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Great June Event – Try Cycle for Sight!

Cycle for Sight is a great event I have taken part in the last 3 years and have enjoyed the big day on the bike around my home in Collingwood with some good people, for a great cause.

CHECK OUT THE CYCLE FOR SIGHT WEBSITE FOR INFO ON REGISTRATION, ROUTES, AND FUNDRAISING

It is now based in Creemore entirely and tours great roads around Creemore, Collingwood, and Stayner.

Enjoy a great finish line spread on the main street of Creemore, right in front of the Creemore Brewery!

Successful Women's Workshop at Active Life Conditioning Collingwood

Thursday March 26, 2015 saw the running of a Women’s Workshop at Active Life Conditioning Collingwood.

This is the gym I have been working out of this Winter doing testing and Kinesiology sessions.

The Collingwood Cycling Club and several other vendors, including Hammer Nutrition, kicked in prizes, workshop content and some great snacks!

Topics included:

Molly’s Saddle, Sore Best Tips:   ( you can buy the book online here )

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Noelle speaking on saddle choice and displaying some awesome, women specific Terry Saddles  , which Molly often mentions in her talks

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I went over a few key movements to be incorporated in a healthy cyclists routine via yoga, stretching, strength and/or random daily movement. We looked at how our movement in the gym and in daily life influences our posture on the bike.

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I also got the group to try out flat changing, some for the first time while others refined and helped teach the technique to solidify their own technique and confidence. HUGE breakthroughs for participants … should lead to some big rides and adventures this summer. IMG_6647

 

Hammer contributed 2 new flavors of gels for participants to take home and try on their rides (Nocciola/Nutella and Peanut Butter Chocolate!)

*use the code Glassford15 at Shophammer to get a 15% discount on your first order

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Finally, Active Life contributed their great facility to us and it made for a great evening

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Molly and/or I are booking 2015 clinic and workshop dates. Please feel free to email me peterglassford @ gmail to find out how we can organize one for your club, shop or team.

Via Collingwood Cycling Club = Updates to Highway traffic Act for cyclists

Show your support of this bill . 
ALso if you find yourself in Collingwood this spring/summer check out CCC 

Bill 173 Ontario Legislature,
first reading of a major amendment to the
Highway Traffic Act
 

   33.  Section 148 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsections:
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   (6.1)  Every person in charge of a motor vehicle on a highway who is overtaking a person travelling on a bicycle shall, AS NEARLY AS MAY BE PRACTICABLE, leave a distance of not less than one metre between the bicycle and the motor vehicle and shall maintain that distance until safely past the bicycle.
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   (6.2)  The one metre distance required by subsection (6.1) refers to the distance between the extreme right side of the motor vehicle and the extreme left side of the bicycle, including all projections and attachments.
 
Above is a very important amendment to the HTA that will positively effect all cyclists in Ontario. This section is making the '1 meter rule' the law in Ontario. The 1 meter rule for those who don't know is the idea that no motor vehicle should pass a cyclist with less than 1 meter of space between them. It is legal recognition that cyclists are 'vulnerable' road users and as such drivers must make the extra effort to pass safely. It makes 'threading the needle' or 'buzzing' illegal. This really is a great Bill for cycling but there is one small catch. The addition of the phrase "as nearly as may be practicable" in our opinion makes the 1 meter rule conditional. We can't tell you conclusively what effect that phrase has on the 1 meter rule but in our opinion it has the potential to seriously dilute the positive effect of the rule. We think the rule should be unconditional. If a driver can't find 1 meter of space between itself and a cyclist it is a very strong indication that its not safe to pass. We are of the opinion that the sanctity of life and the principles of safety should always take precedence over expedience particularly in the context of vulnerable users. We are concerned that with that condition we are leaving the judgement of when its safe to pass up to the drivers to decide and we all know that there are a certain percentage of drivers who have no respect for the safety of cyclists. Although things are getting better, we do not yet live in a cycling friendly society. We think an unconditional 1 meter rule sends out a clear message: safety first for vulnerable users. 
 
If you agree please email the Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Glen Murray, at (minister.mto@ontario.ca) and give him your opinion. We have a unique opportunity to effect some positive change for cycling at this moment.  Let’s take this opportunity to be heard. Time is of the essence.