Author Archive: James Barnes

One More from our President

Hello Fellow Cyclists

As President of the Cobourg Cycling Club and a long-term cyclist there is something that I need to bring to everybody’s attention.

First, let me premise with a disclaimer and open comment. That when it comes to instant, gut reaction to vehicles on the road I am not always the best at demonstrating restraint and turning the other cheek. However, I am asking that you practice what I am preaching and together we can improve for the benefit of all cyclists. Tom Jehlicka told me many years ago that when you react in a negative manner that you lower yourself to their level. I believe this to be true as well.

Recently I watched a group of cyclists put themselves into a high risk situation. As a cyclist, I make sure that I look after me when it comes to vehicles. The power and weight differences are too obvious for discussion here. With that in mind, bicycles share the roadways with automobiles. Bicycles are considered vehicles under laws of the Highway Traffic Act in Ontario. Also, as far as I know, there a precious few places where bikes are treated as pedestrians.

I will also be the first to admit that I take short cuts of various types where applicable. However, as pointed out above, when it comes to self-preservation I like to think that I avoid putting myself into precarious situations when riding. We have all done this I am sure but we like to limit those moments and keep the odds favourable.

Please, when you are riding, obey the traffic signs and be aware of changing road conditions. Always be aware of your place on the road. Remember that we share the road with other people and our bicycles, though pedaled by a person, are considered vehicles. For now, the Highway Traffic Act is what it is, so obey the laws. Others are watching us.

Bicycles are not pedestrians even though we all at times think that we can scoot here or there for one reason or another. After all, we are people and humans like short cuts. On bikes though, we are classed with all other vehicles. Please be sensible while riding. Look out for one another and most of all be the best advocate for cycling and all it benefits that you can be.

 

Keep the rubber side down,

 

Greg Cushing

 

 

A message from our President

G’day Cycling Enthusiast

Another year cycling season and fair weather is drawing towards its end, so I have a special request.

Over the upcoming months, as we shift our thoughts to family matters like Thanksgiving and Christmas and the New Year approaches, I have a favour of each of you. When you are speaking of the joys of cycling to others, look around. When you can, direct these thoughts and messages to the youth in the room.

We have an aging demographic of cyclists. We also have environmental issues in a manner like never before, we have threats of aggression all over the world and rooms of children playing computer games, watching television and soon legal weed. Let’s promote cycling.

Kids that perform athletic feats of various types represent a pool for cycling from which to draw. In Canada we have a plethora of hockey players but we also have BMXers, boarders and skiers. We need to grow the sport while simultaneously promoting the health and environmental benefits to the world. This is an easy message for you to sell. You know as well as I do how cycling can have a positive impact on your life.

As any cyclist knows, a short ride to the store is enough to get your heart rate up. Once that blood moves all kinds of good things happen. We get warmer, our lungs clear, our breathing is deeper and when we are home we are more relaxed. Forget the drugs for calming children or stimulating thought. Get on a bike, breathe cleaner air and be healthier for it. These are the messages to deliver.

In the end, cycling clubs might flourish, there should be fewer aggressive drivers and who knows, we just might save the world!

 

Yours in cycling friendship,

 

Greg Cushing

 

 

One Last Thursday group ride.

We are going to squeeze in one last Thursday night group ride before heading to the woods.

Early Start! 5:30pm at the Willmott and Roger’s road parking lot. 

After this the plan is to head to the forest with lights. Yup lights! Fantastic riding, loads of fun. Many of us are riding steel single speed MTB so we are there for the work not so much for the speed. 

One more Thursday night Group ride?

Irma is bringing some nice weather for the rest of the week. Would anyone like to try for an early start and get in one last Thursday group ride? OK there is a little dampness with this weather but we may not see any rain during ride time.

If we start early like 5pm or even 5:30 I have a course plan that will keep us close to home and still offer some speed and some hills. It’s not set in asphalt… A little throw it down as we go.