Meet our newest featured rider, Cody Wanner!

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It’s time for our second rider feature, and there is no doubt that we’re excited about this one! Whether on a bicycle or his one wheel (check out his cool motorized skateboard which he coincidentally rode to our interview here), Cody’s positive attitude and fun-loving personality are hard to miss.

We picked Cody’s brain about what the Harrisburg Bike Share means to him and how he uses it. Read on to find out how to replicate his coolness! (joining the bike share will help, of course)


Cody has been a supporter of the Harrisburg Bike Share since the very beginning. He joined at the bike share’s inception, and even made an awesome vlog at our launch day event! So when considering who to interview for our next rider feature, Cody was an easy choice.

Cody, a York native, moved to Harrisburg after college and co-founded a production company called Cap Collective. He is passionate about action, adventure and telling stories, and likewise, he loves the city of Harrisburg.

In Cody’s opinion, the Harrisburg Bike Share has added an instrumental element of convenience and community collaboration to the city. He typically rides up and down the riverfront, to meetings and from downtown to uptown on the bike share bikes. However, his all-time favorite place to ride is across the Walnut Street Bridge so that he can peek down at the water through the grates of the bridge.

Overall, Cody recognized that the bike share has simply made him “happier.” To quote him exactly, “I’m happy that Harrisburg is cool enough for a bike share that we can be proud of.”

Well said, Cody— well said. We hope that we continue to make all of our city’s wonderful residents proud.


Take a visit to Cody’s youtube page to get a glimpse into his life, and check out these sweet photos from our shoot with him:


Harrisburg Bike Share Celebrates its 1st Anniversary

September 29 marks one year since the Harrisburg Bike Share’s inception. In that time, the program has garnered over 3,397 active members and 9,411 trips, making it Pennsylvania’s third largest bike share program. Launched by local nonprofit Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, the bike share has exceeded expectations.

“Over the past year, the Harrisburg Bike Share has thrived as a result of the positive response from community members. It has become an integral mode of transportation as more and more people are using the system for both leisure and day trips around the city,” said Ryan Riley, President and State Director of Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania. “We are grateful for the generosity of our sponsors to make this program possible, and Highmark Blue Shield’s pivotal investment.”

The Harrisburg Bike Share has been recognized by local groups for its notable impact on the community. In February, the Harrisburg Young Professionals nominated the bike share as Project of the Year for their work in expanding eco-friendly transportation options and improving accessibility throughout the city. Additionally, in April, the bike share received Central Penn Business Journal’s Nonprofit Innovation Award in the Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign category.

The Harrisburg Bike Share plans to expand its footprint further into Dauphin and Cumberland Counties. “Our goal is to spread our success into the surrounding communities,” continued Ryan Riley. “We want the convenience of bike sharing to extend beyond city limits so that more people can use the program to meet their needs.”

Harrisburg Bike Share riders have logged more than 9,400 rides totaling some 331,000 minutes on the 55 bikes available from eleven stations in Harrisburg. The statistics translate to a total of 2.75 million calories burned, 10,399 pounds of carbon dioxide saved and 471 fewer single-occupancy car trips.   


Meet Zac Monnier, our first featured rider!

We are pleased to introduce you to Zac, our very first featured rider!

Zac has been a devoted member of the Harrisburg Bike Share for ten months, and during that time period, he’s taken 181 trips. That’s a lot of riding!

We sat down with Zac to gain some insight into where he likes to ride, why he likes to ride and more. So sit back, relax and be prepared to learn a little bit about Zac.


Zac has been a resident of downtown Harrisburg for seven years. He’s passionate about working with nonprofits and other organizations to make Harrisburg a better place to live, and he’s especially interested in city beautification. So when he heard about the bike share, he knew it would be right up his alley.

Although Zac works full-time for the state and part time at Home 231, he manages to find time to garden, sketch, read, workout at the YMCA and of course-- bike! In fact, Zac recently got rid of his car and has since depended on biking as one of his primary modes of transportation.

Zac often finds himself using the Harrisburg Bike Share to travel from his apartment on North Street to Provisions or Strawberry Square for groceries and necessities. However, his favorite ride is down to Phoenix Park, an old industrial ruin reclaimed by nature and graffiti artists where Paxton Creek meets the Susquehanna River.

When we asked Zac what he likes most about the Harrisburg Bike Share, he explained that he really enjoys the humanity of the program.

“Instead of being enclosed in a car, the bike share gives me the ability to catch the little details in the city and really experience the sights while I’m on the move. Plus, I get approached by people all the time who want to know about the bike share. And because I’m on a bike, I’m actually able to talk with them. I have my own bike that I ride, but when I use the bike share, people pay attention to me and get really interested in what I’m doing and how they can participate.”

Zac has been instrumental in advocating for the bike share and spreading the good news of its presence. He’s attended many of our events and helped us whenever possible. We are incredibly grateful for the support and kindness that he has provided us since we launched.

To conclude, Zac gave us a few suggestions for our riders:

First, he recommends recommends taking a ride through the city's less traveled alleyways. You’d never realize how beautiful the architecture is where the cars don’t frequent.

Second, he suggests checking out a part of the Greenbelt called Asylum Run, so named because it resides on the grounds of the old Pennsylvania State Hospital. Despite its name and location, the ride is beautiful and shaded, and at dusk, the surrounding Honeysuckles give off a wonderful fragrance.

Thank you, Zac, for taking the time to sit down with us and for being our first featured rider!


If you’re interested in being a featured bike share member, shoot an email to justine@cisofpa.org. We want to get to know you better and share your unique story!

Why #webike4kids

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What does biking mean to you? Is it an enjoyable way to get some exercise? An eco-friendly transportation alternative? A Saturday activity that you enjoy with family or friends?

To us, it’s something deeper. It’s an opportunity to do better by the youth that we serve. It’s a way to show people that we are making a difference in the community.

The Harrisburg Bike Share is not only an asset to our community, it’s a gift to our students.

When we introduced the Harrisburg Bike Share in September of 2017, we had several intentions:

   1. Launch a useful, proven concept into the city that would better the community

   2. Spread awareness and support about our organization, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania (CISPA)

   3. Take advantage of (region’s bikeability)

The Harrisburg Bike Share provides resources to Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania in support of their mission--to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Our goal is to make it possible for teachers to teach, and students to learn by providing the students with what they need to show up to school ready to learn and succeed. From clean clothes, to a warm meal, or even a caring relationship with a dependable adult-- students’ needs are assessed and accounted for by our site-based coordinators to bring them one-step closer to graduation and a prosperous life.

We are proud to have introduced a program that adds convenience and joy to the lives of our residents and improves the lives of our students. We bike for kids, so that we can make a difference, one child and one bike ride at a time.


Check out this video to learn more about what CISPA does and why our work matters. 

July Feature: Bike Safety

Hey there, riders! 

Summer is the perfect time for LOTS of biking, and as the streets are bustling with more and more cyclists, safety becomes a greater concern. 

Biking is a wonderful privilege, but like most things, it does not come without risk. Your safety is our top priority, so this month we've decided to share some helpful tips to consider the next time you're on the road. As always, we encourage you to ride responsibly and to be aware of pedestrians and motor vehicles. 

Enjoy these tips and feel free to print out the infographic below for a constant reminder of what you can do to stay safe. 

For even more information on bike safety, visit Penndot's page on bicycle safety and Pennsylvania laws.

Bike on! 

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Bike to Brunch Recap

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On Saturday, May 26, we hosted our very first Bike to Brunch event! We led over fifty attendees on a ride from the Hilton to four different local restaurants: Cafe Fresco, Home 231, Cafe 1500 and Bricco.

The weather was perfect, and the brunch was delicious. Afterward, we led our riders back to the Hilton to enjoy Bloody Mary's and Mimosas. Plus, each attendee received a special swag bag to commemorate the event, and three attendees won giveaways. 

Bike to Brunch was a wonderful event and we look forward to hosting it again! Thanks to the participating restaurants, sponsors, and attendees for making the day so very special. 

Check out these photos from the event! 

BIKE MONTH HAS ARRIVED

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Bike month is upon us, which means there are tons of exciting biking events happening throughout the Harrisburg area ALL MONTH LONG. 

Here's a snapshot of some of the month's events sourced from Bike Harrisburg's website

  • HBC Sunday Morning Sociable Ride: Every Sunday 7:15 a.m. City Island
  • Capital Area Greenbelt Ride: Every Sunday May 6 – May 27 1:00 p.m. Meet at the trailhead behind the City Line Diner, 3302 Derry St.
  • Explore West Shore Ride: May 5 – 9:00 a.m. Meet at West Shore Plaza, Lemoyne, across from Karns.
  • Garden Faire at Fort Hunter: May 6 – Ride your bike to Garden Faire and receive a voucher for a free tour of the elegantly restored Fort Hunter Mansion.
  • Spoke ‘n Gear Bicycle Expo: May 9 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Field (across from the Capital Fountain)
  • Allison Hill Multi-Cultural Festival and Free Bike Repair: May 12 – Meet at 13th & Derry in Harrisburg. Parade at 1:00 PM. Decorate your bike!
  • Rally to Support Cycling In PA: May 14 10:00 a.m. – Ride your bike into Harrisburg and meet at the Capitol steps on 3rd Street.
  • Bike to Work Week: May 14-20 – Ride your bike to work. It’s a wonderful way to get exercise and go green.
  • Bike to Work Day: May 18 Local businesses will offer special incentives for those who bike to work this day. Follow Bike Harrisburg on Facebook for details.
  • HBC Friday Night Social Ride: , May 18- 6:15 p.m. Meet at the HACC Midtown parking lot on Reilly St. Dinner afterwards at the Broad St. Market.
  • Free Bike Repair, Learn to Ride, and Bike Advocacy: May 19 – 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Broad Street Market, 3rd. Street, Harrisburg.
  • “Highlights of HBG” Bike Tour: May 19 – 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Meet at the east end of the Walnut Street Bridge, near Front Street.
  • Seersucker & Lace Ride: May 20 – 2:00 p.m. Think of this as a fashion show on wheels. Meet at the Underground Bike Shop,1519 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg.
  • Free Valet Bike Parking at the Harrisburg Arts Festival: May 26-28, Riverfront Park on the north and south ends of the festival, courtesy of Recycle Bicycle.

An in-depth guide to all things Bike Month can be found here. 

AND DON'T FORGET!! OUR VERY OWN BIKE TO BRUNCH EVENT IS ON MAY 26! PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! Click here to visit the ticketing site and find out more information about the event. 

Enjoy Bike Month, riders!

Bike to Brunch

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Dear Riders,

Have you heard about our Bike to Brunch event? If you like trying delicious food and taking leisurely bike rides - this event is for YOU! 

On May 26, 2018 we will be visiting some of Harrisburg's finest brunch destinations and touring the city via bike! The event will kick-off with registration at the Hilton Harrisburg at 9 am and we will begin riding to our destinations around 10 am.

The destinations include Cafe Fresco, Home 231, Cafe 1500 and Bricco for brunch samplings, then back to the Hilton Harrisburg for drinks and mingling.

Each ticket costs $45 and includes the bike share rental, all food and gratuity and two alcoholic beverages per ticket holder. 

This event is open to everyone, bike share members and nonmembers alike. And if you'd prefer, you can even bring your own bike to ride - a new take on BYOB. If you do choose to bring your own bike we ask that you email us at harrisburgbikeshare@gmail.com so we can provide enough waivers. 

Click here to get your tickets now, space is limited so don't wait too long! 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Upcoming April Events For Harrisburg Bike Share

Hey, Riders! Here at the Bike Share, we have so many events planned for the upcoming summer months. If you’re interested, check them out! Also, don’t forget to check out our monthly newsletter coming to you for more information about each event!


April

12th - Central Penn Business Journal Nonprofit Innovation Awards

  • Time: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Location: Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011

21st - Opening Night at Penn FC

  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: FNB Field, 245 Championship Way, Harrisburg, PA, 17101

28th - Promo Night For Harrisburg Senators

  • The gates will open at 4:30 PM and the game starts at 6:00 PM
  • Location: FNB Field, 245 Championship Way, Harrisburg, PA, 17101
  • The ticket price is $11, and $4 of that will go towards supporting the Harrisburg Bike Share! 
  • Join us for a pre-game bike parade and one lucky member will get to throw a first pitch!
  • For more information click here

 

We hope to see you at all our events! Happy Riding!