Bike Shorts, August 3, 2020

10 Aug 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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1. The Rides (Aug 4-10)

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

Sat. Aug. 8 - L2 Norway Bay 71 km

Sun. Aug. 9 - L3 Carleton Place 76 km

2. Safety tip from Monna - How to avoid “Dooring”

Cyclists need to know how to navigate safely around parked cars without getting 'doored'. Treat them (parked cars), like a curb. Ride one metre from their edge, and ride in a straight line. Pick your line between blocks and do not meander back and forth to the curb. Watch for hazards around parked cars: Doors opening; Pedestrians walking out between; Tail or brake lights coming on; Wheels moving; and Cars pulling out or into the parking space. The fine for 'dooring' is $365 (includes victim fine surcharge and court fees) + three (3) demerit points.

3. Diversions

Wednesday, August 12 Bike Minds: Tales of the bicycle Virtual Event, 8 pm (Free)

The event theme is Bikes + Fate; specifically how did unexpected or unplanned events lead you to cycling and where you are now? Were there any random encounters or coincidences in your past that helped to create your love of cycling? Zoom will be the platform used for the event, and you must register through Eventbrite to receive access information.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing app: COVID Alert

Updated list of open washrooms/toilets

Bike to work month is changing

“Let’s Bike” Ottawa would be the program vehicle to promote safe, healthy, low-carbon and low-cost travel across the city. Participants will be invited to discover their city, track their reduced carbon footprints, and learn about the many resources available to support a happier trip. Let’s Bike Month will take place in September 2020 and transition from a commuter-only trip-logging campaign to an all-trip campaign, logging all trips taken by bike. EnviroCentre will continue to provide the carbon savings for choosing to bike, and will shift away from daily prizes focused on individuals and workplaces. Workplaces will continue to be engaged and supported, but additional community partners and groups will be included in our public outreach and engagement strategy.

Survey: Bike Parking Strategy for the City of Ottawa

The survey will be available until the end of August, 2020. There will also be a virtual meeting to get feedback and ideas, date and time TBD.


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC