Bike Shorts, Oct. 12, 2020

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IMPORTANT: The Annual General Meeting of KNBC on November 3 will be an online event using Zoom. You will have to buy your own pizza and beer for the meeting. More information to come next week.

1. The Rides (Oct 13 - 19)

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

NOTE: If a ride is full, please join the waitlist. An overflow ride will be created if numbers warrant it.

Saturday, Oct. 17 - L2 - Perkins - 50 km

2. Safety tip from Monna - Do you know your hand signals?

It is imperative to communicate your intention to stop, change lanes, turn, and/or generally manoeuvre around traffic, obstacles, construction etc. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $85.00 (HTA 142).

Use an open palm with spread fingers for maximum visibility (a 'point' can be confused with pointing out a hazard);

Straighten up on the bike – if you are bent over – it may be difficult for others to actually see the signal;

Shoulder check BEFORE signalling, while maintaining straight line riding;

Return your hands to your handlebars when crossing or turning at an intersection;

There are two methods to signal “right turning”: a straight right arm, or a bent left arm. The decision of which to use is situational: Ask yourself “on what side of me is the intended audience” (i.e. is there traffic merging from the right) and signal accordingly.

Remember - you are signaling to communicate your intentions to move (or stop) your bike - so always think of your intended audience, shoulder check and signal for maximum visibility.

Here from CANBIKE, is a video:

3. Diversions

Construction: Iris St. traffic detour

Article: PELOTON is fighting hate speech on its platform

Inspiring story:

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC