The Gettysburg Foundation
took another step toward helping create a healthy, more sustainable environment with the installation of a new bike stand at the Rupp House History Center
located at 451 Baltimore Street.
“When entering the major gateways into Gettysburg, having a visually beautiful and consistent design along the main arteries that showcases the historic and cultural ambiance of the town is important to residents and visitors,” said vice president of facilities, Brian Shaffer. “Since Baltimore Street is the backbone of the town, it is important that the revitalization of this street draws residents, businesses and visitors to the district.”
The bike stand, one of eight slated as part of a partnership among local businesses, Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI) and Main Street Gettysburg, will enhance the Baltimore Street corridor while promoting health benefits for those walking or bicycling in the area.
“We’re excited for the Rupp House History Center to join this smart initiative,” said Elle Lamboy, vice president of philanthropy for the Gettysburg Foundation. “We hope it encourages locals and visitors alike to explore the many historic and retail opportunities on Baltimore Street in a new and active way.”
With the purchase of the branded bike stand, the Gettysburg Foundation continues its work on projects the Foundation sees as having a positive and sustainable impact on the Adams County area.
“The Baltimore Street Revitalization Committee, a Main Street Gettysburg committee, is thrilled to see the first implementation project come to fruition after more than 80 individuals provided input into the Baltimore Street Revitalization Master Plan. The project started in 2014, with the goal of making Baltimore Street more pedestrian friendly and safe. More than $83,000 has been raised for various planning and pilot elements of the project. The bike rack project is only one small portion of the overall $11.5 million revitalization project,” said Deborah Adamik, president and CEO of Main Street Gettysburg.
According to Shaffer, when the Museum and Visitor Center
opened in 2008, it was the first museum in Pennsylvania and only the fourth in the nation to receive LEED GOLD certification. The Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce awarded the 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award to the Gettysburg Foundation for implementing programs and projects that have a positive environmental impact on the Adams County area.
The Gettysburg Foundation is the first on Baltimore Street to install the branded bike stand. Each stand features a plaque designed by well-known Lincoln artist Wendy Allen, showcasing Abraham Lincoln and the words, ‘All are created equal’.
“Wendy serves as Executive Committee member and is a resident of Baltimore Street. She designed the bike rack plaque based on the theme that the community has proudly identified ‘All are created equal’ and shows Lincoln Steppin’ Out on Baltimore Street
. Main Street Gettysburg is so proud of the Baltimore Street community for their commitment to make our town a better place to live, work and play,” said Adamik.
“If we could live our lives in harmony with Lincoln’s humanitarian instincts, what a beautiful world we would have,” said Thomas Jolin, HABPI board member. “The Gettysburg branded bike racks not only encourage convenient travel with minimal environmental damage, but also paint our American backdrop with perhaps our most important character trait.”
“The words, ‘All are created equal’ are such beautiful words and are certainly prominent in our ‘American better angels soul,’ added Jolin. “Lincoln would have approved.”
In addition to the first bike stand at the Rupp House History Center, racks are scheduled for installation at the McDonalds on Steinwehr Avenue, the Blue and the Gray Restaurant in Lincoln Square, the Adams County Library on Baltimore Street, the Gettysburg Borough Office on High Street and three racks at the Jeweler’s Daughter on Steinwehr Avenue.
ABOUT THE GETTYSBURG FOUNDATION
The Gettysburg Foundation
is a 501(c)(3), non-profit philanthropic, educational organization operating in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and to educate the public about their significance. The Foundation operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian Inc.
is a non-profit group of volunteers devoted to developing walking and bicycling trails or paths in Adams County for recreation and transportation.
ABOUT MAIN STREET GETTYSBURG
Main Street Gettysburg
works with community partners for the preservation, revitalization and improvement of the Historic District of Gettysburg. Serving as a connector within the community, it initiates and develops strategies and plans to assure the growth of downtown Gettysburg.