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  • Siskiyou Velo Resumes Group Rides Beginning May 21

    The Siskiyou Velo board decided at its meeting on April 26 to resume group rides beginning on May 21, 2021.   Please note the following requirements for participating in group rides:

    • All rides will follow CDC, state and local health departments’ guidelines with respect to COVID-19 (more details below)
    • To respect the health and comfort of our ride leaders, rides will be designated as
      • Open to those riders who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR
      • Open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated riders
    • Ride leaders have the option to limit the number of riders, which will be indicated in the ride announcement. To accommodate this, riders must RSVP by email, in advance, to the ride leader.  This applies to all rides whether listed on the website or sent by Google Groups email.

    Opening up group rides on May 21 is based on several things.

    • First, the CDC has listed new guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals (see CDC Vaccinated People and CDC Choosing Safer Activities); in those guidelines, riding bicycles outdoors is specifically addressed.
    • Second, in a release from the Governor’s office (Governor’s Release) it was announced that 15 counties—including Jackson—will be moving to the highest risk category on Friday, April 30, for a maximum of three weeks. Hence, we set the date to resume rides for three weeks from that date, or May 21.  Should the risk level for Jackson County be reduced prior to May 21, we’ll consider opening up group rides sooner.
    • Third, many Siskiyou Velo members have been vaccinated and are already riding in small groups.

    Details

    • Following CDC, state and local guidelines means wearing a mask when gathering at the beginning and end of the ride, when stopped at a store or café and at any other location where people (either club members or the general public) will be closer than 6 ft.
    • Ride leaders will specifically state whether their ride is open only to vaccinated individuals or to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. For vaccinated-only rides, riders must be prepared to show evidence of vaccination in the form of an electronic, photo, or paper copy of their full vaccination card. The ride leader may or may not choose to request proof of vaccination, but if any participant (leader or rider) requests it, then all participants must show compliance.  Neither the ride leader nor the club will retain any vaccination records.
    • The announcement will include the maximum number of riders (if the ride is capped) and an email to RSVP to. Please RSVP early or you may not be able to participate.  The ride leader will maintain the emails for 2 weeks in the event that someone becomes ill with COVID and contact tracing becomes necessary.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Siskiyou Velo Board Discusses Conditions, Timing for Resumption of Group Rides

    At the February 22 Siskiyou Velo Board meeting, members discussed ideas and timing for resuming group rides.  The number of new Covid cases has dropped significantly over the last month nationwide as well as locally in Oregon and Jackson County.  Also, the number of people getting vaccinated continues to increase.  These factors hold promise for returning to some degree of normalcy in our lives, though officials caution that the spread of variant strains of coronavirus indicate that people should continue to practice social distancing and use masks.

     

    Our Ride Committee chair, Dennis Cramer, recently surveyed most of our ride leaders and found that they are looking forward to resuming group rides, but the conditions under which they are willing to do so, at least in the near future, vary.  Some of those conditions include: requiring masks during rides (all leaders would require masking while riders gather and during stops); maintaining social distancing; limiting the number of riders; and requiring riders to pre-register.

     

    The board also reviewed the parameters currently mandated for group rides by two California bike clubs—Grizzly Peak Cyclists (https://www.grizz.org/rides/covid.php) and Almaden Cycle Touring Club (https://www.actc.org/clubinfo/covid-19-guidelines.pdf).  Many of the conditions imposed by these clubs mirror the conditions suggested by our ride leaders.

     

    Though Covid conditions have been improving, the board decided to maintain our hiatus on group rides for a while longer to ensure the improvement continues.   Furthermore, since our ride leaders currently call for different ride parameters for resuming group rides, the board decided that now is not the time to re-introduce group rides.  However, as long as Covid conditions continue to improve, we are aiming for resumption of group rides in late spring.

  • Siskiyou Velo Board Meeting Scheduled for February 22

    The Siskiyou Velo Board will meet Monday, February 22 at 5:30 PM via Zoom.  In additional to the usual business items, the board will discuss parameters for resuming group rides.  Club members are welcome to attend.  Please let Jeff Roberts, our Communication Chair, know via email if you are interested in attending.

  • "Tiny House Ride" Benefits Almeda Fire Victims

    A former Slo-Mo member, Sue DeMarinis, passed on the information about the upcoming FUNDRAISER ride called the “Tiny House Ride”. This is a virtual ride, done at home on a trainer or on the road, for the victims of the ALMEDA FIRE.

    Registration fees and donations go towards building Tiny Houses for folks left homeless by the fires. The rides are 30, 50, 100 and 200 miles done between Feb. 13-27, 2021. There are raffle prizes and all funds raised up to $15,000 will be matched by a generous software company.

    You can register at:   www.facebook.com/groups/thetinyhouseride.

  • ScootDepot Pegasus 1 E-BIke

    Courtesy of Gary Shaff:

    NOTE: Scoot Depot has confirmed that the minimum order quantity is 4.

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    Stu Green
    Climate and Energy Analyst
    City of Ashland, OR