The Williamsport Bicycle Club (WBC) is a social bicycling organization that promotes bicycling and bicycling events for riders of all ability levels.
The WBC was founded in 1973 by Virginia and Bob MacIndoe. Meetings were held at the James V. Brown Library for many years. At that time, dues were $4.00 for an individual and $6.00 for a family. Today, dues are still a low $8.00 for an individual, $10.00 for a family and $6.00 for youth.
Over the years, the WBC has had many officers and many meeting locations, including local businesses and member’s homes. During the early years, meetings were typically held on Thursday evenings. Our newsletter, The Newsbreak has had several editors with one dedicated member serving for over 20 years. We’ve also supported several causes over our 42 year history, including seeing the Pine Creek Rail Trail come to completion and supporting the River Walk in Williamsport and South Williamsport with a memorial bench.
The WBC is a group of people that like to ride bicycles, and we like to ride with other people. Throughout the year, we gather for picnics and dinners and many other gatherings. We’ve had many types of rides over the years including weekend rides involving overnight stays at the Cedar Run Inn and the Inn at Germania. WBC members have also participated in Bike New York, the 5 Boro Ride in NYC, the Governor Ridge Rides, and many rides by other clubs. Some of our members can also been seen participating in local races. WBC helped with the Dave Wollet Memorial Criterion held in Williamsport for many years. WBC has even held bike rodeos, supported a health fare, the Ride of Silence and helped with clean up on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. We have had century rides and metric century rides, too.
Like most organizations, over the years we have had our ups and downs but all in all we are a very active club.
Contributed by: Mr. Bill Faust