• 3 Jun 2019 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    2. The Rides (May 28-June 3)

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    6. Safety tip from Monna

    7. Diversions

    8. KNBC website

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    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy. We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (May 28-June 3)

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca 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

    29 May 2019

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    1 June 2019

    L3 - Mill of Kintail - 82.5 km

    2 June 2019

    L2 - Byward Market - 59 km

    L3 - Fitzroy Harbour - 76.5 km

    L4 - Portage-du-Fort - 118.5 km

    L5 - Portage-du-Fort - 118.5 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    Date: Saturday 15 June

    Time: 7-9pm

    Details: Back by popular demand, tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    Who: This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season. It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September). It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead. Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    • Date;
    • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;
    • Start location;
    • Start time;
    • Distance;
    • Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides

    Please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub. L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Registration not required. Simply show up and look for the fun loving group of KNBC cyclists.

    Start = 6:15pm behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides. As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit. They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group.

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    6. Safety tip from Monna – Health Emergency Information

    Members who have severe food (or other), allergies, and carry anaphylaxis medication (i.e. EpiPen), are requested to advise Tour Leaders accordingly at the start of a ride, along with any pertinent information, and where the EpiPen is located.

    Additionally, members should advise their Tour Leader of any injuries or health issues that may affect or limit their performance.

    To obtain a free durable plastic emergency contact card: https://freeemergencycontactcard.com/

    7. Diversions

    Tuesday, June 4, 7-9 pm, Organizing and leading a multi-day tour

    Want to go on a multi-day tour? Organize it!

    Come out and learn how easy it is to organize a tour and meet fellow club members who can help you do this. Learn about resources already on the club’s website. KNBC members who have organized and/or lead multi-day tours will discuss the steps involved in creating a multi-day tour. These are very popular with KNBC members. They all fill up very quickly and are a great way to get to know other members.

    When: Tuesday, June 4

    Where: 3 Brewers, Kanata Centrum

    Time: 7-9 pm

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Questions? Please contact Geoffrey president@knbc.ca

    Monday, June 10, New Members Welcome event, 3 Brewers, Kanata Centrum, 7-9 pm

    The KNBC executive would like you to join us for a new members welcome evening.

    RSVP: This event is on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    There will be brief presentations about the club and lots of socializing.

    Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, Multi-day tour Hudson-Montreal

    This is a first notice of this tour organized and lead by Steve Caron. It is listed in the event calendar. If interested please contact Steve.

    Article: Poland unveils glow-in-the-dark bicycle path that is charged by the sun

    https://www.higherperspectives.com/poland-bike-path-sun-2632207093.html

    Article: E-Bikes for an Aging Population

    https://www.planetizen.com/news/2019/05/104358-e-bikes-aging-population

    Video: Danny Macaskill: Danny daycare (4:10)

    https://youtu.be/jj0CmnxuTaQ

    Video: Chainless bike shaft – Future of cycling?

    https://mashable.com/video/chainless-bike-shaft-driven-ceramicspeed/?jwsource=em

    It’s your club – make stuff happen! Looking for a volunteer(s) to take charge of a modest monthly photography contest

    It has been suggested several times that the club should run a photo contest to showcase the skills and aesthetics of our members. Lots of examples from other bike clubs to be inspired with. If interested, please contact Geoffrey president@knbc.ca

    8. KNBC Website

    Road ID reminder - new dogtags

    As mentioned last week, we have a discount code for RoadID that’ll get you 20% off your entire order, good till June 17. Just put in KNBC19. They have just released their new ‘dog-tags’, so if you don’t want to wear anything on your wrists, this could work for you.

    https://www.roadid.com

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 27 May 2019 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    2. The Rides (May 21 - 27)

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    4. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    5. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides Returning soon

    6. Safety tip from Monna

    7. Diversions – several important events listed here!

    8. KNBC website

    9. KNBC at Cyclofusion

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    Tour Director news

    1. Registration for Day Tours

    Registration for day tours is fast and easy.  We ask that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details.  To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (May 21-27)

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca 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 

    22 May 2019

    L1 - Pinhey's Point - 54.5 km

    L3 - Perth - Balderson - 95 km

    L1 - L5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride

    25 May 2019

    L1 - Fitzroy Harbour - 54.3 km

    L2 - Perkins - 53.5 km

    L3 - Merrickville - 81.5 km

    L4 - Wakefield - 117 km

    L5 - Wakefield - 117 km

    26 May 2019

    L1 - Aviation and Space Museum - 49.5 km

    L3 – St. Albert - 64.5 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    3. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville,

    Date: Saturday 15 June

    Time: 7-9pm

    Details:tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville. 

    Who: This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season. It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at  tour-director@knbc.ca

    4.  Tour Planning Meeting - Friday 28 June

    When: Friday 28 June, 7-9pm

    Where: Community Room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September).  It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead, because specific rides will not be pre-assigned in the calendar by the Tour Director.  Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

              • Date;

              • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;

              • Start location;

              • Start time;

              • Distance;

              • Level;

     If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5.  Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides Returning 22 May

    Commencing Wednesday 22 May, please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub.

    L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Start = 6:15 pm, behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides.  As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit.

    They are also weather dependent. 

    Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group. 

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised.  Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.  

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    6. Safety tip from Monna – Riding in a group - but thinking like an individual 

    Sometimes when riding in a group, we turn off the brain and mindlessly follow the person in front of us. With 80% of accidents occurring at intersections - it is imperative we stay alert and take ownership of our own personal safety when crossing or turning at an intersection. What might have been adequate time for the folks in front - may no longer be the case. Be sure to assess each situation individually and make the safe decision for you.

    7. Diversions

    Sunday May 26, KNBC Riding Skills Clinic

    What to be safer on the road? Be more social when riding with a group? Have more fun? In this 31/2-hour clinic, we’ll practice basic skills to help you ride safer with more confidence. We’ll also learn basic group riding skills, so we can be more comfortable riding together as a group. The clinic is for both new and experienced KNBC members. It involves lots of drills with practice, and accommodates cyclists with a wide range skills and abilities. The format of the clinic is one of fun and play.

    When & Where:

    All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave, east parking lot.

    Sunday May 26, 9:00 AM – 12:30 pm

    Sunday May 26, 1:00 PM – 4:30 pm

    If it’s rainy weather, we’ll cancel and re-schedule.

    To register: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Tuesday, June 4, 7-9 pm, Organizing and leading a multi-day tour

    KNBC members who have organized and/or lead multi-day tours will discuss the steps involved in creating a multi-day tour. These are very popular with KNBC members. They all fill up very quickly and are a great way to get to know other members.  The club could use more multi-day tours.

    So come out and learn how easy it is to organize a tour and meet fellow members who can help you do this. Learn about resources already on the club’s website.

    When:  Tuesday, June 4

    Where: TBD depending on numbers

    Time: 7-9 pm

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Questions? Please contact president@knbc.ca

    Monday, June 10, New Members welcome event, 3 Brewers, Kanata Centrum, 7-9 pm

    This is an initial heads up for new members.  The KNBC executive would like you to join us for a new members welcome. 

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    8. KNBC Website

    Save to my calendar

    Don’t forget to use this handy feature when you register. Depending on your computer and calendar app, it will automatically enter the ride in your calendar, with all the details. PC users may need to manually double click the .ics file

    Road ID reminder - new dogtags

    As mentioned last week, we have a discount code for RoadID that’ll get you 20% off your entire order, good till June 17. Just put in KNBC19. They have just released their new ‘dog-tags’, so if you don’t want to wear anything on your wrists, this could work for you.

    https://www.roadid.com

    Calendar legend

    When checking the Weekly and Monthly calendars, you'll notice some of the Rides/Events have different colours. Here's what they mean:

    Blue - Normal ride entry

    Green - Something in the initial ride entry has changed. Maybe the time or location. If you had planned on taking this ride, best to check the entry again for what changed.

    Red - Ride is Cancelled. This spring, weather conditions caused a lot of cancellations.

    Brown - Social or non-ride events. Examples are the training sessions, New Members Welcome Night, club picnic, etc.

    Salmon (light red) - Multi day tours are shown as an FYI. No registration is possible.

    Ride Registration

    When registering for rides, please DO NOT de-select the "Show registration on event registrants list" checkbox. By doing so you show up as an Anonymous rider.  Since our tour leaders use this information to pre-populate their sign-in sheets, we will reset this field.

    Website Stats

    Some cool stats for you, we’re still averaging 1000 page hits per day. The 3 most popular non-home-page destinations are the Monthly Calendar, Upcoming Rides Calendar, and the Weekly Calendar. We are popular though, we’ve had 9 hits from the US, 4 from Russia, 2 from Togo, 1 from Australia, 1 from China, and 1 from Italy.

    9. KNBC at Cyclofusion

    On Saturday May 19, KNBC volunteers and our wonderful tent were present at the Cyclofusion. This event celebrated the beginning of the Nokia Sunday bikedays. Thanks to Roy for helping to set up and take down the tent. Big thanks to Virginia for staying all morning to keep me company, handing out business cards and generally schmoozing with the public. It was cool and windy but still a worthwhile event for the club to be at. Next year the organizers better have coffee available!

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 20 May 2019 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. Tour Director news

    2. The Rides (May 14 - 20)

    3. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides Returning soon

    4. Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    5. Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    6. Safety tip from Monna

    7. Diversions

    8. KNBC website

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    1. Tour Director news

    Registration for Day Tours

    With the registration feature working well beyond our expectations, we will now be asking that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. You can still notify the Tour Leader by email or phone, but the preferred method is by using the “Register” button, located on the left side of the “Ride Details” page, of the ride on which you are registering. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (May 14-20)

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, 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

    15 May 2019

    L1 - Becketts Landing - 51 km

    L1 - Becketts Landing - 51 km

    L3 - Blakeney-Almonte-Appleton - 89 km

    L4 - Blakeney-Almonte-Appleton - 89 km

    18 May 2019

    L3 - Arnprior-Burnstown - 71.5 km

    L4 - Carleton Place - 75.5 km

    19 May 2019

    L2 - Ashton via Old Almonte Rd - 59.5 km

    L3 - Kilmarnock Lock - 85 km

    L4 - Kilmarnock Lock - 85 km

    20 May 2019

    L3 - Perth - Balderson - 95 km

    L4 – Buckingham - 121.5 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    3. Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides Returning soon

    The Wednesday Evening Mystery Rides will be returning very soon.

    The very first one for this season is expected to be scheduled for Wednesday 22 May. More details on this will be in next week's Bike Shorts. Please note: you do not need to RSVP for these rides. They are very impromptu and loosely organized.

    Below are the details on what to expect: This is a RIDE and SOCIAL EVENT

    Commencing Wednesday 22 May, please join us on Wednesday evenings at Centrepointe for impromptu tours of 90 to 120 minutes, followed by socializing at the Royal Oak pub.

    L1, L2, L3 L4 and L5 speed groups will be arranged at the start depending on turnout.

    Start = 6:15 pm, behind the Royal Oak Pub 117 Centrepointe Drive.

    Please Note: These are impromptu rides.  As such, they are not formally organised and have no pre-determined leader(s) or routes. That's all part of the "mystery" and what makes these rides such a fun hit.

    They are also weather dependent. Generally speaking, if the weather looks very questionable, there is a good chance there will be reduced numbers (if any) of the tour leaders showing up to volunteer to lead a group. 

    Since they are impromptu, they appear as a standing entry in the calendar -meaning they are never really formally cancelled, because they are never really formally organised. Members are expected to use their own judgement in deciding to attend or not.  

    If you get there and discover the weather is not good enough for cycling, you can always skip the ride and go straight to the social part at the Royal Oak ;-).

    4.  Tour Leader Training - Saturday 15 June 7-9 pm

    Where: Community room of "Brown's Your Independent Grocer", 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville,

    Date: Saturday 15 June

    Time: 7-9 pm

    Details: Back by popular demand, tour leader training is scheduled for Saturday 15 June in the community room of Brown's Your Independent Grocer, 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville. The store is located at 1251 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville,

    This training is highly recommended for new tour leaders, potential tour leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.  It is also very useful for those who have been a tour leader for some time and would like a refresher

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5.  Tour Planning Meeting - Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    When: Friday June 28, 7-9 pm

    Where: Community Room of Browns Independent Grocer, Stittsville.

    RSVP: This event is now on the KNBC calendar. If you are planning to attend, simply go to the event on the Club calendar and register by using the register button.

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the Second half of the season (July-September).  It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead, because specific rides will not be pre-assigned in the calendar by the Tour Director.  Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    Here is a link to the KNBC Library of Day Tours https://knbc.ca/page-18435

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

                • Date;

                • Ride name and # as it appears in the Club Library;

                • Start location;

                • Start time;

                • Distance;

                • Level;

    If you have any question about this, please do not hesitate to contact the KNBC Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca

    5. Safety tip from Monna – Try to ride straight as possible when in a group

    When riding in a group, it is very distracting and dangerous (to both the riders and motorists behind you) if you meander back and forth from the edge of the road. Try to ride in as straight a line as possible. If road width, conditions and traffic permit, the ideal position is 3' from the curb or the edge of the asphalt (or car doors). This will give you maneuverability when required, and will help keep you clear of grates and most debris.

    "Teach the Reach Act" - Update

    The “Dutch reach method” is a method of opening a vehicle door in order to reduce the risk of injuring (dooring), a cyclist approaching the vehicle from behind:

    ·         The person checks the rear-view mirror and the side-view mirror for oncoming traffic;

    ·         The person uses his or her hand that is the farthest from the door and reaches across his or her body to place the hand on the door handle;

    ·         The person opens the door sufficiently to look in the direction of the oncoming traffic and check one more time for oncoming traffic; and 

    ·         The person opens the door completely and exits the vehicle.

    The bill was introduced by MPP Marit Stiles and would see the Dutch Reach method included in driver's education manuals, programs and testing in Ontario. For more information and to show your support - go to https://www.maritstiles.ca/teach_the_reach_petition

    6. Diversions

    Monday, June 10, New Members welcome event, 3 Brewers, Kanata Centrum, 7- 9 pm

    This is an initial heads up for new members.  The KNBC executive would like you to join us for a new members welcome.  More information will be provided in the next Bike shorts, including how to register for the event on our website.  Meanwhile please pencil in this date. https://www.les3brasseurs.ca/

    Essential information: Epic map will take you to the 18 best ice cream spots in Ottawa

    https://www.narcity.com/eat-drink/ca/on/ottawa/ottawas-18-best-ice-cream-spots-you-have-to-try-this-summer-2019

    Articles: Updates on cycling in Ottawa

    https://bikeottawa.ca/

    Article: Cycling in the City - May 2019

    Booth Street Cycle Tracks Ready for First Full Cycling Season

    The Booth Street Bridge has undergone a transportation transformation. A combination of cycle tracks and bike lanes were constructed in 2018 on the Booth Street Bridge to create a safer environment for cyclists, pedestrians, transit users, and motorists. These new cycling facilities will serve the future O-Train Pimisi station, planned development sites such as LeBreton Flats and Zibi, and onward cycling connections both along and across the Ottawa River. 

    The new cycle lanes are continuous with broad designated pedestrian crossing areas indicated by a ladder crosswalk pavement marking, similar to crosswalks on the roads. There are pavement markings at the commencement of the cycling track, indicating both the designated cyclist and the pedestrian areas. While this does provide added protection, cyclists are required to yield to pedestrians at designated pedestrian crossing areas. To learn more about this facility and information for different users, refer to the Booth Street Bridge information on the City’s website.

    Protected Intersections – A New Design for Ottawa

    To make intersections more safe and comfortable for people walking, cycling and driving, the City of Ottawa is implementing the ‘protected intersection’ concept at certain locations. Protected intersections provide dedicated space and crossings for pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles at a signal-controlled intersection. The design improves safety and comfort while minimizing potential conflicts by incorporating the following key features; 1) corner safety islands; 2) forward stop bars; 3) setback crossings; and 4) dedicated bicycle signals. You can find more details about these features on the City’s website, along with a list of protected intersection locations and a link to a short explanatory video.

    Form needed to sign up for the Cycling in the city newsletter.

    https://ottawa.ca/esubscriptions/signup-form-en.html

    Article: An alternative vacation - How to hike completely naked in Germany

    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/germany/articles/how-to-hike-completely-naked-in-germany/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190508global&utm_slot=5

    Shopping update: Décathlon and Mountain Warehouse stores

    The huge French sporting store Décathlon will be opening a store this fall on 2021 St Laurent Blvd.

    https://www.decathlon.ca/en/

    Meanwhile, the British store, Mountain Warehouse is open at the Tanger Outlet Mall #190 
    8555 Campeau Drive,
    (613) 8360595 https://www.mountainwarehouse.com/ca/

    5. KNBC Website

    Website

    Our stats show us averaging over 1000 page visits per day! The Upcoming Rides page was the most popular destination so we’ve updated it to make it more user friendly. You’ll now be able to view rides by level. As always, go to the main calendar page if you need a more overall view and more viewing options.

    Bell email

    Happy days, as of May 9, Bell seems to have resolved their email issues with us. All Bell.net and sympatico.ca emails are now making it through.

    RoadID

    If you worry what will happen if you’re incapacitated while riding and no-one is around, consider carrying additional ID. Many of us at the club use RoadID to carry our contact and emergency information. You can see more at their website. They have quite a few options.

    https://www.roadid.com/

    _________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 13 May 2019 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. Tour Director news

    2. The Rides (May 7-13)

    3. Safety tip from Monna

    4. Diversions

    5. KNBC website

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    1. Tour Director news

    Registration for Day Tours

    With the registration feature working well beyond our expectations, we will now be asking that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. You can still notify the Tour Leader by email or phone, but the preferred method is by using the “Register” button, located on the left side of the “Ride Details” page, of the ride on which you are registering. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (May 7-13)

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, 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

    8 May 2019

    L3 - Manotick - 59 km

    11 May 2019

    L1 - Manotick - 42.5 km

    L2 - Manotick - 59.5 km

    L3 - North Gower - 68.3 km

    L4 - Osgoode-North Gower - 84.5 km

    12 May 2019

    L3 - Champlain Lookout - 65 km

    L2 - Perth - 78.5 km

    KNBC Riding Skills Clinic

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    3. Safety tip from Monna – signal and/or call out your intentions

    It is imperative to communicate your intention to stop, change lanes, turn, and/or generally manoeuvre around traffic, other cyclists, pedestrians, obstacles, construction etc.

    ·         Use an open palm with spread fingers for maximum visibility (it is a signal NOT a point);

    ·         Straighten up on the bike – if you are too 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”. 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.

    When intending to pass another cyclist, first ensure it is safe to do so. Then, pass only on the left, NEVER on the right and warn the other cyclist by clearly stating 'passing on your left'. Give them sufficient space to avoid a wobble from being startled.

    4. Diversions

    Tuesday, May 7, SWEET shopping night.

    https://shop.bushtukah.com/articles/bushtukah-events-clinics-pg1973.htm

    Tuesday, May 14, Bike Day on the Hill at 4:30.  Do the ride or Volunteer

    We bring parliamentarians and cycling citizens together to promote safe cycling and physical activity. We are inviting folks to come for an easy 6 km ride followed by a barbecue in the East Block.

    I am looking for volunteers. Can you help?    

    Here is what we need:

    ·         marshals on the route (cycling job)

    ·         registration (sitting job)

    ·         social media (photo job)

    ·         BBQ (cooking job)

    It is about a 3 hour commitment on the day. Can you help?

    If you would rather participate in the ride please register and bring your family and friends!  I would also appreciate if you could post, tweet, circulate etc. to your networks. Facebook is @nhfd.ca and Twitter is @NHFDCAN with the hashtag #NHFDcan. 

    Sue Holloway

    National Health and fitness Day /Journée nationale de l'activité physique

    Project Coordinator/coordinatrice de projet

    613-286-3936

    https://www.facebook.com/events/316965145667925/

    Article: When You Hit the Wall: Bonking vs. Fatigue vs. Cramping

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/when-you-hit-the-wall-bonking-vs-fatigue-vs-cramping/

    Video: Cyclist chased by an ostrich

    https://youtu.be/kotWv4MCxNI?t=10

    5. KNBC Website

    When registering for a ride, please DO NOT clear the Show registration on event registrants list box. Our Tour Leaders are using this information to create their rider lists and notify members in case of changes.  Where we notice this we will clear the box so our Tour Leaders will have this information.

    Don’t forget to download the mobile app for your phone. With the mobile apps, you can look up rides, see where to go, and even register for a ride by phone. IOS and Android available.

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 6 May 2019 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last chance for renewal

    The renewal season is drawing to an end as cycling season takes off. For those of you who haven’t renewed yet, as of May 2 your membership will expire. Should you still want to ride with us (and yes warmer weather is coming eventually), please login and renew.

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. Tour Director news

    2. The Rides (April 30 - May 6)

    3. New this season: KNBC Riding Skills Clinic

    4. Safety tip from Monna

    5. Diversions

    6. Bell mail update

    7. KNBC website

    8. Ridewithgps

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    1. Tour Director news

    Registration for Day Tours

    With the registration feature working well beyond our expectations, we will now be asking that you RSVP for any ride you will be attending. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not. Those intending to attend any ride, regardless of the start location, will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register” button in the ride details. You can still notify the Tour Leader by email or phone, but the preferred method is by using the “Register” button, located on the left side of the “Ride Details” page, of the ride on which you are registering. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. You may also receive notices by email from your tour leader, if there are any last minute changes, cancellations, special instruction etc. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (April 30 - May 6)

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, 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-18430

    4 May 2019

    L1 - Pinhey's Point - 48.2 km

    L2 - Norway Bay - 79 km

    5 May 2019

    KNBC Riding Skills Clinic (still a few spots)

    L3 - Pakenham - 88 km

    L4 - Ashton- 71.5 km

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    3. New this season: KNBC Riding Skills Clinic

    What to be safer on the road? Be more social when riding with a group? Have more fun? In this 3-hour clinic, we’ll practice basic skills to help you ride safer with more confidence. We’ll also learn basic group riding skills, so we can be more comfortable riding together as a group. The clinic is for both new and experienced KNBC members. It involves lots of drills with practice, and accommodates cyclists with a wide range skills and abilities. The format of the clinic is one of fun, and play.

    When & Where:

    • All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave, east parking lot.
    • Sunday May 5, 9:00 AM
    • Sunday May 12, 1:00 PM (Soldout)
    • If it’s rainy weather, we’ll cancel and re-schedule.

    To register:

    • Register on-line using the KNBC rides calendar on the website.
    • Questions? Contact Bill by email, bill@bashd.ca or at (613) 820-6452

    One of the two clinics is now full and taking waitlist registrations only. If you’re registered and find that you can’t make the clinic, please cancel your registration online so the next in line can be notified as soon as possible.

    More details here: https://knbc.ca/Riding-Skills

    4. Safety tip from Monna – We are not trying to be all 'Tour de France'

    Cyclists are safest when other road users can see them. I've heard motorist's say: "it must be spring - the cyclist are back". Therefore; be conspicuous when on the road. Wear bright and/or florescent clothing which helps you to be seen, especially at night. And - as many of us know, our jerseys and cycling shorts are actually functional – they’re not about looking like you think you’re in the “Tour de France” (because, firstly, there isn’t a women’s one) – they just make the rider safer, and with the essential padded shorts, more comfortable when riding 50-100 km.

    5. Diversions

    Saturday & Sunday, May 4 and 5, Helmet Discount weekend

    Ottawa Public Health is partnering with sports retailers across Ottawa to offer you a discount on helmets – for the 8th year in a row! See link below for a list of retailers.

    http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-services/helmet-discount-weekend.aspx?utm_source=OPH&utm_medium=Carousel_Bike&utm_campaign=HDW_2019

    Wednesday May 8, Anyone can ride a bike, 12:15 – 1 pm. Ottawa Library 120 Metcalfe St.

    Join Hans Moor for a presentation about how everyone can ride a bike. With the support of photos and clips, Hans will show many different options to get people on a bicycle. Hans was president of Bike Ottawa from 2010 to 2015 and is active in the cycling community.

    https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/everyone-can-ride-bike

    Wednesday May 8, Urban Cycling Workshop / Atelier de Cyclisme urbain 7-8 pm

    Richcraft Recreation Complex, 4101 Innovation Dr, Kanata, Ontario K2K 0J3

    EnviroCentre, in cooperation with the Kanata North Transportation Committee, will be presenting an urban cycling workshop, offering tips on route planning in your neighbourhood, best practices for becoming a confident rider and addressing the concerns and benefits of commuting by bike.

    We will discuss local infrastructure and talk through how to use the following:

    • Bike boxes – what are they and how to use them.
    • Separated cycling facilities (one directional and bi-directional) – how they differ and safe cycling tips.
    • The “Copenhagen Left” – a simple two stage turning technique that reduces risks to cyclists making a left turn.
    • General best practices for ensuring visibility while cycling on the road.
    • Bike to Transit

    https://www.facebook.com/events/323785204991588/

    Article: How to look over your shoulder on a bicycle without swerving

    https://www.roadbikerider.com/look-over-your-shoulder-without-varying-your-line-d3/

    Article: A dozen mistakes endurance cyclists make

    https://www.roadbikerider.com/showstoppers-12-mistakes-endurance-cyclists/

    Article: Preparing for a multi-day ride

    https://blog.wahoofitness.com/ask-experts-preparing-multi-day-ride/?utm_source=cordial&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HORIZONTAL_2019_04_26_ContentNewsletter_Blank

    Safety item: Free emergency contact card

    https://freeemergencycontactcard.com/

    Video: Do your pets cycle? (18 sec.)

    https://www.facebook.com/laRoue.it/videos/422237971858966/

    6. Bell email update

    Still no resolution to the sympatico.ca and bell.net email issues. Wild Apricot has requested Bell whitelist their mail servers’ addresses, but no response from them yet. Wild Apricot suggested a joint approach whereby our affected members put in support tickets with Bell. Oddly enough, as an email provider, Bell doesn’t have an email address where you can contact them for support. They seem to be big on phone support and online chats. If you’re so inclined, please try to contact them and complain. Here’s some sample text for you.

    My bicycle club is trying to send me email but Bell is rejecting them with these messages. My club tries to resend them, which does work, but is totally impractical when we have hundreds of members.

    Failure text: 421 connection refused from [34.225.159.212]

    Failure text: 421 connection refused from [34.226.170.12]

    Please unblock these IP addresses or add them to your whitelist so I can receive these messages. I am not able to receive event information and financial receipts because of this. The current solution is for all members to get gmail accounts.

    Regards,

    7. KNBC Website

    Registration

    The ride registration system has been a tremendous success. On the inaugural club ride April 13, there were a total of 58 riders and leaders out for the 4 scheduled rides - that must be some kind of record! It was quite the windy day, but it was good to get out.

    As a side effect of this success, we’ve had to restrict our club calendar to Members Only. Leaving registration open to the general public was causing us a few problems. As a compromise to those looking to target a ride as a guest, we’ll be maintaining a list of rides on the home page, but there will be no links to register. If you’re looking for the calendars, you’ll have to log in to see them.

    When looking for a ride to join, try the Detailed List view. You can scroll through all the upcoming rides and view the descriptions. The Register button is right there if you get the urge. A reminder that registration is automatically enabled 2 weeks before the ride. Check the calendar frequently in case of changes (green) and/or cancellations (red).

    New Pages

    We’re always looking for new content to add to our site. One suggestion was to add some maintenance tips, which we’ve done. Check out Maintenance Tips under Safety & Education. There are links to various videos that we’ve used to change tires, index gears, wrap handlebars, etc.

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 29 Apr 2019 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    Email

    This is a heads up to any Bell subscribers with sympatico.ca or Bell.net email addresses. Mid April Bell started rejecting email coming from our systems servers. (The technical term is we’ve been grey listed) Wild Apricot is aware of the issue, which is strictly a Bell problem. In the meantime, when messages fail, we try to identify them and re-send them, which works. Unfortunately, if you need to reset a password, the delays caused make that impossible. If you’re in this situation and need a password reset, email webmaster@knbc.ca and we’ll take care of it.

    1. Tour Director news

    2. The Rides (April 23-29)

    3. New this season: KBNC Riding Skills Clinic

    4. Safety Tip from Monna

    5. Diversions

    6. Update on multi-day tours

    7. KNBC website

    8. Ridewithgps

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    1. Tour Director news

    Registration for Day Tours

    What started as a trial on one or two rides, proved so popular that we've enabled it on all the April rides. The intent is to continue to use this feature for the rest of the season. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not, those intending to attend a ride will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register" button. You can still notify the Tour Leader by email or phone, but the preferred method is by using the “Register” button located on the left side of the “Ride Details” page, of the ride on which you are registering. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    2. The Rides (April 23-29)

    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-18430

    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. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    24 April 2019 10:00 AM

    *L1 - Ashton - 52.5 km

    *L2 - Ashton - 52.5 km

    *L3 - Ashton - 52.5 km

    27 April 2019 10:00 AM

    *L2 - Merrickville - 50.5 km

    *L3 - Carleton Place - 76 km

    28 April 2019 10:00 AM

    *L1 - Swan on the Rideau - 40 km

    *L2 - Manotick - 59 km

    *L3 - Becketts Landing - 57.3 km

    3. New this season: KBNC Riding Skills Clinic

    What to be safer on the road? Be more social when riding with a group? Have more fun? In this 3-hour clinic, we’ll practice basic skills to help you ride safer with more confidence. We’ll also learn basic group riding skills, so we can be more comfortable riding together as a group. The clinic is for both new and experienced KNBC members. It involves lots of drills with practice, and accommodates cyclists with a wide range skills and abilities. The format of the clinic is one of fun, and play.

    What to expect:

    • Fun, simple, on-bike drills to help improve your riding;
    • Easy riding at a slower pace. No fast or “scary” stuff;
    • Much of the session will be in a parking lot, followed b an approx.. 45 minute ride around the community for group practice;
    • The drills all have variants to accommodate a wide range of abilities. It’s up to you to decide your own comfort zone and challenge level. We expect “nervous beginners”. And we really encourage experienced “high skills” riders to attend and practice their skills…. everyone will learn something new;
    • The group riding portion is about riding safe and socially in a group. It’s not a course in “drafting”. (But this training is a good prerequisite for learning how to draft effectively);
    • Questions and discussion around riding skills, appropriate cycling equipment, etc. are encouraged throughout the session;
    • Small class size: Maximum 10 people per session, More sessions to be added if required.

    What to bring:

    • You and your bike in safe operating condition and your helmet, ready to ride. Bring a water bottle and a snack.

    When & Where:

    • All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave, east parking lot.
    • Sunday May 5, 9:00 AM
    • Sunday May 12, 1:00 PM
    • If it’s rainy weather, we’ll cancel and re-schedule.

    To register:

    • Register on-line using the KNBC rides calendar on the website.
    • Questions? Contact Bill

    About the leader:

    • Bill Bourne is a trained cycling coach under the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) at the Community Initiation (This class!) and Introduction to Competition Levels. He is also a trained CanBike instructor. Bill’s a coach in the Ottawa Bicycle Club’s Youth Development Program, and is a coach for the OBC’s Introduction to Group Riding, and Advanced Riding Skills Clinics for adults.
    4. Safety Tip from Monna – Be careful when riding the NCC mult-use pathways

    As the weather improves, be careful when riding the NCC mult-use pathways. There are still sections of flooding, also some remaining snow and ice, and generally lots of gravel, debris and ongoing tree-cutting/clearing operations. Add to this the volume of eclectic traffic: pedestrians, baby strollers, toddlers, senior citizens, dog walkers, joggers, roller-bladers, wheelchairs, and Canada geese.

    PLEASE respect the speed limit of 20 kilometers per hour, ride in single file, and ring your bell and call out "passing on your left" as you pass other pathway users. If you wish to go faster - PLEASE go on the road.

    5. Diversions

    Thursday, April 25, How to Change and Avoid Flat Tires 6-7 pm

    Bushtukah, Stittsville https://tockify.com/bushtukah.events/detail/161/1556229600000

    Saturday & Sunday, May 4 and 5, Helmet Discount weekend

    Ottawa Public Health is partnering with sports retailers across Ottawa to offer you a discount on helmets – for the 8th year in a row! See link below for a list of retailers.

    http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-services/helmet-discount-weekend.aspx?utm_source=OPH&utm_medium=Carousel_Bike&utm_campaign=HDW_2019

    Wednesday May 8, Urban Cycling Workshop / Atelier de Cyclisme urbain 7-8 pm

    Richcraft Recreation Complex, 4101 Innovation Dr, Kanata, Ontario K2K 0J3

    EnviroCentre, in cooperation with the Kanata North Transportation Committee, will be presenting an urban cycling workshop, offering tips on route planning in your neighbourhood, best practices for becoming a confident rider and addressing the concerns and benefits of commuting by bike.

    We will discuss local infrastructure and talk through how to use the following:

    • Bike boxes – what are they and how to use them.
    • Separated cycling facilities (one directional and bi-directional) – how they differ and safe cycling tips.
    • The “Copenhagen Left” – a simple two stage turning technique that reduces risks to cyclists making a left turn.
    • General best practices for ensuring visibility while cycling on the road.
    • Bike to Transit

    https://www.facebook.com/events/323785204991588/

    Saturday, June 1, Life Cycle Bike Ride

    The Life Cycle Bike Ride is an annual event whose goal is to raise funds in support of the Hospice at May Court. It is a bicycle ride open to individuals of all ages, and runs for 50 KM, beginning at the Club on Cameron Ave and proceeding through the Experimental Farm, over the Champlain Bridge to the Aylmer Marina and returning to the Club, followed by a barbecue in the Garden. Maps and water stations are provided. T-shirts are available to order at the time of registration and the day of the ride.

    https://maycourt.org/life-cycle-registration/

    Saturday, June 8, Navy Bike Ride

    9 am start at National research Council on 100 Sussex Dr. It’s only 40 km, for a good cause, and you can buy a great bike jersey for $55.00 plus tax.

    https://navybikeride.ca/

    6. Update on multi-day tours

    Prince Edward County L3 ride in June and L2 ride in August: Both are now full

    While both rides are now full - wait lists are being created. Please contact Barrie Kirk (L2) or Monna-Leigh McElveny (L3) if you are still interested. See membership directory for their email addresses.

    7. KNBC Website

    Registration

    The ride registration system has been a tremendous success. On the inaugural club ride April 13, there were a total of 58 riders and leaders out for the 4 scheduled rides - that must be some kind of record! It was quite the windy day, but it was good to get out.

    As a side effect of this success, we’ve had to restrict our club calendar to Members Only. Leaving registration open to the general public was causing us a few problems. As a compromise to those looking to target a ride as a guest, we’ll be maintaining a list of rides on the home page, but there will be no links to register. If you’re looking for the calendars, you’ll have to log in to see them.

    When looking for a ride to join, try the Detailed List view. You can scroll through all the upcoming rides and view the descriptions. The Register button is right there if you get the urge. A reminder that registration is automatically enabled 2 weeks before the ride. Check the calendar frequently in case of changes (green) and/or cancellations (red).

    New Pages

    We’re always looking for new content to add to our site. One suggestion was to add some maintenance tips, which we’ve done. Check out Maintenance Tips under Safety & Education. There are links to various videos that we’ve used to change tires, index gears, wrap handlebars, etc.

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 20 Apr 2019 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    54 KNBC members and one guest came out last Saturday for a variety of rides to Carp. It was a little windy, but everyone survived!

    Lots of information in this week’s Bike Shorts. Suggest reading right to the end (no cheating).

    1. Tour Director News

    2. The Rides (April 16- 22)

    3. New Calendar

    4. Safety Tip from Monna – Check your bike

    5. Diversions

    6. Update on multi-day tours

    7. KNBC Website

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    1. Tour Director News

    Registration for Day Tours

    What started as a trial on one or two rides, proved so popular that we've enabled it on all the April rides. The intent is to continue to use this feature for the rest of the season. It does not matter if the ride is remote or not, those intending to attend a ride will be asked to RSVP, using the "Register" button.  You can still notify the Tour Leader by email or phone, but the preferred method is by using the “Register” button located on the left side of the “Ride Details” page, of the ride on which you are registering. To avoid instances of people registering too far in advance and then forgetting about it, registration for each ride will only become available/active 2 weeks prior to the ride date. After you register for a ride, you will automatically receive an email giving you full details about the ride for which you registered. This has proven to be an excellent feature of the new website and has been extremely well received by participants and Tour Leaders alike.

    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-18430 

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, 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, providing you have registered on it using the “Register” button.

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    2. The Rides (April 16- 22)

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    17 April 2019 10:30 AM

    *L2 - Richmond - 39 km

    *L3 - Richmond - 54 km

    20 April 2019 10:00 AM

    *L1 - Richmond - 39 km

    *L3 - Manotick - 64.5 km

    21 April 2019 10:00 AM

    *L1 - Manotick - 42.5 km

    *L2 - Munster - Richmond - 54 km

    22 April 2019 10:00 AM

    *L2 - Pakenham- 56 km

    *L4 - Osgoode- 75 km

    3. New Calendar

    Check out the ride calendars on our website, Rides & Events. To assist you in choosing a ride, we’ve given you a number of views to choose from:

    Upcoming Rides & Events

    Calendar – Weekly

    Calendar – Monthly

    Calendar – Annual

    Calendar – List

    Each shows you a different view of the club calendar, so use your favourite. In the Weekly and Monthly calendars, rides are highlighted in Blue while social events are Orange. From time to time we have to make changes or add rides on short notice.  We’ll highlight those in Green so you can easily pick them out. If a ride is cancelled it will highlighted in red. Clicking on any ride/event will show you the details and allow you to easily RSVP by using the “Register” button. You can scroll through the weeks and months using the arrow buttons at the top right that bracket Today. The Annual view is a really good tool for planning your summer! Enjoy.

    4. Safety Tip from Monna – Check your bike

    Winter toys are now away - BUT - before you take off on your first ride - PLEASE take the time to check your bike to ensure it is in safe operating condition:

    Check the brakes  to confirm they are working with proper clearance and no frayed cables;

    Check the gears to ensure they are shifting properly;

    Clean and lubricate your chain;

    Make sure that your quick releases are properly closed;

    Ensure your tires are properly inflated;

    Ensure any accessories (kickstands, racks, panniers, etc.) are securely fastened;

    Ensure nothing is hanging loose (including clothing) that could become tangled in the gears, brakes or wheel; and

    Ensure you have a working bell—it is the law.

    5. Diversions

    Saturday, April 20, Spring.Bike.Ottawa, Ottawa City Hall 1:00 - 4:00 pm

    Join Bike Ottawa at City Hall for their annual celebration of the end of winter cycling and the start of spring! Meet up with fellow cyclists, check out the exhibitors' tables, and hear from a number of speakers on the state of cycling in Ottawa. Speakers will include Safer Roads Ottawa, Envirocentre and the NCC. 

    Refreshments will be provided. There's no fee to attend but if you register
    here, we'll have a better idea of how much coffee and tea we'll need! Not to mention snacks. https://bikeottawa.ca/

    Thursday, May 2, Scotch: A golden dream 7 pm Cineplex Odeon South Keys

    Absolutely nothing to do with cycling, but everything to do with quality of aprés-cycling.

    For more than a century, Scotch whisky has been the premier international spirit of choice. With a backdrop of stunning Scottish landscapes, explore the artistic and scientific building blocks of making whisky; the stuff dreams are made of. Need to sell 17 more tickets to make it happen.

    https://tickets.demand.film/event/7535

    Saturday, May 4, 8th Annual Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre 'Break the Cycle' Spin-A-Thon

    Join us as to 'Break the Cycle' of sexual violence at our 8th annual Spin-A-Thon to raise funds for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre. All proceeds go directly towards supporting survivors.

    https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/ottawa-rape-crisis-centre/events/spin-registration-2019/

    Sunday May 5, CN Cycle for CHEO

    The CN Cycle for CHEO is a fun, non-competitive event that offers a wide range of cycling and walking routes for people of all ages and abilities. The fully-supported urban cycling routes will be closed to traffic and will offer a unique opportunity for individuals, groups and families to safely cycle along Ottawa’s most scenic corridors, including the picturesque Sir John A. Macdonald and Aviation Parkways and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal with its renowned NCC tulip beds.

    All events begin and end at the Canadian War Museum with post-event activities taking place on the adjacent grounds at LeBreton Flats. See: https://cncycle.ca/

    Saturday May 11, Kingston Velo Club’s Mother Ride

    The Kingston Velo Club invites all KNBC cyclists to the Second Annual “Mother Ride”, the first Century ride of the 2019 season in Eastern Ontario!

    This early season, community based ride is designed to encourage all levels of riders to get out riding as early as possible. The longer distances provide a great warm up challenge for other upcoming spring events, (such as the Rideau Lakes) and the shorter rides will gather together friends and family for an early season “leg stretcher” through little known routes – a great way to motivate you for an active season of riding in 2019!

    The routes include both an Imperial and Metric centuries (162  & 100 kms), a mid distance (50 kms) and a route designed for newer riders and families (16 kms). All the rides will start just north of Hwy 401 on Sydenham Road, easily accessed from all directions, with parking and facilities available.

    https://kingstonveloclub.ca/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=507292&module_id=331601

    Article: Biking, a gateway drug to social awareness

    https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/2/12/biking-is-a-gateway-drug-to-social-awareness

    6. Update on multi-day tours

    Prince Edward County L3 ride in June and L2 ride in August: Both are now full

    While both rides are now full - wait lists are being created. Please  contact Barrie Kirk (L2) or Monna-Leigh McElveny (L3)  if you are still interested.

    7. KNBC Website

    Registration - You saw this first with the Winter Social. The ability to advertise, have members reserve their seat, choose their meal, and pay online greatly aided the success of this event. 

    Our new ride calendar also uses this feature and can be viewed in Upcoming, Monthly, Weekly, and List form on the website under the Rides & Events main menu heading - April and May rides are showing now! Simply click on the ride of interest to open the details. The RideWithGPS link will show you the route. You can also click on the Add to my calendar link to download an ics file and add it to your calendar program.  Two weeks before the ride, registration will be available for you to sign up. Should you change your mind later, just cancel your reservation and your Tour Leader will be notified. 

    Wild Apricot for Members App for your mobile phone - Android and IOS apps let you access KNBC ride information anywhere you have cellular data access. You can check rides, look up other members phone numbers if they’re lost, update your profile, even RSVP or register for events. The address in the events module is linked to Google maps so if you have a remote start, you’ll always know how to get there. The My Tickets page simply lists those Events/Rides that you’ve registered for. 

    https://www.wildapricot.com/mobile-app

    If you click the My Card button, your membership card will open up so you can present it at bike shops for discounts. We encourage you to explore these new features. 

    For Sale

    It’s springtime and we’re all cleaning out our basements. If you have cycling related gear you’re not using and want to get rid of, consider posting it on our For Sale page, under Member Services. You can sell it or give it away. The page is self-serve and items can be listed for 3 months. 

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 15 Apr 2019 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    Tuesday, April 9 KNBC Open House, 7-9 pm Richcraft Recreation Complex

    Come and meet the club executive, learn about the club's operation and the spring-early summer rides and order snazzy club clothing. Also learn about multi-day tours and catch up with your cycling friends. New members and friends are very welcome.  Membership applications will be available. There will be a membership and a clothing table. There will be size fitting samples if anyone is considering ordering KNBC gear this spring. Drinks and sweets will be available as well. Wear your club jersey!

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kanata-nepean-bicycle-club-open-house-tickets-57335038644

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2242517822664801/

    1. Tour Director News

    A huge thank you to all the Tour Leaders who came out to the Tour Planning meeting 1 April. All the rides for April-June which were offered at the meeting are now in the Club Calendar. I hope to finish adding the July rides by Monday evening.

    Please note: Due to the fickleness of spring weather, all rides in Apr, May (and perhaps June) will be treated with the same RSVP requirements as remote starts. This means you will need to RSVP to the Tour Leader, if you plan to attend.

    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-18430

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website, prior to heading to a start location.  Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified.

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    2. The Rides (April 9-15)

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    10 Apr 2019 10:30 AM

    *L2 - Pre-season Richmond - 39 km

    *L3 - Pre-season Richmond - 39 km

    13 Apr 2019 10:00 AM

    *L1 - Season Kick-off Ride - Swan at Carp - 42.5 km

    *L2 - Season Kick-off Ride - Swan at Carp - 49.5 km

    *L3 - Season Kick-off Ride - Swan at Carp - 57 km  

    *L4 - Season Kick-off Ride - TBA (Tour Leader Required - Please contact the Tour Director at tour-director@knbc.ca if you can lead this ride)

    *L5- Season Kick-off Ride - Swan at Carp - 57 km

    New Calendar

    Check out the ride calendars on our website, Rides & Events. To assist you in choosing a ride, we’ve given you a number of views to choose from:

    Upcoming Rides & Events

    Calendar – Weekly

    Calendar – Monthly

    Calendar – Annual

    Calendar – List

    Each shows you a different view of the club calendar, so use your favourite. In the Weekly and Monthly calendars, rides are highlighted in Blue while social events like the Open House are Orange. From time to time we have to make changes or add rides on short notice, so we’ll highlight those in Green so you can easily pick them out. Clicking on any ride/event will show you the details. You can scroll through the weeks and months using the arrow buttons at the top right that bracket Today. The Annual view is a really good tool for planning your summer! Enjoy.

    3. Diversions

    Sunday April 14th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at both Bushtukah locations VIP saving event

    20% off all regularly priced products (Except Bikes & Electronics), 20% off all sale priced products, 10% off bicycles and electronics. These discounts will only be available on in-stock merchandise. Coupons, additional offers or discounts will not be valid during this event. Select brand exclusions apply; see in-store for details.

    June 2, Going to Toronto? Help out a brother/sister club In Toronto

    The Toronto Bicycle Network, aka TBN.ca, is looking for experienced cyclist volunteers in the Ride For Heart charity ride on the Don Valley Parkway. You’d be a Ride Ambassador helping to shepherd the masses of cyclists and looking out for problems. As an Ambassador, you’d be riding for free while helping out and experiencing this great event. Check this link on the TBN website for ride details and how to register - https://www.tbn.ca/event-3325350

    Fun fact, TBN uses the same membership system we do, so check out their site. 

    Article: 3,000 mile (4,828 km) bike trail from Maine to Florida

    https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-07-25/the-east-coast-greenway-will-be-a-3000-mile-bike-trail-from-maine-to-florida

    Article: Martijn Doolaard photographs of extreme cycling in Kyrgyzstan

    https://www.thephoblographer.com/2019/04/05/martijn-doolaard-photographs-extreme-cycling-in-kyrgyzstans-winter/

    4. KNBC Membership System

    By now, you should all have had some kind of experience with our new Membership Management system, mostly through our new website, renewals, social events, and Bike Shorts emails. You may be wondering why we moved to this system. Over the next few Bike Shorts we’ll be highlighting a new feature or two that you may come across. 

    One of the key features is that everything is in one place. Contact information, membership details, payments, web site, events, and ride details are all consolidated within our new system. This saves time, reduces error, and opens up new possibilities.

    Online Membership Signup & Renewals

    With this one feature we have reduced our admin overhead by over 90% (much appreciated by our volunteer Executive) and managed to enter the new cycling year with a positive cash flow - first time in club history! The club has a lot of up-front expenses like insurance that we need to have in place before the first tire hits the road, so this has been a huge positive for the club. Hopefully you’ve appreciated the ease of the system and are ready to go with the new season. Don’t forget to download and print your membership card. If you’re adventurous, you can use the online card though our mobile app, more on that next week.

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC


  • 2 Apr 2019 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    Tour Director News

    1. The Rides (Apr 2-8)

    2. Diversions

    3. Super keen KNBC cyclists

    4. Multi-day tours

    5. Looking to buy

    Tour Director News

    The official kick off to the KNBC cycling season is just around the corner. Given the slow start to spring, the intent is to have the official season kick-off ride the weekend of Apr 13.

    Prior to the official kick-off, there may be a few pre-season rides offered by some of our very keen and dedicated Tour Leaders. Those rides will be posted in the calendar as they are offered. Please make sure to regularly check the calendar of rides and events on the club website.

    Also, due to the fickleness of spring weather, all rides in the months of Apr, May (and perhaps June) will be treated with the same RSVP requirements as remote starts. This means you will need to RSVP to the Tour Leader, if you plan to attend. This worked rather well last season.

    LATE BREAKING NEWS: There is already one pre-season ride posted in the club calendar of events and rides. Check it out here: https://knbc.ca/page-18430

    1. The Rides (Apr 2-8)

    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-18430

    Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice, particularly during periods of fickle weather.  Please check the Club Calendar on the website, prior to heading to a start location. Typically, Bike Shorts Extras will not be sent out for cancellations or short notice ride additions. Instead, cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director or Assistant Tour Director is notified.

    Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca

    Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director ASAP, if any changes are required to their ride.

    Sunday, 7 April

    11:00 - L2 / L3 - Pre-season Quitters for Coffee - 45 km

    2. Diversions

    Saturday, May 4th, Diefenbooker Run, Walk or Cycle Race

    Come join Carole Laflamme and many more enthusiasts for the 23rd Diefenbooker Race.

    When:  Saturday, May 4th 2019

    Where:  Carp Fairgrounds, Diefenbunker Cold War Museum and routes through rural West Carleton Township

    What:  A race with distances of 5, 18 and 33 km.

    Who:  For runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages

    Why:  To support organizations in West Carleton that promote literacy, encourage physical activity or personal wellness

    Secure on-line registration is available using events.com until Monday, April 29th at midnight.

    March 24th to April 13th: $32. (for age 19 and over), April 14th to Race Day May 4th :  $37.

    *** Year after year, a little army of dedicated volunteers make it happen, so the funds raised all go to where it’s needed.

    Consider joining Carole as it will give you a “feel-good” vibe for supporting DIEFENBOOKER.

    After checking their site http://diefenbookerclassic.ncf.ca, don’t hesitate to email carole_19_53@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

    Article: Five beginning of the season mistakes most cyclists make

    https://www.ilovebicycling.com/5-beginning-of-the-season-mistakes-most-cyclists-make/

    Article: MPP looks to bring the Dutch Reach to Ontario with new Private Members Bill

    https://medium.com/share-the-road-cycling-coalition/queens-park-update-mpp-looks-to-bring-the-dutch-reach-to-ontario-f9a86bbab20e

    Article: Park your bike in safety? It is now possible in Paris

    https://www.themayor.eu/en/park-your-bike-in-safety-it-is-now-possible-in-paris

    Article: Glow-in-the-dark bicycle path that is charged by the sun (Poland)

    https://www.higherperspectives.com/poland-bike-path-sun-2632207093.html

    Article: Commuter park-and-bike at Andrew Haydon Park

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/city-proposes-to-try-commuter-park-and-bike-at-andrew-haydon-park

    Article: Eight signs you’re becoming a better cyclist

    https://cyclingmagazine.ca/sections/healthnutrition/8-signs-youre-becoming-a-better-cyclist/

    Video: Spin class gymnastic (47 sec.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O44kF9jZxjI

    3. Super keen cyclists

    Two people showed up for what may be the first unofficial ride of year for KNBC members. Dave Audette and Michael McGoldrick rode from Centrepointe to Alice's Cafe in Carp and back on March 27.  It was a nice sunny day with a high of plus 5. They used their old clunkers out of fear that they would be riding on wet dirty roads. However, the roads were surprisingly dry all the way to Carp, but there were a few wet stretches on the return route.

    4. Multi-day tours in 2019

    Prince Edward County multi-day rides
    Two multi-day rides around Prince Edward County (aka the Isle of Quinte) are planned for this summer. Some but not all parts of the rides will be similar, but they will have different tour leaders and one will be L2 and other L3.

    Speed

    L2

    L3

    Tour leader

    Barrie Kirk

    Monna-Leigh McElveny

    Dates

    12-15 Aug, 2019

    24-27 Jun, 2019

    Basic Itinerary

    Mon Aug 12: drive down

    Tues Aug 13: full day rides

    Wed Aug 14: full day rides

    Thurs Aug 15: half-day ride, lunch, and then drive home

    Mon June 24 drive down and half-day ride.

    Tues Jun 25: full day rides

    Wed Jun 26: full day rides

    Thurs Jun 27: half-day ride, lunch, and then drive home

    Distance

    Approx. 180 km total biking distance over 2½ days

    Yet to be finalized - however, the aim for short rides is 50-60km and 80-100km for the longer rides.

    Other details

    Stay in Picton (great B&Bs) *

    All rides are hub-and-spoke.

    This ride will be very similar to the ride that Barrie led in PEC in 2013, i.e. a relaxed pace. We will stop to see the sights and sample the beer / wine / cider / etc.

    Maximum 16 riders.

    Ride start/meeting place: War Memorial on Main Street (across the street from Tim Horton’s)

    Stay in Picton (great B&Bs) *

    All rides are hub-and-spoke.

    This ride will be very similar to the rides that Monna has led in both Kingston and the Picton area. We will stop for local highlights and sample the beer / wine / cider / etc.

    Maximum 16 riders

    Ride start/meeting place: War Memorial on Main Street (across the street from Tim Horton’s)

    Action items

    1. Register with Barrie Kirk if you are interested
    barrie.kirk@gmx.com

    2. Book your accommodation asap -- this is peak season.

    1. Register with Monna McElveny if you are interested
    monnaleigh@hotmail.com

    2. Book your accommodation asap -- this is peak season.

    * Suggestions for accommodation close to the ride start point at the War Memorial on Main Street:

    https://m.bbcanada.com/ontario/south_eastern_ontario/picton?owners_rooms=&calendar_start=&calendar_end=&sort=owners_featured+desc&se=0&cf=0&cm=0&pag=20

     http://prince-edward-county.com/cat/bb/

    One Main Street B&B;  Sleepy Hallowell B&B;  Cindy's B&B; Bee and Bee Guest House B&B; Kathleen's Radical Kreations B&B;  Ministers House B&B;  Brown's Manor B&B; Little Brick House B&B; The English Rose B&B; Edgewater B&B; The Nest B&B; Bay's End B&B; The Loft at Nine Gables B&B

    Note: the geographic area known as Picton includes the rural area, so we suggest you ensure the B&B is in the town itself

    5. Looking to buy

    My daughter, Karen, is looking for a used road bike with a 51 or 52 cm frame for her 10 year old son.

    He is 5’ 1’’ tall. She wants to spend under $500. If you can help, please contact her directly at kurlicki@rogers.com

    Thanks

    Paul Hough

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC

  • 26 Mar 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This week in Bike Shorts:

    1. Diversion

    2. Multi-day tours

    1. Diversions

    Monday April 1, KNBC Tour Planning Meeting, 7-9 pm at the March Rd. Sobeys Community Room

    Who: This meeting is for all Tour Leaders, potential Tour Leaders and anyone else who may be tempted to lead an occasional ride this season.

    When: Monday 1 April 7-9pm

    Where: March Rd. Sobeys, 840 March Rd, Kanata. The meeting will be in the Community Room (AKA Cooking Classroom).

    Special instructions: If you have not already done so, now is the time to start thinking about when you are available and willing to lead rides in the first half of the season (April-July).  It’s also time to start thinking about what rides you would like to lead, because specific rides will not be pre-assigned in the calendar by the Tour Director.  Please review the ride library and your personal calendar, so you can come prepared to help fill up the KNBC ride calendar with wonderful rides.

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, please send the KNBC Tour Director a list of dates you are available to lead rides, together with the following information:

    Date / Ride Name / Start Location / Start Time / Distance / Level (L1-L5) / Ride description and special instructions. 

    If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or ride submissions, please contact KNBC Tour Director at: pmacdowall@icloud.com

    Sunday, March 31, Sporty Women Encouraging and Empowering Together (SWEET) event Bushtukah Westboro store (Women’s only event)

    This event is now sold out.  The club has one extra ticket for sale if any female club members are interested. Contact Virginia.

    The SWEET night is all about inspiring women of all ages and abilities to get active. There will be inspiring guest speakers, a short fashion show, local experts to chat with, sweet treats, awesome door prizes and we send everyone home with a loot bag! This is a women’s event so all of the experts, speakers and staff are women. Event runs from 6:15 to 9:30.

    https://shop.bushtukah.com/articles/bushtukah-events-clinics-pg1973.htm

    Wednesday April 3 - Movie: The Bikes of Wrath, 7 pm Odeon Cineplex South Keys Cinema

    https://tickets.demand.film/event/6882

    Winner of the "People's Choice Award" at the Banff Mountain Film Competition 2018 THE BIKES OF WRATH Five Australians attempt to cycle 2600 kms from Oklahoma to California in honour of the westward migration undertaken by John Steinbeck’s classic 'The Grapes of Wrath's' Joad family. The first showing in Ottawa was sold out, so now there is another showing. Screening will go ahead if enough tickets are bought.

    Article: 4 key advocacy actions bike clubs can take in 2019

    https://medium.com/share-the-road-cycling-coalition/4-key-advocacy-actions-bike-clubs-can-take-in-2019-42515066050c

    Article: Guilty until proven helmeted

    https://www.outsideonline.com/2391240/guilty-until-proven-helmeted

    Article: Watch bike advocates vent about the silliest anti-bike lane arguments

    https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2019/03/bikelash-national-bike-summit-bicycle-lanes-streetfilms/585082/

    Innovation: A bike that floats

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-boat-sportsmen-show-1.5059166

    2. Multi-day tours in 2019

    Prince Edward County multi-day rides
    Two multi-day rides around Prince Edward County (aka the Isle of Quinte) are planned for this summer. Some but not all parts of the rides will be similar, but they will have different tour leaders and one will be L2 and other L3.

    Speed

    L2

    L3

    Tour leader

    Barrie Kirk

    Monna-Leigh McElveny

    Dates

    12-15 Aug, 2019

    24-27 Jun, 2019

    Basic Itinerary

    Mon Aug 12: drive down

    Tues Aug 13: full day rides

    Wed Aug 14: full day rides

    Thurs Aug 15: half-day ride, lunch, and then drive home

    Mon June 24 drive down and half-day ride.

    Tues Jun 25: full day rides

    Wed Jun 26: full day rides

    Thurs Jun 27: half-day ride, lunch, and then drive home

    Distance

    Approx. 180 km total biking distance over 2½ days

    Yet to be finalized - however, the aim for short rides is 50-60km and 80-100km for the longer rides.

    Other details

    Stay in Picton (great B&Bs) *

    All rides are hub-and-spoke.

    This ride will be very similar to the ride that Barrie led in PEC in 2013, i.e. a relaxed pace. We will stop to see the sights and sample the beer / wine / cider / etc.

    Maximum 16 riders.

    Ride start/meeting place: War Memorial on Main Street (across the street from Tim Horton’s)

    Stay in Picton (great B&Bs) *

    All rides are hub-and-spoke.

    This ride will be very similar to the rides that Monna has led in both Kingston and the Picton area. We will stop for local highlights and sample the beer / wine / cider / etc.

    Maximum 16 riders

    Ride start/meeting place: War Memorial on Main Street (across the street from Tim Horton’s)

    Action items

    1. Register with Barrie Kirk if you are interested
    barrie.kirk@gmx.com

    2. Book your accommodation asap -- this is peak season.

    1. Register with Monna McElveny if you are interested
    monnaleigh@hotmail.com

    2. Book your accommodation asap -- this is peak season.

    * Suggestions for accommodation close to the ride start point at the War Memorial on Main Street:

    https://m.bbcanada.com/ontario/south_eastern_ontario/picton?owners_rooms=&calendar_start=&calendar_end=&sort=owners_featured+desc&se=0&cf=0&cm=0&pag=20

     http://prince-edward-county.com/cat/bb/

    One Main Street B&B;  Sleepy Hallowell B&B;  Cindy's B&B; Bee and Bee Guest House B&B; Kathleen's Radical Kreations B&B;  Ministers House B&B;  Brown's Manor B&B; Little Brick House B&B; The English Rose B&B; Edgewater B&B; The Nest B&B; Bay's End B&B; The Loft at Nine Gables B&B

    Note: the geographic area known as Picton includes the rural area, so we suggest you ensure the B&B is in the town itself

    __________________________

    Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC