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1. The rides (June 23-29)
2. Safety tip from Monna
3. Accident update
1. The Rides (June 23-29)
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 or Assistant 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: email@example.com
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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460
Saturday June 27
L2 Old Gatineau 57 km
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 up so as to actually be lined up to 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 metre to the left of the car before the intersection, and continue in a straight line through the intersection in order to maintain a 1 metre 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. Accident update
You may remember the article 3 weeks ago about the unconscious rider found on the bike path. A member recognized the circumstances described as matching an accident her friend had the same day. They got in touch and we helped them fill in some of the details. Happy to say the rider is recovering, albeit with a broken collarbone and some post-concussion symptoms. Turns out the rider had her driver’s license in her back pocket. It wasn’t obvious enough for somebody to find while trying to stabilize her with a broken collarbone and in a lot of pain. Moral of this story, make sure you have some ID that someone can find. She will be ordering a RoadID. Ride safe.
After all of the news about Barrhaven coyotes/attacks, I was keeping an eye out while riding in the Greenbelt forest. Near Rifle Road and south of the 19th Tee driving range, I had a near-miss crossing with a large German Shepherd-sized coyote with a long thick bushy tail.
I was riding at a slow pace and relatively quietly on the asphalt path which runs towards the train overpass. About 50m east of the iron bridge over Watts Creek, a coyote sauntered out the forest and crossed my path, but lucky for me it trotted into the forest bounded by the railway further south. I estimate being less than 50m further east from the coyote. It was scary. After that I rode while ringing my bell, as there are a lot of windy sections on the gravel paths - especially where one never knows what is around the next corner. Paul Dobrovolny
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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC