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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!”

BBC Board Meetings: At the May 14th Board meeting, all June and July scheduled events (Greencastle Great Escape, Flatlands, and Picnic) were cancelled. Unfortunately, there just is no way we could hold these events safely due to covid-19.

Upcoming activities: The Board will meet in June to continue discussing scheduled events (August - Corn Roast, September - CWC, Washington County).

Membership Extension: The Board has decided to extend the membership for active members for the duration of our cancelled rides. Details (criteria of “duration of cancelled rides”) to come.

June Board Meeting: Restarting Group Rides: The Board will discuss how to restart group rides; how many riders can ride safely, mask / no mask, social distancing, etc. At the appropriate time, we will gradually begin group rides and likely start with small groups.

Eastern Seaboard Bike Club Presidents: I am participating in bi-weekly video conferences with several other bike club presidents from Boston to Washington D.C. For now, we are following CDC and WHO guidelines regarding group activities. The key take away is that all the bike clubs are doing the same thing: canceling rides until further notice, canceling events on an as-needed basis, and hoping we can hold our events later in the year. Our primary goal is to focus on the safety of our members and others who participate in our rides and events.

Finally: USA Cycling has information that is interesting and helpful regarding covid-19 and cycling. You can find it here:

Take care and stay safe Patrick Lapensee

Annual Tandem Planning Meeting at TGIF

CRABS, Couples Riding a Bike Simultaneously, and WABITS, Washington Area Bikes in Tandem Society had their 2ND ANNUAL JOINT PLANNING MEETING, in Columbia, MD at TGIF restaurant.   This all happened on March 1, 2020, when restaurants were open and social groups were still gathering.  Pictured are Evie and Mike Reinsel (BBC CRABS coordinators) and Laurie and Ed Barr (PPTC WABITS coordinators).  Since the tandem groups were shrinking in the area, joining forces to create a fuller ride schedule was a win win!

Read more: Annual Tandem Planning Meeting at TGIF

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

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.