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VCB eNews, Vol 12, #1 - Worst Possible Case Scenario

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In this Edition

-  Editorial: Worst Possible Case Scenario

-  Letter to the Editor

-  Rides Captain Corner, Shelley Johnson

-  VCB AGM Tonight

-  Loose Chain Links

-  Bike Buy and Sell

-  About That Funny

 

 

“Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.”
— Robert Baden Powell

 

EDITORIAL: WORST POSSIBLE CASE SCENARIO

 

When I first started attending Acadia University, I cycled to Wolfville and back from my home in New Minas, a distance of less than 10 km. I had an old CCM 10 speed in a dubious state of repair and no time to waste. For most of the route, there was no paved shoulder whatsoever on the narrow roads and considerable traffic. I’d cut my sprocket teeth on those roads and had long ago learned to be very alert, to be bold about taking the lane when I needed to , and to always yield to combine harvesters. 

 

One morning as I cruised into the Wolfville town limits I was passed by a “K” car, that boxy model put out by Chrysler in the 1980s. Suddenly, that same car made a right turn directly into my path. I pulled on the brake levers, slowing considerably, but it was too late to stop. I made an ungraceful slump onto the trunk of the car, and my bicycle and I slowly slid down it to the ground. The car never faltered in its course. I got up and stared after the retreating vehicle, in a bit of shock after the collision. I could see that the driver had a puff of blue hair, but noted nothing else about the car or the occupant. My bicycle now had a broken brake lever, and the impact had knocked the entire brake assembly off the handlebars. A passerby stopped to ask if I was OK, and I was happy to answer in the affirmative. 

 

This type of collision is a classic between motorist and cyclist, and often the results are much more serious. I was able to brush off the incident and continue (on foot, pushing my wounded bike), but what if either of us had sustained more serious damage? What does a cyclist need to know to be prepared for this worst possible case scenario? One of our members has some experience in this scenario, and offers the following advice:

 

  1.  When there is any altercation between a vehicle and a cyclist, however minimal, make sure to obtain the driver's name, address, insurance information and vehicle particulars. Damage to the bike and injuries to the cyclist may not seem apparent or serious in the moment but very often with time and closer examinations it is found to be otherwise. It's much easier to get this information at the scene than to attempt to find the motorist later. 

 

  1. Call 911 and report the incident!  Again, it is easier if the police and paramedics do a report at the time of the collision than much later. Do it even if you think it's not an emergency (they can decide the priority depending on their current workload). Regardless, it is mandatory to report any accident where a vehicle causes injury to a person, and certainly it is better for subsequent medical issues and insurance reimbursement to have it professionally documented at the time.

 

  1. Get names and contact information of witnesses, the more, the better.

 

There is more detailed information in the Velo Cape Breton Member’s Handbook that all new members have received and also available here.. Like CPR training, the Heimlich Maneuvre, or How to Tell if Your Date is an Axe Murderer, this is information vital to have but which you hope you never have to use.

 

 

 

 

RIDES CAPTAIN’S CORNER: 

by: Shelley Johnson, Rides Captain

 

With reports to write and statistics to calculate for year end before the AGM, I am afraid that the Rides Captains Corner took a back seat this week.  The weather sure has played havoc with my riding time and of course with the time change, it is pretty much dark at 5:00 pm.  This all makes cycling a little more difficult at this time of year. Although I have ridden at night, I prefer to ride in light conditions.  But if I am out at night, I will be lit up as if it were Christmas.  That should bring a confirming nod from those who know me.

 

Today, I attended a First Aid course as a requirement for my workplace.  At the end of the day, as I travelled on Kings Road I came across a cyclist heading toward Sydney River.  The traffic was heavy.  I don’t work in Sydney, so the notion of traffic jams in Sydney was foreign to me. Bumper to bumper.  Yet he stood out.  He had on a bright yellow reflective vest and his panniers also had reflective spots on the rear of his bags.  Red rear lights were attached to his panniers and a white front light added to his handlebars. This made him very visible to me amidst the hub bub.  As a result, cars moved into the outside lane to pass him.  He was steady in his path and in claiming his spot on the road with a sense of confidence, just as he should be.  We encourage a cycling culture here and we also encourage safety.  If you are out at night, light it up and be reflective.  Follow the rules of the road and be predictable.

 

 

 

HERE’S WHAT’S UP AND COMING:

 

 

ATTENTION WOMEN ON WHEELS!!!!!

DON'T PUT THAT BIKE AWAY DIRTY! 

Tune-up your bicycle and get it ready for another season of cycling.

 

BIKE MECHANIC SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd AT THE MIRA ROAD FIRE HALL, one morning (8am - 12) session and one afternoon (1pm – 5pm) session. 
 

YOU BRING YOUR BIKE.  YOU WILL KNOW HOW EVERYTHING WORKS ON THAT BIKE OF YOURS.  YOU WILL PROPERLY CLEAN IT, LUBE IT, CHECK IT OVER AND MAKE BASIC ADJUSTMENTS AND REPAIRS TO START YOUR NEXT SEASON BRIGHT AND EARLY, ALL UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF EXPERT(S).   YOU'LL EVEN DO A FLAT REPAIR . . .  .  

COST: $20.00.   AGENDA & REGISTRATION ONLINE: Click here.

Note:  The afternoon session is all booked, 7 spots left for the morning session.

First come, first served!  If you snooze, you lose!

Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask,  info@velocapebreton.ca

 

 

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WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!

 

A SURVEY IS BEING DEVELOPED AND WILL BE CIRCULATED TO THE MEMBERSHIP.  THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY IS TO ASSIST WITH THE PLANNING OF THE RIDES SCHEDULE AND TO DETERMINE WHAT EVENTS, ACTIVITIES AND RIDES ARE OF INTEREST TO CLUB MEMBERS.  THIS IS YOUR CLUB, YOU DO HAVE A VOICE IN WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN.  I WOULD URGE YOU TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY WHEN YOU RECEIVE IT AS THIS WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL IN PLANNING THE 2015 RIDES SEASON.

Have a great week and stay active!

 

Shelley Johnson, Rides Captain & Cycling Ambassador

 

 

 

NOTICE OF VELO CAPE BRETON BICYCLING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING: Thursday, Nov. 6, beginning with a ”meet&greet” at 6:00 p.m. at the Round Room, CBRM Civic Centre, 320 Esplanade, Sydney. Formal meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

 

Election of the Board of Directors is included on the agenda. Please come out and get involved!

 

 

 

LOOSE CHAIN LINKS

Listening to traffic: http://www.gizmag.com/ear-it-project-smart-city/34396/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=2b4bf07d99-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-2b4bf07d99-90198709

 

Be seen: http://www.gizmag.com/orfos-flare-360-degree-bike-lights/34390/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=2b4bf07d99-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-2b4bf07d99-90198709

 

That helmet thing is not going away any time soon: http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/campaigning/article/20141103-campaigning-news-Boardman--Why-I-didn-t-wear-a-helmet-on-BBC-Breakfast-0

 

Gross National Happiness, anyone?  http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/30/bhutan-bicycle-gross-national-happiness/?_r=2

 

 

 

 

BIKE BUY AND SELL – empty this week!

 

 

ABOUT THAT FUNNY

 

In keeping with the “be prepared” theme, I thought it might be useful to share this information for those traveling “down under”:

 

  • Only licensed electricians are allowed to change lightbulbs in Victoria.
  • Also in Victoria, it is illegal to wear pink hot pants after midday on Sunday (note to self . . .).
  • In Queensland, taxis are required by law to carry a bale of hay in the boot of the car.
  • It is illegal to walk on the right hand side of the footpath in Australia.
  • In Brisbane, you must sweep the foothpath outside your home daily before 8:30 am or face a $5000 find, with an increase of $500 for each additional day.
  • Until the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, it was legal in Tasmania to own an AK-47 but not legal to be gay.
  • And finally, in Victoria, it is illegal to drive with a dog or goat harnessed to your car in a public place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR THE VELO CAPE BRETON eNEWS

 

Regular articles, including Loose Chain Links:

Word document or compatible, 14 pt Times New Roman. Please have submissions for the current edition submitted by the Monday prior.

 

Ads for Bike Buy & Sell: Word document or compatible, 14 pt, Times New Roman, submitted by the Monday prior. Ads will run for 3 weeks. Please inform the editor if the item is sold before that term is up. If the item doesn’t sell, you may re-submit your ad.  

 

Photos: high resolution (photos taken with a phone are usually too low, but there may be exceptions); please name all the people in the photo, and give the event, date, and location.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

November 6th, 2014

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