Bike Shorts, October 1, 2018

1 Oct 2018 6:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Thanks to Peter MacDowall for taking care of Bike Shorts for the last three editions while I was away.

This week in Bike Shorts:

  1. The Rides (October 2-8)
  2. Safety Tip from Monna
  3. Diversions
  4. RideWithGPS Assessment
  5. 2018 Membership directory
  6. RidewithGPS Club Account 

1. The Rides (October 2-8)
Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website ( prior to heading to a start location.  Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at:

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

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

Wednesday, 3 October
17:30 - L1-5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride and Social

Saturday, 6 October
10:00 - L1 - Chaudière Falls - 32 km
10:00 - L3 - Morris Island Conservation Area -91.5

Sunday, 7 October
10:00 - *L2 - Wakefield / Mont Cascade - 65k

2. Safety Tip from Monna – Report road hazards to the appropriate city councillor
When you encounter road hazards, poor road surface conditions, badly placed grates, speed bumps or anything that renders cycling more dangerous: Now is the time to REPORT them to your City of Ottawa Councillor. A map is contained on the Safety Page of the KNBC website with current Councillor contact info. Use "Safety Hazard to Cyclists" in your Subject Heading, outline the concern, (impact on cyclists' safety), and if possible include a picture with the location coordinates. Take the time to ask them where they stand on sharing the road, cyclist and motorist safety education and safety infrastructure.

Also, copy Robin Bennet at (Project Manager, Cycling Program, Transportation Planning, Planning and Growth Management Branch, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, City of Ottawa) and

3. Diversions
Article: How to improve pedaling efficiency
Article: How to wash a bicycle: 10 bike washing don’ts and do’s
Article: How Norway’s capital Oslo is ridding its city centre of cars

Books on cycling at Ottawa Public Library (on order or arrived)

  • The Birth of the Bicycle by Nicholas Clayton, 2016.
  • The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life by Margaret Guroff, 2016.
  • Copenhagenize: The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism by Mikael Colville-Andersen, 2018.
  • Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two-wheeled Life by Anna Brones, 2016.
  • Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality By Melissa Bruntlett,; Chris Bruntlett, 2018.
4. RideWithGPS Assessment
The club is assessing the value of the club membership of RidewithGPS. As a tour participant, could you provide the Tour Director with a quick one liner, or a couple of words on how beneficial was the club RWGPS account. All he needs is short "broad strokes" feedback -good, bad or indifferent :-)  Please send your comments on the Club RWGPS account to

5. 2018 Membership directory
The 2018 Membership directory is available in the members’ only section of the website. You will need the login and password you were sent when you joined to access this document.

6. RideWithGPS Club Account
The KNBC RideWithGPS Club Account is ready for Club members to use.  To gain access to the club account simply use the following link.

As a reminder, if you want to take advantage of the Club Account, you will first need to have a free basic personal account.  If you do not have one, clicking on the above link will take you through that process. An information video and basic tutorial showing how to use the features can be found by clicking on the following link.

The video is very clear and thorough.  If after watching the video you have questions on gaining access to the account, please contact KNBC Tour Director at:


 Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC