CAT promotes smart bicycling in the Lehigh Valley in many ways.
Bike Ed for Children – CAT’s current educational effort is Bike Smart Easton and organizes 20-25 programs/year reaching over 5,000 children across the Lehigh Valley. CAT connects with school districts, youth organizations, police, health and fire departments and community groups.
Bike Ed for Adults – From trails, rural roads, quiet neighborhood streets, downtown busyness to suburban shopping mazes. Helping adults learn to bike on any street with ease, comfort and understanding of safe and effective riding.
Bike Mechanics – CAT offers essential Need-to-Know understanding, Basic Maintenance and Advanced Mechanics classes. Classes are usually held at the CAT Bicycle Cooperative in Bethlehem. (Check calendar for schedule)
CAT works with law enforcement agencies across the Lehigh Valley as direct incentive for cyclists and motorists to learn how legal and effective riding/driving can minimize conflicts and crashes.
CAT supports departments with bicycle officers as role models for the community, as well as being effective in engaging with neighbors and stopping crime.
Municipal/Regional Planning (Lehigh Valley Planning Commission) and PennDOT – Working to provide equity to design and maintain streets friendly to bicyclists.
Sharing of PennDOT Educational Resources:
CAT promotes trails for recreation, and streets for transportation. Trails may be useful for commuting in nice weather, but we would like not to see streets become highways as high speed traffic is a deterrent to many cyclists.
The first and most common point of contact for cyclists when they buy or service their bikes. 13 full-service bike shops in the Lehigh Valley are access points to distribute educational information.
Other Advocacy Agencies
CAT works to understand what is happening nationally in education and advocacy, and how it can be applied to the Lehigh Valley in the most prudent ways.