The biking season is winding down for many of us as the holiday season is ramping up. We have feasted at the Thanksgiving table and perhaps worked off some of those extra calories with a bike ride or two. With December come various festivities, not the least of which is our annual club Santa Rides. Dress up your bikes and yourselves in seasonal garb, and join us for one or more of the scheduled rides. Look up in the Ride Calendar for last minute details.
I’m thrilled to report that WCBC is in strong shape, financially, thanks to four very successful major rides this year, coordinated by tireless, dedicated volunteers: Ted Ryser (Icicle), Joe Bockrath (Doublecross), Sally Buttner and Jan Johnson (Shorefire) and Craig Hall (Savage Century). This year was the first full year without costs for publishing our Tailwind newsletter in hard copy format, so that has helped the treasury as well. The Executive Committee is starting to consider which bike-related organizations (local, regional and/or national) will receive donations from the club. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
WCBC has supported Bike Delaware more than any other organization, through donations and memberships. Bike Delaware has been incredibly successful in convincing the State General Assembly to allocate millions of dollars to biking and walking initiatives in our state. It has been more of a struggle to develop a solid financial foundation for the organization itself.
You can help – by joining Bike Delaware at the basic level, or at a higher Silver or even Gold level. On November 15, Bike Delaware launched a special membership campaign, offering annual membership at $25 for 25 days (ending Sunday, December 9) – after Dec. 9 the membership will return to the normal $35. Go HERE to learn how you can join.
As a bicyclist, you may have already noticed some benefits from Bike Delaware’s projects (e.g. the bike lanes across the St. Georges Bridge). You will most certainly see many more as new bikeway projects are designed, developed and completed. Please consider helping to support the future of biking in Delaware through Bike Delaware.