Bike Shorts, April 26, 2021

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

Quote of the week

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise that fishing is stupid and boring.” Desmond Tutu

1. Safety tip from Monna - Bike Lights: The Law

Section 62 (17), of the HTA was amended to "require cyclists to have proper lights on their bikes when on the road any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise AND at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions". Every bicycle shall carry a white or amber light on the front and a red light or a reflector on the rear. Failure to comply can result in a fine of $110.

Use of daytime lights can increase cyclist's visibility in changing light conditions, in high traffic areas, where road user have a multitude of distractions, and for that notorious blind spot.

When cycling in a group however; unless you are the 'end rider', please refrain for using your rear light in 'flash mode'. This can be very distracting to riders behind you, and for those who have suffered a concussion, may actually be painful.

2. Diversions

Article: Ottawa police reporting 70 per cent increase in bike thefts already this year

Article: Reduce risk of severe COVID with regular activity, study says.

Article: Stop making fun of my e-bike!

Article: Why cycling more could be good for the economy

New books on cycling at the library

Alan Anderson (2021). Back on your bike: All the stuff you need to know to be a cyclist again.

Phil Cavell (2021). The midlife cyclist: The road map for the +40 rider who wants to train harder, ride fast and stay healthy

DK, Witness (2021) Ride: Cycle the world.

In preparation for the second KNBC photography contest or just for the pleasure of being creative, these articles may be useful.

Photography article: How to photograph the moving cyclist

6 photography tips for cyclists

30 Cycling photography tips and ideas

Video: Short session to open up your hips and pelvis and restore your posture (13:56)

Request: Donating bikes and bike parts to Cuba

If you would like to donate a gently used bike or bike parts like tires, the “Bikes for Cuba” initiative is in tremendous need. Cubacan "Bikes for Cuba" | Facebook

At this time, they are looking for bikes for community use (hybrid, mountain bikes, commuter bikes, etc.). If you have been to Cuba, you will appreciate that bikes are the equivalent of cars there, and provide mobility for an individual or even a whole family. The coordinating body, CubaCan, is trying to fill a shipping container by October.

Contact me if there is any item you wish to donate and I will gladly pickup. Any item will be accepted.

Bob Cavan, Email: bob.cavan(at)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC