Bike Shorts, August 6, 2018

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

2. Construction link

3. The Rides (August 7-13)

4. Safety Tip from Monna

5. Diversions

6. 2018 Membership directory (updated version on website)

7. RidewithGPS Club Account

IMPORTANT: The KNBC Membership Application and Waiver forms for 2018 are still available on the club’s website.

1. Wanted - Members of the KNBC Executive Committee

We are starting early to fill three anticipated vacancies in our Executive for next year and are looking for anyone who might be interested in joining the group, without which the Club cannot function. The vacancies are for Webmaster, Social Director and Treasurer. There are descriptions of the roles & responsibilities in the members’ only section of the website. Just as the club cannot operate without ride leaders, it is the same situation with having a full and committed executive.

If you think you might be interested, please contact Geoffrey Gurd either at  or at 613 721-7074 or contact the individuals currently in these positions.

Lori Henley

Michael McGoldrick

Janet Clark

2. Construction link

Would you like to know where the construction is, in advance of your next ride?

Use this handy link to find out where the construction is.

3. The Rides (August 7-13)

Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at

Once there, simply click on “Tours and Events" then "Upcoming Events”, from the menu on the left hand side of the page.

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.

Should you have any questions or require more information, contact the KNBC Tour Director at:

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

Currently there are only a few rides being offered for this coming holiday weekend. Hopefully more tour leaders will become available to lead more rides. If more rides are offered, the club calendar will be updated.

Wednesday, 8 August

09:30 *L3 - Pakenham/White Lake - 77.7 km

10:00 L2 - Pinhey's Point - 55.5 km

18:15 L1-5 Wednesday Evening Mystery Ride and Social

Saturday, 11 August

09:00 L2 - Fitzroy Harbour - ~85 km *Pickup at Carp - 54.5 km

10:00 *L1 - 2 Rivers and 1 Canal - 29 km

Sunday, 12 August

09:30 *L2 - Perkins – 88 km

09:30 *L4 - Brockville for Ribs - 130-ish km

4. Safety Tip from Monna – Stay Safe, Stay Back

All the "safety infrastructure green paint" in the world will NOT protect a cyclist who is unaware of the enormity of 'large vehicle blind spots', and rides beside them both at, and through intersections. The area beside a truck (between the truck and the curb), is aptly called the 'death zone'. Cyclists need to be aware of this extraordinary danger and stay out of it. If arriving first - stay in front, if not - stay well back and OUT of the drivers blind spot, and NEVER beside. Be especially mindful of the wheels (which may start turning right, WITHOUT WARNING TURN SIGNALS).

TAKE SPECIAL CARE with garbage trucks as they can be operated from both right and left sides - further increasing their blind spots.  NEVER pass them on the inside, and be absolutely sure you have both sufficient time and space to pass them on the outside.

Please refer to this Share the Road video:

5. Diversions

Mark it on your Calendar - August 26, 3:30 pm KNBC Picnic

Mark it on your calendar as plans are underway for the annual KNBC picnic which is scheduled for Sunday 26 August starting at 3:30 at the Trolley Station at Britannia Bay. The club will provide hamburgers and sausages but would welcome any salads or desserts you might care to bring. We are looking for a couple of volunteer “chefs” for the BBQ. We would also appreciate knowing if you are coming so we can ensure there will be enough food! Please send an email if you plan to attend, if you are volunteering to cook, or you are planning to bring a salad or dessert to Janet Clark

Wednesday, August 29, 6:30-8:30 pm Building the Cycling City: Ottawa Book Launch

Announcing the Ottawa launch of the new book by Chris and Melissa Bruntlett (Modacity), "Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality". Chris and Melissa will be there for a presentation and to sign copies of the book. Expect beer, food, laughs, and learning as they discuss the process of the Netherlands becoming a cycling-friendly culture and place, and what is happening in North America.

Thursday, August 30 7 pm – 8 pm: Commuter Cycling Skills Workshop (free)

Richcraft Recreation Complex, 4101 Innovation Drive, Minto Room

This interactive workshop offers 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.

City of Ottawa self-guided bicycle tours

Internet: Copenhagenize your city: the case for urban cycling in 12 graphs

Article: A brief history of cycling in Ottawa from 1877-2017

Saturday Sept. 8 - 14th annual Higley Bike rides at Higley Flow State Park, NY

There will be the choice of a 50k or 100k ride.  The courses are set and registration is open online at  There will also be registration forms at The Treadmill in Potsdam.

Again this year the rides will be followed by a buffet BBQ at the Trails Lodge in the Park.  Details about the rides are at the above online link, or you can contact me.  Here is the 100k ride:

The 50k follows some of this route but cuts through Pierrepont to make it shorter.

6. 2018 Membership directory

The 2018 Membership directory is now available in the members’ only section of the website. You will need the login and password you were sent when you joined to access this document.

7. RideWithGPS Club Account

The KNBC RideWithGPS Club Account is ready for Club members to use.  To gain access to the club account simply use the following link.

As a reminder, if you want to take advantage of the Club Account, you will first need to have a free basic personal account.  If you do not have one, clicking on the above link will take you through that process. An information video and basic tutorial showing how to use the features can be found by clicking on the following link.

The video is very clear and thorough.  If after watching the video you have questions on gaining access to the account, please contact KNBC Tour Director at:


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC