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The Lancaster, PA James Street Improvement Bike Squad and PA Bike Law

I often see the James Street Improvement District Bike Squad guys on their bikes riding on the sidewalk throughout Lancaster. It’s happened more than once that I have almost hit one of them while driving because they crossed over an intersecting road from a side walk; Often against the flow of traffic. I’ve also almost been hit by them while walking down the sidewalk. I know this has happened to other people as well.

When I’ve questioned some of the riders about why they are the sidewalk they have told me things like, “To better serve people.” When I told them it is against bicycle law to ride on the sidewalk, “No, we’re going slow enough that it’s ok.”

Today I saw another one riding down the sidewalk outside my office and pedestrians had to get out of the way so he could pass. So, instead of just grumbling about it I decided to look up “bike law in PA.”

Guess what they’re wrong. Really what they are doing is setting a poor example, when they should be following proper bike safety and laws. The info below is from a site put out by the PA Department of Transportation. It’s pretty straight forward.

Pennsylvania Bicycling Laws


In Pennsylvania, a bicycle is considered a vehicle, and you must obey all of the laws that apply to other vehicles. There is also a set of rules that apply specifically to bicycles. If you ride in violation of the traffic laws, you greatly increase your risk of a crash, and will likely be found at fault in the event of an accident.


  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way on sidewalks and bicycle paths. You must give an audible signal as you approach and pass a pedestrian.
  • You are not permitted to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk in a business district (except where permitted by official traffic control devices), or where there is a bicycle-only lane available.

It’s Hot, D#%&n Hot!

As the heat wave continues in the North East, it’s HOT here. Here’s a look at the forecast for Lancaster, PA. What it’s even hotter today than they forecasted?!? What’s tomorrow going to be like then?

weather lancaster pa june 21 2011

Wow I Didn’t Know Jesus Worked From Home

Christ's Home Office

His home office is on Route 30!


Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian!

About Pennsylvanians:

You’ve never referred to Philadelphia as anything but ‘Philly’ and New Jersey has

always been ‘ Jersey .’

We don’t go to the beach; we go ‘down the shore.’

You refer to Pennsylvania as ‘PA’ (pronounced Pee-Ay).
How many other states do that??

‘You guys’ (or even ‘youze guys’, in some places) is a
perfectly acceptable reference to a group of men and women.

You know how to respond to the question ‘Djeetyet?’ (Did you eat yet?)

You learned to pronounce Bryn Mawr, Wilkes-Barre , Schuylkill , T amaqua, Kutztown, T unkahannock, Bala Cynwyd, Duquesne, Monongahela and Conshohocken.

And we know Lancaster is pronounced Lank-ister, not Lan-kaster.

You know what a ‘Mummer’ is, and are disappointed if you can’t catch at least highlights of the parade.

At least five people on your block have electric ‘candles’ in all or most of their windows all year long.

You know what a ‘State Store’ is, and your out-of-state friends find it incredulous that you can’t purchase liquor at the mini-mart.

Words like ‘hoagie,’ ‘crick,’ ‘chipped ham,’ ‘dippy eggs’, ‘sticky buns,’ ‘shoo-fly pie,’ ‘lemon sponge pie’, ‘pierogies’ and ‘pocketbook’ actually mean something to you. (By the way, that last one’s PA slang for a purse!)

You not only heard of Birch Beer, but you know it comes in several colors.

You know the difference between a cheese steak and a pizza steak sandwich, and you know that you also can’t get a really good one anywhere outside of the Philly area. (Except maybe in Atlantic City on the boardwalk)

You know that Blue Ball, Intercourse, Paradise, Climax, Bird-in-Hand, Beaver, Virginville, Sinking Spring, Jersey Shore, State College, Washington Crossing, Jim T horpe, King of Prussia, Wind Gap, and Slippery Rock are all PA towns … and the first three were consecutive stops on the old Reading RR! (PS – T hat’s pronounced Redd-ing.)

You can identify drivers from New York , New Jersey , Maryland or other neighboring states by their unique and irritating driving habits.

A traffic jam in Lancaster County is 10 cars waiting to pass a horse-drawn carriage on the highway. (And remember …that’s Lank-ister!)

You know several people who have hit deer more than once.

Driving is always better in winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

As a kid you built snow forts and leaf piles that were taller than you were.

World Class Soccer Comes to Lancaster: July 16th at 7pm.

As many of you already know I also coach a youth (under 10) soccer team for the Manheim Township Soccer Club. So, I wanted to share this with everyone. The club has organized a fund raiser with Clipper stadium and the professional soccer match that they are hosting.

This Thursday July 16th Harrisburg City Islanders will be playing Crystal Palace from London, England. This is a great chance to get out and see some top level soccer, right here in Lancaster. For only $12! I hope there is a great turn-out to this game, because that will show that we are serious about soccer in Lancaster and will hopefully give us the chance to get more top matches. Come out and watch what should be a great game and support soccer in Lancaster! As an extra bonus Clpper Magazine Stadium will donate $3 from each ticket to the Manheim Township Soccer Club (see details in the image above). It’s a great way to support youth programs in the area.

Hope to see everyone there!

Really coming down out there… again

The Masonic Temple parking lot.

Where did the snow come from??


Heading to the dump

Clean out the apartment on king st and heading to the dump.

The New Kid on the Block: Chestnut Hill Cafe

So, I’m sitting in the new Cafe on Chestnut St called Chestnut Hill Cafe for the second time, and I’m quite impressed. It’s situated on the corner of N. Pine and West Chestnut St. Since I work for myself and I can do my work anywhere. (one of the main reasons I started my company, btw.) I had a meeting this morning so I thought I would stop here for lunch and do some work.

The food is quite good although the menu is still quite limited. So far I have had their roast reef and mozzarella paninis both with mixed greens on the side. You have a choice of the greens or chips. Trying to eat healthy I went with the salad. The paninis were quite good. Not quite as good as my favorite ones at the Greek place in Munich, but definitely good. The mozzarella definitely reminded me of the Greek’s. The cafe itself is quaint with a variety of seating; Small area with cushy leather chairs in front of a fireplace, typical cafe two tops, a couple of small tables for if you just want to stand while you have your coffee and there is also some bar type seating in the front. There is also outside seating with umbrellas.

They use a lot of organic and fair trade ingredients including their coffee, which by the way definitely competes with any other coffee in the city. Both the food and drink menu are a bit limited since they just opened, but they say they will be adding more items quite soon.

For me it’s a great way to break up my day and a good alternative to other locations in the Lancaster, and a welcome change from the big chains. Plus they have free wireless, a must for nomadic business people like me and the best thing… in the maybe 6-8 hours that I’ve been here doing work, the wireless has never dropped out.