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Does BBC Board Have a Plan for allowing small rides to resume?

Does BBC Board Have a Plan for allowing small rides to resume?

    COVID-19 has presented challenges in determining what activities are low risk and are OK to resume, provided people take reasonable precautions.  Generally speaking, outdoor activities are SAFER THAN INDOOR ACTIVITIES.  Small groups are better than large gatherings.  Bicycling is a non contact sport that allows outdoor exercise and a chance to socialize at rest stops, while keeping social distance.  An increasing number of people are taking advantage of the lighter traffic and cleaner air to enjoy cycling.

    As Maryland and Baltimore County are gradually allowing businesses, golf courses, tennis courts, marinas, etc to reopen - and most jurisdictions have lifted the Stay at Home Order - does the BBC have any plans to allow smaller bike rides to resume?  Adjustments like requiring on line registration, limiting size, requiring masks when not riding, dividing into smaller groups, and maybe have riders leave 1 minute apart like  time trials might be required.  The Waiver could be revised to include COVID-19 as an additional hazard. 

       The BBC Board should be candid with the club's membership. As Maryland gradually reopens, does the Board have any plans to allow BBC rides, with restrictions, to resume?.  Unfortunately, the virus isn't going away, and the vaccine will take awhile to develop and administer. People are now beginning to adapt to resuming work and recreation, while taking precautions.  Let's hear from the Board their plans, if any, for resuming limited rides.











 
     


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Re: Does BBC Board Have a Plan for allowing small rides to resume?

Thanks I was hoping somebody would ask that question

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Re: Does BBC Board Have a Plan for allowing small rides to resume?

The Board is working on a plan to restart rides and continue with club events. We plan an extra meeting in June where this will be the topic. When or even whether we will restart is still quite uncertain at this time.

Restarting rides and events will difficult. Members need to recognize some basic facts. We are a social club. We are not an essential business. Nobody's livelihood is threatened by us not reactivating normal activities. Whatever risks we are willing to accept as individuals, the club has to adhere to a much stricter risk-benefit ratio. The club cannot put members and people members will come in contact with at undue risk to their health of even life. While restarting club rides may seem essential to our own mental and physical health, in the scheme of things, we are pretty low down on the list. That means the club has to make the risks of restarting quite low also.

As of now, the Baltimore/Washington area is considered one of the "hot spots" in the country for Covid 19 infections and deaths. Despite some the earliest and strictest restrictions in the country, our state infection rate is only "flattening". Nobody, but nobody really knows how severe or where the Covid 19 resurgence will be as we go into minimal relaxation of the Stay at Home restrictions. We won't really have any idea for at least another four weeks. I am not sure that even by June 11, the date of the next Board meeting, we will have enough information to make a good decision.The balkanization of the relaxation in Maryland and PA makes planning even more difficult.

Jeffrey, at the May meeting, the Board members were all well aware of the facts you presented. We also talked about some of your suggestions for a safe ride as well as some others. The real problem is the uncertainty of the resurgence severity with the relaxation of the Stay at Home recommendations. It will make planning very difficult. Trying to shut down again after restarting would be almost impossible.

Members who wish to make other constructive suggestions may contact any BBC Board member by email or use this forum.

Ed Cahill
Past President BBC

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Re: Does BBC Board Have a Plan for allowing small rides to resume?

BBC members are certainly riding already- just not with the BBC. In Hampden, I've seen many groups riding and gathering to ride- sporty types, families, would be commuters. Some are gathering safely, but many are not.

I think the BBC has an opportunity (responsibility?) to show riders how to ride and gather safely. Leadership can figure out what that looks like: groups of <10, short rides/no breaks, mask usage?

By removing all group rides from the schedule is the BBC implicitly recommending that we shouldn't ride bikes around other people?

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