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May-24-20 08:35 pm
Allowing small rides with Proper Precautions
Category: Social

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

The PA Flatlands 40 miles is good.
Not sure about 2 Tavs from Runnymede. The ones from Taneytown are good.

I have decided to delete my Sparks to Hampstead Cluster ride on Sunday. The weather is too uncertain to make a ride decision now. I will wait till Saturday to decide.

OOPs!! I may have made the cluster ride for Sunday too soon. After talking with Ellen, if her ride goes on Saturday, then she will add the longer 56 and 45 routes to her ride.
I will then add the 45 mile version of Seven Valleys (5 Valleys) to Steve's posting at a 13-15 pace for Sunday and not do another Hampstead ride.
Check the ride schedule for last minute changes.The weather can be difficult to schedule.

I have replaced my Sunday ride with Sparks ES to Hampstead. I have made it a cluster start by adding Ellen's cancelled Saturday ride to my ride. There will be 3 routes offered then. A 56 mile which also goes through Manchester, a 45 mile version which does not, and a 36 mile version which does go through the Patapsco.

Sunday's weather looks like the rain will be gone by the 10 AM start but the roads will be wet. The temperature looks like April weather-- in the 50's to almost 60.

Since the weather can be fickle, check the website for last minute changes or cancellations.

I have replaced my Sunday ride with Sparks ES to Hampstead. I have made it a cluster start by adding Ellen's cancelled Saturday ride to my ride. There will be 3 routes offered then. A 56 mile which also goes through Manchester, a 45 mile version which does not, and a 36 mile version which does go through the Patapsco.

Sunday's weather looks like the rain will be gone by the 10 AM start but the roads will be wet. The temperature looks like April weather-- in the 50's to almost 60.

Since the weather can be fickle, check the website for last minute changes or cancellations.

I have learned that the Rt 216 bridge before Myers is now open. So I will bring the 45 mile route for the long ride. This route is almost Carol's original ride.

Rich Burns is bringing cue sheets for 31 and 37 mile routes.

I will be leading Ellen Hochman's Whinery Tour Extended from 7th District. Not too hilly but some scenic back roads we don't ride very often. Rest stops at the Amish Market or Glen Rock.

At the request of some members, I will bring a 44 mile version of this ride. It is in the cue library as Western Regional Park to Damascus.
URL: https://baltobikeclub.org/index.php/cue … -44-Miles/
TCX file:RWGPS tcx file: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25914289

I have been informed that at 7AM a Duathlon will start at Western Regional Park which is adjacent to the Community Center. That may present some parking issues at the CC if the participants spill over to the CC parking area. I will come early and redirect riders if needed. Between the CC, the Park and 2 schools, there is a ton of parking at this location. It is just a matter making sure we have one place to meet.

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