CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation

Bicycling, Walking, Trails & Public Transit

aka CAT, LVCAT, CAT Lehigh Valley, CAT Bicycle Cooperative   |   Bethlehem, PA   |


CAT strengthens our Lehigh Valley community and our environment through bicycling, pedestrian accessibility, and public transportation. CAT–Coalition for Appropriate Transportation works to improve mobility for everyone. Better bicycling, walking/ADA accessibility, and public transit develop a stronger, smarter economy and a higher quality of life. Sustainable transportation reduces traffic congestion and counters climate change. CAT helps us enjoy human-powered options through the following: *Bike Somewhere Today *Walk/Wheel in Our Community *Explore Local Trails *Ride LANTA Bus These initiatives support a more active lifestyle, greater vitality, and a healthier community for everyone.

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Executive Director

Scott Slingerland

Main address

1935 West Broad St

Bethlehem, PA 18018 USA

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Formerly known as

The Coalition for Alternative Transportation



NTEE code info

Public Transportation Systems and Services (W40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the Lehigh Valley, the primary mode of transportation is the single-occupant automobile. Driving an automobile is associated with a sedentary lifestyle/obesity/poor health, crash deaths, poor air quality/global warming CO2 emissions, traffic congestion, economic costs of crashes (loss of life, increasingly high medical expenses, lost time, cost of repairs), suburban sprawl development patterns that make it difficult to live without a car, and disconnected communities where neighbors don't know each others' names.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Bicycling Education

CAT's youth bicycling education program reaches Lehigh Valley children ages 5-14 in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. During 2015-17, CAT educated an average of 3,900 children per year, while fitting 2,032 bicycle helmets.

Programming in local schools to provide children with knowledge and practice for: -basic bike handling up skills practice -mechanically sound bike (tires, brakes, handling, more) -benefit of helmet use -understanding traffic flow including direction of travel, stop signs, red lights

Bike Day Events
in 2015-2107, 44 Bike Day events were held, where children, their bicycles and their parents attended. Children received helmet check/fitting, mechanical safety tune-ups of their bicycles, opportunities to practice their riding and traffic skills. Parents were encouraged to reinforce skills and to check their child's bike and helmet often.

In-School Assemblies
104 presentations were given at 15 schools during the school day with grade level and age-specific content.

Promoting Smart Cycling
Two promotional short films were produced for children and families to encourage smart cycling: “Bike Day in Easton” and “Let’s Ride” on YouTube.

Instructional Staff
Of 28 staff members, 13 are League of American Bicyclists certified instructors, 12 are cyclists/parents/active community members and 4 are local high school students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Supporting adults with practical skills to bicycle to work
Assisting with:
-bicycle choice, sizing and accessories for commuting
-traffic skills training to bicycle legally, comfortably and confidently on streets
-route planning assistance

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

Encouragement and celebration of bicycling in the Lehigh Valley for transportation.
Held annually in second full week of May.
Bike rides hosted at City Hall locations, online participation for bicycle commuters to log their rides for prizes and recognition.

Population(s) Served

Adopt-a-Bus Stop - CAT volunteers maintain local LANta bus stops by offering directions & bus route advice, picking up litter, cleaning public restrooms (Broad & Guetter BTC & Allentown ATC). Through this program, volunteers earn a monthly unlimited bus pass ($60 value) provided by LANta.

We believe that pride in our local bus stops can earn respect everyone involved: transit riders, local businesses, residents and visitors.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Our "Yield to Pedestrians" campaign aims to improve walking environment through traffic calming and driver/pedestrian compliance to crosswalk laws. Situational awareness is a big part of drivers "seeing" pedestrians.

Population(s) Served

When an individual enters the CAT Bicycle Cooperative, they may have a broken bike without resources to repair it---CAT volunteer mechanics work directly with the person to get them going. In other situations, a person may have no bike or transportation at all---CAT works with the person to rebuild a donated bike that will suit their needs, and in many cases, helping them plan bike routes that involve bike trails and LANTA bus as part of their trip. When an adult with comfortable means visits CAT, they may be looking to learn mechanical skills and team up---CAT offers deep technical know-how and a strong sense of community for volunteers who enjoy giving back.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Multiracial people
LGBTQ people
Low-income people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

LVPC Award for Bicycling Education 2018

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation seeks to rebuild community driven by people-power!

CAT works to improve mobility for everyone.

Improved walking, bicycling, trails, and public transit provides a higher quality of life. More active transportation choices means improved health and wellness. CAT provides programs that help people enjoy car-free options across Pennsylvania's Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

CAT Means Choices
…for you
…for community
…for planet

Educate – Empower – Enjoy
Try Transit
Take a Walk
Ride a Bike
Love a Trail

CAT’s Top Programs:

Bike Somewhere Today
Operating the CAT Bicycle Cooperative
Adult Classes (Park Tool School Basic & Advanced Mechanics, CyclingSavvy, Traffic Skills)
LVBike2Work (adult commuter)
Bike Smart Lehigh Valley (youth bicycling education)
Advocating savvy bicycling for all (including outreach to motorists)

Walk in Your Community
Yield to Pedestrians campaign
Traffic Calming advocacy

Enjoy LANta Bus
Promoting “Try Transit”
Organizing Adopt-a-Bus Stop

Love Your Local Trails
Advocating for THE LINK Trail Network
Trailside Family Bike Checks (w/ Lehigh Valley Greenways)
Encouraging Trail Etiquette
Adopt-a-Trail: Monocacy Way (Bethlehem)

These four major modes of transportation provide a more active lifestyle, greater personal vitality, and healthy well-being to people of the Lehigh Valley.

CAT leverages community with highly effective, low overhead transportation education programming.

CAT engages volunteers in our community to be active, to take pride in their ride, to bring dignity and respect to all people who need or choose to ride the bus, walk, and bike for transportation, recreation, and health.

CAT utilizes professional level instructors, certified by League of American Bicyclists, American Bicycling Education Association, and PennDOT's Local Transportation Assistance Program.

Members of CAT's Board of Directors:
● have been involved with Pennsylvania's statewide Pedestrian Pedalcycle Advisory Committee (PPAC)
● were instrumental in rewriting Pennsylvania's Vehicle Code relevant to bicyclists
● were/are members of the National Committee for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) bicycle/pedestrian

CAT maintains positive relationships with:
● our local public transit agency (LANta Bus)
● our Municipal Planning Organization (Lehigh Valley Planning Commission)
● our region's trail planning group (Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor)
● many of the 62 municipalities and their police departments in our service area

In 2019, CAT celebrated 25 years of offering sustainable transportation options in the Lehigh Valley!

CAT’s Adopt-a-Bus Stop program partnered with LANta, coordinating volunteers weekly to keep the Bethlehem Transportation Center clean and tidy throughout the year. CAT and LANta also teamed with additional volunteers for a block-wide cleanup in September 2019.

The CAT Bicycle Cooperative logged over 1,100 community member visitors who learned bicycle maintenance and volunteered their time helping others. Through the Adult Bicycle Commuter Training program, CAT was able to assist over 45 adults and teenagers to learn traffic skills and build bikes to use for transportation to work or school.
● 16 adult students rocked CyclingSavvy (5 women and 11 men, 3 of which became national-level instructors in February 2020!)
● 22 students completed the 4-hour Basic Bike Maintenance Class and 4 students mastered the 16-hour Advanced Mechanics Class.

CAT’s popular Holiday Bikes program ran for a 3rd year, rebuilding 50 bikes for gifts from parents to their children.

Through CAT’s Bike Smart Lehigh Valley program, certified instructors and community members orchestrated 21 Bike Day events/presentations at local elementary schools and community centers, teaching over 2,294 children.

Lehigh Valley Bike to Work Week held in May, included 3 group bike rides, and encouraged people all over Lehigh and Northampton Counties to ride their bikes for healthy transportation.

More CAT Action in 2019
Offered Bike Shop Night that brought together the staff of 14 area full-service bicycle shops to discuss advocacy issues and how bicycling education can benefit everyone

Members of City of Bethlehem Citizens Traffic Advisory Committee (CTAC) to offer the following:
● Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Program & Bike Bethlehem bike share program
● Maintained an online map of all bike parking locations in B’hem

Filmed the video, “Avoiding Truck Drivers’ Blind Spots”, with American Bicycling Education Association

Spoke up at monthly meetings of Lehigh Valley Transportation Study with Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
● Proponents of LVPC Multimodal Working Group, Walk/RollLV plan, and Live pedestrian flash mob event
● Proposals to FutureLV regional plan for bike safety, pedestrian safety, and public transit amenities
● Attended LTAP classes for ADA access, traffic safety, pavement markings

LANta Bus - supporting necessity riders and encouraging more people to try transit
● Leading the way for Broad & Guetter B’hem Transportation Center upgrades and ADA improvements
● Promoting bus bike racks and helping people with trip planning

Trailside Family Bike Checks and trail etiquette banners (designed by CAT member Jay Frankett) in partnership with Lehigh Valley Greenways and Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Earth Day & Car-Free Day at Lehigh University, Earth Day at Northampton Community College
Bike2Work presentations at United Way and Delaware & Lehigh offices


CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation

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CAT-Coalition for Appropriate Transportation

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Swann

Lehigh University

Term: 2022 - 2023

Gary Madine

Julie Gallagher

Penn State University

Anne Felker

Jennifer Swann

Lehigh University

Brian Sherry

Boyce Associates

Edwin Kay

Shari Wilson

Predrag (Predo) Nisic

Jennifer Cunningham

Lehigh University

Bill Meiklejohn

Anna Zawierucha

Timothy Phillips

Lisa Lubin

Ayana Brown

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/23/2022

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.