This is what we hear from seniors living in communities like Bethany Village. Many residents no longer have the physical ability to bike around town, but they still miss that freeing feeling. That is the mission behind Cycling Without Age: We want to give seniors the opportunity to feel the wind rush through their hair.
All Bethany Village employees, residents, family members, and community members are invited to join us as volunteer pilots! All volunteer pilots must undergo a safety training and prove their competence on the rickshaw. This training will take approximately 1 hour. Contact Erin Emenheiser, rickshaw coordinator, to schedule a training time.
MapleWood Assisted Living: Golden Maple
Bethany Village Retirement Center
Our club is blessed to have a variety of rides for our members. Along with our regular rides and special events we have email rides. What exactly is an email ride? These are rides in which the leaders have flexibility in start time, start location, pace and distance. Those wishing to receive notifications about these rides must sign-up for the email distribution lists connected to those rides. Simply go into your HBC profile by selecting My Account on the home page. Click onto Update My Information and then select Email Lists. Here you can select the lists you wish to receive notifications from. The Email Rides are not generally published on the ride calendar so you must sign up to receive the notifications.
These lists are intended to be used ONLY for the announcement and information of the particular ride they are associated with. We ask all ride leaders to only post ride announcements on the email list they are associated. Please refrain from using other email lists to” invite” those not signed up for another list. As a club we do not wish to add to the problem of “junk” emails – emails members have not signed up for, and receiving multiple emails about the same ride on various email lists.
Below are the Email Rides you must sign up for to get notifications. You can sign-up or remove your name as often as you like.
1. Learn to Linger: These rides are for those interested in a more leisurely pace and are scheduled in an ad-hoc fashion. The pace runs D to D plus ( 8-12 mph), with distances 8 – 25 miles. Check the notice for leader name, exact pace and distance.
2. Silver Spokes: The Silver Spokes are a group of bicyclists who ride on Wednesdays. All are members of Harrisburg Bicycle Club and most are retired, hence a ride scheduled during the day. They schedule rides of 25 to 45 miles most of the year, and keep the pace to 12-14 mph. In keeping with HBC tradition, they often have lunch together after the rides
3. West Shore Weekends: These rides are scheduled on the West Shore and have an average pace of around 12-15 mph. They are usually around 50 to 100 miles and stress the Joy of Riding verses training, how high can we climb and how fast can we go. They feature multiple starting points when possible, for various mileages on the same ride. They run year round with lower mileages in the colder months. They aren’t necessarily every week, but instead scheduled when someone has the time to plan and lead a ride. There are occasional rides at remote starts. Cindy Gorski is the coordinator. Rides usually start from Joe Carr Field which is located next to the Monroe Township Building located at 1220 Boiling Springs Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
4. Saturday Morning Rides: The Saturday Morning Social C and the Saturday Morning C+ rides are now going to be e-mail rides. Larry Riley is now the coordinator for the Saturday Morning Social C and Deb Barisch will coordinate the Saturday Morning C+ ride. Thanks goes to Bill Engle for his many years as coordinator of these Saturday Morning rides which leave from the Grantville Restaurant.
5. Carlisle Area C Rides: The Carlisle Area C rides will normally ride on most (but not all) Thursdays at 6 PM, leaving from the Carlisle Commons Regal Theater parking lot off Noble Blvd in Carlisle. They may also ride occasionally on Tuesdays. The goal of these rides are to get cyclists who are unaccustomed to group riding comfortable riding in a group. The pace is a casual C (10 – 13 mph) with distances generally 15 – 30 miles. Stops are every 10 - 15 miles, more if necessary. No one will be dropped.
6. Friday Night Social: The Friday Night Socials are held throughout the core cycling system as scheduled. NOTE: they are not held every Friday, depending 7pon availability of Ride Leaders. Join this email distribution list and check the website to receive the most up-to-date information. When held, these are typically casual, relatively short (10-15 mile) rides followed by dinnner at a restaurant in the area (location varies).
7. EZ-C: An EZ-C ride is available for the novice, veteran or someone who just doesn't want to ride fast or extreme distances. Ride will typically take place Saturday Mornings at 9 AM. Notification of scheduled rides is through e-mail and cancellations are by 8 AM the morning of the ride. Veteran ride leaders will lead the rides and assist in group riding and any breakdowns. Breaks will be frequent and as necessary with no one left behind. You need to go to the HBC Website and sign-up for the EZ-C to receive notifications or cancellations of the ride.
8. Mary's Meanderings D Ride: Saturday or Sunday "ad hoc" social rides (not EVERY week) in which we carpool/caravan to a trail/route outside the immediate metropolitan Harrisburg area or have weekend camping/biking adventures. Travel to venues will range from 45 minutes to 3 hours away.
9. Family Rides: These rides will be geared toward families looking for a safe environment for riding, such as trails and quiet residential streets. Location, times, ride distance and pace can vary.
10. Saturday Morning D+ Ride: These social rides are D Plus (9-11mph) and typically approximately 15-20 miles in distance. Rides usually leave from the Grantville area, though other east shore start locations are occasionally used. These rides are available for riders who don't want fast speeds or long distances. Breaks are frequent and no one gets left behind.
11. East Shore Flex: These social rides are email rides that allow the ride leader to select speed, distance, terrain and starting point. Subscribe to this list to receive an email for an upcoming ride. Who knows maybe the next upcoming ride will be exactly what you have been looking for from the club!
We certainly had outstanding weather for the 11th annual HBC Finger Lakes trip. Mostly sunny skies, pleasant temperatures, no rain and very light winds provided ideal biking conditions. There were 109 participants this year.
I want to thank all the people who helped make this year's trip a success. I thank Cindy Hoehn for her meticulous cue sheets and maps and for her help with checking people in and out. Joan Short and Tim Hoehn get kudos for that, too.
I am grateful to all the people who helped with the socials, too. Doug and Jean Silvis, Peggy Bree, Ken and Gail Frohnert, Sue and Darrel Casto, Mike Loomis, and all the helpers from the Blennerhasset Bike Club from West Virginia. And thanks to whoever it was that was adding extra goodies to the social offerings, like olives, parmesan crisps, brownies, cookies and more. Yum!
And I am especially grateful to the many people who offered to lead rides. I think there were great choices for everyone who came on the trip.
Next year's trip will be a little later due to changes in the college schedule, so mark June 13-16, 2019 on your calendar.
As this trip grows in numbers and in options, I have come to realize that more help is needed to put this event on. Therefore, I am forming a committee and am looking for volunteers to fill the following positions:
Committee Chair: Responsible for logistics, coordinating with the College, the caterer, the restaurants, etc. to lay the groundwork for the trip. I am willing to share the responsibility with another person for next year's trip, which will be my last.
Socials Coordinator - This person (or group of people) would be responsible for planning the evening socials, purchasing all supplies, and scheduling the volunteers to work each evening. This is the perfect job for our "out of town" members since almost all the work is done on site.
Registrar - This person (or group) would record all registrations and take care of on-site check-in and check-out. Volunteers can be recruited to assist on-site as needed.
Routes Manager: Cindy Hoehn has offered to assist with routes again for 2019. Thank you so much, Cindy.
Please let me know if you are willing to fill one of these positions or need more information. Without more assistance, this popular trip will not be offered after 2019.
Fellow HBC cyclists,
As the HBC president I often receive calls from non-members about the club. This afternoon I received a call which was quiet disturbing. This gentleman lives in Boiling Springs. He is very upset with groups of cyclists, especially on Thursday nights that come into the area riding 3 abreast, going the wrong way on Race St. (a one way street), not using hand signals, riding through stop signs and jumping the fence on Criswell Dr. to go through the Water Treatment Plant which is signed as no trespassing. He was shaken by being in a near collision with a cyclist on Race St. precisely because the cyclist was going the wrong way. This is not only affecting him but his neighbors also. He called me as a concerned citizen.
For people who live on the west shore, (and I am sure the east shore has their particular areas) riding to Boiling Springs and stopping at Café 101 is a regular occurrence. It is a very pleasant area to ride through and to stop at for a break. It is up to ALL of us, not only in Boiling Springs but everywhere we ride to be courteous to ALL vehicles on the rode which we SHARE. Cyclists like to comment about the rude motorists, and drivers not obeying the 4 foot rule as they pedal their way through a red traffic signal or stop sign. Following the traffic laws are not just for motor vehicles, they are for cyclists, pedestrians, skate boarders and EVERYONE using the roadways which we share. The traffic laws are there to keep everyone alive and safe by having general rules so we all know what to expect when we are out on the roadways. Take off and race on a long straight away, have fun, enjoy your sport AND be courteous and respectful especially in neighborhoods and busy traffic areas and intersections. It only takes one person being careless to affect the lives of many. Don’t let that one person be you.
PLEASE set a good example for all and keep yourself and all those you ride with safe by following the laws.
Please pass the word.