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Bikes for Neighbors Updates!

Bikes for Neighbors Updates!

Hi all! My name is Nicole Litwiller. I am completing my practicum with SVBC, specifically focusing on the Bikes for Neighbors program. (If you want to read more about me and why I’m working with this program, click here!) Hopefully you have heard by now that what used to be Bicycles for Refugees is in the process of transitioning. Most significantly, perhaps, we have decided to change the name of the program to Bikes for Neighbors. In the five years that this program has been running, it has become clear that there is a need in the community for bicycles ...
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Kitchen Skills at Massanutten Western Slope

Kitchen Skills at Massanutten Western Slope

We can't wait to kick off construction of phase 1 for the Kitchen Skills at Massanutten Western Slope Trails. We reached out to our community in early April looking for help with supplies, equipment, and donations for the skills area. Thanks to the help of many, we are on track to build phase 1 over the July 4 holiday weekend. Harlan Price has been hard at work lining up supplies, equipment and a professional trail builder. Eastern Trails Co will arrive in town on Thursday night and plan to work Friday through Sunday.  They are based out of the Roanoke area ...
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A Personal Response from a Board Member – Corrie Green

A Personal Response from a Board Member – Corrie Green

On Monday, June 15 we posted a list of action items that we as a Coalition have committed to enacting to ensure our work is inclusive, anti-racist, and promotes Justice, Equity, and Diversity. One of our board members, Corrie Green posted this followup in our Coalition Facebook Group. Please read the below letter from Corrie. I want to take the time to reach out to our valued members. Some of our members have been vocal about the fact that the bicycle coalition should just stick with bicycles and leave the rest of what's happening in the world around us alone. I understand that sentiment. I too ...
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Great Community Give - Wednesday, June 24

Great Community Give – Wednesday, June 24

Donate Now Tomorrow, The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is participating in the Great Community Give on Wednesday, June 24. You can donate NOW but if you donate between 6:30 am and 8 pm on (6/24) your donation may be doubled or tripled, especially if you donate between 1 and 2 PM for our "Power Hour." We know that these are uncertain times for many folks and we know that everyone is not able to give in a financial capacity. We know that our strong and vibrant community gives your time, energy, and passions in many ways and we thank you for all you do to Build Better ...
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A Personal Response from a Board Member - Ray Gay

A Personal Response from a Board Member – Ray Gay

On Monday, June 15 we posted a list of action items that we as a Coalition have committed to enacting to ensure our work is inclusive, anti-racist, and promotes Justice, Equity, and Diversity. One of our board members, Ray Gay posted this followup in our Coalition Facebook Group. Please read the below letter from Ray. As someone that prefers to stick to the sidelines and not participate in this type of forum to have conversations...typing this is very uncomfortable. Some of you may agree with what I have to say but undoubtedly some of you will misjudge what I type ...
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20 Years Since Joe Hiney Was Killed While Riding his Bicycle

20 Years Since Joe Hiney Was Killed While Riding his Bicycle

June 2 marked 20 years since Joe Hiney was killed while riding his bicycle upon a crash with a person driving a car. Below is from the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Newsletter in 2001. Many thanks to Ken Bell of Rocktown Bicycles for sharing these photos he took of Joe Hiney in 1990 when they were both at James Madison University together. "On that day, while riding his bicycle on U.S. 33 near McGaheysville, about 1.5 miles from his home, Joseph P. Hiney was struck from behind and killed by an automobile. Taking all the necessary precautions to ensure his ...
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Meet our Bikes for Neighbors Rockstar Volunteer- Nicole Litwiller

Meet our Bikes for Neighbors Rockstar Volunteer- Nicole Litwiller

From the Coalition: We are very excited to have Nicole Litwiller helping the Coalition this summer and hopefully for some of the fall. Nicole is helping us reimagine and transition our Bikes for Refugee program into a program that reaches more people and recommits itself to helping people ride confidently and safely as part of their everyday life. Hi! My name is Nicole Litwiller. I am currently a graduate student at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. I completed my undergraduate degree with majors in Global Development and Liberal Arts at Eastern Mennonite University in 2019. Here are some random ...
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We Must Do More - We Will Do More

We Must Do More – We Will Do More

As a Coalition, we are committed to addressing systemic racism and affirming that Black Lives Matter. As a predominately white organization, we acknowledge that we (as an organization) have a lot of work to do. Today, we are committing to affirm our work is actively anti-racist and intentionally ensure the Coalition is a welcoming and safe place for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We believe our communities can be stronger, happier, healthier, and more inclusive only when it is easier, safer, and more convenient for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to bike and walk as part of daily life. Our work must address ...
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Greenways, Golf Courses, Parks, and Schools

Greenways, Golf Courses, Parks, and Schools

If you have followed the Coalition over the past several years, you have heard a lot about our desire to #ConnectOurSchools for walking and biking. We believe that everyone should have the freedom to choose whether to safely and conveniently walk or bike to their daily destinations. This is especially important for our schools and ties into the Safe Routes to School programs that exist in our region. Walking or biking to school was once the norm but has largely disappeared because of deliberate decisions to build our transportation system almost exclusively around automobiles. While we were busy building roads ...
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Trail Work During a Pandemic?

Trail Work During a Pandemic?

Given the global coronavirus crisis, the Coalition has canceled all weekly trail work dates for the foreseeable future. We have also asked our members to be safe and considerate regarding the Massanutten Western Slope Trail and Parking Lot. At this point, we plan to review this decision in early June to see if there is an opportunity to safely begin small group trail work projects again on Massanutten's Western Slope. Trust us when we say that we too can't wait to return to our weekly Thursday and Saturday trail work parties and building community through trails. We have heard from ...
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Can you Help? Massanutten Western Slope New Construction - Resources and/or donations

Can you Help? Massanutten Western Slope New Construction – Resources and/or donations

While we are asking everyone to please be considerate and practice Social Distancing on the Massanutten Western Slope. We also recognize the importance of this trail system during these times when more and more people are looking to spend time in nature away from people. Please follow the guidelines that we posted when using the Western Slope and take extra care while in the parking lot. We are excited to have two new projects under construction on the Western Slope The New Projects include: New Skills Area Near the PavilionNew Machine Trail Build connection to the Prologue Trail We're excited ...
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2020 Elections Board of Directors SVBCoalition

2020 Elections Board of Directors SVBCoalition

Your Bicycle Coalition relies on our Board of Directors to help steer and guide the organization as we work towards our mission to Build Better Communities in the Valley using the Bicycle as a catalyst for change. The Board consists of up to eleven directors who each serve a three-year term. We want to especially thank Mike Bowen who just wrapped up three terms of service on the Coalition Board. We have a volunteer profile up on our website to highlight all of Mike's wonderful contributions and hope you will take a look. Loading… ...
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Volunteer Profile: Mike Bowen

Volunteer Profile: Mike Bowen

We are a volunteer-powered and volunteer-centric organization. Our volunteers inspire us, drive our work, and are committed to ensuring the Coalition continues to Build Better Communities in the Valley. Our last volunteer profile highlighted the 28+ years of volunteer service from Marcia Lamphier. This month, we are highlighting a volunteer who spent the past eight years working hard to further the mission of the Coalition and now has been able to scale back his volunteer commitments and watch as other eager and energized volunteers step up to ensure his hard work continues. Big thanks to another volunteer, Sue George for ...
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Update: COVID-19 and Massanutten’s Western Slope Trails

Update: COVID-19 and Massanutten’s Western Slope Trails

Help us manage the increased trail visitation - Do Your Part in the Parking Lot In response to COVID-19, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is taking all necessary precautions to ensure our volunteers, event participants, group rides, and broader community remain safe and healthy during these strange and uncertain times. Please read our previous post about COVID-19 for a list of postponements, cancellations, and changes to our daily activities. The nature of the Western Slope as private property allows for our rapid trail-building success and the creation of a top-level trail destination. It also allows us to push the limits ...
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COVID-19 AND YOUR BICYCLE COALITION

COVID-19 AND YOUR BICYCLE COALITION

Update 5/14/2020: With most of Virginia and the entire Shenandoah Valley set to move into Virginia's Phase 1 reopening on 5/15, we want to clarify what this means for our events and activities. At this point in time, we have decided to wait for Phase 2 guidelines before considering the possibility of resuming any organized rides or events in a modified capacity. Please read our update regarding the status of the Massanutten Western Slope Trails and how you can help us keep trail visitors safe and preserve access. Read Massanutten Western Slope Trails COVID-19 Update Like most of you in ...
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We've Got a Survey: Help Plan the Future of the Massanutten Western Slope Trails

We’ve Got a Survey: Help Plan the Future of the Massanutten Western Slope Trails

The Massanutten Western Slope Trails are an incredible asset for our community. Through our unique partnership with Massanutten, your Bicycle Coalition builds and maintains trails on private land owned by Massanutten Resort. In order to ride on the Western Slope Trails, you need a trail pass. 100% of trail pass proceeds go back to the Coalition to help fuel our work. You can either donate or volunteer for your trail pass. We hold volunteer trail workdays every Thursday and Saturday at Massanutten. Visit Westernslopetrails.org for your trail pass and to support our vision for more trails close to home. As ...
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Downtown Harrisonburg Parking Study

Downtown Harrisonburg Parking Study

The City of Harrisonburg is wrapping up a study of Downtown Parking and wants your input for a brief survey by the end of Friday, February 7. We ask you to think hard about your response to the survey and hope you will consider the impact parking has on walkable and bikeable communities. The City of Harrisonburg held Downtown Parking Public Forums on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - The City of Harrisonburg presented potential changes to parking in the downtown area. You can view the meeting materials below Meeting Displays Meeting Presentation Click to take the Downtown Parking Survey to ...
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Meet SVBC Volunteer: Marcia Lamphier

Meet SVBC Volunteer: Marcia Lamphier

By Sue George One of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition’s longest-serving volunteers, Marcia Lamphier, has filled many different roles over several decades including Ride Leader and Treasurer. She is not only a Lifetime Member of the Bicycle Coalition but also has been a long-time member of the planning committees for enduring SVBC events like the annual Fall Century and the Shenandoah Mountain Bike Festival. She even met her life partner while volunteering with SVBC.  Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC): When and how did you get involved with the Coalition? Marcia Lamphier: I started riding with the club in 1987 or ...
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2/2: Superbowl Sunday Ride

2/2: Superbowl Sunday Ride

When: Sunday, February 2 @ Riding at 10:00 AM Where: Park at Briery Branch Community Center and bike up to Flagpole Knob (Highest point in Rockingham County) Why: To enjoy winter mountain biking with 100 of your closest friends before watching the big game Option: A group will ride from town up to Flagpole and back. They will leave Mr J’s on 42 South at 8:45am What to expect: A cold, fun, mellow ride. Make sure to pack more clothes and food than you might normally bring on a ride. Plan on spending anywhere from 4-6 hours on the bike. Route: ...
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Massanutten's Western Slope Trails Open for Daily Use

Massanutten's Western Slope Trails Open for Daily Use

Beginning TODAY, Monday, January 6, 2020, Massanutten's Western Slope Trails are open for daily use as hunting restrictions come to a close for the season. Please remember that you must have a trail pass to access the trails and that 100% of proceeds from the passes go back to the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition to fuel our work and to improve your trails. How do you obtain a trail pass? Whether you need an annual pass or a daily pass, go to WesternSlopeTrails.org to support our work and the expansion/improvements of Massanutten's Western Slope Trail System ...
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A Letter From Scottie

A Letter From Scottie

As we wrap up 2019, Scottie Pendleton (co-chair for our Board of Directors) wrote a letter to our Coalition family looking back on the past year. We are asking our members and broader network to support our community-centric fundraising campaign and please consider a donation to help us continue Building Better Communities in the Valley. Donate TODAY to support the Coalition Greetings, friends, and well-wishers of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition! The end of 2019 is upon us and I want to recap some of what the Coalition has done this year and tell you a bit about what we’ll ...
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Celebrating our Volunteers

Celebrating our Volunteers

As we wrap up 2019, we are asking our members and broader network to support our community-centric fundraising campaign and please consider a donation to help us continue Building Better Communities in the Valley. Donate Today to Support the Coalition We had a blast celebrating #GivingTuesday on December 3, 2019. We spent the day highlighting a few of the many volunteers who fuel our work and make the Coalition a force for good to improve our communities. We are a volunteer-centric and volunteer-driven organization and we couldn't do it without YOU. Social media is good for something! In this case, ...
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DOG DAY AFTERNOON

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

As we wrap up 2019, we are asking our members and broader network to support our community-centric fundraising campaign and please consider a donation to help us continue Building Better Communities in the Valley. Donate Today to Support the Coalition Guest post from Michael Neupauer better known as "Neups." Neups has been a member of the SVBC before the C abbreviated "Coalition." Back then, the letter C was short for Club. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Club was formed in the early 1980s and Neups assembled the monthly newsletters from March 1993 through December 2006 (Did you know that you can ...
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How to Help this Holiday Season?

How to Help this Holiday Season?

How Can You Help Your Bicycle Coalition this Holiday Season? Make a one-time or recurring donation to the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition via our website. Click to Donate While you're at it, check to see if your employer might match your donation.Create your own Facebook Fundraiser for the Coalition to help leverage your network of family and friends. How can you help without donating a thing? Help us spread the word about the work of the Coalition. By following us, commenting on, and sharing our posts on one of these social platformsFacebookInstagramTwitter How can you help if you are not ...
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Smiles for Miles

Smiles for Miles

There’s an easy way to think of your Bicycle Coalition during your holiday shopping — and it’s completely free!AmazonSmile donates 0.5 percent of your purchase to eligible nonprofits like the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition. Help sustain our work to Build Better Communities in the Valley by adding Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition to your AmazonSmile account. Sign Up Now for Amazon Smile Your Support helps fuel our work to Build Better Communities in the Valley. Here’s how to set up AmazonSmile and donate to the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition for free: Visit smile.amazon.com and select “Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition” as your nonprofit of ...
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Building a Network of Trails

Building a Network of Trails

If you have followed along with the Bicycle Coalition, you know that we work hard to improve singletrack trail experiences in the Shenandoah Valley. Over the course of eight years, we secured, administered, and completed over $500,000 worth of Federal Grant funding to build, maintain, and relocate trails in the George Washington National Forest. After a few years without a National Forest Trails project, we are VERY excited to announce that we have been awarded our fourth Recreational Trails Program Grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation. As in past years, the grant requires a 20% match from the Coalition ...
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“The Puzzler” is complete after 4 years of collaborative efforts

“The Puzzler” is complete after 4 years of collaborative efforts

Originally posted on Shenandoahbicycle.com where the author, Thomas Jenkins is Co-Owner. A recap report from the visionary behind the trail, Thomas Jenkins. You should read more about Thomas on the REI Co-Op Journal article where he was featured as one of the "FOUR OF THE TOUGHEST TRAIL BUILDERS AROUND" A few Thursdays ago the trail work crews took the final walk off the mountain from “The Puzzler” trail. With headlamps lighting up the hanging orange tape, we ripped the flags from the trees that had marked our access path for the past year. It had been 4 years since the ...
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11/11: November Social - Friends of Shenandoah Mountain

11/11: November Social – Friends of Shenandoah Mountain

We are very excited to host special guests, Lynn Cameron and Thomas Jenkins for our November monthly social in the basement of Clementine. Lynn and Thomas are co-chairs of Friends of Shenandoah Mountain, Friends of Shenandoah Mountain (FOSM). The organization is a coalition of local citizens, businesses, faith groups, wilderness advocates, mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, fishermen, and other forest users working to protect the wild heritage of Shenandoah Mountain for future generations. Lynn and Thomas will provide us with an update on the proposal and get into the details about what the proposal means for those of us who regularly ...
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Massanutten Western Slope Trails Closed for Daily Use

Massanutten Western Slope Trails Closed for Daily Use

Our beloved trails close to daily use every November 1 as we transition into hunting season in this part of Virginia. You can continue to ride/run/hike the trails on Sundays when hunting is not permitted. You can also access the trails daily (if you have a current trail pass) from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. Stay tuned to learn when the trails will officially reopen for daily use in January ...
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10/26: End of Season Western Slope Celebration & Campout

10/26: End of Season Western Slope Celebration & Campout

This is for everyone! Whether or not you have made it out to ANY Trail workdays. Join us to celebrate two great new trails and the end of the warm trail season. Please RSVP for Pizza Dinner at the Pond What: We're looking at wrapping up our biggest year EVER for Western Slope Trail work and trail building. Join us to celebrate the completion of the Puzzler Trail and the lower Creekside Trail. Join us for the party at the pond or for the campout at the Pond! What we will provide: Pizza! As much as you want. Just let ...
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VDOT Safe Routes to School Q&A with Kyle Lawrence

VDOT Safe Routes to School Q&A with Kyle Lawrence

As we wrap up 2019, we are asking our members and broader network to support our community-centric fundraising campaign and please consider a donation to help us continue Building Better Communities in the Valley. Donate Today to Support the Coalition This Q & A was taken from the September 2019 VDOT Safe Routes to School Email Newsletter. You can read the entire newsletter: Click here Friends and Faces: Kyle Lawrence Kyle Lawrence is executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit based in Harrisonburg that advocates for bicycle infrastructure, teaches people how to ride bikes, and organizes bike ...
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Public Input - Don't Be Shy

Public Input – Don’t Be Shy

1. Is Harrisonburg a "Silver" Level Bicycle Friendly Community? Survey Closes on Sunday, September 22. The City of Harrisonburg is currently a "Bronze" Level Bicycle Friendly Community. The survey is open to anyone familiar with bicycling in the City of Harrisonburg. You do not have to LIVE in the city to help inform the process for Harrisonburg's Bicycle Friendly Community Application. This survey will help provide context for the League of American Bicyclists review team's decision-making process, as well as valuable feedback to the City of Harrisonburg directly from bicyclists in our community. Anonymous aggregate survey results will be included ...
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Finish Line is Near Massanutten Trail Work for 2019

Finish Line is Near Massanutten Trail Work for 2019

We have a BIG ask for you. Can you help us reach our trail building goals for 2019 on Massanutten's Western Slope? We have trail work opportunities two times a week from now until the end of October on either Saturdays or Sundays. Whether you committed to trail work for your Massanutten Trail Pass, donated for your trail pass or don't even have a trail pass, we are inviting EVERYONE out to help us complete the "Puzzler" Trail before all the leaves fall. We need help with everything from tricky and technical rock placement to quick and rewarding finish work ...
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Connecting Harrisonburg High School 2 for Walking-Biking

Connecting Harrisonburg High School 2 for Walking-Biking

What will it take to connect the new Harrisonburg High School with safe and comfortable access for walking and biking? Given the location of the new school, reaching the building via the planned entrances off of US Route 11 will be challenging and dangerous for people walking and biking. In addition to the wide roads, fast-moving traffic, and inevitable increased traffic volume, this section of Route 11 is lacking sidewalks. All this is to say, we hope parents would discourage their students from walking or biking along US 11 to access the new High School. What is the solution? Fortunately, ...
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