March Board Meeting

Overview of BBC Board Meeting of March 21, 2019

President Andrew Houlne ran a tight meeting. All elected members were present as well as almost all committee chairs. Discussions centered around the reports of committee chairs. What follows is a brief unofficial summary. The highlight of the meeting was the approval of grants to a number of local groups to promote bicycling and education and advocacy.

Minutes: Secretary Kathy Cummins’s minutes from the December board meeting and February annual meeting were approved and will be posted in the members-only portion of the club web site.

Treasurer: Jim Powers gave the treasurer’s report. There was discussion of RAIN income, plans for filing income taxes and sales tax.

Mountain Biking: Warren Smith reported on mountain biking activities, which have ended for the season as routes are soft and messy and the road season has begun.

Membership: Tammy Thompson gave the membership report and dealt with waivers for club officers.

Ride Committee: Coordinator John Bassett discussed plans for the current riding season. One change is to try harder to alternate easy and more difficult rides especially in the latter half of the season. Tammy Madsen-Thomposon is hoping to start up Beginner rides again, perhaps including some gravel and/or mountain biking at Wapehani. Evening rides are off to a good start, although participation is naturally smaller on cold or wet days. OWLS and iRide both had at least one ride with 14-15 and one with 2-3. The initial Nice and Easy had 6 riders out for the traditional Waterworks ride.

Safety and Education: New chair Craig Medlyn reported on his work with City and county identifying and ameliorating poor road conditions along standard club routes. He is pushing ways to educate club riders about basic safety, emphasizing safety discussion at ride meet-ups. He has a safe practices slide presentation from IU, especially focused on commuting, that we might be able to post on our web site. He is also working on some short radio spots that might involve short statements from selected club members. At board urging he will work on a short bullet point list of key safety points.

Advocacy: Ron Brown reported that he attended a county planning meeting in February looking at improvements to the Woodyard/Smith/Curry pike intersection in NW Bloomington. He was able to provide good feedback that removed a particularly bad choice for bicyclists that required a left turn in traffic. The preferred alternative now is a kind of “doggone roundabout”.

He also attended a March meeting where he advocated for a better crossing of Highway 45 at Bunger/Daphne Roads, which we usually take as part of  rides that go by the airport. His proposal of a side path on Highway 45 between Ison and Bunger was favorably received.

In both cases Ron was able to provide important feedback from the point of view of cyclist safety and his recommendations have helped to eliminate some undesirable options from consideration.

Media. Allan Edmonds discussed issues related to our Facebook group and a goal to post more information there and on the web page blog about board activities.

Marketing: Yusuf Nur mentioned that volunteers will be needed for helping out with a children’s event to be held in Bloomington on June 15. As the time gets closer and details get firmed up he will be calling for club volunteers. The hope is that it will be easier to recruit volunteers with the event being in Bloomington rather than Bedford, where it’s been in recent years.

Grants. Chair Jennifer Miers reported the recommendations of the grant committee to fund. The board approved the committee’s funding recommendations for 9 of 17 applications for a total of just over $20,000. More information will be forthcoming once grant applicants have been informed.

Early History of the BBC Grant Program

The late 1990s were financially tenuous times for the club. But the years 2000 and 2001 saw greater stability and increased interest in the club. The club saw fit to make some small donations to deCycles, the Bloomington South Solar Racing Team as well as to the county highway department for “Share the Road” signs.

In Fall 2002 the BBC board approved donations to two local groups, DeCycles and the BHSS Solar Bike Team, and was actively exploring other organizations to which we might donate. We also donated to America Bikes (a nonprofit coalition of national bicycling organizations).

By 2003 the RAIN Ride, under Joe Anderson’s direction, was achieving not just financial stability, but actually turning a significant profit, with the introduction of jersey sales, which Joe and Barbara Anderson initiated. The club began to explore ways of using these funds in more systematic ways.

In the fall of November 2003 the board approved donations totaling $6200 to DeCycles, the BHSS Solar Bike Team, Indiana Bicycle Coalition, America Bikes, Adventure Cycling, and the League of American Bicycles. At the same time we felt a need to be more intentional and systematic in the use of these funds.

An ad hoc grants committee chaired by V.P. Mike Navarro was formed to establish basic policies and procedures for a program of grants. It reported a proposal to the board in October 2004. The proposal was announced to the club at its annual meeting and banquet in March 2005.

The first year of the new procedures started with grant applications in the fall of 2005, with awards totaling about $10,000 taking place in spring 2006. DeCycles, the Solar Bike Team, and the Indiana Bicycle Coalition again received grants, as did Monroe County United Ministries, the Shalom Community Center, Girl Scouts, the Community Bike Project, Bloomington Parks and Rec, and Team Marshall (a female, African American Little 5 team, for their outreach efforts).

By Allan Edmonds (BBC President 2001-2008)

Annual Meeting and Banquet 2019

Saturday evening, February 9, 2019, saw our annual BBC winter banquet at the Convention Center.

After a bit a socializing the first part of the meeting was occupied with an overview of club activities by President Andrew Houlne, a treasurer’s report from Jim Powers, and a call for RAIN volunteers from Tammy and Glenn Berger. Here’s the link for volunteer signup, where you can make your choices among many opportunities: https://goo.gl/HmwTNP

After a break for going through the buffet line (good food, including vegetarian options), we proceeded to the election of officers: Warren Smith (VP), Jim Powers (Treasurer), and Stan Ellis (At-Large) were re-elected by unanimous voice vote.

We then had a report from Beth Rosenbarger, City of Bloomington Planning Services Manager, on bike routes and multi-use paths in the works as well on the City Transportation Plan, which is under consideration by the City Council.

Finally we had the presentation of club awards by the awards committee consisting of Matt Summers, Yusuf Nur, and Jim Schroeder.

Matt introduced the presenters of the “serious” awards:
• John Bassett presented the Most Improved Award to Lisa Huffman
• Kathy Duckett presented the Outreach/Advocacy Award to Linda Woods
• Tammy Berger presented the Good Samaritan Award to Andrew Houlne
• Matt Summers presented the Volunteer/SAG Award to Steve Stevens
• Allan Edmonds presented the Club Service Award to Gail Morell
• Jim Schroeder presented the Mileage Maximus Award to Joseph Teipen
• Gail Morell presented the Lifetime Biker Award to Allan Edmonds

Here’s what the etched award plaques look like:

Steve Stevens's Plaque
Steve Stevens’s Plaque

The evening ended on a lighter note with the presentation of Raspberry Awards by Jim Schroeder:
▪ The Deflated But Not Defeated Award to Jeremy Anderson who had 5 flats on Pre-RAIN and finished with a half-flat tire.
▪ The Waffle Award to Jeremy Schott for suggesting rides and then cancelling.
▪ The Prima Donna Award to Matt Summers for keeping his bike so clean.
▪ The Pig Pen Award to Yusuf Nur for the bike with the most caked on mud.
▪ The I’m Afraid of the Dark Award to Jim Schroeder for not going on a gravel night ride in over a year.

Annual Meeting

Saturday evening, February 25, marked the BBC’s annual meeting and banquet held at the Monroe County Convention Center. Just in time for the 2017 ride season, which begins the first Saturday in March! A really good crowd showed up and, indeed, a couple extra tables needed to be set up to accommodate everyone.

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Along with an appetizer salad we had the business meeting portion of the evening, presided over by President Jim Schroeder, including re-election of officers whose 2-year terms were expiring and who agreed to run again. The full list of elected officers now is

  • President Jim Schroeder
  • Vice President Warren Smith
  • Officer at Large Stan Ellis
  • Treasurer John Kalill
  • Secretary Kathy Cummins

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Treasurer John Kalill gave an overview of club accounts, which have healthy balances, to fund RAIN expenses ahead of the event, club functions, grants, and additional funds available to be targeted toward special projects.

Jim Schroeder announced the recipients of this year’s grants: Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington, Boys and Girls Club of Mooresville, deCycles, Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, and Stepping Stones. In addition the club awards small grants to municipalities along the route of RAIN.

John Connell, RAIN Director, gave an update on plans for the 2017 Ride Across Indiana, scheduled for July. The main subcommittee chairs include

  • Volunteers – Yusuf Nur
  • Registration – Lyle May
  • Rest Stops – Mark Villanova
  • Finish Line – John Connell
  • Finish Timing – Ron Brown
  • Merchandise – Tammy Berger
  • Treasurer – John Kalill
  • Route – John Bassett
  • Secretary – Kathy Cummins

Lots of volunteers are needed to make the event a success. Contact Yusuf!

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Youngest!

Membership Chair Tammy Thompson then invited members and guests to enjoy a nice buffet dinner.

After dinner Yusuf Nur, chair of the Awards Committee, emceed the awards ceremony, with 13 honorees being presented special plaques suitable for desktop display. Now in its second year, the Awards time has become a special tradition for the club. The presentation of the actual awards was preceded by the announcement of several tongue-in-cheek “raspberries” for several riders who had various misadventures on club rides. Curiously, despite the good attendance at the banquet, none of the raspberry winners were there!

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The awards:

  • Lifetime Biker: Ron Brown (Presented by Allan Edmonds)
  • Most Improved: Susan Wannamaker (Presented by Mike Conway)
    Martina Allesee (Presented by Chris Hahn)
  • Outreach/Advocacy: Tammy Thompson (Presented by Christa Toohill)
  • Volunteer/SAG support: Julie Phillips (Presented by Bruce Phillips)
  • Good Samaritan: CE Tailor (Presented by Tom Whitehead)
  • Service Awards:
    Tammy Berger for work as Membership Chair (Presented by Jim Schroeder)
    Brett Nelson for work as Grants Chair (Presented by Jim Schroeder)
    Warren Smith for work promoting mountain biking (Presented by Jennifer Miers)
    John Bassett for work as Ride Director (Presented by Susan Bassett)
  • Mileage Maximus: Jim Schroeder (Presented by Dana Marsh)
  • Comeback Kid: Tom Whitehead (Presented by Steve Galvin)

The meeting concluded with an overview by Jim Schroeder of planning issues related bicycling trails and routes in and around the city.

More photos have been posted by Mike Finger and Warren Smith to the BBC Facebook Group  and to the Evite page for the event.

Board Highlights November 2016

The BBC board had its most recent meeting on Monday, November 7. The board consists of the elected officers and committee chairs and usually meets about once every two months, as needed. Meetings are listed on the club calendar and open to all members. Typically the board meets at 6 pm in the back room of Crazy Horse restaurant on Kirkwood near the
B-Line Trail and many attendees order supper and/or a beer.
Committee reports included
1. Final accounting for RAIN 2016 and preliminary plans for 2017.
2. Treasurers report, showing that we’re doing well.
3. Advocacy topics: City Bike Ped Commission proposing to allow bicycles on sidewalks. Rail Trail now rideable past Dillman Rd to a new INDOT shelter. I69 updates. Morgan-Monroe side trail adjacent to Forest Rd.
4. Mountain Biking update, including special events, regular Wednesday evening and Saturday morning gravel rides will be posted on the calendar, and suitable maps are being collected on the website at Gravel Maps Page.
5. Grants process is underway, with deadline for applications set as December 31, 2016. See grants page for more details. The Grants Committee could use more members. Contact committee chair Brett Nelson at grants@bloomingtonbicycleclub.org if interested.
Other topics included
1. Plans to purchase a good quality events tent and tables for use at RAIN, Farmers Market, Open Streets, etc.
2. Quilt to be made from old t-shirts from RAIN, Hoosier Hills, etc.
3. Work on designating US Bike Route 235 through our area. Garnering approval of City and neighboring counties.
4. Support for City’s Big Jump Project, organized nationally via People for Bikes, will be handled through our grant process.
5. Pizza Party coming soon.
6. Nominating Committee will be formed to recommend candidates for VP, treasurer, and at-large at our annual meeting over the winter.
7. Gratuities for 2016 ride leaders.
8. Need for a new laptop for handling club finances.

Thanks to club secretary Kathy Cummins for sharing her notes on which this brief report is based. Official minutes of board meetings are posted to the members-only portion of the website after they are formally approved at the next meeting.

Website Hints

Here we’ll record tips for accessing our new BBC website. Expect changes and improvements as the site is fine-tuned.

  1. The login and password for members to access things like the membership roster, by-laws, board minutes, and restricted maps are sent to new and renewing members by the membership chair. If you need credentials re-sent email membership@bloomingtonbicycleclub.org (currently Tammy Thompson-Madsen).
  2. On a mobile device, especially Android, it may help when accessing restricted PDF files to hold ones finger down, not just tap, on the link to get an option to open the link or download it, and then a login screen.
  3. Some of the menu items at the top of the page, or under the menu button in the mobile version, have sub-items and some do not. But in either case the top button may take you someplace that you can’t access via the sub-menus alone. Explore!
  4. Consider book marking frequently used pages, such as the calendar or the roster, for quicker and easier access.
  5. Right now it is people using ATT Uverse for home internet who are unable to connect to our home page. Let us know if you have ATT Uverse and are able to connect!

 

As a trained first responder, the first thing to d…

As a trained first responder, the first thing to do is make sure all parties are not injured. If there are injured, call 911, or if a trained first responder is busy tending to injured, and others are around one person is ordered to call 911. After EMT's arrive, then you can proceed with all the rest that was described in this. Also, as our own club member just learned, use your cell phone and videotape all that you can. Photo's don't suffice in this day and age, as our law enforcement never can tell who's telling the truth, no matter how absurd one side's of the story is.

What to do if you or a friend is in an accident?

Introduction. Recently we received the following article about what to do after a bicycle accident, especially when a car is involved. It was written by a representative of an organization that makes referrals of personal injury lawyers, not by a lawyer, and not by someone local to the Bloomington area. Nonetheless the article makes some important points and raises important issues. It behooves us all to think a little about what we might need to do in such a situation. You may differ about some of the points raised and you might wish to make additional points. If so, please submit a comment or even a full proposed blog post response!

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Many Americans choose to ride bicycles instead of drive cars every day. In addition to the benefits to your wallet, health, and the environment, there are also the dangers of driving on roads with much larger vehicles. Even the most careful of bicyclists can be injured in a crash.
Bicycle Laws in Indiana
The first step to keep yourself safe from crashes is to obey bicycle laws in Indiana. Here are a few rules every cyclist should be aware of to keep themselves safe.
  • Bicycles must obey all motorist traffic laws.
  • Hand signals must be used for turns when safe to do so.
  • Between a half hour after sunset and a half hour before sunrise, bicycles must have a white light on the front, a red reflector and light on the back all visible from 500 feet.
  • Bicycles can ride no more than two abreast on roadways.
  • Bicycles must be equipped with a bell or other device to signal that is audible for at least 100 feet, but it can’t be a whistle or siren.
  • Bicyclists must ride with two hands at all times when safe to do so. If carrying a package, the package can’t restrict them from holding both handlebars.
  • Bicycles must be equipped with working breaks.
  • Bicycles are only allowed to carry the number of passengers the bike was designed for. Extra passengers are not allowed in sidecars or otherwise not seated in a regular and permanent seat attached to the bike.

What to Do At the Scene of a Crash
First, be sure to call the police. They should file a report that includes all of the important details of the crash, which you may need later if you decide to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. Be sure to give your statement of what happened to the police. All too often, bicyclists will be blamed for crashes.
Next, you should take down the contact and insurance information of the driver.
Look for any witnesses to the crash and point them out to the police, or take their contact information so that you may contact them later, as well. Be sure to take photographs at the scene and look for signs of hazardous road conditions or other helpful evidence that you may later need.
Try not to discuss fault with the police or the driver of the vehicle, as anything you say admitting responsibility may be used against you later during insurance settlements.
Above all, you should also make sure that you get medical treatment or visit the hospital, if necessary. Call 911 if you are unable to safely travel to a medical clinic or hospital. Some injuries are not apparent for hours or even days after a crash with a motorist.
Finally, do not repair or replace your bicycle immediately. Take photos of the damage that was done to your bike, helmet, or other gear. This will be vitally important if you want to be compensated for the value of the damaged items.
If you were injured in a bicycle accident, you may have had to miss work and lose out on wages, or pay for medical treatment. In this case, you will need to write a demand letter to the driver’s insurance company in which you seek damages for your claim. The demand letter should include a detailed account of the accident, your medical records and expenses, and any other relevant information. Insurance claims can be tricky, but so long as you have adequate evidence proving you were not to blame for the crash, you should be awarded the compensation you need to get healthy and back on the road.
*This article was not written by an attorney, and the accuracy of the content is not warranted or guaranteed. If you wish to receive legal advice about a specific problem, you should contact a licensed attorney in your area.
What other advice might readers like to offer?

Annual Meeting and Winter Banquet

A spring-like evening in late February brought out a great group for the BBC annual meeting and banquet. About 65 members and guests were in attendance and there was not an empty seat to be found.

Gathering

The evening began with fruits and veggies and mingling at 6 pm at the Convention Center. 


Business


Then we had the business meeting required by our by-laws, chaired by club president Jim Schroeder. This included (re-)election of President Jim Schroeder and Secretary Kathy Cummins to new two-year terms. 

Brett Nelson, chair of our small grants committee, announced this year’s awards to regional groups for the promotion of biking and/or bike safety: Becky’s Place (Lawrence County), Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, deCycles, Bloomington High School South Solar Bike Team, IU Police Department, Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), and the Columbus Bike Co-op. In addition to these we also donate to towns or counties along the route of the Ride Across Indiana and to the statewide advocacy group Bicycle Indiana.

Treasurer John Kalill reported on our finances. Short version: Healthy, maybe even robust. 

RAIN chair John Connell reported on planning for the Ride Across Indiana in July (check it out at www.rainride.org). It’s our 30th anniversary of the ride! A special registration deal of $30 during the first 30 days of January brought in almost a thousand registrants. We’re now at approximately 1,050 riders. Last year we didn’t hit that mark until sometime in May. Merchandise sales are proceeding similarly apace. It’s both exciting and scary!

Ride Coordinator John Bassett reported on plans for the upcoming riding season.

Dinner


Once the business meeting was concluded we queued up for a nice buffet dinner. A special thanks to Tammy Berger, membership chair, for making all banquet arrangements!

Awards and Presentations


After dinner we finished out the evening with a round of “Razzies”; presentations of special awards; a presentation by past president Paul Arlinghaus of HMBA; and a slideshow about RAGBRAI, part of an effort to recruit a substantial BBC contingent for this famous week-long party on wheels in Iowa.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the formal awards. The board has created this new program of awards to recognize a range of club members for their various contributions. Yusuf Nur, chair of the Awards Committee, oversaw development of the awards. The following club members received an engraved desk-top plaque for their achievements: 

  • Lifetime Biking Achievement Award presented to Joe Anderson (in absentia) by Dana Marsh.
  • Most Improved Cyclist Award presented to Judy Akhras by Tammy Thompson.
  • Outreach/Advocacy Award presented to Ron Brown by Jim Schroeder.
  • Volunteer Award presented to Susan Bassett by Sylvia Schroeder.
  • Service Award presented to Jennifer Miers by Ben Ekloff.
  • Good Samaritan Award presented to Steve Galvin (in absentia) by Gail Morell.
  • Mileage Maximus award presented to Dave Tanner by Warren Smith.


These “serious” awards were preceded by “Razzie” awards presented by Jim Schroeder, which were more than slightly tongue-in-cheek. The “Hostess-with-the-Mostest Award” to outgoing membership chair Tammy Berger deserves special mention as being more serious than the others. The more in-fun awards included “Best-Dressed Award” to Stan Ellis, “n+1 Award” to Warren Smith (for owning the most bikes), “Yellow Pages Award” to secretary Kathy Cummins (for fingers walking across a keyboard). Other Razzies included the “AlkaSeltzer I Can’t Believe I Hit the Whole Thing Award” (for unfortunately getting all of a trail ballast) to John Boshears; the “Lance Armstrong Livestrong Award” (for coming back strong from illness) to Mike Finger; the “Moses Award” (for literally riding through water) to Yusuf Nur; and the “Persistent Bike Award” to Yusuf’s bike. You really needed to be there!

Thanks to Kathy Cummins for help with this report.

Board Meeting in February

Club secretary Kathy Cummins provides a nice summary of this week’s board meeting. 

The board meets every one to two months and meetings are posted in advance on the calendar. Recently meetings have been 6:00 pm to 7:30 or 8:00, in the backroom of Crazy Horse Restaurant on Kirkwood. Any club member is welcome to attend. 

Currently the board consists of the elected officers Jim Schroeder (President), Warren Smith (VP), Stan Ellis (At Large), John Kalill (Treasurer), and Kathy Cummins (Secretary), plus committee chairs Ron Brown (Advocacy), Allan Edmonds (Media), John Bassett (Ride Coordinator), Dan Hickey (Mountain Biking), Brett Nelson (Grants), Tammy Berger (Membership), Yusuf Nur (Marketing), John Connell (RAIN), and Andrew Dingman (Education).

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While summer riding is still to come for the 2016 season, the first BBC board meeting of the year was held on Monday, February 15.

            Ride chair John Bassett noted at the meeting that the club does have winter gravel rides on the calendar and that a handful or more riders have been coming out with their lights to ride on Tuesday and Thursday evenings or during the day on Saturdays. John has scheduled the annual ride planning meeting for March 5 at 7:00 pm at Peppergrass Clubhouse. Interested members are encouraged to attend or to contact John with route ideas—or to volunteer as a ride leader for their favorite ride.
            Mountain biking is also ongoing during these winter months. Some good snow riding has occurred, although lately the warmish weather has made for some poor conditions.  Warren Smith reported that the club continues to be working in conjunction with the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association on trail building and upkeep, especially in Yellowwood.
            Ron Brown reported that Monroe County has finally (at his request) replaced the dangerous grate on Fairfax Road in Smithville. Thanks to Ron for helping eliminate one more hazard on our regular riding routes! As part of Ron’s thorough advocacy work, he also attended a recent Town Hall meeting (along with Jim Schroeder) at which he and city Planning and Transportation Department director Tom Micuda discussed ways to avoid “dooring” of cyclists using bike lanes in the city. Ron has also been in contact with county councilman Geoff McKim and city planner Scott Robinson about the Crescent Road route from Vernal Pike to the B-Line, which could be extended one block west to Vernal Pike. Additionally, an upgrade of Tunnel Road from Riddle Point to Robinson Road, with eventual bike lane upgrades all the way to Griffey Lake, is in the planning stages and has been endorsed by the club through Ron and Jim after they requested a special meeting on the subject with county officials.
            Andrew Dingman, our Safety and Education chair, is planning some road safety classes for us before the riding season begins. Marketing chair Yusuf Nur is busy planning a special club award presentation for this year’s Annual Meeting and Banquet, which will be held February 27 at the Convention Center. Thanks go to Membership chair Tammy Berger for planning the banquet, as she has in years past.
            John Connell, head of the RAIN committee, has reported that 950 riders took advantage of our low January sign-up fee this year: 30 days of $30 to celebrate the 30th year of RAIN.
            Two final topics filled out the remainder of the board meeting’s agenda: website updating and awarding of our annual grants. You probably have noticed that both the BBC website and our RAIN ride website have changed looks. A professional web designer was hired to revamp the RAIN site, and the board has been discussing how to finalize changes to our main site as well, while maintaining, among other things, our extensive online map database, club records, and our important ride calendar.
            Brett Nelson, chair of the small grants committee, reported that his committee received six applications for grants up to $2,000 and recommended approval of five of them. The board voted to approve these five as well as one additional grant request that came in at the last minute; support for an IUPD program to increase bike safety among university students was also approved. Details about these grants will be presented at the Annual Meeting.
            Full meeting minutes are posted in the Members Only portion of our website after they are approved at the subsequent board meeting.