FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED OUTDOORS IN PA

LWA Members,

As of July 1, 2020, Face Coverings (masks) are Now Required when outdoors in PA.  This is by Order of the Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Over the PA yellow to green phase, we have heard the comments from many Ride Leaders and Riders, "it is entirely too hard to maintain the six feet distance when cycling."  With this in mind, and with the new order from PA, please wear a mask or have one handy, if you are unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members of your household.

Please be safe, wearing a mask not only protects you, wearing a mask protects those members riding in the Group Ride.  (Again, please try to maintain social distancing at 6 feet,or more when possible; otherwise wear a Mask)

Below is the link if you wish to read the entire PA order, otherwise see Page 3, Section 2 A.

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LWA GROUP RIDES in PA GREEN PHASE

Hello LWA Members, 


I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the beautiful weather. With the beautiful weather, means more rides.  With that being said, Governor Tom Wolf has announced that PA is moving to the “Green Phase” on Friday, June 26th. With this announcement, LWA Board has met and agreed to increase our Group Ride limit from six riders to ten riders.  


With the change of the group ride limit to ten, LWA is still waving the “caution flag” and asks members to continue to follow the guidelines below.  I remind you, COVID-19 hasn't disappeared.  Please follow the guides for both You and for Your Riding Friends' safety!  


The following guidelines for LWA group rides are in effect June 26, 2020. When a ride is posted on Meetup, please be familiar with the following ride guidelines, which Ride Leaders are asked to include on Meetup posts:

LWA GREEN PHASE Group Ride Guidelines.
 * All riders must be free of any COVID related symptoms for the past 14 days.  If you are feeling sick, please do not ride, stay at home!
  * No more than 10 riders per group. Day-of ride walk-ons will not be permitted - you must RSVP through MeetUp to reserve your spot. 
 * Social Distancing is required. Masks/face coverings must be carried with you at all times and used when within 6 feet of other riders.  (e.g., in the parking lot, at rest stops, if stopped to help with repairs.)
 * Side by side riding must remain 6 feet apart, if it is safe to do so. 
 * Riders should stay 20 feet or more behind the rider in front (about 4 bike lengths). We realize this may be hard to do, but please do your best. No pacelines!
 * If you must sneeze, cough, blow your nose, etc., safely reposition yourself to ensure that no one is in your slipstream.
 * Rides are to be posted with staggered start times. 
 * No two rides should leave from the same location, at the same time using the same route. 
 * No Monday Night Group Rides.
 * No Grill n Chills until further notice. 

With these guides in place, we hope to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our members.  It's all about common sense and safety! Please practice common courtesy toward your fellow riders. Thank you for your patience while we continue to work our way through these unusual circumstances.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will make further changes as needed.

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LWA Cycling Resumes Today with Precautions

Hello LWA Members, 

Today is the day! That's right, in PA we move from "Red - Stay at Home" to "Yellow - Caution" phase.  With this change, there are some changes to our ride experience in the Yellow phase.  Caution is the word, and I remind you, COVID-19 hasn't disappeared.  Under yellow, use the precautions as listed below.  At the end of the day, we want members to stay safe.  Please follow the guides for both You and for Your Riding Friends' safety!  

The following guidelines for LWA group rides are in effect June 5, 2020. When a ride is posted on Meetup, please be familiar with the following ride guidelines, which Ride Leaders are asked to include on Meetup posts:

LWA YELLOW PHASE Group Ride Guidelines.

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Visions can turn into reality, when you have a dream

Thank you to tonights speaker, Mike Matts, for sharing his vision and fulfilling his dream of riding across American with LWA.  Mike came to us live, from New York, via the LWA Virtual Monthly Membership Meeting.  Back in 1977, Mike had a vision, his vision was to ride across America someday...when he had enough time.  That time came in 2019 when Mike retired.  Mike trained, Mike rode and Mike conquored, the Adventure Cycling TransAM Westward ride on his Surly Disc Trucker. Mike shared his 2019 Adventure Cycling ride, which started on May 12, 2019 in Williamsburg, VA and ended 79 days later in Florence, OR on July 28th.  Mike invites you to read his blog: www.MikesEpicRide.com
LWA Member's if you have the vision to make the ride, contact Mike on his blog site, or if you subscribe to Adventure Cycling Magazine check out the rides posted for late Summer and early Fall 2019.  Adventure Cycling magazine also has a section, Companions Wanted, which provides partners for tours, both domestic and abroad.  
Thank you Mike for sharing your TransAM Westward ride experience with LWA.  We invite you to ride with LWA, when you are in the Lehigh Valley. 
Roberta Kates, LWA Club President
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Cycling Group Riding - USA Cycling Recommendations

USA Cycling posted the following two pdf's below, please take a few minutes and read over the Group Riding Recommendations and Team/Club Guidelines. Along with USA Cycling recommendations,  we also will be following the guidelines set by each county.  Our rides often range from Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties. 

LWA Board of Directors will be using these considerations and will post an update by June 5th - when PA will change from red to yellow phase.

Group RIding Recommendations

https://s3.amazonaws.com/craft-prod-assets/documents/COVID-19-Event-Resources/Cycling-Group-Ride-COVID-19-Recommendations-21May20.pdf

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LWA NO RIDE POLICY UPDATE

Although USA Cycling will be lifting the ban on Group Cycling on May 31st, we need to remember, Lehigh Valley and surrounding cycling counties are still in the red phase, which is under a Stay at Home Order through June 4th. Counties in the red phase are expected to move to yellow by June 5 at 12:01 a.m.

With this update, the LWA NO RIDE POLICY is still in effect through June 4th.  Currently the LWA Board of Directors are dillegently working on developing a "Back to Group Riding Plan" - please watch for updates which will be posted on Meetup and on the LWA Website prior to June 5th. We also plan to hold a Virtual Ride Leaders meeting prior to June 5th.  Please watch Meet-Up for details. 

Until then, please stay safe and ride solo.  

Roberta Kates

LWA President

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May Message from the President

Hello LWA Members, 

I hope this note finds you well.  All I can say is its amazing how fast weeks have gone by and here we are in May, and still in the "No Group Ride Status" - USA Cycling has extended “no rides” through May 31st.  I know how you feel, I feel the same...I don't like being on the "stay at home", but at the end of the day if this keeps me safe from becoming ill, I will do what it takes. As USA releases guidelines for rides, LWA will post the guidelines from USA Cycling to help us continue to ride safe in 2020.  
 
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LWA Monthly Meeting Invite - Guest Speaker Kim Geist

LWA Member Meeting invites you to join this Webex meeting.

Meeting number (access code): 620 609 360

Meeting password: LWA2020 (5922020 from phones and video systems)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

7:00 pm  |  (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)  |  3 hrs

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LWA Members Are Encouraged to Ride Solo

Members of LWA, 

As the Coronavirus cases keeps rising in Pennsylvania. I wanted to reach out to each of you to remind LWA Members that Governor Wolf has put in place general guidance for Pennsylvanians: Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week, instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please refrain from non-essential travel. Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. DO NOT HOST or ATTEND GATHERINGS.   

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Group Ride Update

LWA Members, 

The NO CLUB RIDE rule has been extended through May 3rd. 

That doesn't mean you need to stop riding outside, it just means You Need to Ride Safely, Here’s How to Do It Safely Right Now from Bicycling Magazine https://www.bicycling.com/health-nutrition/a31788482/how-to-ride-safely-during-coronavirus/

Another ride idea is to use YouTube videos. Take a ride in Italy, France, or stay in the USA while riding your trainer. If you are of the competitive nature, check out Swift, RGT Cycling and other group ride websites. (some are offering reduced rates during COVID-19) Just be sure to read the fine print! 

Again, it's especially important for those with high risk factors, to follow the CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

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GROUP RIDES CANCELLED due to CORONAVIRUS

LWA Members:

As we look forward to the 2020 riding season, we are now confronted by the real health threat that the COVID-19 outbreak has on our club and society.  As you can see below, USA Cycling has suspended all permits, and has recommended canceling all Club/Team Group Rides/Events/Meetings through April 5th.  

LWA is a Club member of USA Cycling, therefore all LWA rides posted on Meetup are hereby cancelled through April 5th.  

Be safe and stay healthy! 

Your LWA Executive Team, 

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March Message from our President

Welcome New and Renewing Members - 

Sunday is the day, "Daylight Saving Time" rides will be starting later in the day for those of us who have the four letter word going on, "work" - for some members, rides may not have stopped during the winter months, for others, it may be our first rides of the season.  Thank you to our ride leaders for posting rides through the winter months: Bert, Carl, Dave, Dick, Frieder, Jack, John Munsch (our ride leader of 2019), Rich F, Richard, Tom D, and Torie.  Again without "YOU", there is no "US". Thank you Ride Leaders. 

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