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WEDNESDAY WHEELIES

 

Safety is Key on Wednesday Wheelie Rides!

    • Avoiding Busy Roads We have tried wherever possible to choose routes that avoid busy stretches of road, especially stretches with heavy truck traffic. 

    • See and be Seen Always keep in mind, "see and be seen".
      • Ride with a mirror (why not?).
      • Ride with a rear light (why not?).
      • Wear brightly coloured clothing (why be modest?).

    • Communicate and Listen Always keep in mind, "communicate and listen". Many (most?) cycling calls or commands are derivatives or applications of this rule.

    • When to Bunch Ride Consider riding in a bunch of up to around 16 when there is traffic on the road, thereby allowing the traffic to get by the bunch in a single pass.

    • When to Single File Consider the following factors in deciding whether it is prudent to ride single file on a stretch of road - the length of the stretch, traffic density, traffic speed, whether the traffic includes trucks, the number of lanes, whether there is a useable shoulder, and anything else you consider relevant. In other words, a decision to ride single file needs to be based on the particular circumstances.

    • Never Escalate Never do anything that might cause an encounter with an irate or frustrated driver to escalate.




Other Wednesday Wheelie Stuff

    • Driving Directions. A link to "Driving directions" from your place to the remote start is found on each event page. After clicking on the link, enter your address in the box at the top left and click “Get directions”. Don't want the 407? Click on "Show options", and then choose "Avoid tolls".

    • Ride sharing. Need a ride? Able to provide a ride? Have a car, but happy to leave it at home and share a ride? Please click on the following link Ride Sharing to see the Wednesday Wheelie ride sharing list. Email us at wedwheelie@tbn.ca if you would like to be added to the ride sharing list.

    • PDF maps and cue sheets are posted for each ride. Please print them before the ride and bring them with you.

    • All WW rides are also on-line at ridewithgps.com (RWGPS) for users of electronic devices. Note that RWGPS doesn't do jogs - it gives two turns. Be sure to read the next line in the cue sheet. If the next turn is at the same distance, it's a jog.

    • Our RWGPS naming convention. We've adopted a code like naming convention. This is so that you can download the short, medium and long versions of a route onto a Garmin device without each successive download of the route overwriting the previous download of the route.

    • Need help downloading from RWGPS? The following links describe how to download the RWGPS maps and cuesheets to the various Garmin devices:
    • Are you an Android or iPhone user? The following are links to Google Play and the iTunes store where you can download an RWGPS app to your Android or iPhone device. The app will allow you to directly download and utilize the RWGPS maps and cue sheets on your device. If you use the app, be sure to turn off all the other functionality of your device (e.g., no texting or emailing while riding!):
    • Links to details of previous TBN rides. Looking for details of another TBN ride or a WW ride completed earlier in the season. Click on the following link and search until you find the ride - TBN Calendar of Events. However, please note that some of the earlier rides may need changes if the planner has become aware of a problem which needs to be addressed, or if the planner has an idea for enhancing the ride in some way. Similarly. future rides may undergo changes before they are finalized.

    • 2017 ride leaders schedule - click here. Available to act as a ride leader - just send us an email.

    • Rear view mirrors. Cars use them. Trucks use them. Even military tanks and fighter jets use them (or rear view cameras). Why not bicycles? While the choice of a particular rear view mirror is obviously a matter of personal preference, there are a couple that are popular with our group. Click here for information on the Spintech mirrors which attach to drop bars. Click here for information on the Take a Look mirror which attaches to eye glasses.

    • Ear buds, etc. Please, no ear buds or other distracting devices.
       
    • Wednesday Wheelies close to city routes - click here.



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