We wanted to get some exciting news to you as soon as possible: the Twin Cities Bicycling Club (TCBC) plans to resume group riding on May 1 with certain protocols in place.
I’m sure you will have many questions. More details will follow over the coming weeks as we prepare to reopen. A few preliminary notes:
- This will not be “business as usual” in TCBC.
- Special protocols regarding sign-in, physical distancing, ride briefing, masking while not riding, rest stops, group riding size, etc., will be detailed in future communications and in ride briefings. The protocols will not be too onerous and will include precautions we’re all pretty used to by now.
- Solo rides will discontinue as group rides resume.
- Large event rides will remain on hold for further evaluation. The Spring All-Club ride will not be held this year.
- We very much hope that group riding is here to stay, but worsening pandemic conditions in the community, a tightening of state restrictions, and/or recommendations from the CDC or the MN Department of Health (MDH) could result in a delay of the reopening. Likewise, group riding could be shut down again after resuming due to changing conditions.
- TCBC rides will be for members only.
- Ride leaders will be required to attend a virtual training session before leading rides—similar to the required attendance we’ve had for the Ride Leader Forum in previous years. Two dates will be offered in mid-April. More information to come.
- We ask that you respect the wishes and concerns of others. Everyone has a different tolerance for risk. Others may have a confidential medical condition they don’t wish to talk about. Please respect each other’s space and wishes.
- If you are not feeling well or have a temperature, do not come to a club ride.
- Exercise personal responsibility for your own safety, as always.
- As recommended by the CDC, MDH, and others, everyone should observe the safety protocols, regardless of vaccination status.
We believe TCBC can safely reopen group riding on May 1 if we all observe the protocols and respect each other’s space and wishes.
Stay tuned for more details to come.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the road in the near future!
Happy and safe riding,