PBC Protocols and Ride Procedures

Last updated: 3/18/2021


The Portland Metropolitan area is in the Moderate Risk category for COVID-19 infections. Daily deaths, infections, and hospitalizations have been at all-time highs with their rates both increasing and decreasing unpredictably over time. Oregon’s guidelines state that individuals may participate in outdoor recreation and fitness activities but must wear masks if spacing less than 6 feet apart.  

The Portland Bicycle Club has resumed regularly scheduled rides on a limited basis. At this point, rides are restricted to members only. We will continue to monitor Oregon guidelines and move forward to business as usual as quickly as is feasible and safe. Ride leaders will have the option to use the online signup and limit the number of members on the ride. If they do not use the online signup, riders will be instructed to email their name and rider number prior to the ride.

The following protocols are intended to protect members from the spread of the Coronavirus, recognizing that many members fall within groups who are most vulnerable. These protocols represent our best understanding of what is necessary to conduct club rides in a manner consistent with governmental directives.


Ride Participants

  • Stay home if you are ill or have been exposed to somebody who is ill.
  • Be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and use safety precautions.
  • Wear a face mask or face covering at check-in, at rest stops, and whenever you are closer than 6 feet from another person.
  • To receive ride credit, sign up online (instructions here) or email the ride leader prior to the ride if online signup is not available.
  • Print the route map at home and bring it with you to the ride or download the route to your GPS device or phone.
  • Leave space around the ride coordinator as that person is checking riders in and giving the safety speech.
  • Maintain a social distance (at least 6 feet) at all times prior to and during the ride, including during breaks. Remember that the drift of any virus cloud varies depending on the wind and may persist much further than six feet in the slipstream of another rider.
  • Avoid spitting or blowing your nose while riding.
  • Respect the personal space of other ride participants, including those who would prefer to ride spaced well apart as well as those who want to ride in closer proximity to others. If you are unsure, ask them.
  • If you are uncomfortable with the club’s ride protocols, consider riding on your own during this difficult time. Members who fail to observe the protocols may be asked to leave the ride.

Ride Leaders

  • When creating your ride description, link to this page and include any restrictions you have, including group size.
  • In your ride description, state how riders will sign in remotely: online, by email, or by giving their name and rider number to you at the ride start to record manually.
  • Do not allow ride participants to handle the sign-in sheet. Instead, record their number and name on the ride sheet yourself, or better yet, use the online signup on your phone.
  • Arrange for an alternate ride leader if you are ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill.
  • Arrive at the start location at least 15 minutes early, and preferably 20-25 minutes early.
  • If a map is requested, hand a single copy to that person if you are comfortable doing so. Do not allow participants to remove maps from the ride packet themselves.
  • Encourage staggered departures on your ride so there are not too many riders leaving the start location at the same time.
  • Exercise good hygienic measures to minimize risks of transferring the virus, particularly as it pertains to keeping your own hands clean.


Additional Information

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Updates

State of Oregon COVID-19 Resources

Washington State Coronavirus Response

Oregon Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart

State Outdoor Recreation FAQs

BikeLaw’s Guidance for Group Riding in the Age of Covid

Outside Magazine Discussion of Social Distancing Studies

State Outdoor Recreation Organization Guidance