Ride: Peninsula Metric Century – Sunday from Gig Harbor

From TWBC.org:

The Peninsula Metric Century (PMC) is a challenging ride through the scenic Kitsap Peninsula. Enjoy panoramic waterfront views, rural countryside, and lots of rolling hills. Choose from routes of 50k, 70k, 100k or 100m at two convenient start locations. Riders will enjoy a well-marked course with cue sheet and map, support vehicles, fully stocked rest stops, and dessert at the finish line.

For more info visit the Tacoma Wheelmen.

Busy Bike Month Winding Down

RideTacoma has attended many of the local Bike Month events and there’s still one more tomorrow, the Bike-In Movie Night at The Red Hot (21+ only.)  Along with the movie and some bike-themed beers, they’ll be celebrating Tacoma’s first on-street bike corral, installed outside their door on 6th Ave between Pine and Junett Streets. RideTacoma was the first to try it out!

Here’s a recap of some of the Bike Month events that we enjoyed. What events did you attend? Any event suggestions for next year?

Tacoma Bike Swap: This event continues to be a huge draw for riders in every part of Tacoma’s cycling community. Mattias volunteered at the bike corral while I pitched in with 2nd Cycle in the vendor area. There was something for everyone, even an obstacle course for the kids.

Bike to Market Day: The Tacoma Farmers Markets are happening more often and in more parts of the city. We missed the Broadway Market on May 3, but biked to the 6th Ave Market the following week for some produce. A friendly farmer liked our bike and gave us this tomato start.

National Bike to School Day: I biked to school with my kids and was happy to see a few other families trying it for the first time, too. We’ll be posting more on family cycling in the coming months.

Zeit Bike: Letterpress Ride/Seek: My kids loved this event! Not only did we get to see the cool artwork from Wayzgoose and other local artists, but we also made our own art and jewelry from recycled bike tires. I’d like to see the Tacoma Art Museum make this happen again next year.

National Bike to Work Day: Mattias and I are both avid commuters, and it was obvious that there were more bikes on the road this particular day.  Remember that if you log at least five bike trips with Pierce Trips during May, you’ll be eligible for some cool prizes. Be sure to log those trips before the end of the month!

Bike to a Better Tacoma: Mobility coordinators from the City were on hand to talk with riders about plans and efforts to make Tacoma more bikeable. There were seasoned riders wanting to know what the city has planned for the future, and just as many new riders looking for more information and advice on how to include bikes in their daily lives. Attendance included all types of riders: families, racers, tourers, bike shop employees, and many commuters. If you’re looking for a do-it-all event to attend next year, this might be it. I helped with the valet bike parking out front: we had nearly 60 riders plus another 10 kids that arrived in trailers and on cargobikes. I have a good idea of where the City can place the next on-street bike corral…

Bike to a Better Tacoma


Specialized Demo Day with Old Town Bicycle – 2nd June – Ft. Steilacoom Park

From Old Town Bicycle:

Specialized Bicycle Components is coming with a trailer full of Mountain bikes for you to test on the trails at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.

Demo is Saturday June 2nd from 10am to 4pm by “the barns” at the end of the main road.
Be sure to bring your helmet, shoes and pedals, identification, and a credit card for ID verification.
(If you don’t want to take pedals off your current bike, just bring it to us and we will happily swap them over to a demo bike.)

See you there for a day of riding some amazing mountain bikes! Map

Tuesday Night Ridez

You really should go out tonight. Celebrate Ryder Hesjedal’s victory in the Giro d’Italia!

5:30 – Tacoma TNR, Leaving from The Office.
Leaving from the Office, Tacoma TNR (Tuesday Night Rides) have a regular spring/summer/fall ride followed by drinks at the Office. Leaves at 5:30. Usually 20 miles. Map

5:30 – Harmon Bike Club, Leaving from The Hub.
Another club ride, leaving from the Hub at 5:30. Under 20 miles followed by beer and pizza. Map

Ride the Peninsula Metric Century – Sunday June 3rd

From the Tacoma Wheelmen:

The Peninsula Metric Century (PMC) is a challenging ride through the scenic Kitsap Peninsula. Enjoy panoramic waterfront views, rural countryside, and lots of rolling hills. Choose from routes of 50k, 70k, 100k or 100m at two convenient start locations. Riders will enjoy a well-marked course with cue sheet and map, support vehicles, fully stocked rest stops, and dessert at the finish line.

Information and Registration
Volunteer for the PMC

Saturday Ride Roundup

9am leaving from Tacoma Bike (@tacomabike):

We will head northeast to sample some of the finest hills our neighborhood has to offer. Recommend bringing full water bottles and energy food, picture ID (required) and checking your bike and equipment before the ride. The ride is about 50 miles. We will have 2 may be 3 groups. Groups: (A = fast 17+mph average) (B = 15-17mph average) (C = Riders who like to see where they are going 12+mph). We are starting as one group and will split into smaller groups once under way. No matter your riding skills we have a no drop rule so feel free to join in. Map

8am from Forza at 27th and Bridgeport for the Spokie Cycling Club (@OldTownBicycle):

This is the Saturday morning Spokie Cycling Club Ride. We average about 17 MPH for the entire ride going about 20-25 MPH on flat roads. No lunch stop. Route is decided at Forza on the morning of the ride. We begin and end every ride together and have a lot of fun. Coffee and conversation at Forza at the end of every ride. If this kind of riding sounds like fun come join us! For more information call Robert Deehan (253) 272-9682. Map

10am from Celebration Park with TWBC.org Training ride:

Most of the rides will be between Federal Way and Sumner by various routes and distances from 12 to 30 miles one way. We will start slow and flat and gradually add hills and distance as well as time. No one will be left behind, but if you are fast you can go ahead. Map

10am Saturday Social Ride with Capital Bicycling Club

Pace 2, 3. Start from the Sweeney home near Tolmie State Park for a ride destination TBD… then join the Sweeneys after the ride for lunch and beverages on the deck, relax and enjoy the beautiful south sound views. Rain cancels. RSVP Julia & Randy Sweeney (360.357.2836).

Ride start time is 10:00 a.m.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes early and be ready to go at departure time.  Due to the club’s insurance policy, new participants may ride once as a guest of the club. Return riders must be members in good standing of the CBC.

9am MBT ride in Capitol State Forest with the Capital Bicycling Club

XC or Shuttle Trail Rides, depending on what the group wants to do. Pace varies. Everyone waits at the fire road crossings for you no matter your pace. Usually 15 plus riders. Rain or Shine. Map

Bike Month: Bike to a Better Tacoma – Thursday 4:30 – 6:30

Tomorrow night, The Hub hosts the annual Bike to a Better Tacoma. It’s an informal gathering of cyclists and city staff to meet and talk bicycling in Tacoma. I attended last year and learnt a lot and met a bunch of fellow riders. Alas I won’t be there this year. You know, work. 4:30 – 6:30pm Totally Worth it! Ride there and win things! Map

Bike Month: Free Bike Cages Downtown Tacoma

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Downtown cyclists now have a couple of secure bike cages to keep their precious bikes safe. It’s $25 for a full year of parking, but free during Bike Month! Find out more on cages and on parking bikes downtown at Downtown On The Go.

Secure, covered bike parking is available in the Park Plaza North Garageand the Pacific Plaza Parking Garage. The Park Plaza North bike cage is located on the 5th floor, directly across from the skybridge to Broadway (next to the Broadway Center) and includes bike racks. The Pacific Plaza Parking Garage is located on the second floor with an entrance on Commerce. Both cages are locked with a code and users need to sign a waiver and pay for either a quarter or a year.

  • Full year (January 1 – December 31) – $25
  • Quarter 1 (January 1 – March 31) – $8
  • Quarter 2 (April 1 – June 30) – $8
  • Quarter 3 (July 1 – September 30) – $8
  • Quarter 4 (October 1 – December 31) – $8

Download the Park Plaza North Bike Cage Waiver or the Pacific Plaza Bike Cage Waiver,  fill out and submit to receive the code and start parking! You can see photos of the cages on Facebook.

Via Tacoma Downtown Blog

News: Washington Retains Top Ranking as Most Bicycle Friendly State

This in from the Bicycle Alliance of Washington:

For the fifth year in a row, Washington leads the nation as the most Bicycle Friendly State.  The 2012 ranking of Bicycle Friendly States was announced by the League of American Bicyclists in honor of National Bike Month.


“We’re encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington, Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League.  “But, as the scores clearly highlight, there’s much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and funding.  Overall, we see states—and especially state Departments of Transportation and state legislatures—lagging behind cities and the expectations of local cyclists, despite the many well-documented benefits of a more active lifestyle.”

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