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Back in the Saddle Again – Really 2- 2018

Allot has happened since the last time I posted. Please
note the new Company Logo (on the left) attached above !!

The biggest news is – I have fully retired from Policing. 
30 September 2018 was the final day of my Policing careers, 40 years, 2 months, three weeks.  Two Police organizations, Ten stops in two Provinces.  All uniform duties and four of those stops I was able to ride Police Mountain Bike as a part of a duty function.

Well, I have said that I am going to get back at writing entries for the Blog.  Yes, I said that earlier and didn’t follow through, well this time will be different. I haven’t posted anything but I have continued to write. 

We are going to get this back on its wheels, now that I have some more time to work with.  I guess this is what they mean about when you retire you are busier than you ever were when you worked a regular job.

I can tell you that I have found the BC Ferries trip from Tsawwassen (Vancouver side) to Swartz Bay (Victoria side) is a great place to sit, tap on an iPad mini and watch the incredible scenery of Active Pass go by.

I have also taken on position with the Board of the British Columbia Cycling Coalition, based in Vancouver BC, but looking at cycling issues for the Province as a whole. I have taken on the membership committee.  Yea I know try for world peace it would be easier….  You don’t know if you don’t
try, membership I mean.

Web Master Ken has rebuilt the web site, again, and we are adding the  CAN-BIKE and League of American Bicycling course materials to the site, as a Moodle based thing. We’re also going to be adding an Instructor specific section for those CAN-BIKE Instructors.  This will include a ‘cycling forum’ where questions can be posted and I can take a shot at answering. 

We have also started a CAN-BIKE BC Facebook page. So contacting canbe done through there also.

The CAN-BIKE side has been busy this year. Lots of courses taught, along with an Instructor course in Calgary.  Further, the Consulting side has started to become active again.  A file from Alberta for the Queen’s Bench Court of Alberta. So that’s exciting to get back at . That the two top Courts in BC and Alberta where I am am accepted expert in cycling evidence.

I also have an idea of a section for very different road signs.                             I was also thinking a section for people to send in bike related beer labels. This is where the Facebook page can come in handy.

I have an actual blog entry ready to go, which will be added before the end of the week, once Web Master Ken helps me get it right.

Thanks for coming back, and I hope you stay, read, think,
take and/or use some of the points that are being offered.

CHUCK’s (WEB SITE) RULES;

(01)  If you want to discuss cycling and cycling Instructor points, in a reasoned & reasonable, adult, polite discussion, then I am willing to engage with you. 

(02)  Yell at me, threaten me, swear at me or call me names and that will end it right there!! I got enough of that in 40 plus years of Policing, I won’t tolerate it here !!                                                                                                       — And by the way, if that happens your thoughts/comments/etc
will be deleted very quickly and you will be forgotten.

(03)  Life is too short not to add some humour in, so, it won’t always be serious. I’ll try to keep lighter points around, along with some pictures that are quite humorous – stay tuned.

 

Thanks for Stopping By

     Safe Ride Home

          Chuck

 

Oct 2018

 

 

Slip Slidin’ Away

I used some of the magical words of Paul SIMON  – Slip Slidin’ Away  – to caption this blog entry, and for a pretty good reason.

Here on the West Coast of CANADA the Fall rains have finally started, or at least the Fall weather has finally arrived.  With the rain comes the wind, and with the wind comes the colourful Fall leaves to the ground.

In our area the municipalities have had a wonderful program for several years to put trees up along the streets, avenues, roads, boulevards. If it has pavement on it, likely there is a tree next to it. That includes bike lanes and separated bike paths.  Needless to say trails & trees go hand in hand, all around them.

You may have noticed that I have again used the area of West Maple Ridge BC as an example.

Now take a look at the road in the attached pictures and notice the leaves along the side of the street, and out to the driving/ travel portion of the driving surface.  As with the puddles you can’t see the bottom of, you can’t see what is or isn’t under the leaves, other than to know they are going to be slippery.

As I said the rains have come, with the rains, comes the wind. The rain weighs down the dying leaves, and the wind removes the leaves from the tress.  Those leaves get deposited on the wet streets and cause the street  to become slippery and slick.  This causes very slick road surfaces to the tyres of the bikes that pass by this point.

This isn’t just BC west coast thing, but it is occurring anywhere the leaves are coming off the trees and mixing with the wet weather conditions.

Once the weather and the leaves mix, the accumulation on the ground gets wet and slippery and starts to rot and gets even slipperier.  Not good news for cyclists, or vehicles that might have to brake quickly and could slide in the leaf mush.

The Motor Vehicle Act, or Highway Traffic Act, names change across the continents but the message is the same.

Ride as close as practicable to the right hand side of the roadway.

In the CAN-BIKE program, along with the Cycling Savvy program, the message is taken as  
As far right as practicable, practicable being safe.                                            When the traveled portion of the road surface is narrow, take the lane.

This doesn’t mean you hug the gutter as some motorists would profess, it means, as I teach it, the cyclist is in a reasonable spot on the road surface, not buried along the road gutter, AND if there is debris (leaves etc) then we move out to avoid this obstruction.

It bears repeating – As far right as practicable, practicable being safe.  When the roadway surface is narrow, take the lane.

Riding in all sorts of weather conditions can be enjoyable, once you are prepared for it, but riding when it’s unsafe is dangerous to the cyclist and those around them if the cyclist goes down.  If we can see hazards and avoid them then we as cyclists are going to have a better experience riding.

After all, riding is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not feared and gut tightening with anxiety.

     Please be careful, use your lights – so others can see you – always wear a helmet and some form of eye protection.                                                                       In lousy weather you need to see what is around you – your life could likely depend on it.

Thanks for Stopping By 
Safe Ride Home  
Chuck                                                                                          Nov 2018.

GETTING BACK FOR 2018

I come back with hat, er- bike helmet, in hand and asking for forgiveness.
I said that when we opened the new, now not so new website that I would get back to adding a blog entry each month.  That was June for a meeting in Ottawa.  Since then I have continued writing, but haven’t added squat to the blog or the web site.

Web Guru Ken had questioned me on this !!

Yes, I know everyone blames “life” for getting in the way, and I have also used that same excuse, to no avail.  I sit here and can think back to days that I just sat.  Again, yes I know Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.
Well, that will change, honest this time, with this month.  January 2018.
2018 is a big year for me and I look forward to what the year beings.

More on that as the year gets going and we delve into it.
Again thanks to all the reader, maybe even readers that have followed the blog over the past few years.

On the up side there has been fourty (40) entries at about a thousand words per entry. So that isn’t all that bad, just none of those words are very recent.

Thanks for stopping by
Safe Ride Home,
Chuck