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August 30, 2017

Volunteers of the year

TBN could not exist without its volunteers, and we want to be sure that we're not missing any of them when it comes to our thank you messages for the year. So now's the time to put forward any groups or individuals as our Volunteers of the Year, a nomination that the board will consider at the September board meeting. Please email Ian Rankin at president@tbn.ca with your suggestions. We will present our award(s) at a volunteers' party in the fall -- there is no task or individual too small to be considered. 

Deadline to submit your nominations is September 10.

Getting out of town

Thanksgiving in the County

Registration closes this Friday, September 1, for our new Thanksgiving trip to Prince Edward County, where you can enjoy quiet roads, fall colours and delicious food, wine and cider. This year we're basing ourselves at the waterfront Picton Harbour Inn, in the heart of the County, with daily rides of 60 or 80km and options that include a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Check the website for details of this trip, which runs from Oct 6-Oct 9. 


Wending Awenda

There's still a few spaces on our fall camping weekend in Awenda Provincial Park, with a chance to enjoy two days of cycling along glorious Georgian Bay. Check the website for more details of the event, which takes place on Sept 15-17.


Bruce Peninsula hiking WAITLIST

This Oct 13-15 hiking trip to the Bruce Peninsula is full. But you can still join a waiting list in case there are cancellations. Check the website for details.




Contact Jeannie at weekendtrips@tbn.ca if you have any suggestions for a trip or if you wish to lead one. Trip leaders have their fees paid by TBN. 


TBN Board positions available

TBN is seeking both a new club Secretary and Communications Director to stand for nomination at the November 2017 AGM. If you would like to assume either role, please contact president@tbn.ca. Summaries of all TBN board positions can be found here, with more detailed job descriptions available upon request. Also feel free to reach out directly to secretary@tbn.ca and publicity@tbn.ca  respectively to learn more about these very rewarding roles.

Help keep Friday night on the calendar

The next four Friday Night Rides are posted on the TBN Calendar of Events. But unless a new volunteer steps up to coordinate the program, the last ride in this long-running series will take place on September 8. 

Please contact Dave Mader at touring@tbn.ca if you are willing to coordinate (or help coordinate) the program. The routes are in place and the current coordinator will turn over their files to you and help you get started. But the new volunteer (or volunteers) will post all future rides on the TBN website, and make sure ride leaders are in place. Several members have already said they are willing to lead rides, so that eases the burden on the coordinator(s). 

Please step up to help. It would be a shame to lose this traditional series of Friday night after-work rides.

As always, check the website for details of all the rides and other events that are coming up, and remember to check back a couple of hours before a ride in case it's changed or cancelled because of poor weather, or other factors beyond our control.


Reminders:

Deals and special offers on bike stuff, tours, rides, and so on

TBN partners offer great deals for our members. Discounts are also available at numerous bike stores, special bike tours outside Ontario, charity ride registration, and much more. Please support TBN's great partners. There are so many new businesses out there that its tough to keep up and so If someone can help to keep this list up to date, please contact publicity@tbn.ca.

Remember you must present your valid TBN membership card for a discount at at any TBN discount partner. 


TBN has an iPhone app

TBN's iPhone app lists all upcoming rides and events. Look for "Toronto Bicycling Network" in the App store. We'll have an Android app soon as well, but for now if you don't have an iPhone, please bookmark our mobile friendly site (http://www.tbnapplications.com/mobile/events.php).

RWGPS

1. You must be a member of the club account at RWGPS to take advantage of some of the features outlined below. First, create your own personal account (either a free one, or a paid one) and then go to the club page (https://ridewithgps.com/clubs/27-toronto-bicycling-network), and submit a request to join. Membership gives you access to 300+ club rides, and you can filter those down to find the ride you want.

2. Check this comprehensive summary of how to use the TBN account on RWGPS to load a map and route onto your Garmin or to generate a printable map and cue sheet. As mentioned above, you must be a member of the club account at RWGPS to use these facilities.

3. Visit YouTube for an instructional video on how to create and print a customized map and cue sheet using TBN's RideWithGPS account.

4. And check out this video for details on how to load a TBN ride onto your smartphone -- a useful tool for people who don't own a separate GPS device.




Remember to visit the TBN calendar of events to find out more about what's coming up. That little TTC logo below will help alert you to any subway closures, of which there may be many in 2017.

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