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Renew Your Membership Now!

posted Jan 6, 2017, 9:34 AM by Tab President   [ updated Jan 6, 2017, 10:50 AM ]

It’s so easy. You want someone to ride with, so you take a look at the TAB website and find out where the ride is that day. Six days a week, from May through September, there’s a group ride somewhere. Weekend rides stretch into April and October. And beyond that, there is the fabled Winter Warrior Series that starts in November.

This all happens because there is a club. There are ride leaders who volunteer to make sure each ride happens. There is insurance to protect all members from liability. There is a website, Facebook and e-mail to communicate with one another. And dozens of members who enjoy the ride.

All of those rides are the core of TAB. Just imagine if you showed up at Sidecut on a Thursday evening in the summer and no one was there!

We have a great club. As the cold weather moves in, sit back and remember the good times you had this summer. 
Members that are up for renewal will receive an invitation by e-mail to renew their membership. Follow the e-mail link to renew. If there were no club, you wouldn’t have those good times to remember.

December 2016 -- President's News

posted Dec 21, 2016, 4:26 AM by Tab President   [ updated Jan 6, 2017, 9:32 AM ]

The 3-foot passing bill has been signed into law and will be effective March 19, in time for the summer biking system. The bill has been pending since 2009. Ohio finally joins 36 other states in requiring a safe distance between cars and bikes. Many thanks to the Ohio Bicycle Federation for all of its efforts to get this bill passed.

October 2016 -- President's News

posted Oct 13, 2016, 11:45 AM by Tab President

Three feet of space isn’t much, but it just might be enough passing space to keep a cyclist from serious injury from a motor vehicle. But it’s still not the law in the state of Ohio.

House Bill 154 made it past the house last spring, and has now been referred to the senate’s Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee. This committee needs to hold a hearing before sending it on.

Contact committee chair Frank LaRose and vice chair Gayle Manning to tell them how important it is to schedule this for a hearing at the next committee meeting. Contact both of them by going to Ohio Senate, then the Senate directory, and sending each of them an e-mail.

It’s time to get this bill passed.

July 2016 - President's News

posted Jul 5, 2016, 7:44 AM by Tab President   [ updated Jul 5, 2016, 9:15 AM ]

I think we have figured out what works on TAB rides. Club rides have become so enjoyable. Leaders organize their groups, everyone cooperates. We ride two by two, not all over the road. Those who are pulling know to signal and come off the front, and riders know not to come up from the back. The front riders know to allow enough time for the rest of the pack to get through traffic lights or stop signs and to ride slower until the rest catch up, so there is little temptation to push through without looking.

I think we’ve got it.

Congratulations to all who rode Bike to the Bay. I’ve heard stories of exhausted riders on Sunday, beaten up by humidity, head winds, and cross winds. Glad you all made it back! And good luck to all of you with charity rides yet to come. Someday I’d like to figure out how much money TAB riders raise for good causes.

Thanks to Rick Metcalf for organizing the Freedom Ride, and to Kelli Routsong and her friend, Chef Paul, for the picnic lunch. Everyone’s contributions will help fund Evelyn Billings’ college fund, and years from now let her know her dad had many friends.

June 2016 - President's News

posted May 31, 2016, 9:54 AM by TAB Webmaster   [ updated Jun 23, 2016, 3:56 AM by Tab President ]

TAB members have been very busy this spring.

Some of the highlights:
Hugh Benning talked with Metropolitan Toledo law enforcement agencies regarding bike safety. TAB has been invited to have a representative on their regional safety council. Our new brochure and yard signs promoting 3' between bikes and cars are available and being distributed.

AND – the three-foot law has now passed the Ohio house and is moving on to a senate committee.

The Memorial Day ride to benefit injured veterans drew some 100+ riders. More than $2,000 was collected and donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Thanks to all for their generosity. Thanks to Hugh and Connie Benning for organizing the event, and to all who volunteered.

Many volunteers took the time for various programs and events in April and May: Hubert Backes and Ron Toneff worked with cyclists who wanted to learn basic maintenance and tire changing. Brian Gribble instructed riders in group riding techniques. Linda Posadny organized two clinics for Bike to the Bay riders. TAB members spent a day at the Metroparks Outdoor Expo talking with cyclists about biking. Mark Armstrong rallied the Wheelmen to assist with the Maumee Bike Rodeo. And Keith Webb organized Toledo’s Ride of Silence.

All of these events involved many TAB members. If you love cycling, and want to share your passion with others, please check the TAB calendar and volunteer your time. Events are always listed with a contact person.

The next event will be the Freedom Ride on July 4 at Oak Openings Park. We will accept donations for a scholarship fund for Evelyn Billings, Matt’s baby daughter.

Let’s look for many nice days during the month of June to enjoy bike riding. 

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