MDWG-2015

pathlineIt’s barely more than a month to Memorial Day weekend and we need a very quick show of hands from those who would want to take part in the annual Memorial Day Weekend Getaway, this year in Montreal, Quebec.

As usual, we would plan to get to Montreal on Friday evening to sleep in the hostel, leaving all of Saturday and Sunday for exploring the city; on Monday there will be the option of one more ride in the morning before heading back home.

Please reply right away if you want to participate — email me: info@flcycling.org. I’ll know by Tuesday, April 21, if the trip is a “go” this year.  The details:

Dates: May 22-25
Location:
Montreal, QC
Lodgings: Montreal Hostel (HI)
Type: Bunk dorms (very limited possibility of private double)
Cost: Approx $100/person for weekend (3 nights)
Distance: ~ 300 mi/5 hr by car from Ithaca.

We made this our destination a couple years ago and found ways to deal with a rainy weekend. Even so, we got a lovely ride in during a break in the weather. But, there is a great deal to do in that city besides biking, so I think everyone had a good time. I think we need to go back and experience it in good weather.

Again, please let me know as fast as possible whether you would plan to go. The hostel needs to be booked right away.

Rate the Rides

We’re looking for feedback on the Sunday rides — which ones do you like and want to do again; which ones would you rather never got scheduled again; and what your suggestions are to improve the routes and the rides. Please take the survey. Sorry, it will take a bit of time, but it’s your club and we need to know what you’d like!
(If the survey doesn’t fit your screen, try this direct link: http://aozolins.polldaddy.com/s/flcc-sunday-ride-update)

President in the press

Adventure Cyclist

Adventure Cyclist, March 2015

The current issue of Adventure Cyclist, the magazine of the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), has a photo including our club president, Steve Powell, in its regular “Letter from the Director”column. The column lays out the whirlwind of activity throughout New York State regarding  bike touring that included a very well-attended event at Cinemopolis in Ithaca on January 27. The ACA director, Jim Sayer, contributed to the Ithaca event and Steve was also involved with some of the other events in New York City and Saratoga. The upshot is that a lot is happening these days with regard to popularizing the use of bicycles, and touring is getting a huge boost in the process. And our club president is taking an active role in supporting and extending ACA activities. To follow these issues, visit the ACA website and consider becoming an ACA member (members get that magazine).

FLCC Annual Meeting

FLCC Annual Meeting — Sunday, March 29, 5:30-8:15 pm

A social hour (with food), followed by a special speaker, and then the club’s annual business meeting including officer elections.  The club will supply pizza, drinks, plates, and utensils.  If you would like to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share, that would be great, but it is not required.  RSVP appreciated to: <info@flcycling.org> so we can order enough pizza.
Special Speaker — Jim Reed — Q&A on N.Y. Bike Law  
(FYI, Amelia Habicht’s presentation has been postponed to a future date)
Jim Reed is with the Ziff Law Firm in Elmira and will make a presentation and then conduct a Q&A on N.Y. bike law.  Jim will also describe his affiliation with BikeLaw.com which is a nationwide network of bike lawyers.  BikeLaw.com just officially partnered with the League of American Bicyclists, and will be playing a much more significant role in the bike advocacy movement.  It’s a real treat to have a bike law expert on hand and we all look forward to his presentation — bring your bike law questions with you.
 
The club has some great events and activities planned for 2015, starting with the Hollenbeck’s race in early May, and a slate of overnight bike tours also starting in May.  This is in addition to our regular weekly rides starting when the weather breaks in the spring.  Come to the annual meeting and renew your cycling friendships and come voice your opinion regarding any of the club’s activities and vote for the officers.
Speaking of officers, you may notice below that there are several unoccupied positions, so now is a great time for you to serve as an officer.  Nominations can be made by email to <president@flcycling.org> or at the meeting.  Self-nominations are permitted.  Note: it is perfectly fine to have multiple candidates for officer positions.
If you are not yet an FLCC member then you are encouraged to attend and meet some of the officers and club members that are passionate about cycling.  And a reminder to all members that now is time to renew your membership for 2015.  Your membership fee helps support local races, tours, group rides, youth events, charity sponsorships, the club website, club insurance, plus other cycling related activities.  The renewal process is very easy and can be done online.  Just go to:
http://flcycling.org/welcome/membership-application/

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FLCC membership renewal time!

It’s the season to renew your FLCC membership. Take a minute and do it right away — use any credit card.


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More details are available on the Membership page. If some question or problem is impeding your doing this, please contact info@flcycling.org and we’ll resolve it.