Dec 13

Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative eNews – Thurs. Dec 15 2012


We are located on the second floor of the parking deck for the condos at Riverport next to the Fahy (New Street) Bridge.

The Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative (BBC) is open for Members and Guests every Thursday from 5-9pm and Saturday from 8AM to 4PM. We are located at 11 West Second Street in beautiful, downtown South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Come visit our new location on the second floor of the Riverport Parking Garage.

Thank you Master Electrician and CAT Member Gene Hunter for pulling the electrical permit for the City of Bethlehem and starting in on the rewiring and replacing the light fixtures.  This was our main obstacle to gaining our occupancy permit and opening the facility.  Gene expects to finish the electric work in the next couple of weeks.We are now hoping to have the BBC West up and running by Janaury 14, 2013. Work crews continue on Wednesdays from 5 to 9PM and Sundays from 10AM to 4PM at the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative West, 1935 Broad Street.

Buy any bicycle from a full-service bike shop and bring the bike and the lucky cyclist to the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative before January 14 and you and your family get a FREE 1-hour Basic Bicycle Education Class.

In cooperation with Touchstone Theatre, CAR-FREE.ORG offers FREE admission to the first two people arriving by bicycle for the Christmas City Follies Sunday Matinee showings both December 9th & 16th at 2PM.

Does CAT belong at Riverport?

Here are the two issues to be addressed in order to keep the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative-South at Riverport:

  • Bicycle Parking: There is no bicycle parking currently within sight of  the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative-South.  Although there are many parking places for cars close by, all of these spaces are leased by the Condo Association and reserved for the people living in the condominiums.  We are hopeful that the Condo Association will consider renting us one of the spaces close to the BBC-South for the monthly fee now paid by the Association to the BPA.  By placing two 12-bike racks in one parking place we can accommodate 24 bicycles in one car parking slot.  When we did have two racks in a space close to the BBC, there were four or five bikes that belonged to members of the Condo association parked in the racks.  These racks were removed.  If we do not have bicycle parking close to the BBC-South we will not be able to accommodate any groups arriving at the BBC by bicycle for Riding in Traffic /Bicycle Mechanic Classes or Bicycle Heaven Rides.  Without bike parking that directs bikes away from the front of the BBC, the hallway between the parking garage and the Condos will be blocked by bicycles when the BBC becomes busy.
  • Signage directing the public to the BBC-South: right now CAT/CAR-FREE.ORG members report they can not find the BBC-South.  Very few members of the public are dropping by the bike cooperative because its location is out of the way and difficult to promote.  We need to have a way for people who are on 2nd Street to find our facility.  One idea: put painted markings on the concrete leading from the street to the BBC-South using stencils that looks like this




CAT members using BBC Tools with mechanic assistance:

Lee’s doing a basic tune-up on his bike to make sure its in Tip Top Shape and ready for riding.

Bike Education:

Bike Library Activity (See what’s available now!)

New & Renewing Members:

Get your own CAR-FREE Clothing by joining CAT today!




Roy Young stopped in to discuss cycling routes he can take to commute to work near 25th Street in Easton.  LCI Scott showed him the practicality of the Palmer bike path from Hope and Freemansburg Rds.

League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor(s) on duty:

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Steve Schmitt
  • Christin Hottenstein

Volunteer coordinator is responsible for the report each time the BBC is open. S/he has everyone sign-in, tracks members, registers activities, records class participation, maintains paperwork and takes pictures.


Lee Poole-Smith


  • 42 degrees, clear and beautiful riding weather

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Become a Bronze BBC and use our Park Tool Set from 8am to 4 PM any Saturday! Become a Silver or Gold BBC member and enjoy our Bicycle Library See information about Membership levels here Would you like to volunteer to help on Thursday or Saturday at the Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative? Write the Volunteer Coordinator. Today, the BBC is sponsored in part by Google, Genesis Bicycles and Apex Management .

Opening Responsibilities:

  • Christin

Closing Responsibilities:

  • Lee

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