Lead From the Back:
"How We Ride"
by Dave Stauffer
Last month I mentioned that we have over 100 new members. I was wrong. We now have over 250 new members since April 15th. This is an increase of over 50% to approximately 650 members. In other words, the pandemic has been good for increasing the interest in cycling.
The rise of participation in the sport is likely because people are going out less, taking less vacations away and looking for activity closer to home. If you are new to organized cycling, you might be interested to know how we operate.
We are an all-volunteer organization. No one is paid. We are board-governed. Each board member has a functional responsibility in addition to assisting with general board decisions.
We are a registered non-profit organization. We have four executive board members as required to have a non-profit status, and we have six director positions on the board. These positions are reviewed each year for continued relevance to the club.
Board members are listed in the Pedaler and on a board member page under the “About” menu of our website. The board meets quarterly and as needed. Meeting minutes are available for your review under the “Members Area” menu.
Our primary communication platform is Google Groups, though we also publish in this Pedaler newsletter, our club’s website https://lancasterbikeclub.net/, Meetup https://www.meetup.com/Lancaster-Bicycle-Club/, our Facebook Group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/lancasterbicycleclub/, a Facebook club page https://www.facebook.com/LancasterBikeClub, and we can email directly from the club directory as needed.
Google Groups http://groups.google.com/group/lancasterbikeclub is a tool that allows us to post messages and have conversations. You can register for Google Groups under the “Members Area” menu on our website. Once registered, you can manage your notification settings within your profile for how often you want to receive these messages.
When using Google Groups, please take conversations offline when the messaging becomes extended between just two people, since this no longer benefits the entire membership. This courtesy will reduce the amount of email traffic originating from Google Groups, which then increases the effectiveness of this messaging tool.
Meetup is our ride scheduling tool. A link to Meetup is on our homepage via the ride calendar. Please RSVP on Meetup for rides and cancel your RSVP when plans change. Rides can be recurring or uniquely scheduled. They can be part of our standard ride calendar or a member can post impromptu rides inviting other members. For the most enjoyment, please become familiar with our ride classifications, under the “Rides” menu of our website, and attend rides that are appropriate for your ability. Know, too, that you may switch your selection of ride classification as your ability changes.
Ride leaders and sweeps are Ride Heroes. Since we host over 600 rides each year, these ride-assist persons are the most important part of maintaining an active and inviting cycling club.
Anyone can be a ride leader. You do not have to be the fastest or most skilled cyclist on the ride. You are the facilitator, previewer, and scheduler of the ride. You enjoy the ride with the rest of the group, make sure everyone gets back safe and then report back any issues. Ride Leader information is under the Rides menu on our website. Reach out to our rides’ director Rich Brown, through the Board Member or Contact page, or one of the ride coordinators if you have questions.
We have over 400 routes under the “Rides” and “Scenic Tours” menu. Safety and routing corrections should be sent to Susan Ammons through a link at the top of the Cue Sheet Library.
Welcome to Lancaster Bicycle Club. Enjoy the ride.
See you on the road.
Time to "Adopt a Highway" In September
If you have been noticing unusual amounts of trash and debris on the roadsides, especially when cycling, know that clean-up has likely been delayed by COID 19 restrictions since volunteer crews had to place their tasks on hold.
Our own “Adopt a Highway” road section was suffering from the same but no more!
LBC will return to tackle the trash on our designated “Adopt a Highway” section of Columbia Avenue on September 19.
To help and join the fun, please meet in the parking lot of the Centerville Diner at 100 S Centerville Rd, Lancaster, PA, in the same shopping center where Velo Bike shop is located, at 8 a.m. Normally, the group meets first for breakfast, but we will skip that because of social distancing requirements in the restaurant. However, masks are still mandatory while we work on the roadsides.
Provided to volunteers are gloves, safety vests, and trash bags. Event coordinator, Jeanette Fitzgerald will provide directions at the start.
Following the clean-up, participants may join in one of two rides scheduled to leave from the parking lot at 10 a.m.: Fun Ride-Name-Adopt a Highway Ride 2 14R-RSVP required or Short Ride-WE Tick Tock Trek-23 Miles rolling-RSVP required
To participate in the cleanup, please confirm your attendance by emailing Jeanette Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org 717-940-3284
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