Bike Shorts, May 14, 2018

This week in Bike Shorts:

1. The Rides (May 15-20)

2. Important club email addresses

3. Welcome to new members

4. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course - only two spaces left for the May and June

5. Diversions – includes 3 calls for volunteers

6. RidewithGPS Club Account

7. Multi-day tours – still room on most tours

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

1. The Rides (May 15-20)

Notes:  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.  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.

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.

Wed May 16

* L3 - Burritts Rapids - 73.5km *

10:00am Start at Richmond fairgrounds on Perth St in Richmond. Cycle south along Malakoff Rd then west along Donnelly Dr to Burritts Rapids, across the river, and east along the south side of the river before crossing back at Becketts Landing. lunch at New Rideau Restaurant or picnic at Rideau River Provincial Park. Return to Richmond along 4th Line Rd through North Gower.


Tour Leader: Murray Gordon,

*Remote start. Please contact leader if you plan to go on this ride.

L4 - Osgoode / North Gower - 84km

10:00am Start at Centrepointe. Cycle east along Meadowlands Dr to Hog’s Back then south along Riverside Dr and Limebank Rd to the airport. Continue south along Bowesville Rd and Manotick Station Rd to Osgoode. Grab a quick bite and drinks at the Foodland supermarket or have lunch at the Red Dot Café. Continue west along Roger Stevens Dr to North Gower. Return to Centrepointe along Fourth Line Rd, Cedarview Rd and W Hunt Club Rd.


Tour Leader: Surinder Midha,

L2 - Ashton via Old Almonte Rd - 59.5km

10:00am Start at Kanata Town Centre. Cycle west along Richardson Side Rd and Old Almonte Rd then south along Upper Dwyer Hill Rd to Ashton. Stop for lunch at Ashton Brew Pub or buy food at Ashton corner store. Return to KTC along Fernbank Rd and through Stittsville.


Tour Leader: Geoffrey Gurd,

L2 / L3 Impromptu Evening Ride

6:15 Ride Start from CentrePointe Royal Oak

L2/L3 impromptu evening ride of 90 to 120 minutes followed by socializing on the patio. 

Tour Leader: Dave Audette 613-601-2833,

L4/L5 - Impromptu Evening Ride

6:15pm Start at Centrepointe

L4/L5 impromptu evening ride of 90 to 120 minutes.

Sat May 19

* L2 - Arnprior Triple Play - 69 km *

9:30am Start at Carp fairgrounds on Carp Rd in Carp. 

Cycle north along Carp Rd, Diamondview to Kinburn, then Loggers Way then Galetta to Arnprior for lunch on the patio at East Side Mario's. Return to Carp through Upper Dwyer Hill Rd., Kinburn and along Donald B. Munro Dr.


Tour Leader: Tom Wiley,

*Remote start: Please contact leader if you plan to go on this ride.

* L3 - Arnprior Triple Play - 69 km *

9:30am Start at Carp fairgrounds on Carp Rd in Carp. 

Cycle north along Carp Rd and through Galetta to Arnprior for lunch on the patio at East Side Mario's. Return to Carp through Antrim, Kinburn and along Donald B. Munro Dr.


Tour Leader: Geoffrey Gurd,

*Remote start: Please contact leader if you plan to go on this ride.

L4 - Osgoode via Osgoode Link - 70.5km

9:30am Start at Centrepointe.

This will be a quick morning ride. The plan is to be finished riding by about 12:30pm-1:00pm, with an option for lunch afterwards, hopefully on a patio somewhere. Cycle east along Meadowlands Dr to Hog’s Back then south along Riverside Dr and Limebank Rd to the airport. Continue south along Bowesville Rd and the Osgoode Link rail trail to Osgoode. Return to Centrepointe along 1st Line Rd and Greenbank Rd to Barrhaven then on the bike lanes along Longfields Dr and Woodroofe Ave back to Centrepointe.


Tour Leader: Tom Seniuk,

Sun May 20

* L3 - North Augusta/Merrickville - 84.5km *

10:00 am start in the parking of Jonsson's Your Independant Grocer in Kemptville

We ride a rural route through Oxford Mills and Bishops Mills, lunch at the Creekside Diner in N. Augusta. Refreshment stop in Merrickville on the way back.


Tour Leader: Nel Ahmed,

*Remote start: Please contact leader if you plan to go on this ride.

L2 - Chelsea - 50km

10:00am Start at Kanata Town Centre. Take bike paths along Ottawa Parkway. Cross via Champlain Bridge. Proceed to Chelsea via bike paths and Mine Rd. Return using same route.


Tour Leader: Susan Monaghan,

L1 - Aviation Museum - 50km

10:30am Start at Centrepointe. Follow the bike paths along the Ottawa River to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum then to New Edinburgh for lunch. Return to Centrepointe on bike paths alongside the Rideau Canal and through the Central Experimental Farm.


Tour Leader: Murray Gordon,

Monday 21 May

L4 - Carlton Place / Almonte / Carp - 100km

9:30am Start at Kanata Town Centre.

Cycle through Ashton then into Carleton Place and onto Almonte for lunch at Equator coffee shop. Then onto Blakeney and Carp and return to KTC.


Tour Leader: Ron Olsen,

2.  Important club email addresses

Here are the key email addresses to use if you wish to contact the executive members responsible for different club activities.,, – all go to Geoffrey Gurd – Zita Gervais – Michael McGoldrick – Virginia Markovich. Send photos for KNBC FaceBook page – Monna-Leigh McElveny. Send safety issues – Murray Gordon – Janet Clark – Peter McDowall. Ride sign-in sheets, road conditions – Susan Monaghan – Lori Henley

3.Welcome/Bienvenue/Bienvenido to latest new members

Jocelyne Grandlouis, Linda Grimble and Carmen Davidson        

4. CAN-BIKE Level 4 Course

NOTE: there are only two spaces left for the May and June. Please register asap.

This course is for new and experienced cyclists alike. You will become more confident and have increased awareness on the road! You will learn what being a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act looks like. This course is designed for cyclists to increase their abilities and their knowledge of how to ride effectively through all forms of traffic infrastructure. Participants will gain confidence and competence on both urban and rural roadways.  You will learn the rules, but more importantly how to apply them defensively, to be safer in all situations. Ideally – you will become the example to emulate.


• Mon 28 May, Wed 30 May & Thurs 31 May; only two spaces left for May

• Mon 25 June, Wed 27 June & Thurs 28 June; only two spaces left for June

• Mon 23 July, Wed 25 July & Thurs 26 July; and

• Mon 27 August, Wed 29 August & Thurs 30 August

Course Duration: Three evenings; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. inclusive.

Course Location: Causeway Work Centre; 22 O’Meara Street Ottawa ON, K1Y 4N6

Cost: Only $55 and 100% is refundable on completion of leading at least one KNBC ride.

To Register: Potential participants are to e-mail Monna-Leigh McElveny to register (or ask questions) at

5. Diversions (chronological order)

Sunday, May 20, 9 am – 1 pm Cyclofusion at the Champlain parking lot (Island Park and Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway) – Volunteers needed for KNBC booth

EnviroCentre and MOBI-O are hosting CycloFusion in partnership with the National Capital Commission. CycloFusion will feature booths and interactive displays from various members of cycling communities in Ottawa and Gatineau. This marks the beginning of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays and will be a celebration of cycling in the Ottawa-Gatineau area and promote Bike to Work Month and Mois du vélo à Gatineau. Attendance is expected to be over 300 keen cyclists!

Engage with cycling vendors and organizations from both Ottawa and Gatineau

• Learn how to get involved in Bike to Work Month and Mois du vélo

• Come and celebrate the opening of NOKIA Sunday Bikedays

• Come together with fellow cyclists and be part of the cycling community

KNBC will be participating with our new tent, handing out brochures and talking up the benefits of joining the club.  The club executive would welcome a few volunteers to help out at this event. We need 4 people to help put up and take down the tent, to greet people and promote the benefits of joining the club. If interested in helping out, please contact Geoffrey Gurd, or Virginia Markovich,

Monday, May 21 KNBC - Dinner/Movie Night

New this season - we are initiating a Kanata Dinner/Movie Social; the third Monday of each month, starting Monday May 21. The plan is to meet at The 3 Brewers in Kanata (565 Kanata Ave, in front of the Landmark Theatre) at 5:00. They have a dinner and movie 'special' (albeit limited).

The movie planned for next week is Indian Horse, playing at 6:40 (TBC when listings come out this Friday). So that reservations can be made at The 3 Brewers, PLEASE CONFIRM if you are interested in participating:

Tuesday May 29, 12:15 pm Presentation on Cycling holiday in the Netherlands

Join Hans Moor for a presentation about planning a cycling holiday in the Netherlands.  Hans will highlight accommodations, route network and using the train.  If you are planning a trip to the Netherlands or just like cycling, this is a presentation not to be missed. There will be a question and answer session after the presentation. Hans was president of Bike Ottawa from 2010 to 2015 and is active in the cycling community.  

When: Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 12:15pm

Where: Main branch, Ottawa Public Library Auditorium 120 Metcalfe

May 28-29 National Bike Summit, Ottawa City Hall – Volunteers needed (details below)

This year's National Bike Summit will be taking place in Ottawa on Monday, May 28, and Tuesday, May 29. The first day will take place at the Ottawa City Hall, and the second day will involve various activities on Parliament Hill (see agenda). The Summit is being held by Velo Canada Bikes, the country's national cycling advocacy organization.

We are looking for 5 volunteers to help out with the Summit. Duties would include helping with registration, a bike corral, various set-up  and break-down activities, riding some vintage bikes to the venue (from  a few blocks away), and leading small groups of Summit delegates on a fairly short ride to show off some of Ottawa's cycling infrastructure  (see map).  The registration starts at 7:30 on the first day, so volunteers would have to be available at 7:00.

When not busy with their duties, volunteers would be able to attend and participate in the Summit. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michael McGoldrick at

Sunday, June 3, 1pm - 4 pm Pedal Play Mobile Bike Rodeo - Confident Cyclists Needed

Confident cyclists are required to ensure the success of the third annual Pedal Play Mobile Bike Rodeo.

The purpose of the Mobile Bike Rodeo is to provide bike-safety knowledge in a fun non-competitive manner to:

• Primary School-aged Children (grades 1 to 6) so they can bike to school or their community park, safely with increased competence and confidence;

• Secondary School-aged Youth (grades 7 to 12) so they can learn that they are a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act, and gain the knowledge to cycle accordingly; and

• Adults so they can learn the applicable portions of the Highway Traffic Act (incorporating the legislative changes to Bill 31; Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario's Roads Safer), which came into effect September 1, 2015, and are directed at encouraging cycling, promoting road safety, and sharing the road) and the set fines.

The event is planned for Sunday, 03 June, 2018, from 1 to 4 pm in Kanata North. Participants will be cycling through Kanata North on roads and pathways, visiting interactive activity stations to learn and practice bike safety skills. The 7 km route starts and ends in Beaverbrook at W. Erskine Johnston Public School.

This event is organized by volunteers from Transportation Action Committee Kanata-North, and Councillor Wilkinson's office. All volunteers will receive 'specific event training' in advance.

Please advise Monna-Leigh McElveny, if you are interested in participating as a volunteer:

Please feel free to forward this request to your contacts who you think might be interested in assisting with this very worthwhile event.

Healthy Cycling Benefits Guide (Suggested by Derrick Lopez, a Kanata student)

Bicycle Safety – 35 Tips to Stay Safe on the Road

New System Ranks America’s “Bicycle-Friendly” Cities. And Canada?

6. 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:

7. Multi-day tours in 2018

June 4-7 - Kingston Bike Tour – Tour is full. There is a waiting list

This is a hub and spoke tour from Kingston. Staying in Queen’s University residence. If interested contact Monna-Leigh McElveny


July 9-11 - 3 days/2 nights trip at Mont –Tremblant

This will be a hub and spoke from the village of Saint-Jovite. Trip will happen. Planning is underway, if interested please contact Steve Caron: T. 613 286 3598

August 12-17 - 4 days/5 nights Niagara Region tour

The tour is almost full. Room for 1 female and 1 male cyclist. If interested contact Geoffrey Gurd

Aug. 24 - Sept. 8 - Italy cycling trip– Dolomites

• The dates are Friday, August 24th to Saturday, September 8th, 2018. There is an option to stay an extra day and return on Monday, September 9th PLUS there is now the opportunity to arrive one day earlier on Thursday, August 23rd. Airfares for August-September are similar to June. The connections are still Montreal-Venice non-stop on AirTransat with overnight flights east-bound and mid-day flights west-bound.

• There is space for 14 people, including the SAG driver, spread over two double rooms (for couples) and five twin rooms (for singles in shared accommodation). The new cost estimates for accommodations are slightly higher than for June, about €660 to €725 per person. As before, all rooms have been reserved with the option for free cancellation up until shortly before the trip dates. Also, we will explore options for bringing these costs down a bit but for now we have a workable plan.

• Please contact Don Gregoire at and Tom Seniuk at if you are seriously interested in coming on this trip.


Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC