What does the BCC do and what does it stand for?
BCC sponsors mileage challenges for its members with awards given at our year-end banquet that include the Social Series, Metric and SuperSeries events that are all free throughout the year. New members can qualify for the “100”, the top 100 riders of the year after completing their first 10 club rides or 500 miles. All mileage accrued on club rides is tracked by ourStatistician to keep track of all members’ progress throughout the year which is, in part, the basis of our awards.
Also, as a League of American Bicyclists Club of the Year for 2011, we sponsor a Commuter Challenge for our members to track their bicycling commuting miles as a way to promote cleaner air.
BCC provides educational events for beginning cyclists throughout the season and provides a ride calendar of more than 500 rides per year to permit cyclists to improve their skills through literally dozens of choices per week.
BCC is the organizer of the Little Red ride and has done this for more than 25 years. Proceeds from the event goes to charitable causes including Cancer research at the University of Utah Genetics Research Lab, and previously to Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Utah has Share the Road license plates, thanks in a big part to BCC’s ability to donate $10,000 to finance the first run of the plates as required by Utah law several years ago.
Bonneville Cycling Club is active in advocacy efforts to keep Utah roads open to bicycle use as a member of BikeUtah and the SLC Mayor’s Bike committee.
BCC is a Gold Level sponsor for the Harmon’s MS ride and provides Ride Marshals for that event, as well as for the Tour de Cure for diabetes.
Do I have to be a member to ride on one of your rides?
No, it is not mandatory that you be a member to join our rides. However, we do encourage you to join after you have tried out our club rides a few times.
I’m not in shape. What rides should I do? Will I fit in with the Club?
We have a number of rides suited for those who are just beginning or getting back into shape. We rate our rides on a level from A-D, according to your average speed, “A” being the fastest and “D” the slowest, social paced rides. You can find the ratings on the ride calendar with a description of the terrain. If you have any questions, it’s best to contact the ride leader beforehand.
How do I join the BCC?
There are 2 ways to join – online and by mail.
Online – Go to the website, click on Join Today in the left hand column and click the Online Membership Signup submenu. If you are signing yourself up, click on Primary Member and fill in the blanks. If you are signing up two people, one of you will be the Primary Member and the other will be the Secondary Member. Secondary members are family/partners living at the same address. Children can be secondary members up to the age of 26. Children under 18 years of age are free. You can also click here to sign up online.
Mail In – If you don’t want to join online, you can go to the Join Today tab, click on Mail In Membership Form, print it, and mail it to the P.O. address listed on the form. This will take a little bit longer to process, however. If you have questions, contact the Membership Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also click here to sign up by mail.
What are the benefits of joining the BCC?
BCC members get a discount at the following bicycle shops:
Bingham Cyclery, 336 W. 300 South (and the other stores) offers members 15% off on bike accessories.
Bountiful Bicycle, 2482 S Hwy 89, Woods Cross, UT, offers members 10% off.
Cottonwood Cyclery , 2594 Bengal Blvd. offers members 15% off on bike accessories.
Flynn Cyclery, 4660 S Holladay Village Plaza 1A, Holladay, offers members 15% off parts and accessories, 10% off new bikes, one free quick tune ($25 value).
Hyland Cyclery, 3040 S Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT, offers members 10% off bicycles and 15% off accessories.
League of American Bicyclists (LAB):
Since 2013 BCC has been a 100% LAB member club. Your membership in BCC also gets you automatic membership in the League of American Bicyclists, their magazine, and a subscription to Bicycling as well.
BCC members get a discount on individual and family dental insurance:
Dental Select offers members a 5% discount.
Mileage is accrued by riding rides and events that are scheduled on the BCC ride calendar. As posted on the ride calendar, a two day notice is in effect for the winter months and five day notice is required from March through October and it takes a minimum of 2 participants to receive credit for your ride. The season runs from Nov 1 to Oct 31 of the following year. Sign up sheets for all events are forwarded to the statistician to record those members in attendance. This is how you get your mileage credit and status as an active member.
Bike Rides- It's What We Do.
Leading a Ride- For all members planning on leading a BCC ride during the current season, Ride Leader Orientation is held in winter or early spring at a time that doesn’t interfere with the BCC ride schedule. Requirements for scheduling, setting up a route, and a step by step guide to leading a ride are all covered in this session. A second session will be available sometime during the season if enough interest exists from new members.
Its too hot- how can I ride earlier?- Short of scheduling your own earlier events it is required that members use the sign up sheets prepared by the ride leader that are on hand for the regularly scheduled event. That means it’s possible, with a punctual ride leader, that you might get a 30 minute head start on the heat of the day by signing in and departing the start location at an earlier time. But in the end, hot is hot whether it’s 1 PM or 2 PM.
I ignored my membership renewal notifications and missed a month of club credit What do I do?
A one month grace period currently exists for members who forget to renew on their anniversary date. Any time that extends beyond that date requires board action to reinstate credit for rides completed during the “blackout” of club membership. Notifications are emailed at the beginning of the month of expiration and at the beginning of the following month. If your email address has changed and you haven’t notified the Membership Chair at email@example.com, you won’t receive notices.
Active Membership- Participation in at least 5 non-paid rides that appear on the BCC calendar during the season (November 1 through October 31) has been established as the minimum level defining active membership in BCC. Registration for the Little Red Riding Hood ride without having to participate in the lottery is a benefit of membership the Board felt should be reserved for active members. So with over 627 rides scheduled so far this year, it shouldn’t be that hard to find a few rides that fit your needs to remain an active BCC member.
What is the Commuter Challenge?
The Commuter Challenge is a program where you log the number of miles and trips you make during the year on your bicycle. You can register for the Commuter Challenge by going to the BCC web page, clicking on Commuter Challenge and scrolling down to Registration. Registration instructions can be found by clicking here or by clicking on “Read This First” at the top of the Commuter Challenge page. Each time you commute, you can register your commute on the same page.