Safe Routes to School program is one of Rep. Cantor’s choices to cut. He argues that SRTS duplicates other bicycling and walking programs, and that bicycling and walking infrastructure is a local government responsibility. We need your help to show Rep. Cantor that Safe Routes to School is important to his constituents and that it is not wasteful spending.
Please take a minute and go to this link on the League of American Bicyclists website to send a letter to your House Representative and let your rep know how important the Federal SRTS program is and those efforts and funds are NOT duplicative of other local programs.
Please click on this link to send your message directly to your House Representative.
We don't have anymore details on the cause of the bike/car collision. However, since PennDot and authorities don't release sites of bike/car or pedestrian/car collision to general public due to liability fears, help WalkBikeBerks track suspect intersections and locations.
When you hear of a collision involving a pedestrian or bicyclist send the details to email@example.com.
Gina Gasper | Web Producer
Posted: 10:38 pm EDT June 11, 2010Updated: 5:20 pm EDT June 13, 2010
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Sunday, June 13, 2010
There will be an ad in the Reading Eagle to inform the public about the promotion and there will be an entry blank for people to fill out and deposit in boxes that will be placed at the Barta Transportation Center. Drivers will also hand out entry blanks to passengers on the 17th. The grand prize winner will receive 6 – 31-Day Anywhere Passes, 6 first prize winners will receive one 31-Day Anywhere Pass, and 6 second prize winners will receive 2-One Day Anywhere Passes. The drawing will take place on Monday, June 28th.
PA Commuter Services can help commuters find a bus route. Please call 1.866.579.RIDE for more information!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.
Now, in communities across the county, a movement is growing to complete the streets. Residents are asking planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone. The first stage is being completed now -- as the Berks County Planning Commission drafts a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. Make sure you thank our transportation authority for their work and efforts to make our streets better for all users.
Then, ask that we work together to do more by extending walking and bicycling into the overall transportation plan: Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind - including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
The Reading Area Transportation Study (RATS) Coordinating Committee has prepared planning documents that list various roadway, public transit, and off-road transportation projects and planning efforts in Berks County.
This announcement is designed to give citizens, local governments and interested organizations an opportunity to comment on the Draft TIP, Draft Long Range Transportation Plan Update, Draft Air Quality Conformity Analysis and Draft Benefits and Burdens Analysis.
Two (2) Public Meetings to take comments on the Draft TIP, Long Range Transportation Plan Update, Draft Air Quality Conformity Analysis and Draft Benefits and Burdens Analysis will be held:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Berks County Agricultural Center
1238 County Welfare Rd., Leesport, PA
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Berks County Planning Commission
633 Court Street, 14th Floor, Reading, PA
Please submit written comments to:
Mr. Alan D. Piper, Transportation Planner,
Berks County Planning Commission
633 Court St. – 14th Floor, Reading, PA 19601
Comments will be accepted beginning Monday, June 7, 2010 through the close of business on Friday, July 9, 2010.
Comments may be faxed to (610) 478-6316
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the Draft TIP, Draft Long Range Transportation Plan Update, Draft Air Quality Conformity Analysis and Draft Benefits and Burdens Analysis is available for public review on the Berks County Planning Commission’s web page at www.co.berks.pa.us/planning and at the following locations:
Berks Co. Planning Commission BARTA Executive Offices PENNDOT Dist. 5-0
633 Court St – 14th Floor 1700 North 11th Street 1002 Hamilton Street
Reading, PA 19601 Reading, PA 19604 Allentown, PA 18101
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Putting these numbers into perspective it represents approximately over 48,700 calories burned which is equivalent to 90 McDonald Big Macs or 195 McDonald Hamburgers. Also, total calories burned is approximate to 141lbs. Using the 2010 IRS reimbursement rate for business travel the total miles is equivalent to $17/person saved in gas and auto repair/maintenance.
Further, comparing these numbers to the competition sponsored by our friends from the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition in Philadelphia we have the following:
____________Reading ____Philadelphia ___% Difference
# of Trips ---------229 -------------762 ----------------30%
Miles ---------------1015 -------------3,129 ------------- 32%
Population -------81,000 ------- 1,400,000 ------- 5.8%
While both organizations know there's a much larger bicycle commuter population out there that did not enter our competition it's interesting to note that while Reading's population is under 6% of Philadelphia, we had a greater proportion of trips and miles in a county that has NO bike lanes and significantly less bicycle infrastructure than Philadelphia.
We at WalkBikeBerks look forward to organizing our bicycling commuters to put pressure on our local/state governments to improve our infrastructure and improve these statistics!
Now on to our winners!
- Winner of $150 to spend at Spokes Bicycle Shop in Hamburg - Ben Schiavone from EnerSys
- Winner of $100 to spend at Lebo's Pedal Parlor in West Lawn - Thom Inglin from Baldwin
- 5 Winners of $10 to spend at The Crank in Wernersville:
- Mark Burton from Carpenter Technologies
- Sean Fullerton from Exeter Police Department
- Steve Thompson from Baldwin
- Larisa Duffy from Raylon Corp
- Ed Renenger from Stevens & Lee
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to our sponsors! Check back later for pictures of our winners!
Friday, June 4, 2010
DCNR Invests in Schuylkill River Trail to Promote Outdoor Activity, Connect River Towns in Chester County
PARKERFORD, Pa., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary John Quigley today announced a $406,035 grant to Chester County that will help add a 3.5-mile segment to the Schuylkill River Trail, linking it from Phoenixville to Pottstown.
The vision for the Schuylkill River Trail is that it will be seamless along the Schuylkill River from Delaware County, through Philadelphia, to Montgomery and Chester counties, proceeding on to Reading, Berks County, and eventually to the headwaters of the river in Schuylkill County.
"Trails make important connections between places; they connect natural resources to community revitalization and they connect people to the outdoors," Quigley said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the trail segment in Chester County. "We are happy to make this investment and partner with Chester County in providing this critical link in the Schuylkill River Trail to connect recreational hubs and river towns through some of the state's most populated areas.
"The Chester County commissioners are to be congratulated for investing more than $1 million in this key trail segment through the Schuylkill River Heritage Area."
The new trail section will be 10- to 12-feet wide on a rail bed owned by PECO and under easement to Chester County. The project will include informational kiosks with maps.
The project will also incorporate a number of green features, including using existing hardscape, no tree removals, planting warm season grasses instead of typical blue grasses, and eliminating excavation during construction by using the existing gravel path and drainage networks.
DCNR's grant to the Schuylkill River Trail and associated greenway was made possible through the department's Community Conservation Partnerships Program that is supported by the Keystone Fund. It advances efforts in the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative to work with public and private partners on land conservation, locally-driven planning and community economic revitalization efforts that protect natural resources and cultural assets.
In addition to having large populations, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lebanon, Lancaster, Lehigh and Montgomery counties are home to critical unprotected lands such as source waters and contiguous forested lands and key habitats in what is known as the Hopewell Big Woods. The Schuylkill Highlands effort hopes to protect what is special in this region by saving high-quality lands and connecting people and communities through a network of trails and gateway communities.
For more information about DCNR grants or the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us or call 717-772-9101.
Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Take the 2 Mile Challenge and help the Alliance earn $25,000!
Bolstered by a $25,000 grant from CLIF BAR, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is playing a key role in a national effort to replace short car trips with bike travel.
The 2 Mile Challenge was inspired by a little-recognized fact: 40 percent of urban trips are less than two miles. Ryan Mayo, Brand Experience Manager for CLIF BAR, said the energy bar company was staggered by that statistic. So it came up with a creative competition to encourage consumers to stop driving and start cycling.
To lead the charge in the 2 Mile Challenge, CLIF BAR selected three nonprofit organizations that work to advance sustainable transportation options. Each nonprofit was awarded $25,000 and assigned to represent one of three national teams: Gold, Blue, or Red.
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is going for the Gold - and we need your pedal-powered movement to earn another $25,000!
Sign up for the 2 Mile Challenge and pledge your support to the Gold Team. If you're an organization leader, encourage your members to get involved, too! As you park your car and hop on your bicycle, log your travel online. Each trip on a bicycle will add to the point total for their team. At the end of October, an additional $25,000 grant will be awarded to the team with the most logged miles.
The Alliance will use the $25,000 grant from CLIF BAR to support its Winning Campaigns Trainings and also assist in the development and launch of the Guide to Funding Biking and Walking Projects, an upcoming Alliance publication.
Support the Alliance, take the challenge and join the Gold Team at http://www.2milechallenge.com.