Bike Shorts, June 14, 2021

21 Jun 2021 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Quote of the week: “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

1. The Rides (June 15-21)

Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email.

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: if any changes are required to their ride.

Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at

Wednesday, June 14, 2021: L2 – Manotick-Osgoode – 55 km

2. Tour Director News

A request was sent out to the 51 tour leaders who are currently on the club’s distribution list to gauge their interest in leading rides during this period of easing pandemic restrictions. It is not surprising that a significant number are hesitant to jump back into the breach in these somewhat uncertain times. The encouraging news is that many of the seasoned leaders who have expressed hesitancy are prepared to lead again when they feel safe to do so.

As of this morning, I have received feedback from 37 of the 51 leaders currently on the list. The following summarizes the results:

  • fifteen have indicated that they are willing to lead rides now;
  • five have indicated that they will likely start leading again as we move into Steps 2&3 of the Ontario reopen plan;
  • fourteen leaders have indicated that they will likely actively participate in leading with things are back to normal;
  • two leaders indicated that will likely lead an occasional ride in the post pandemic era;
  • fourteen participants have yet to respond, and
  • one person has indicated that they have retired from leading.

A call for ride proposals has gone out to those tour leaders who have indicated a willingness to lead rides. Hopefully we will be able to increase the number of rides being offered in the coming weeks.

All members are requested to consider leading rides when their comfort level permits. Anyone interested in becoming a tour leader please contact Wayne at tour-director(at) . Although we can’t have our regular in person Tour Leaders training session this year, all new leaders will be provided course material and mentoring.

2. Safety tip from Monna – Destination Positioning at Intersections

Where you position yourself on the road and at intersections tells other road users (especially those behind you), what your intentions are. Just as you would in a vehicle - position yourself to be lined up with where you want to be on the other side of the intersection:

  • If you pull into the curb position, it actually indicates to drivers that you intend to turn right;
  • If there are vehicles parked before and after the intersection - stay 1 meter to the left of the car before the intersection, and continue in a straight line through the intersection in order to maintain a 1 meter distance from the car beyond the intersection;
  • Travel in the right most lane position that will take you to your destination; and
  • Never compromise your safety for the convenience of the vehicle.

3. Diversions

Map: Amenities map that includes washrooms and drinking fountains

Event: June 11-20, 2021, 20th anniversary Bicycle Film Festival

TOGETHER WE CYCLE (documentary feature film) investigates the critical events that led to the revival of the Dutch cycling culture. For most people, cycling in the Netherlands appears like a natural phenomenon. However, until the 1970s the development of mobility in the Netherlands followed trends across the globe. The bicycle had had its day, and the future belonged to the car. The only thing that had to be done was to adapt cities to the influx of cars. Then Dutch society took a different turn. Against all odds people kept on cycling. The answer to the question why this happened in the Netherlands is not straight forward. There are many factors, events and circumstances that worked together, both socially and policy-wise. In TOGETHER WE CYCLE, key players tell the story of the bumpy road which led to the current state.

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Did you know? Day visits to all Ontario provincial parks will be FREE from Monday through Thursday (including statutory holidays) from May 1 to September 2.

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC