Bike Shorts, July 13, 2020

20 Jul 2020 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Congratulations to KNBC and CCCTS member Richard Tobin. He will receive a Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers for helping newcomers to Canada find jobs in their fields since 2009, through his involvement with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization. The medal recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. Congratulations, Richard, for your dedication and enthusiasm in mentoring our new arrivals in Canada.

1. The Rides (July 14 - 20)

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 18 (Sat) L2 - Pointe Gatineau – 55 km

2. Tour Director News

To assist with members setting up impromptu rides, within the Member Directory, you can now obtain a sorted list of members with a particular Riding Style or Ride Distance preference. Simply click the fields you're interested in and the directory with do the rest.

3. SAFETY TIP FROM MONNA - Stay save, stay back

All the "safety infrastructure green paint" in the world will NOT protect a cyclist who is unaware of the enormity of 'large vehicle blind spots', and rides beside them both at, and through intersections. The area beside a truck (between the truck and the curb), is aptly called the 'death zone'. Cyclists need to be aware of this extraordinary danger and stay out of it. If arriving first - stay in front, if not - stay well back and OUT of the drivers blind spot, and NEVER beside. Be especially mindful of the wheels (which may start turning right, WITHOUT WARNING TURN SIGNALS). TAKE SPECIAL CARE with garbage trucks as they can be operated from both right and left sides - further increasing their blind spots. NEVER pass them on the inside, and be absolutely sure you have both sufficient time and space to pass them on the outside.

Please refer to this Share the Road video:

4. Diversions

Article: Champlain Lookout closure. Starts Monday, July 13, 2020

  • Access to the Champlain lookout will remain closed at all times during the work
  • Champlain Parkway:

o closed to all users from the intersection of the Fortune Lake Parkway to the Étienne-Brûlé Lookout, Monday to Friday from 6am to 5pm. Open to pedestrians and cyclists only outside of these hours. Vehicle access on Sundays from 1 pm to sunset.

o Closed to all users from the Étienne-Brûlé Lookout to the Champlain Lookout at all times for the duration of the work.

  • Fortune Lake Parkway:

o closed to all users from the Champlain Parkway to Dunlop, Monday to Friday from 6am to 5pm. Open to pedestrians and cyclists only outside of these hours. Vehicle access on Sundays from 1 pm to sunset.

o Note – access to this parkway via trails 3, 9, 32, and 36 will not be permitted during the work

Website: Open public washrooms

Article: Alberta man builds rare steam-powered bike

Article: Travel-starved tourists are taking fake flights in Taiwan

Website: RidewithGPS Great Community Route Celebration


Our goal is to map your cycling experience to make biking safer. You know your local cycling trouble spots and we want you to map them. Your knowledge of cycling safety, hazards, and even bike thefts will be analyzed using GIS and statistics to identify hot spots of cycling safety, risk, and crime. We are constantly updating our maps and technology, so send us feedback. And stay tuned for updated safety maps generated from YOUR biking experience.

Downtown Ottawa: Starting July 11, Bank Street between Queen and Flora will be closed to vehicles for the next five Saturdays, from 9am to midnight. The goal is to offer more room for pedestrians, cyclists and patios.


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC