SPRING IS HERE….
….and so is our Spring Membership Ride, which will be held on Sat., May 17. Please register for this event at the ride listing on our Ride Calendar at www.bike fred.com. As has been past practice, this is a free event for members. Non-members will have a chance to join at the ride.
We’re going change things a bit this year. Instead of having the usual cookout, we plan on providing pulled pork from a local restaurant. The rest of the meal will be “Pot Luck”, with members providing the side dish or dessert of their choice. So get out those recipes for potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, deviled eggs and desserts.
Congratulations to Robert “Bob” Morris who was elected Secretary at the Membership meeting on April 13. Bob replaces Barbara Norton who, along with her husband Paul, will be moving to sunny Florida. A big “Thank You” to Barbara for a job well done serving as Secretary!
After almost one and a half years, we heard from the IRS concerning our application for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(7) of the tax code. Before receipt of the IRS’s request for additional information, the Executive Board determined that it was in the club’s best interests not to pursue tax-exempt status due to the limitations it placed on us in holding the Cannonball. Non-member income derived from the Cannonball caused the club to violate the so called “15% rule” applicable to 501(c)(7) organizations, and essentially would force us to make all participants a member.
I explained to the IRS in a phone conversation that this single annual event would cause our non-compliance. The IRS stated that they had discretion to consider facts and circumstances in determining whether organizations qualified for tax-exempt status that had non-member income in excess of the limits imposed on 501(c)(7) organizations. Because the Cannonball was a single annual event that would effect non-compliance with the 15% rule, the IRS person indicated that we should qualify.
This is a preliminary determination and not official, but I am optimistic that we will receive approval under 501(c)(7) and will be able to conduct the Cannonball in the manner that the club has traditionally done. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!!!!
By Stan Huie
Only a small percentage of cycling deaths and injuries involve an incursion with a motor vehicle. If you remove accidents involving children and those where alcohol is involved, that figure goes down to about 7%. However, it's still worth our time to be aware the ways we can avoid accidents with motor vehicles.
A recent article on BicycleSafe.com came to my attention through the Virginia Bicycling Federation. It's descriptively labeled How To Not Get Hit By Cars. The article lists ten most common types of incursions cyclist have with vehicles in order of frequency and how to avoid those situations. They give good advise and it's worth a read.
How about those hazards that cause the majority of cycling accidents? There are a few important tips, like watching for various types road hazards, crossing railroad tracks and grates perpendicularly, not overlapping wheels, etc. But unfortunately most of the information in this category is learned by experience. Come out for group rides and talk with other riders about their experiences. And, most importantly, wear a properly fitted helmet. Sooner or later every rider takes a spill. Ride safe.
Why Travel by bike? Photographer Nicholas Marino specializes in remote landscape photography and has discovered that this was the way to be closest to his subject. See his blog on "A Journey Across Remote Lands."
Why should you be a member of Fredericksburg Cyclists:
- to support safe cycling and to help make our area a more cycling friendly community.
- to participate in area rides with club insurance (non-members only covered for first ride).
- to be a part of classes, talks and workshops on cycling, maintenance, fitness, nutrition and other bike-related topics.
- to stay informed on cycling-related activities in our area and be in contact with other riders.
- to receive discounts at area bike shops and other sporting goods retailers. (For many, this one item will pay for your membership)
- to participate in social activities with other cyclists.
- to receive discounted or free registration for some rides such as The Cannonball Century and The Spring Outreach Ride.
Membership is only $15 for an individual, $20 for a family and $10 for full time students. You can join through either of the two options below:
Mail-In Membership Application