Each month Lancaster General Health highlights one of our valued partners. Together, we strengthen the health of our community in ways impossible to do alone.

During this National Bike Month, we recognize the City of Lancaster for all it does to improve access to safe streets and parks. The City’s Departments of Public Works work closely with the Lancaster Recreation Commission, a cooperative between the City of Lancaster, School District of Lancaster and Lancaster Township that provides neighborhood-based recreation programming and learning opportunities for all ages – with an emphasis on affordable programs for children – at schools, parks, playgrounds, and other indoor and outdoor facilities.

The upcoming Open Streets Lancaster on May 21 is a perfect example of Lancaster’s commitment to high quality outdoor public engagement. Running from Water to James Streets, this Sunday afternoon celebration is part of a broad City effort to encourage physical activity, and help people meet, make social connections, and re-imagine the City as a place to walk and bike for transportation. Please contact Audra Landers at alanders@LancasterRec.org for more information.

Another exciting development in efforts to make Lancaster a haven for physical activity is the Lancaster City Bicycle Share, which goes live later this year. Sponsored by the City and other organizations, including Lighten Up Lancaster County, and operated in partnership with the leading provider of bike share programs, Zagster, bike locations will help connect key City locations, including the Amtrak Station, Central Market area, Red Rose Transit Center, and Franklin & Marshall College. For more information, please contact Charlotte Katzenmoyer at CKatzenm@cityoflancasterpa.com.

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