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Ride A Bike

Biking is a healthy, accessible and affordable mode of transportation. It offers a reduced environmental footprint with no fuel expenses or parking fees, low maintenance costs, and provides a cardiovascular workout.

With thousands of miles of bicycle routes and increasing focus on improving bicycling safety and access in Pennsylvania, there are lots of ways that you can ride your bike. Check out the state's designated BicyclePA routes and all of the trails and tourism options Pennsylvania provides.

It's also great to use along with public transportation — riding your bike to the train or bus terminal and taking public transit the rest of the way.

Send your bicycle/pedestrian concerns and comments to BikePedPA@pa.gov.

 

Getting Started Riding Your Bike

If you're thinking about commuting by bike, here are a few quick tips for getting started:

  • Get a physical. If you haven't exercised for a while, you may want to check with your doctor before biking.

  • Learn safety. When you're biking, safety always comes first. Learn more about biking safety and laws.

  • Get your gear. Tune up your bike and get any gear you need for your commute. Find biking gear.

 

BIKE TO WORK MONTH

May is National Bike Month (PDF), sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast and here in Pennsylvania. In 2017, National Bike to Work Week is May 15-19. See events planned in the Harrisburg area below.

Capital Area Bike Month Events

Wednesday, May 10

  • Spoke 'n Gear Bicycle Expo: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Field (across from the Capitol Fountain). (Rain location: Atrium at Commonwealth Keystone Building)
    There's something for everyone at the Capitol Area Spoke 'n Gear Bicycle Expo! Learn about bicycle gear and fashion, bike travel, how to use the CAT bus bike racksn and more.
    Register your bike at the Recycle Bicycle booth to improve your chance of recovering it if it becomes lost or stolen.
    Check out the Food Truck Fest, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, also occurring in the Grove.
  • Derry Township Bike to School Day: 8:00-8:45 AM at the Cocoa and Elm Avenue parking lot, Derry Township. The public is encouraged to come by to greet school students and congratulate all the students who walk or roll to school. As they arrive, participating students will be treated to a healthy snack and the first 100 participating students will receive flashing safety lights donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. Contact Sandy Ballard for more information.

Thursday, May 11

Monday, May 15

  • Executive's Community Ride: 9 AM Soldiers' and Sailors' Grove
  • Press Event: 10 AM Capitol Steps
    • Join government, business, and community leaders, designers and planners for this rally and press event that will highlight efforts to make our area more bike-friendly.

Tuesday, May 16

  • Lunch 'n Learn Bicycle Support Clinic: Noon-1 PM Soldier's and Sailor's Grove (Rain location: Commonwealth Keystone Building or Health & Welfare Building)
    • Introduction and kick-off for smart cycling classes and rides that will be available to Commonwealth employees throughout the summer.

Wednesday, May 17

  • Ghost Bikes at the Capitol: All day
    • Visit this display on the Capitol steps of white Ghost Bikes representing bicycle fatalities in Pennsylvania.
  • International Ride of Silence: 6:30 PM
    • The Ride of Silence will begin at the Camp Hill Borough Hall, 2145 Walnut St., Camp Hill. It's part of a worldwide event to remember bicyclists who have been injured or killed. Approximately 8-10 miles at a slow pace. Helmets required.

Thursday, May 18

  • Remember to log your miles!

Friday, May 19

  • National Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work in PA

Cyclists don't need to wait until May to consider using their bike for a daily commute to work. Here are some ideas to get your started:

  • Select a route. Plan your route in advance and do a test run in your car to look for any potential danger spots. View statewide bike routes.

  • Talk to your employer. Your company may offer showers, changing facilities, bike storage, and other benefits.

  • CommuteInfo offers bike pooling for Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence and Westmoreland counties.

  • Commuter Services of Pennsylvania offers information on combining biking and public transportation in Adams, Berks, Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Monroe, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, and York counties.