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May-24-20 01:08 pm
Allowing small rides with Proper Precautions
Category: Social

    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.


Apr-10-20 02:29 pm
Category: Social

Looking over the separation recommendations, riding two abreast doesn't permit sufficent separation.  The research indicates that riders travelling in the same direction still need 12 - 15 feet of separation.  Obviously, the shoulder or traffic lane doesn't allow this much separation.  The remaining safe option for unrelated riders is to ride 60 feet apart, as they do in a time trial.

Apr-10-20 01:38 pm
Category: Social

     Jim Gagne is right that the slip stream makes it difficult for even a few cyclists to ride together, unless they keep a separation distance of 30 - 60 feet.  Here are my thoughts:  First, it would probably be OK for members of the same household to ride together, unless one of them works at a high risk job (e.g - health care, grocery store, etc).  Secondly, two - four riders could start a minute apart, with the faster riders starting first.
They could meet at planned rest stops, and take care to keep their distance while on break.  Thirdly, there may be a limited number of opportunities for two riders to ride double file, where the virus risk is less.  Some roads, like Hanover Pike, have wide paved shoulders where riding two abreast should be OK.  Other level roads like Deereco that parallels York Rd, have four lanes with a center turn lane.  With traffic being light, it might be feasible to control the right lane and ride two abreast.  Where conditions make riding double file unsafe, riders could switch to Plan B and ride single ride 60 feet apart.  The virus is going to be around awhile, and we need to be creative.  Be safe.

Mar-24-20 10:03 pm
For bicycle repairs or parts, check with your local bike shops
Category: Social

     I just want to let you know that Governor Hogan has allowed bike shops to remain open as essential business.  Some people use their bikes for transportation, especially with MTA reducing their operations.  And the risk of catching the virus when you ride your bike on the road is less than being confined in transit.

    While the BBC has had to cancel club rides, it's certainly OK to ride on your own, or with a friend or two.  I rode this evening and found traffic to be much lighter than a normal weekday.  Let's take advantage of the light traffic to do neighborhood rides, see the tulips, greet your neighbors from 6', enjoy spring, and get a little exercise.  With almost no rush hour, Daylight Savings Time gives cyclists a chance to ride after work.

Mar-05-20 10:57 am
See How Maple Syrup is Made, and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast on Sat, March 7
Category: Social

Meet Sat, March 7 at 10:30 am at Oregon Ridge Lodge to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast. - cost $8. Support Oregon Ridge Park, where we start many of our rides. Afterwards at 11:30 am join me for a 4 or 5 mile hike.  Be prepared for 3 stream crossings.  Also, if anyone wants to do a bike ride on their own, I'll bring clue sheets for the 37 mile Oregon Ridge to Hampstead ride.  Or just do your own ride from this popular start. Questions???? Contact me below

Jeffrey H. Marks

Feb-19-20 05:36 pm
See How Maple Syrup is Made, and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast on Sat, March 7
Category: Social

Combine a leisurely bike ride with a stop at Oregon Ridge Nature Center to watch how maple syrup is made.  Walking tours show trees being tapped and sap being boiled to obtain maple syrup.  Dates are Feb 22, 23, 29, and March 1.  Time is 11 am - 4 pm each day.  With parking being tight, I encourage cycling to nature center.

  On the mornings of March 7 and 8, OR Lodge will have a delicious all you can eat pancake breakfast from 8 am to noon each day.  See pancakes being cooked, along with real maple syrup and turkey sausage. There will be music and entertainment.  My suggestion is to meet for breakfast at 10:30 am and then have an impromptu all pace ride afterwards at 11:30 am.  Later ride start time allows weather to warm up, a relaxing breakfast, and a chance for anyone ambitious to bike to OR..

Jeffrey H. Marks

Aug-25-19 04:22 pm
Park Bikes around side near picnic pavillion. Don't lean bikes against store or posts.
Category: Social

         Please cooperate and don't lean your bikes against store or front posts.  There's plenty of space around the side to lean your bike against the covered picnic pavillion.  Store owners are very welcoming to cyclists.  Please do your part to keep it that way.

         Due to the prediction of bad weather (rain, wind, and possibility of thunder storms); I'm cancelling the April 19 ride out of Glyndon.

May-09-18 07:36 pm
Motorcyclist Killed on Falls Road at Butler
Forum: Road Problems

        While taking a break at Veloccino's around 2 pm, I heard a loud noise took a look, and saw a motorcyclist lying in Falls Rd, next to the coffee shop. A retired paramedic who works across the street in the saddle shop unsuccessfully tried CPR to restore breathing.  County paramedics tried hard but were also unable to restore breathing, and the motorcyclist died.  The County police interviewed someone who saw the crash, and it appears that the motorcyclist was making a right hand turn from the southern driveway near the barbecue to go north on Falls Road, at the same time a motorist on Butler road was making a left turn into NB Falls.  The right hand portion of the car clipped the motorcyclist and sent him airborne, where he crashed into a porch support and landed in Falls Road. This old building comes right up to Falls Road, abutting a narrow bridge.

     Use caution around the area of Falls Road and Butler.  If I'm in Veloccino's and want to go NB on Falls ,or straight across Falls into Butler Rd, I use the shopping center's NB exit.  Remember the Falls Rd bridge has no shoulder.  Also, when I'm heading south on Falls Rd from the fire station and want to enter this shopping center, I purposely go past it, turn right into a driveway, and then make a left hand turn into Falls Road, so I enter the shopping center and Velocinno's from the right.  Incidentally, Marc Lefkowitz said that this was the 3rd crash this week - one involving a motorcycle and the other involving two cars.  Give this dangerous area your undivided attention, pick the appropriate exit, and utilize a U turn to avoid a hazardous left into Velocinno's.... The car driver stopped, was shaken up, and cooperated with police.  Marc called in the crash and supplied gloves and towels to the first medic.  The saddle store across the road supplied cones and directed traffic until the police arrived.  So much for a quiet spring day in the country.

      Due to rain being predicted, I'm cancelling tomorrow's Loch Raven - Gunpowder Ride.  The new ride date will be Monday, May 7.

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