Dickinson College to Host Community Bicycle Event with Partners

Photo of a woman repairing a bicycle.

Dickinson's Handlebar Bicycle Co-op offers students a space to learn bicycle repair techniques. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

The Northside Ride

by Craig Layne

Bicyclists of all ages are invited to join a community ride around Carlisle’s Northside neighborhood. “The Northside Ride” will take place on Saturday, April 14, with bike repairs at noon, registration opening at 12:30 p.m. and a bike ride departing at 1:30 p.m. Participants will meet at Hope Station, 149 W. Penn St., Carlisle. The ride and its associated events are free and open to the public

The Northside Ride seeks to connect residents to each other and community organizations while encouraging bicycle safety and bicycle use as an effective form of transportation within and beyond Carlisle. The event will provide free helmets, bike lights and bike locks to neighborhood riders who participate. All participants are required to sign a waiver, and participants under age 14 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult on the ride.

Cyclists are encouraged to gather at Hope Station for free bike tune-ups and safety checks courtesy of The Handlebar, LifeCycle, Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg and Cole’s Bicycles. The ride starts at Hope Station at 1:30 p.m. and travels 3.3 miles to waypoints including the YWCA and Project SHARE, ending at New Life Community Church, 64 E. North St., Carlisle. Each of these partners will also offer a bike-related activity or demonstration.

The ride and its associated events are the result of the efforts of the North Carlisle College-Community Learning and Action Network’s Cycling Initiative Working Group. Representatives of Hope Station, YWCA Carlisle, Project SHARE, Dickinson, New Life Community Church and Westside Neighbors Association have come together to launch this initiative, which aims to make bicycling more available as an affordable and safe form of transportation.  

The event is sponsored by Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education. It is co-sponsored by Cole’s Bicycles; Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects; Hope Station; New Life Community Church (LifeCycle); Partnership for Better Health; Project SHARE; Raven’s Claw Honor Society; Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg; and YWCA Carlisle.

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Published March 28, 2018