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The Baltimore Bicycling Club and COVID-19

 

Dear Baltimore Bicycling Club members,

As you know, the entire world is engulfed in the COVID-19 outbreak which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the WHO have provided guidance on how to best combat the virus that causes COVID-19. This guidance includes avoiding crowds and practicing “Social Distancing,” where we stay 6 feet from other people. These actions will help slow the spread of the virus.

To this end, the Baltimore Bicycling Club (BBC) Board of Directors is cancelling all BBC rides effective immediately until further notice. All BBC rides currently posted on the BBC website are cancelled. The Instructional Cycling Series, including the orientation, will not go forward as scheduled. Depending on circumstances, we will attempt to conduct the instructional program later in the season, possibly in the fall.

Additionally, events will be cancelled as necessary and cancellations will be posted on the BBC website. The Spring Social and the Kent County Spring Fling have been cancelled. We hope to host our upcoming events as scheduled.

Cancelling our rides, and thus limiting our exposure to others, is something we must do to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We understand this is disappointing, as our season is just getting underway and our calendar is filling up with rides. But the safety of our bicycling community, as well as our friends and families, is paramount.

The BBC Board of Directors will alert all members of our club when circumstances allow us to continue normal operations. In the meantime, be safe, practice good hygiene and distancing. We look forward to everyone participating in BBC rides in the future.

President of the Baltimore Bicycling Club,

Patrick Lapensee

Kent County Spring Fling 2020 - Cancelled

We are very sorry but this year’s Kent County Spring Fling has been cancelled as is the Chestertown Tea Party Festival. Hope to see you next Memorial Day weekend for the 38th Spring Fling. Full refunds will be given for all payments received for this year’s event. Thanks for your understanding and support. Mark your calendars now for May 28-31, 2021 and plan to join us for all the fun.

Questions email:  KentCountySpringFling@baltobikeclub.org

 

In Memory - Arthur Carter;  Hospitalized for injuries - Jeff Adler

Arthur Carter, 59, of Hanover, MD, was killed by a motorist when he drove his vehicle across the center line.  Arthur was biking with a group of friends on Sunday March 8, 2020.  The Baltimore Bicycling Club offers our condolences to his family.

Read more: In Memory - Arthur Carter; Hospitalized for injuries - Jeff Adler

BBC Outreach At Westminster

Gary Flax, Mary Ryan, and Pat Lapensee promoting BBC

Gary Flax, Mary Ryan, and Pat Lapensee promoting BBC

BBC launched our 2020 outreach effort at the Stop, Swap, and Save event in Westminster on Sunday Feb 9.  Offering a free colorful bike key chain (which has our club name and web site imprinted) to those who stopped by our table, our group of volunteers informed our booth visitors about our weekly rides and special events.  We invited new bikers and those getting back into biking to attend our free Instructional Series and we informed those who might want to try biking with us that it isn't necessary to be a member to ride with us.  We handed out printed material to promote our multi-day events, including the Kent County Spring Fling coming up during Memorial Day Weekend..

Read more: BBC outreach at Westminster

Water Over the Falls

 

2019:  Water Over the Falls For our summer vacation “Plan B” kicked in when Evie’s knee worsened. So we packed up the van and drove to the Niagara region of Ontario. It’s a beautiful bike-friendly area. We enjoyed staying at universities (Brock U in St. Catherine’s & Niagara U in Welland) and riding every day. Cycling past Niagara Falls, you feel the magic of its thunderous roar into the Niagara River. Cycling beside the mighty ships on the Welland Canal—watching them rise and fall in the many locks—never gets old. This bike path follows the historic canal between Lakes Erie and Ontario. Revisiting Niagara-on-the-Lake—a UNESCO World Heritage Site--with its wonderful theatre, vineyards, and lake views was a joy. We had 2 plus weeks cycling in this terrific region. We’ll be back!

Read more: Water Over the Falls

2020 Bike Maryland Symposium

BBC is partnering with Bike Maryland to present the 2020 Bike Maryland Symposium on Wed February 19, 2020.

At the Bike Maryland Symposium you can network with like-minded Maryland cyclists and advocates and your Maryland legislator to discuss Maryland cycling issues that matter to you.

Agenda on Bike Maryland web page.   Registration - free.  For more info and to register.

BBC Selects New President Pat Lapensee

 

The Executive Board of the Baltimore Bicycling Club voted Pat Lapensee in as president of the BBC for 2020 at their bi-monthly executive board meeting, Thursday, January 9. Pat has been a member of the BBC since 1991.  He was instrumental in planning the 50th Anniversary Celebration Rides & Party in June 2018, even smoking pounds of salmon for the event.

Pat is an avid cyclist, having ridden in Spain, France, Italy and Canada as well the U.S. from North Carolina to New York. You can often find Pat enjoying rides in the BBC’s 13-15 MPH ride category. Or in his bike downtime, Pat likes to hit the links or try new recipes in his gourmet kitchen -- two of his other favorite hobbies. When not indulging in his hobbies, Pat is a software engineer for Raytheon.

Pat lives in Sykesville with his wife Denise Huson who is also an experienced cyclist and long-time BBC member and their schnauzer Klinger.

 

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