Bike Shorts, Sept. 28, 2020

5 Oct 2020 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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1. The Rides (Sept 29 – Oct 5)

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. Oct. 3

L1 - Manotick - 42 km

L2 - MacKenzie King Estate - 58 km

2. Safety tip from Monna - Be bear wise and prevent bear encounters

Members have recently reported bear encounters. Here is some information from the Government of Ontario:

3. Safety and Education Blog

Monna and Bill Bourne have started a Safety and Education Blog on the KNBC website to provide more detailed articles than reasonably fit in Bike Shorts, as well as material that members may wish to have ongoing access to. The plan is for Bill to contribute an article weekly.

Every Cyclist Crashes - Even You!

The first article by Bill, which you can find at, discusses some blunt facts about cycling accidents and attitudes cyclists must adopt in order to prevent them. The article will help to reflect on your attitudes and approach to cycling safety.

4. Diversions

Article: Take the Backroad: Exploring Gravel Routes in Kawarthas Northumberland

Input needed: Ottawa Active Transportation Plan Update consultation

The consultation is open until October 31, 2020.

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Video: Vélo cargo (2:23)

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC