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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 at the time and place
published in each issue of our newsletter, the Pedal Patter. Members are
welcome to attend these meetings.
- 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.
- Pedal Patter
- The Club publishes a monthly newsletter, the Pedal Patter, whose
primary purpose is to announce Club rides and events. 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 to the newspaper are welcome and
encouraged. If you have an item of interest, opinion, idea, or
photograph, send it to the Managing Editor listed on page two.
- Receiving Pedal Patter: Your mailing label indicates the month when
your Club membership expires. Renewal and changes of address are to be
sent to: Potomac Pedalers Business Office, 10378 Democracy Lane, Suite A, Fairfax, VA 22030. To replace a missing issue of Pedal Patter, call 202.363.TOUR.
First Class Mail Option: Pedal Patter is mailed third class (bulk
mail). To ensure a more timely delivery, you may choose the First Class
postage option, which costs an additional $13.00 per year. You can purchase the First Class mailing upgrade in our online store. We'll update your account to First Class within 72 hours after purchase. You don't need to contact us.
- Government Affairs Committee
- The Government Affairs Committee serves as our liaison to state and
local governments. This committee is always seeking interested
volunteers to help with advocacy efforts. To get involved, please call
the contact for your area listed in on page two of Pedal Patter.
- Potomac Pedalers Business Office
- Since 2001, Potomac Pedaler's membership services, financial records and Pedal
Patter mailings are supported by Core Association Services, Inc. in
Fairfax, 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.