Regional and Special-interest Clubs
Bicycling membership organizations typically offer group rides, socializing and community events. Some hold classes, maintain trails, negotiate discounts with bike shops or serve as advocates to governmental entities.
- B.I.K.E.S Club, Everett. Sponsor of the McClinchy Mile ride. www.bikesclub.org
- Boeing Employees’ Bicycle Club, Seattle. You need to be associated with Boeing to be a member, but not to participate in their rides. www.bebc-seattle.org
- Capital Bicycling Club, Olympia. http://capitalbicycleclub.org
- Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle. The area’s largest club. Sponsor of the Chilly Hilly, Seattle to Portland (STP), the February Bike Expo and many other events. http://www.cascade.org
- Cyclists of Greater Seattle (COGS). Riding for fun, friends and adventure. www.cyclistsofgreaterseattle.org
- Different Spokes, Seattle. A cycling club for the GLBT community. www.differentspokes.org
- Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (formerly Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club), Seattle. Statewide advocacy of back country trails. www.evergreenmtb.org
- Evergreen Tandem Club, Seattle. Promoting the joy of riding tandem in the Puget Sound area. www.evergreentandemclub.org
- Marymoor Velodrome Association, Bellevue. Promoting track and cyclocross racing and events at the velodrome. http://velodrome.org
- Mountaineers. Some local chapters have cycling outings. www.mountaineers.org
- Port Townsend Bicycle Association. Sponsors the Rhody Tour in early May. http://www.ptbikes.org/
- Redmond Cycling Club, Redmond. Sponsor of Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day (RAMROD). Club slogan: “Where hill is not a four letter word.” www.redmondcyclingclub.org
- Seattle Bicycle Club, Seattle. Sponsors social rides and a series of short tours around Washington state each summer. www.seattlebicycleclub.org
- Seattle International Randonneurs. A club focused on randonneuring, which is long-distance, unsupported, non-competitive cycling. www.seattlerandonneur.org
- Skagit Bicycle Club, Mount Vernon. www.skagitbicycleclub.org
- Squeaky wheels, Bainbridge Island. A “bicycling support group” that promotes safe biking on Bainbridge Island. www.squeakywheels.org
- Tacoma Wheelmen’s Bicycle Club, Tacoma. Sponsors the Daffodil Classic ride. www.twbc.org
- West Sound Cycling Club, Silverdale. Sponsors the Tour de Kitsap ride. www.westsoundcycling.com
You can support safety, education and expansion of bicycle routes or transit amenities for cyclists by joining a group that advocates for the cause.
- Washington Bikes (formerly Bicycle Alliance of Washington), Seattle. Among its many safety-related activities, WA Bikes operates the Safe Routes to School program. Its offices are located in the city’s Pioneer Square district. www.wabikes.org
- Bike Works, Seattle. A Rainier Valley bike shop that recycles bikes for youth in its Earn-a-Bike program. www.bikeworks.org
- Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition. Assists in the creation and maintenance of a connected system of non-motorized trails from Mount Rainier to Puget Sound. www.piercecountytrails.org
- Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail, Seattle. This group supports the completion and maintenance of the granddaddy of Seattle’s rail-trails. www.burkegilmantrail.org
The main concern of many recreational cyclists is whether they will be safe on the roads. We can all work to create safer roads, and practice safer riding. Many of the bike clubs and advocacy groups above focus on safety. Here are some more organizations helping enhance safe bicycling.
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For a list of all the region’s great road biking maps, pick up a copy of Biking Puget Sound.