Bike Shorts, May 10, 2021

17 May 2021 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Quote of the week:

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

G.B. Shaw

1. Safety tip from Monna - Be mindful of grass clippings

It doesn't matter if grass clippings are wet or dry - when they're in the street, they can present a danger. There have been numerous accidents with motorcycles skidding out on grass clippings. The same hazard is applicable to bikes. Just like sand, gravel, dirt or oil, grass can reduce the traction that bikes tires have on the roadway. Like all road hazards, be attentive and avoid grass clippings on the road.

2. Diversions

Event: Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 6 pm EDT Discover your city by bike with Katimavik-Hazeldean Community

Join Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association for Discover Your City by Bike - a virtual workshop presented by EnviroCentre's Let's Bike!

Discover some of the interesting destinations in Ottawa that are easily accessible by bicycle! Heritage sites, nature areas and public art are a few of the destinations that will be covered. Route planning resources will also be highlighted to help you plan your own adventure!

Event: Friday, May 28, 2021, 6 pm EDT, Urban cycling with Bike Ottawa

Join Bike Ottawa for Urban Cycling - a virtual workshop presented by EnviroCentre's Let's Bike!

Delivered by an experienced cyclist, this workshop will provide participants with tips on incorporating cycling into their everyday lives. You’ll learn helpful hints, rules of the road, and advice on choosing a route to your destination.

Article: Active transportation is good for mental health

Article: City kickstarts new bicycle parking plan, hits brakes on bike sharing

Article: Adventure Report provides trail reports and a free Gear Library to get people outside

Article: La réparation de vélos supervisée a la cote

It is basically a bike coop system where members, for a small fee of $15 to $25 per year, can repair their bikes under supervision from a professional mechanic.

Video: 7 Types of road cyclists we all know (6:08)

Video: Danny MacAskill – Cascadia (5:36)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC