Effort aimed at improving access to transportation
Ashley Visco, left, community health director for Penn State Health; Emily Sasala, a health educator in the Penn State Health Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Program; Darilyn Rivera, Penn State REACH project manager; Andrea Murray, Penn State REACH director; and Laurie Crawford, Penn State REACH project manager, gather in Lebanon for the Lebanon Bicycle Recycle open house on March 19, 2022. Credit: Penn State Health. All Rights Reserved. Expand HERSHEY, Pa. — Penn State REACH , a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -funded program awarded to Penn State College of Medicine , and local partners in Lebanon have launched a new program that puts more bikes on the street and sidewalks throughout the community.
The Lebanon Bicycle Recycle (LBR) initiative was formed in collaboration with the Lebanon Valley Bike Coalition (LVBC) beginning fall of 2021. Through some community partner conversations, discussions with the Lebanon School District and information collected by community health worker Madeline Bermudez, the REACH team found that cycling is in high demand across Lebanon County and in the Hispanic and Latino communities. Cycling is popular not only because of its physical activity benefits but also as a means to access food and get to work, health appointments and other important commitments.
With this information under their belts, the REACH team connected with LVBC to get the bicycle recycle program established. The LVBC was founded in 2008 with a mission to advocate for safe cycling in the community, so they were […]