Bike Shorts, August 30. 2021

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Quote of the week: “Bicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay.” P. Martin Scott

1. The Rides (Aug 31 – Sept 6)

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: 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

Tuesday August 31: L2 - Manotick-Osgoode - 55 km

Wednesday September 1: L1 - Ottawa Monuments Tour - 35 km

L3 - Pakenham-Waba-Arnprior - 95 km

L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride (5:45 pm)

Thursday September 2: L3 - Portage-du-Fort - 104 km

Friday September 3: L2 Champlain – 53 km

Saturday September 4: L1 - Carp - 50 km

Sunday September 5: L3 - Balderson - 94 km

2. Tour Director News – August 30

L1 Survey Summary

  • 24 L1 members completed the survey
  • COVID-19 did have a negative impact on participation
  • The majority of respondents expressed interest in rides of 40 km or longer
  • A significant number preferred rides of 25-35 km
  • There was a slight preference for weekend rides. Tuesday was the least desirable day.
  • There was little interest in afternoon rides.
  • The majority were satisfied with the number of L1 rides being offered.

A few comments were received; they ranged from completely discontented to very positive. Other than a desire for more and shorter rides, there were no repeated concerns expressed.

Many thanks are extended to those members who completed the survey.

3. Safety Tip from Monna – Be mindful of the 'flexible' lane marking bollards

Flexible bike lane safety posts (bollards) are popping up all over the NCR. They can provide an invaluable means to prevent cars from encroaching on bike lanes. However; while they are flexible when hit by a vehicle, when coming in contact with your bike, they are not so forgiving, and can take you down. Be mindful to leave sufficient distance when cycling around them.

Also be mindful of the sand and gravel, which seems to accompany the areas where the bollards have been installed. Always look ahead to be aware of potential danger and adjust your speed and distance accordingly.

4. Diversions

Article: Drinking water prevents heart failure

Videos: Virtual rides in Ireland

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC