Bike Shorts, March 15, 2021

22 Mar 2021 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Bike Shorts will be published weekly now. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca

1. Webmaster Report

Facebook

For all you Facebook fans, the official KNBC Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/knbc.ca. As the season starts up, feel free to add some posts and pictures of your cycling adventures. This is a moderated page so all posts require approval by one of our 4 moderators. Kudos Michele for the latest.

Member Forum

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Member Forum to stay in touch with your fellow members. It’s a great place to start a discussion, ask questions, and setup impromptu rides.

Library of Day Tours

Thanks to the efforts of Bill Bourne, we released a revamped Library of Day Tours on the website a few weeks ago. https://knbc.ca/Library-of-Day-Tours. It’s a great place to browse for your next ride. Well, with even more time on our hands, we’re trying to make it even better…. And what could be better than Interactive Maps?  If you pull down the RESOURCES item on the top menu on the website, you’ll see the Library of Day Tours link, which is the main page. If you hover over that link, a sub menu will pop out, and you’ll see, 

  • WEST REGION
  • EAST REGION
  • SOUTH REGION
  • NORTH REGION 
  • CENTRAL REGION
  • GRAVEL RIDES

We’ve split all the rides out into their regions, and placed the interactive route maps to RWGPS front and centre. Clicking on any of these will launch a page for that region. Beware, this is still experimental, so there are a few issues. The biggest being load time. Depending how fast your computer and your home network connection is, the West Region may take anywhere from 7 seconds to 3 minutes to load. Phones and iPads may not even load at all. If you want to check one out, the smallest page is the Central Region, so try that. Once loaded everything works fine, but we all hate annoying load times, so we’re working on it. 

https://knbc.ca/Central-Region

2. Social Director

Greetings fellow KNBC’ers from your new Social Director! Sadly my portfolio has been pretty inactive of late due to our inability to gather. That said, the days are getting longer, temperatures are rising and soon even the fair weather crowd will be back in the saddle. While group rides will always be our favourite type of gathering, with the vaccine “trickle out” I am hopeful that some social events may resume in the not too distant future. The next event on our calendar would be the New Members’ Welcome in June, followed by the annual Picnic in August. As an indoor event, the New Members’ Welcome is unlikely to be feasible this year but I remain optimistic about the August Picnic (and the opportunity to welcome new members then). Obviously time will tell. In the meantime, our devoted and fearless leader is hosting Zoom Socials which have been very well received by those in attendance so do sign up for those if you haven’t already. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for future events - I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Cheers, and I hope to see you out on the road soon! Teresa

social(at)knbc.ca

3. Diversions

Saturday, April 3, 2021 3 -5 pm, Ottawa Bike presents: Spring Tune-Up from Home (Free online event)

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spring-tune-up-from-home-tickets-145964081497

Article: Miss Your Local Bar? Recreate Its Ambiance at Home (for next KNBC Social Zoom call?)

https://hyperallergic.com/623192/miss-your-local-bar-recreate-it-at-home/

Article: MapLab: How Car-Centric Street Networks Make Buses Less Efficient

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2021-02-10/maplab-how-car-centric-street-networks-make-buses-less-efficient

Article: Regresan los paseos dominicales de Muévete en bici de la CDMX

Time to practice your Spanish ;)

https://www.timeoutmexico.mx/ciudad-de-mexico/que-hacer/regresan-los-paseos-dominicales-de-muevete-en-bici-de-la-cdmx

Survey: NCC Survey on Gatineau Park parkway use (deadline April 5)

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/survey-gatineau-park-parkway-use-2021

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC