CAT Members Annual Meeting
Celebrating another successful year of improving transportation choices in the Lehigh Valley.
Sunday, March 17, 2013, Noon – 2PM
Bethlehem Police Training Center on Guetter Street
Directly across the street from the Broad & Guetter bus terminal.
THIS YEAR’S MEETING HIGHLIGHTS THE BROAD & GUETTER BUS TERMINAL ADOPT-A-BUS STOP PROGRAM KEEPING THIS IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION HUB CLEAN AND PLEASANT FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS THROUGH COST EFFECTIVE VOLUNTEER EFFORT’ BY BUS RIDERS.
More than 4,000 people a day get on and off LANta buses at this terminal. CAR-FREE CAT volunteers keep this area clean and pleasant, reducing graffiti, vandalism, drug dealing and other crime at this downtown transportation hub. Thanks to CAT and the bus riders who work with LANta & the Bethlehem Parking Authority we have a bus terminal to be proud of.
Present: CAR-FREE CAT Vice-President, Roy Young; CAR-FREE CAT Advisory Committee Members Jennifer Swann, Janneke Bos, Barbara Rowley and LCI, Gary Warren; CAR-FREE CAT Members Lee Poole-Smith, Christin Hottenstein, Donna Thomas, Bibi Watt, Dave Trautmann and John Perkins; plus visitors Timothy Miles and Dave Regent. CAR-FREE CAT Director, Steve Schmitt and Bike Director, Scott Slingerland helped run the meeting.
Ratification of 2013 CAR-FREE CAT Volunteer Leadership
Bicycle Education Report by Bike Director, Scott Slingerland
Volunteer of the Year Award – Lee Poole-Smith
Presentation on car sharing by Jennifer Swann (must have PowerPoint to open)
Discussion ranged from many comments on the popularity of the new Bethlehem Bicycle Cooperative to the importance of moving the region forward with ride sharing and car sharing to deal with problems like congestion, air pollution, global warming and an uncertain economy.
Many CAT members are worried about safe pedestrian access. We see some victories but many cases where pedestrians continue to be ignored by municipal, county and state officials. We hope to see a mobile app from LANta, soon, that takes advantage of the GPS information now available about our bus locations.
FOOD FROM HELLO BURRITO
WFMZ-TV Channel 69 sent a reporter to the meeting with a camera. He interviewed Christin, our receptionist, and Gary Warren, a League of American Bicyclists certified Cycling Instructor. An excellent story ran on the WFMZ-TV Channel 69 News many times over the next 24 hours. Thank you Channel 69!