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Club Rides / Women's Ride Day
« Last post by Steve Juniper on Today at 02:05:44 pm »
The OCA are coordinating and promoting a "Women's Only Ride Day" across the Province of Ontario. Any woman in Ontario can sign up for a guest ride with one of the participating clubs. The Brampton Cycling Club is pleased to be a hosting club for the Womenís Ride Day on Sunday, May 20th with our BCC rides starting at 11 am from our new Southfields Village School start location. Iíd like to encourage all our female BCC members to consider registering if youíre interested to support the women who come out to our BCC event. Iíve contacted a few of our more experienced women members to lead the rides. Hereís a link to the ccnbikes registration page which provides more details for the BCC Womens Ride Day event:

https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/womens-ride-day-2018-brampton-cycling-club

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General Discussion / Re: Autonomous Vehicles
« Last post by Roy B on Today at 10:16:36 am »
I suggest that the technology needs refining to work in the North American environment.
My car has "eyesight" technology that detects objects ahead and would apply the brakes to avoid or reduce the severity of a collision.  In conditions of heavy rain or blinding sun, the system automatically disables itself and indicates that it is disabled with an audible sound and a conspicuous dashboard display.  There have been 2 occasions (in 5 years) when it activated the brakes unnecessarily, both at very low speeds....once when entering a car wash when it didn't want to enter with the entrance curtains ahead, and once when parking in a space with overhanging branches directly in front of the sensors (on each side of the rear view mirror).
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General Discussion / Re: Truck Drivers
« Last post by Thomas Bruck on April 23, 2018, 02:23:37 pm »
How do they do it in France and Italy? Guess everyone has a cyclist in the family. In the Netherlands everybody is a cyclist. I would like to see "educational" commercial on TV and perhaps a few billboards rather than compulsory whatever. BTW the truck drivers are not the worst although their impact might be. On the other hand "education" is less expensive than long term disabilities and loss of income (taxes) and less intrusive to the drivers. We were able to almost eradicate smoking mostly due to "stupid" commercials. There will be still some idiots unconsidered individuals. C'est la vie!
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General Discussion / Re: Truck Drivers
« Last post by Shawn on April 22, 2018, 08:42:11 am »
I have thought about this a little more and it could be implemented.

In order to get companies on board,this proposal would have to be implemented through the first phase of a driver's training which would be driving school.
As long as companies don't have to pay for it or pull driver's away from work and have to give them a days pay...... they'll most likely be fine with it.
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General Discussion / Re: Autonomous Vehicles
« Last post by Shawn on April 20, 2018, 10:47:49 pm »
"Automated braking sensors" on heavy trucks don't work in North America.

The sensors get caked in ice and sodium chloride brine turning on the braking system, unfortunately if you're on ice,it's less than ideal.
It has been blamed for more than one wreck.
Not to mention the dangers of a truck that's coming to a stop on a highway(if it can be controlled on snow/ice).

Drivers are pulling out the fuses and disabling the systems.

Many companies don't want them period. They're actually considered unsafe in the industry.
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General Discussion / Re: Truck Drivers
« Last post by Shawn on April 20, 2018, 10:42:47 pm »
I drive a truck and I can say this won't happen here. The Ontario trucking association already has bicycles on their radar as unlicensed/uninsured vehicles.
As a cyclist that travelled with my bike I hear the complaints all the time,even from owners of companies which pay into the millions for insurance......they see you as getting a free ride. What they pay to operate and what you pay (even through car insurance and fuel tax) is a drop in the bucket to what they pay.

The main reason the OTA hasn't pushed the topic is simply politics. They don't want to look like the bully on the playground. If a cycling lobby throws the first punch,it's  on. Once their membership is forced to pay drivers for attending this "course" (drivers ain't going for free) they'll have the leverage they've been looking for in terms of addressing the licensing/insurance issue. They'll appeal to the motoring public which already sees cyclists as a general nuissance.
Do you think they're going to send thousands of drivers to "school" when you can ride in a pack inches from eachother with zero training? They're liable to table their own proposal that states you must be licensed/insured and educated on heavy vehicles in the process. A "what's good for the goose is good for the gander approach".
(Not many people in cars are going to argue for you on this one and neither are the insurance companies which will simply see you as another revenue stream.)
   It's the kind of attention you don't want to attract.
Also,few politicians are willing to go against such a powerful lobby.


The majority of heavy trucks have dash cams hardwired and I'm sure if the OTA wanted to they could put plenty of lawless cyclists on YouTube to bolster their case in regards to the riding habits of cyclists.

What you want is a group which faces zero regulation(cyclists)to enforce its agenda on a heavily regulated and taxed industry.
The politics and optics will not be in your favor.



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General Discussion / Quick test
« Last post by George on April 20, 2018, 04:30:01 pm »
Again at the Bicycle Summit I learned about the advisory bike lane. How many of you know what it is. I did not know.
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General Discussion / Truck Drivers
« Last post by George on April 20, 2018, 04:27:33 pm »
I was at the Bicycle Summit this week and a fellow from the UK told us that it is mandatory for truck drivers to attend a one day session. Classroom in the morning and riding a bike on the road in the afternoon. It would be a good idea to push for that here.
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Road Advisory / Re: Old School Road Reconstruction and Closure
« Last post by Geoff Milan on April 20, 2018, 08:48:45 am »
"closed to through traffic for the duration of the project. Local access will be maintained"

Not sure if we will have access for bikes.
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General Discussion / Re: Assault on the Carolinas Website
« Last post by Geoff Milan on April 20, 2018, 08:28:41 am »
Got it. Thanks Matt.
If this year was any indication, the group in the video will be disappearing from your rearview mirror in no time !
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