As released by Capital Area Transit


Capital Area Transit has joined with the City of Harrisburg to provide special “Kipona Fest Rider” gifts to all CAT riders on all 13 routes in the CAT system on Kipona Fest opening day, Saturday, August 30.

CAT will provide a free CAT tote bag or string back pack all day to riders who bring a bike on the bus, ride a bike taxi or walk from the downtown Harrisburg CAT Transfer Center, at Second and Market Streets, to the festive events on City Island, on Kipona Fest Saturday.

“Kipona Fest is an awesome regional end of summer event,” Bob Philbin, CAT Director of Public Information said today. “We welcome thousands of riders from around the region to merge on the CAT Transfer Center in downtown Harrisburg and enjoy a pleasant walk or bike ride to the festivities on City Island and the delicious food vendors along Front Street.”

Philbin added the City has coordinated Bike Taxi service for transit riders from the CAT Transfer Center to the events on City Island. CAT will also provide a registration table at the John Harris Cabin on City Island to sign up seniors for free lifetime Fixed-route passes on kick-off Saturday. All CAT buses have bike racks and free Wi-Fi.

The City of Harrisburg’s annual Kipona Festival will feature a host of events including the annual Keystone Regional Chili Cook-off, Native American Pow-Wow, the colorful Festival of India, and the ”Breath of Nature” Karate Tournament. A premier regional event, the Kipona Festival is one of the oldest waterfront festivals in the United States and features the largest fireworks display in central Pennsylvania over Labor Day weekend. The 2014 Kipona Fest will occur Saturday, August 30th through Monday, September 1st.

Bike Harrisburg will provide bicycle corrals and watch your bike while you enjoy the various events in our city. Recycle Bicycle will check your brakes, tire pressure and do on site repairs within some limitations. They will also accept donations of bikes you no longer want. CAT is featuring the City’s “Summer in the City” advertising campaign inside and outside a number of buses traveling throughout the capital area region.

CAT was incorporated in 1973 when Cumberland County and Dauphin County Commissioners and the City of Harrisburg organized Capital Area Transit to provide mass transit Fixed-route and Paratransit shared-ride services, which today conveniently and safely transports about 3 million riders a year in the thousand square mile capital region.

Tara Leo Auchey

Tara Leo Auchey

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