Bike Shorts is published weekly now. You are very welcome to suggest photos, cartoons, stories, events, links, etc. Just send your info to bikeshorts(at)knbc.ca
Quote of the week:
“Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.”
– Edward Gorey
1. Safety tip from Monna - Be careful on wet roads
When riding on wet roads (especially descending), get in the habit of slightly 'feathering' your brakes. This will dry them; so that they will be effective when you need them.
Be VERY careful NOT to turn suddenly on wet roads, especially on white or yellow road paint. In wet rainy conditions, this can be almost as treacherous as sand and/or gravel. The green 'bike specific' road markings seem to be ok.
2. KNBC Custom Clothing
If you would like to order a KNBC Jersey or any other item, please e-mail clothing(at)knbc.ca and say what you would like, so we will know if we have sufficient items to make the order minimum quantity. Please note that we have a new jersey supplier this year. The basic short sleeved jersey will be $84.00 plus tax. The club will pay for shipping.
A description of the jersey fabrics and features can be found HERE, and sizing charts HERE. Due to the COVID-19 situation we will not be using a “fit kit” (sizing samples) this season, you will have to measure a jersey you have that fits well and compare to the sizing charts.
Right now there is only one order; however we need a minimum of 6 orders to get the above price.
Please consider submitting your order within the next week.
Event: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Discover Your City by Bike with Councillor Dudas
Discover some of the interesting destinations in Ottawa that are easily accessible by bicycle! Heritage sites, nature areas and public art are a few of the destinations that will be covered. Route planning resources will also be highlighted to help you plan your own adventure! This workshop is intended for people of all ages and cycling abilities. Free.
Article: NCC updates
Champlain Lookout and a section of the Champlain Parkway between Champlain Lookout and the Étienne Brulé Lookout will be closed to all users from April 26 to May 28, 2021. During this period, access to Champlain Lookout will not be possible by road or via trails 1 and 1b. Signage will be in place.
This closure is necessary to complete the Champlain Lookout rehabilitation work, including grading, landscaping, line marking and the installation of benches.
Article: May is bike month in Quebec – Mois du vélo
Article: OC Transpo Bikesecure parking
OC Transpo recently launched new Bikesecure sheltered parking at Fallowfield, Greenboro, St-Laurent and Strandherd stations. These bicycle parking facilities are sheltered, secured and reserved for registered customers only. Bikesecure spaces cost $10 a month plus a one-time fee of $6 for the key fob. Bikesecure is another way OC Transpo makes it easy for customers to connect to transit by bike. Customers interested in the program can call 613-842-3777 to register. Funding for the Bikesecure shelters was provided in part by the Government of Canada through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. More information is available at http://octranspo.com
Article: The basics - What you should pack for the first rides of the season
Article: COVID-19 could end our dependence on cars — if we ‘build back better’
Article: Build cities for bikes, buses, and feet—not cars
Article: Man uses a GPS tracker to turn his bike rides into gigantic drawings
Article: The 13 best electric bikes for every kind of ride
Photography course: Seeing through photographs (MOMA) – free online course, 4 weeks. Starts May 1
Photography related news: 200,000 Photos from the George Eastman Museum, the World’s Oldest Photography Collection, available online
Video: Cyclists behaving badly - Understanding cyclist disobedience in Amsterdam (6:14)
Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC