Bike Shorts, July 6, 2020

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1. The Rides (July 7 - 13)

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: 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

July 8 (Wednesday) L1 - Carp - 42 km

July 11 (Saturday) L2 - Rockcliffe Beechwood - 46 km

2. Tour Director News – Registering for KNBC rides in the time of Covid-19

Registering for KNBC rides is more difficult than it was in simpler times. We can’t just sign in at the start as we used to. Sharing the sign in sheet or a pen could be a source of contagion. The biggest complication is that members cannot take part in a ride unless they agree to abide by our Covid-19 Day Tour policy. Effectively, this means members cannot participate in a ride unless they register for it on the club website. Fortunately, last year we got used to registering for rides on the website. So, for most of us, this is business as usual. Instead of people signing in at the start point, the tour leader will fill in the sign in sheet at home, two hours before the ride starts. The tour leader will bring the sign in sheet and a pen on the ride. What happens if someone says they registered after the leader filled in the sign in sheet? This is where it gets complicated. Actually, it’s not complicated. The leader can refuse to admit late registrants to the ride. The leader is under no obligation to explain or defend their decision.

If the leader is feeling magnanimous, they may opt to ask if anyone has a smart phone that can access the KNBC website. If so, the names of those duly registered can be read off and this might convince the leader to admit the rider. In which case the leader will write the name and numbers of Johnny come lately on the sign in sheet. The leader will not pass the sign in sheet or the pen to anyone. There is a lesson here for all of us. That is, if you don’t want to be involved in a fiasco, then be sure to register for club rides at least two hours before they start.

3. Safety tip from Monna - Straight Road Hazards

When riding on a straight country road – watch out for oncoming passing cars (two cars coming at you, now taking up both lanes). The passing motorist may not be able to accurately gauge your speed, and may not allow sufficient time to pass and get safely back in his lane. It may actually be necessary to leave the roadway and 'hit the ditch' to avoid a head on, high speed collision.

4. Diversions

DETOUR: Herzberg Trunk Sewer Project Cycling Detour

With ongoing work happening to complete the Herzberg Trunk Sewer Project, please be aware of the cycling detour. This project has significant impacts on cyclists. “Shared Use Lane Single File” signs have been installed along northbound and southbound lanes to remind motorists and cyclists to share the road. This means that vehicles and cyclists are not permitted to pass each other in the construction area. Alternatively, cyclists can choose a detour that will avoid the construction zone. The detour will lead cyclists along Legget Drive, Schneider Road, to Carling Avenue.

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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC