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Lead From the Back

Welcome to Summer
By David L Stauffer
Posted: 2023-06-01T04:00:00Z

Dear LBC members and friends,

Welcome to the best season for cycling. We have many new members and it is a new cycling season, so it is time to revisit a couple club governance topics.

Two things that make our club work are the Code of Conduct and active club participation through volunteerism.

Following is a link to the complete Code of Conduct. All members have agreed to the Code of Conduct by joining in our activities.

As an LBC Member, I will:

  1. Abide by all relevant traffic regulations whether on individual or group rides; respecting rules of the road and maintaining safe riding habits. ( LBC Positions Regarding Rights to the Road We encourage all members to use the Smart Cycling course for safety training. It is available on-line for free. )
  2. Assist any rider having mechanical or physical difficulties on LBC rides when they are unable to continue to ride safely. 
  3. Select the appropriate ride pace for my ability on LBC rides and ride within the advertised pace or relinquish this responsibility by informing the ride leader that I intend to ride at a faster or slower pace. I understand this will separate me from the club ride. (see our Ride Classifications )

We believe that everyone has the right to enjoy cycling. Some legal activities are not welcome as they may infringe on the ability for others to enjoy the experience or could create an unsafe environment. Examples are....

  • Wearing ear buds or playing of music during a group ride is unsafe.
  • Smoking or vaping during a group ride is inconsiderate of others. Please abide by the distancing norms expected in other public environments.
  • Many of our rides start from schools. Therefore, exercising your 2nd Amendment rights could have costly legal implications. Please leave them at home.

In addition to our code of conduct, the club runs on volunteers.

We have a very active schedule for the next few months.

Here are some examples of how you can volunteer with your bike club:

  • Help organize events, such as group rides, or social events.
  • Lead rides for new or inexperienced cyclists. We have ride leader training the first Sunday of each month.
  • Pre-view or sweep the TdRR rides in July.
  • Help with fundraising or other administrative tasks for the Covered Bridge Classic.
  • Help with our Adopt a Highway activities.
  • Volunteer your talents to the board.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the club and make a difference. It's also a great way to meet new people and make friends. If you're interested in volunteering with your bike club, please contact any board member or respond to the volunteer requests when they come out by going to the Volunteering portal on the website.

Please thank those who help make the club successful.

I look forward to seeing you on the road soon.

Dave Stauffer,