After years of bike events being canceled, scaled down and zoomed in thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle’s bike event calendar is finally starting to fill up with community celebrations, rides and more.
Before 2020, you could pretty much design your entire social program around cycling events (and some of you did!). We’re not there yet, but I’m seeing a huge increase in the number of event notices arriving in my inbox. I look forward to seeing many of you again at community cycling events. I missed it so much.
So how do you find local cycling events?
The Seattle Bike Blog Events Calendar is a great place to start. It includes a mix of bike advocacy meetings as well as social events and rides. And anyone can post their event on the calendar for free. Do you have an idea for a walk? Make it a reality!
You can also check the calendars of local cycling organizations. Cascade has of course extended lists for all their daily events and free rides. All of their major events are scheduled for 2022, many for the first time since 2019. Bike Works has also a large calendar of events aligned. Seattle Daily Rides is also a good place to check.
During the pandemic, cycling events could still be a social outlet as they often take place outdoors for obvious reasons. But even so, the logistics of hosting an event still made it difficult to responsibly host a large-scale public event during COVID. Cascade has canceled nearly all of its major rides in 2020 and 2021, and so many other community-level events have pivoted to online. I don’t know about you, but I wince now every time I have to open Zoom.
The pandemic is not over, but King County Public Health has determined that community spread is now “low,” leading the agency to stop requiring masks in many indoor spaces. Businesses and event organizers can still choose to require masks.
Do you have a favorite place to find cycling events? Let us know in the comments below.