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Cycle2Health is currently closed for registration.

Please check back for updates relating to the 2021 season in the coming weeks OR join the C2H listserv.  To join, send an email to cycle2healthhowardcounty@gmail.com with “Add To Listserv” in the subject and/or body of the email. Be sure to continue checking your email, the Office on Aging and Independence website, and our social media outlets for updates.

Special instructions for all riders: 

Please arrive 15 minutes before ride start time to ensure an on-time start.  We ask that each rider have a mask with them on each ride to wear when at least 6 feet social distancing is not possible.  Remember your water bottle as water fountains may not be accessible on rides; bring sunscreen, and tools to change a tire; bring a cell phone if you have one, and identification including emergency contact information. You must register for Cycle2Health and sign in advance for each ride using the Sign Up Genius link provided ahead of the ride, and review the bicycle guidelines before you can participate in these rides. Contact Malarie Burgess at 410-313-6073 or mburgess@howardcountymd.gov for more information. 
 

Cycle2Health casual ride participants

COVID-19 Considerations:

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, please do NOT sign up for any rides until you are cleared by a physician for activity or have received a negative COVID test result within the past 72 hours:

  • Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
  • Have you or anyone in your household been tested for COVID-19 in the past 14 days and directed to quarantine by a medical official?
  • Have you or anyone in your household traveled out of the state in the past 14 days?
  • Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or acquired COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
  • To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

General Ride Information:

To provide an opportunity for safe and enjoyable riding for all C2H participants, three different level rides are offered each week throughout the riding season:

  • Casual rides are rides of less than 12 miles on relatively flat terrain at a relaxed pace. These rides are on pathways, trails or quiet residential streets with frequent re-grouping.
  • Moderate rides are typically 15-20 miles at 9-12 MPH with some moderate short hills and maybe a longer hill.  Moderate riders should be comfortable riding in some traffic and should know basic group riding etiquette.
  • Advanced rides are rides of 18+ miles at 11-15 MPH and will include moderate to steep hills with limited rest stops. Riders should be aware of their riding ability and limitations before participating in an advanced ride.
  • Rides depart weekly between May and November. Casual rides leave Tuesday mornings, while Moderate and Advanced rides leave Thursday mornings. Cue sheets will be made available in advance of the ride and riders are encouraged to drive the route to determine if the route is appropriate for them.  Riders just getting back to riding or those who haven’t had experience riding in a group venue are encouraged to start with the Casual Ride group.

Please note that rides are subject to change or be cancelled at the ride leader’s discretion. Subscribe to the listserv for the most accurate ride information. To join, email cycle2healthhowardcounty@gmail.com with the subject “add to listserv”. Contact Malarie Burgess at 410-313-6073 or mburgess@howardcountymd.gov for more information.

 
General Information/Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cycle2Health?

Cycle2Health Howard County is a non-competitive, peer-led, bicycling club for adults of all ages and riding abilities, coordinated by the Health & Wellness Division of the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence (OAI).  You must register to participate. 

How do I register for Cycle2Health?

 

To participate in Cycle2Health Howard County (C2H), first review the Bicycle Guidelines, then register online or at any Howard County 50+ center during the 2019 cycling season.  A $15 fee will be collected at the time of registration (renewed annually).  Registered participants are encouraged to join the Cycle2Health Listserv to receive ride updates and cancellation notices. To join, email