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Potomac Pedalers is a non-profit educational, recreational and social
organization for bicycling enthusiasts. We are one of the largest
bicycle clubs in the United States, and the largest in the Metropolitan
Washington D.C. area. Potomac Pedalers is affiliated with the League of American
We are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization recognized under IRS code 501(c)3. Click on the link to view our certification.
Our energies are directed primarily toward providing a weekend ride
schedule to accommodate the experience and ability of each member,
whether novice or veteran.
Saturday and Sunday rides number more than 1,000 each year,
comprehensively covering the variable terrain of the National Capital
metropolitan area and the surrounding countryside. Distances typically range from
10 miles to 75 miles, and average speeds range from 8 to more than 20
miles per hour.
After-work rides are offered each weekday evening during the summer,
and on or or two weekday evenings during the off-season. We also
sponsor several overnight, out-of-town special weekend events and an
annual Back Roads Century (with ride distances up to 100 miles).
The purpose and organization of Potomac Pedalers are described in our Bylaws.
The Club is governed by an Executive Committee. Its nine members are
elected to one- or two-year terms at the Annual Meeting, held each
January. The Executive Committee meets monthly. Members are
welcome to attend these meetings; if you wish to do so, please contact the chairman for information about the next scheduled meeting.
- Volunteers also participate in bicycle education, safety
instruction, and advocacy. We sponsor a Community Services Program that
provides funding to public agencies, non-profit organizations and
individuals for bicycle-related community programs. In keeping with
PPTC's charter, the program focuses on bicycle education, public safety,
the development of facilities that benefit cyclists, and the promotion
of bicycling as a positive, healthy activity. Applications are screened
and awards are based on merit. Since 1992, PPTC has distributed over
$75,000 for more than 70 projects in the Washington area.
- The Club produces a monthly newsletter, the Pedal Patter, whose
primary purpose is to announce Club rides and events. Starting in May 2017, the Pedal Patter will be only available as an electronic newsletter.
- Pedal Patter
provides an open forum for members to communicate about cycling-related
activities, a lively column of tales from the road, and a listing of
regional events. Submissions are welcome and
encouraged. If you have an item of interest, opinion, idea, or
photograph, please send it to our Communications Director.
- Receiving Pedal Patter: Starting in May 2017, members will receive the e-Pedal Patter to their member email address. Members may update their email at any time by logging in and "editing bio" information. The e-Pedal Patter will also be posted online for easy reference and for any members who wish to opt-out of receiving it via email.
- Potomac Pedalers Business Office
- Since 2001, Potomac Pedaler's membership services and financial records are supported by Core Association Services, Inc. in
Falls Church, VA. Sherri Core is our primary contact.
If you need to get in touch with us, please see our Contact Us page so that you'll reach the proper department to answer your question.