Hello TWBC family,

The board extends season greetings to you all. This year has been a rather trying time for any groups of people, especially our bicycle club. While we are not officially hosting rides, there are some ride ideas listed on our site (as decide -to- ride). For the moment this will be how we are operating until COVID restrictions are lifted. Please stay healthy and watch for any updates on our Facebook page and our TWBC website.
TWBC is continuing to support our local cycling community, namely 2nd Cycle, Downtown on the Go, Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition, ForeverGreen Trails, and Bikes4Kids.

The TWBC Board.

December 22, 2020

Washington state health authorities have specifically allowed bicycling as a healthy activity. The Washington cycling community assembled guidelines for safe cycling during this time period.

  1. Stay home if:
    • You have been tested and are positive for COVID-19.
    • You have been tested for COVID-19 but have not yet received results.
    • You, or anyone in your household, are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
    • You have been in close contact with someone who is suspected of being infected, or confirmed to have been infected, with COVID-19.
  2. Ride alone, or only with members of your household.
    • Let family members or emergency contacts know your route and when you will be home. Set up a “ride tracker” if you have one.
    • Group rides increase the likelihood that a member of your group is infected, and the larger the group, the harder it is to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  3. Maintain social distancing guidelines at all times, on and off the bike.
    • Health experts recommend a minimum of six feet of buffer.
    • The COVID-19 virus remains airborne for some time, so you may need more than 6 feet if you’re riding behind someone.
    • Riding side-by-side on multi-use trails makes it hard to maintain social distancing, and should be avoided.
    • Be aware of other riders, and pass safely with enough distance to keep both riders safe.
    • While waiting at stop lights, continue to observe social distancing rules.
  4. Avoid multi-use trails if you are comfortable riding on roads, especially when trails are crowded, and traffic should be unusually low on streets at this time.
    • Because bicycling has been promoted as a “safe” activity, many novice cyclists are taking to multi-use trails which is increasing the chances of accidents.
    • When the trails are full of inexperienced users, it is difficult or impossible to maintain social distancing.
    • Caution riding on roads. Although there are fewer cars, this can lull you into feeling safer, and the drivers on roads can be stressed and distracted.
  5. Carry your own food and water rather than stopping at grocery stores, as this will decrease the likelihood of spreading the virus and avoid straining these shared resources.
  6. Avoid bathroom stops by planning your ride appropriately. Many public bathrooms and parks are now closed.
    • Use sterilizing hand wipes, hand sanitizer, or a clean cloth, to open doors.
    • If you absolutely have to stop at a restroom, wash your hands before using the facilities (to avoid spreading the virus if you happen to be a carrier) and after (to avoid picking up the virus).
  7. Don’t spit or blow your nose
    • Carry tissue or a handkerchief if needed, and carefully dispose of tissues.
    • Handkerchiefs, gloves and sleeves attract germs; isolate them and wash them after every ride.
  8. Ride slower and more cautiously. Heed stop signs. Avoid door zones. Use your lights during daytime. Wear your brightest, contrasting colors. Use a mirror and check it periodically.

4th Tuesday this month, not 3rd Tuesday.

February 25th at 6pm in Wheelock library.

The January Meeting was a somewhat smaller group than the last couple months, and dealt with some business including vacant board positions, storage of trailers, and an amendment to the bylaws.

NEW: Corrina Lorenz is now the Special Events Director.

We will have an expected vacancy of Treasurer in June. Please consider whether or not you, or someone you know, is available to fill this position.

Our current Treasurer has been storing the club trailers for some time, and as he will no longer be able to, we are looking for another place to store the trailers. One club member volunteered to store the trailers, but his property is some distance away. The trailers do not need to be covered, they just need space, preferably close to, or in, Tacoma. Please let us know if you have a place.

An amendment to the bylaws is in the works, and as this amendment is largely about bringing the bylaws up to date from over the last 10 years, we are trying to make this a collaborative effort. Please review the amendment at this link and send any questions/comments/edits to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring them to the next General Meeting.

The next general meeting will NOT be the 3rd Tuesday of February, but rather the 4th Tuesday of February, February 25th. Regular time and place (6pm in Wheelock Library).

Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Updated January 24, 2020

This Privacy Policy covers the manner in which Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club (herinafter "TWBC") collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from Users (each, a "User") of twbc.org website and twbc.org website (hereinafter "Site"). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by TWBC.

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TWBC collects and uses PII to:

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