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Lewisburg’s mission is to encourage and improve the experience of walking and biking in the Lewisburg area. To that end, the Lewisburg Walk it! Bike it! committee is developing bike/ped maps for the area, organizing safety trainings, promoting national events like Bike to Work or Walk to School Days, organizing local events like River Road Holiday, coordinating with regional bike/ped planning initiatives, and public meetings to encourage commuication.

After listening to public feedback, Lewisburg’s “Walk It! Bike It!” committee is hosting their first public program Monday, January 13, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Boulevard.

Previously the committee simply allowed the public to sit in on their business meetings, but the meetings often failed to engage the community; mostly readings of minutes and agendas. This new format will include prepared presentations and extra time for questions and discussions, encouraging socializing and letting everyone in attendance get involved.

The first meeting will focus on the Middle Susquehanna Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which was developed over 18 months by a committee including bicycle and walking clubs, local municipalities, and regional transportation oversight authorities across seven counties. The plan aims to promote a bicycle and pedestrian network along the Susquehanna River, identify gaps in the network, and create tools and strategies to make walking and biking safer and more convenient.

After the first public program, subsequent meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of each month through April (weather permitting) and include presentations such as a rail trail travelogue presented by Jack Miller, former head of the local Sierra Club chapter.

Beginning in May, Walk It! Bike It! will hold outdoor gatherings on the second Tuesday of each month, with short, fun rides and walks starting from Earl's Bicycle Store.