Bike Shorts, July 20, 2020

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1. The Rides (July 21 - 27)

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 25 (Sat) L2 Perkins 49 km

2. Tour Director News - KNBC – KTC? Is it over?

Yes, our long relationship with KTC may be coming to an end. We still love KTC, but our love is unrequited. They are threatening to tow us away. So we are going to be trying out some other start locations and see which we think are best. We can still meet to start rides at KTC, but park elsewhere first. Some places we might think of parking, when starting at KTC, are: Neighbourhood streets

  • 260 Hearst Way (the red 6 storey building next to the pedestrian bridge) – there is a large parking lot behind this building that has been very empty on weekends lately
  • Kanata Wave Pool – could be busy on hot days
  • Holy Trinity High School – lots of parking on weekends (and week days in the summer)

We might simply start rides at the Wave Pool or Holy Trinity, as well as park there.

Here are some other places we might start rides:

All Saints High School/Whalen Park - Kanata Ave and Goulbourn Forced Rd.

o Good access to routes heading downtown, north and west. For other routes you can ride the 3.2 km to KTC and ride as usual.

o No obvious washrooms.

o Lots of parking on non-school days. There is parking available in the neighbourhood about 200 metres away.

Earl of March High School – For the Parkway

o Good access to routes heading downtown, north and west. For other routes you can ride the 2.0 km to KTC and ride as usual.

o No obvious washrooms.

o Lots of parking on non-school days.

Jack Charron Arena - Castlefrank and Abbeyhill

o Good Access to Ashton, Manotick and points south.

  • For other rides, you can get to KTC via Castlefrank a distance of 2.8 km. The section of Castlefrank north of Hazeldean is often busy. There is a quiet route to KTC that is 3.2 km
  • No obvious washrooms.
  • When Covid-19 is over, this place will be very busy.

We checked out Ron Maslin Playhouse/Walter Baker Park. It has great parking and washrooms, but there is no route to start an L1 ride out of this venue. If you can think of other places we can start, let us know.

I thought Barrie’s sign off letter to KTC management was wonderful. It is reprinted below.

Tom Wiley

Barrie’s final letter to KTC management

Hi Michelle,

Thank you for the quick reply -- although your Board's position is obviously not what I had hoped for. I feel sad because this is the end of a long association with the mall. I remember that I had my offices on the third floor of the tower in the 1980s. I also remember that in those days, the City of Kanata's Council Chambers were immediately next door and on a Tuesday evening when I finished work, I would listen and watch for a while -- especially if there was a rowdy debate about something. I remember getting my hair cut at the barber shop. I remember shopping with my wife at Loblaws when they were there. I remember renewing my driving licence and car permit when MTO was there. I remember Don and Vivian's ice cream and snack store -- they were good friends. And I knew friends who ran the dance studio. And of course, there was the LCBO and Scotiabank.

I realize that times change. But one thing that never changes is the importance of relationships in business. In the mall business, relationships with the community are very important. In 25 years of using that corner of the parking lot, there has never been an issue nor has it ever cost you a penny. In fact, on weekends, that part of the parking lot is never busy. I would also mention that in 25 years of organizing recreational bike tours in other parts of Ontario and in Quebec and Upper New York State, no mall has ever replied with a "no". The typical answer is "that's fine, but please park as far from the doors as possible."

In total, your Board's answer was disappointing. We have started looking for a new place to start our bike rides.

Best regards, Barrie Kirk

3. Safety tip from Monna - Bike Lights - The Law

Section 62 (17), of the HTA was amended to "require cyclists to have proper lights on their bikes when on the road any time from one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise AND at any other time when, due to insufficient light or unfavourable atmospheric conditions". Every bicycle shall carry a white or amber light on the front and a red light or a reflector on the rear. Failure to comply can result in a fine of $110.

Use of daytime lights can increase cyclists’ visibility in changing light conditions, in high traffic areas, where road user have a multitude of distractions, and for that notorious blind spot. When cycling in a group however; unless you are the 'end rider', please refrain for using your rear light in 'flash mode'. This can be distracting and annoying to riders behind you, and for those who have suffered a concussion, may actually be painful.

4. Diversions

Construction on Thomas Dolan

The Thomas Dolan Parkway between Stonecrest Rd. and Carp Rd. will be closed until July 29 for culvert repairs.

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Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC