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Weigh in on the 2015 Bicycle Master Plan
Baltimore City released a draft Bicycle Master Plan for 2015 that supports a range of engineered bicycle facilities, including but not limited to cycletracks, bike boulevards, and sharrows. The plan was reviewed by the BBC Executive Board and fully supported. More recently Bikemore proposed an amendment to the plan that has sparked controversy. The amendment requires using a cycletrack as the default bike lane when the average speed of vehicular travel exceeds 25 mph. A cycletrack is a bike lane that is separated from the travel lane by a physical barrier, as seen in the photo above taken in Washington, D.C. Please see the BBC Advocacy Forum for further details related to the Master Plan and Bikemore's amendment. All interested parties should review the plan on the Baltimore City website and make comments before February 20, 2015.
This year 129 BBC members came to the Awards/Election Annual Membership Meeting. This event honors our dedicated volunteers who make the BBC the great club it is. As always we had the opportunity to socialize and talk to members whom we hadn't seen for awhile. The ambiance of a cozy fire in a rustic ski lodge, combined with a delicious dinner catered by Bear Bros, added a festive touch to the evening. The bicycle centerpieces, handmade by Jayne Parks Ridgely, dressed up the tables.
The Club recognized our outgoing 2014 Board Members, Event Leaders, and Ride Coordinators. The BBC elected our new Executive Board Members, and President Ed Cahill then introduced them. The event brochure lists the evening's highlights and 2014 Civil War Century volunteers were commended for their efforts.
President Ed Cahill announced the 2014 Award Recipients: Hall of Fame - Bud Lippert; Wayne Rogers Award - Becky Smith; and Barb Park Award - Renee Rees. A delicious dessert capped off the meal, and people enjoyed the evening, as seen in photos from the event. We hope to see you at our early spring Social on March 21 and the BBC's Awards/Election Dinner on Nov 21.
Evolution of the Instructional Ride Series
During the November 15, 2014 BBC End of Season Celebration and Awards Dinner, Gary Brandon shared how the instructional ride series has evolved over the past thirty years. Pictured are BBC members Gordon Peltz (left) and Howard Kaplon (right), leaders of the ride series since 1985. Learn more about the series by reading Gary's speech. Photos taken by John Isaacs.
2014 BBC Ride Leaders
Remembering Lee Fleishman
Lee Fleishman was a regular on the Seniors rides and he and his wife, Ruth, were active cyclists and regular volunteers at various BBC events. Lee also served as a volunteer ranger on the Northern Central Trail, as seen in the photo. This photo was taken at the dedication of the drinking fountain, etc., at the Paper Mill Road entrance to the trail Sept. 16, 2005. The BBC was a major contributor to the cost of the well and drinking fountain. In the photo Lee Fleishman is flanked by Frank Anders on the left and Russell Loy on the right.
2014 Weekend in Lancaster
Don’t you love it?! Even the bike shop is nestled among the farms and fields in the Amish countryside. Mary Jarcy is enjoying Friday’s ride and a stop Weaver’s. Read Evie Rensel's ride report to learn about more good times on the BBC 2014 Weekend in Lancaster.