Bike to Work:  May 17-23, 2021

 

The 24th annual Bike to Work event and Love to Ride Challenge is scheduled for May 17-23, 2021.  As occurred in 2020, this year will be a virtual event, without regional pitstops, expanded to a week, and organized by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and others.  Bike to Work Week is a socially-distanced cycling challenge to encourage commuting by bike.  For more information and to register (April 15 to May 22): biketoworkmd.com.

Earth Day 2021 Celebration Ride

 

Mary and Barry Menne led an Earth Day Celebration ride on 4/20/21.  Seven of the ten participants were able to arrive at the MD Line P&R an hour early to remove litter.  Pictured above are Carol & Walt Russell, Barry & Mary, Gene Young, Becky & Jim Matsakis.  We collected 8 large bags of trash, a pillow and a chair.   After the ride Walt and Barry loaded the trash into the Russell's vehicle and drove it to the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Station where we had permission for disposal in their dumpster.

Please keep Mother Earth in your thoughts and actions!

Come Ride With Us

Mike Harris led the Alpha Ridge Park-Savage-Ellicott City ride on April 3. He had 12 riders, here seven enjoy a break from riding.  L-R standing, Phil Feldman, Brad Yelton, John Wyatt, Larry Schofield & Mark Ferwerda. L-R sitting, Travis Warren, Mike Harris & the Easter Squirrel. #RideWithBBC #RideWithBaltoBikeClub

BBC President's Message - 2020/2021

 

Goodbye 2020

Last year, 2020, was a year of many surprises.  We started the year out strong with a well-attended planning meeting to come up with ideas for increasing rider participation on our club rides.  In spite of the meeting being held on what was to become the only snow day in the winter of 2020, over 35 hardy members showed up for the meeting.

Barely 6 weeks later we faced difficult decisions confronting our club due to the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic.  We made the difficult decision to suspend all bike rides effective March 28, 2020 and we realized that we had to cancel our annual Memorial Day Weekend event, Kent County Spring Fling.  Eventually each of our monthly events was cancelled:

-- April: Season Opener

-- April: Spring Social

-- May: Kent County Spring Fling

-- June: Greencastle Great Escape

-- June: Flatlands Tour

-- July: Picnic

-- August: Corn Roast Ride

-- September: Civil War Century

-- September: Washington County Getaway

-- September: Lancaster Weekend

-- November: Annual Awards Dinner

Although the events were cancelled, members of our club spent many hours in the planning process for these events and we greatly appreciate the effort that was made in planning, but not implementing, these events. 

In addition to the event coordinators and their direct assistants, many of our members participate in activities which keep our club running from the giving committee, to our legal advisor, to our web site designer, and many others. And, of course our ride leaders.  Although for four months of 2020, we did not have rides posted to our web site, many members volunteered to be ride leaders in the first three months of the year and then after our ride calendar was re-opened in August.

Hello 2021

With the roll-out of vaccinations for covid-19, we hope that we will eventually be able to safely return to the group activities that our bike club normally organizes.  Rides are being scheduled through our calendar and must follow guidelines for safe riding during this pandemic period. 

One of our goals for 2021 is to help members become more comfortable using Ride with GPS and we hope to offer training to those who request it.

We realize that although a small percentage of Americans have been vaccinated, it may take several months before all of us have received a vaccine.  We will patiently hold off on putting our large events on the calendar for 2021.  We hope that we will be able to gather later this year and when we can hold these events, we will celebrate in the friendship we have with our fellow bike riders. 

We invite members to stay in touch with each other and to contact any board members about ideas for our future activities.

Patrick Lapensee

-- President of the Baltimore Bicycling Club

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