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BBC 2021 Board of Director's Election and Bylaws Update Results


Greetings Baltimore Bicycling Club Voters,

Our first online election is over and the results are in.

The slate of candidates for positions on the Board of Directors was approved overwhelmingly and the amended Bylaws were also approved by a wide margin.

The BBC 2021 Board of Directors will be:

One-year terms:

-- President: Pat Lapensee

-- Vice President: Gloria Epstein

-- Secretary: Ellen Hochman

-- Treasurer: John Isaacs

Two-year terms:

-- Member at Large: Eugene Bayer

-- Member at Large: Frank Blatt

Thank you to all who voted. Out of 755 eligible voters, 136 members (18%) voted. We hope to have greater participation next year. For the record, the votes are entirely anonymous. The system provides visibility to who voted but not who they voted for. I doubt there is “paper trail” for recounts or audits!

Thanks again and hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Patrick Lapensee

-- President of the Baltimore Bicycling Club

BBC 2021 Board of Directors:
Request for Nominations and Election


Baltimore Bicycling Club members

This is the time of year when members can consider supporting our club by serving on our Board of Directors.

There will be a couple of openings for the 2021 Board.  If you have any interest in serving on the Board, please send me an email at:  President@BaltoBikeClub.org and let me know your interest. I would appreciate hearing from you.  Please respond by October 15, 2020 if you are interested in serving on the 2021 BBC Board of Directors.

Our club Bylaws state that the club hold an annual election for the Board of Directors.  Normally we hold the election during our end of year meeting, held at Oregon Ridge for the last several years.  This year we will not hold an in-person meeting, but we will still have our election.

The election for the 2021 Board of Directors will be held via email, using election runner (https://electionrunner.com) an online voter interface that will tabulate the results.  All members will be sent a ballot via email.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Patrick Lapensee

-- President of the Baltimore Bicycling Club

BBC Extends Membership Expiration Dates Due To Cancelled Group Rides


In mid-July, all BBC members whose membership was active on March 28, 2020, the day the BBC cancelled group rides, have had their membership extended by one year. 

If your membership expired after March 28, your membership was extended by one year from the date of expiration. 

If your membership has not yet expired, it was also extended by one year from the date of expiration.

If your membership was active on March 28 and you do not see this extension when you log into your account, or if you expected that your membership should have been extended but can no longer log into your BBC account, contact the BBC Treasurer at treasurer@baltobikeclub.org.

Larry's Ride

Larry's Ride has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic - sponsored by Bike Maryland - scheduled for October 17, 2020.  For more information, read the announcement on the Bike Maryland web page:  https://www.bikemaryland.org/larrys-ride-announcement/

This annual event is a key fundraiser which allows Bike Maryland to continue to work making bicycling safer for everyone who rides a bike in Maryland, whether for transportation or recreation.  Information about contributing to Bike Maryland is on the announcement page.


President's Message June 2020 - Membership Extension and more..



Greeting fellow Baltimore Bicycling Club members,

Website:At the January 7, 2020 meeting regarding increasing rider participation, the topic that generated the most interest/feedback was improving the BBC Website.  One recommendation was to have a Website Manager, whose duties include reviewing and editing submissions as needed, declining non-relevant or inappropriate material and forwarding submissions to the Web Designer for publication.

Our first Website Manager is Alice Smith, whom many of you know as a 13-15mph rider.  All website submissions for the front page should now be submitted to: websitemanager@baltobikeclub.org.

Member Benefits:One benefit of BBC membership is access to our cue sheet library on the BBC website.  Cue sheets are also available on our club Ride with GPS account.  There are many rides of varying distances and start locations to choose from.  Although club rides have been suspended, you can peruse the online library for a suitable ride.  

Extending Memberships:  As was previously announced, BBC memberships will be extended to compensate for the period during which we were shutdown.  All memberships will be extended for the duration of the BBC shutdown, from March 28 until group rides are restarted.  The membership expiration date for everyone who had an active membership on March 28 will be moved out by the length of time that has elapsed when group rides are restarted.  If you are uncertain whether your membership was active on March 28, you can contact John Issacs at treasurer@baltobikeclub.org.

Your Board is working on guidelines for group rides:Your Board of Directors is discussing the criteria for restarting club rides and how this will be implemented.     We are taking into consideration the actions of several other bike clubs on the eastern seaboard and our state and local governments to create guidelines to restart rides and we are learning from those few who have restarted.  Guidelines will include:

·        Group size: “groups” of no more than 10 riders.  If 15 people show up for a ride, 2 groups leave 10-15 minutes apart;

·        Practice social distancing at the ride start and while riding;

·        Bring a mask and wear it at the ride start when signing in; ride with one if you want, and be sure to wear it in a convenience store;

·        print out your own cue sheet. 

The guidelines will change over time, as needed. 

 We do not know yet when we can start group rides.  We will monitor our government’s guidelines and notify members when we can start posting rides on the calendar.

Civil War Century (CWC) is cancelled:By now you have heard the CWC is cancelled.  Many thanks to Larry Kenney and Cindy Wyatt for their tireless efforts in organizing this event.  We are all looking forward to the 2021 Civil War Century. 

Finally, I would like to express my thanks to the event coordinators who worked hard to plan events which were scheduled earlier this year; Gloria Epstein - Spring Social and Season Opening ride; Bob Carson - Kent County Spring Fling; Phil Manger - Greencastle Great Escape; Ken Philhower and Cindy Wyatt - Flatlands Tour; Bill Blankenship - Picnic ride. All these events were cancelled  this year.

Take care and stay safe

Patrick Lapensee

-- President of the Baltimore Bicycling Club

Civil War Century 2020 is Cancelled

As your Civil War Century event coordinators, we sincerely regret to have to announce that our club’s signature event is cancelled for 2020. We hope to see everyone back for the next Civil War Century event on Saturday, September 11th, 2021! As a club member, consider making it a priority to volunteer to ensure our success.

Read more: Civil War Century 2020 is cancelled

President's Message May 2020

This BBC news was sent via email to all active BBC members:

Kent County Spring Fling, (KCSF): Regrettably, in late March, the 38th annual Kent County Spring Fling was cancelled due to the impact of covid-19. Bob Carson, our longtime coordinator, has stepped down as the KCSF event coordinator. Bob worked tirelessly on KCSF year-round and his leadership will be missed. Thank you for all your hard work Bob!

New leadership team: Board members Marg Draper-Harris and her husband Mike will team up with me, (Pat Lapensee), and my wife Denise Huson to coordinate KCSF starting in 2021 (Memorial Day Weekend). We'll be taking a page from Bob’s book, “Let’s make next year’s Spring Fling the best ever!”

Read more: President's Message May 2020