"Sometimes ambitious, always social!"
Welcome to all returning members and those joining for the first time!
The Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club (KNBC) organizes rides for its members within the Ottawa area and beyond, with touring as the main focus. The club is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that emphasizes the social, recreational, adventurous, and health aspects of cycling. The club strives to achieve high standards of safety and courtesy among its members, and encourages peer and group support for members of all abilities.
We usually, but not always, run day tours from starting points in the western part of Ottawa, and tour areas west of the city. We also offer weekly Wednesday evening shorter rides starting from Centrepointe. Several times a year we organize weekend tours based in areas that are an easy drive from the city (e.g. Kingston). We offer rides in five different speed and distance categories from relaxed to high octane based on distance, speed, frequency of stops and difficulty of terrain. If you find yourself unsure of which one to try first, we would recommend trying a slower one for the first ride.
KNBC also hosts a number of club social events including a summer picnic, a holiday social at the end of the summer cycling season and a Winter Social. Other events are also often organized such as winter moonlight cross country skiing or snow shoe treks in Gatineau Park.
If you are new to the club, we encourage you to participate in our orientation course which will introduce participants to safe group riding practices and etiquette, basic/fundamental riding skills, and signals learning session which takes place on the bike in a controlled setting such as a parking lot or section of pathway. Club membership also includes the opportunity to take the CAN-BIKE 4 course at a minimal cost. This course is taught by a certified CAN-BIKE 4 instructor and will help all riders hone their skills and increase their confidence on their bike.
Information about scheduled rides, Can-Bike 4 courses, orientation to group riding and related cycling news items appears in Bike Shorts, which is published on Mondays during the cycling season.
Regular new membership fees are $40; fees for renewing members are $30. Our fees include liability insurance arranged through a private insurer (Premier Marine).
The fastest way to join the Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club (KNBC) is to join on-line. This has the advantage of saving us time re-entering information and moving funds around. The advantage for members is that you can pay for the membership online with your credit card. As well, you would get faster access to your membership card, your online profile and a variety of member services.
If you would like to pay by e-transfer, please contact us for instructions.
One last payment option is to:
- Download the application form and waiver. Complete, print, sign and date both forms.
- Include a cheque payable to "Kanata-Nepean Bicycle Club" for $30 if you are a renewing member or $40 if you are a new member.
- Mail this application, the waiver, and your cheque to:
Box 856, Richmond, ON
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Wayne Lumsden, President, KNBC