Bike Shorts, July 27, 2020

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1. The Rides (July 28- Aug 3)

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

Saturday, August 1

L2 MacKenzie King Estate 58 km

2. Safety tip from Monna - Be mindful of the 'flexible' lane marking bollards

Flexible bike lane safety posts (bollards), are popping up all over the NCR. They can provide an invaluable means to prevent cars from encroaching on bike lanes. However; while they are flexible when hit by a vehicle, when coming in contact with your bike, they are not so forgiving, and can take you down. Be mindful to leave sufficient distance when cycling around them. Also be mindful of the sand and gravel, which seems to accompany the areas where the bollards have been installed. Always look ahead to be aware of potential danger and adjust your speed and distance accordingly.

3. Diversions

E-bike survey from Share the Road cycling coalition (deadline Aug. 5)

Library book on order

E-bike: A guide to E-bike models, technology & riding essentials by Martin Häussermann (2020)

Article: Coronavirus - GPs to prescribe cycling in new obesity strategy

We are a pretty fit group of cyclists so, of course, this article couldn’t possible apply to any club members. However the idea that your family doctor in the UK can prescribe cycling is cool.

Ontario Cycling Association – Return to sport update

While KNBC is not following the OCA advice, the club’s executive is tracking what the organization is telling its members.

Six on-the-bike snacks for your jersey pocket

Urban futures video: How to build a city around bikes, fast (9:32)

Around the world cycling lanes are popping up and bike shops are selling out. As the coronavirus pandemic means people need to avoid subways and buses the bicycle is having a renaissance. And it could have much bigger repercussions for the health of our cities long into the future.

Report: Cycling cities - A Policy Brief from the Policy Learning Platform on Low-carbon economy (June 2020)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC, bikeshorts(at)