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1. The Rides (Aug 11-17)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://knbc.ca/page-18460
Saturday, August 15
L1 - Baxter Conservation Centre - 50 km
L3 - Three Mills - 85 km
L4 - Three Mills - 85 km
2. Safety tip from Monna - "Taking the Lane"
Accidents can occur when cyclists misjudge how narrow a lane actually is; and "hug the curbside" instead of "taking the Lane". When a lane is too narrow to safely share with a vehicle (think sharing with a bus or truck, and not a mini), the cyclist risks getting run off the road or worse; getting crushed. For narrow bridges, construction areas, or regular roads that are really narrow - it is vital to "take the lane" and efficiently cycle through. If the area is lengthy, and you are holding up a long line of traffic - you may consider pulling over (but only if it is safe to do so), and let them pass. Never compromise your safety for the convenience of a motorist.
Bad news dept.: KNBC Annual picnic is cancelled
No doubt some of you were wondering about whether or not the picnic would happen. The club’s executive decided that it would be too risky to socialise while respecting physical distancing. Sharing food and chatting with folks you haven’t seen in a while would likely compromise the need to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing app: COVID Alert
Construction alert: New roundabout at the Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road intersection
Beginning in August, the city will start constructing a new roundabout at the Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road intersection. The work will include the construction of a single entry and exit roundabout with a pedestrian crossing around the intersection that will provide a connection to the paved shoulders of the road.
This much-needed roundabout will improve traffic flow and enhance the safety for all road users. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of fall 2020. Residents can expect intermittent lane closures on both Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road during non-peak traffic periods. Access to local businesses and properties, and to cycling and pedestrians will be maintained.
Also, Ferry Road that leads down to the Quyon ferry is torn up for resurfacing. The hard oil pack is actually many times better than the cratered mess we were used to. It's unclear what surface they're going to put on, but chip seal would be my guess.
Article: How to Prevent Muscle Cramps on a Ride
Article: Bicycling helmets safety evaluation by Virginia Tech
Note from Sam Ludmer: Get either a MIPS or a Wavecel helmet. There are claims by the manufacturer’s marketing saying the Wavecel is better. This is not necessary so according to Consumers Report. However getting one or the other helps to ensure that you have the best protection.
Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC