Cycling Map – Victoria County
Please Note the Following Updates to Above Victoria County Cycling Routes Map (June 22, 2018):
- Route 1- Alternate Scenic Route- It’s now known as the Coastal Loop. Note that when summiting South Mountain, one cannot see Sugarloaf. The Sea Breeze Take Out is no longer open. For parking, there is a picnic park across from the hospital, or at the trailhead for the coastal hike, which is about 0.5 km towards Ingonish at the Halfway Brook bridge.
- Route 9- the Keltic Lodge: The White Birch in is now called the Corson House, and the coffee house across the road is the Arduaine Restaurant.
- Route 12- Cape North to Big Intervale: Morrison’s Pioneer Restaurant is no longer open.
- Route 13- Bay St. Lawrence: the old, red schoolhouse museum is no longer open. For places to eat, there is the Bay Café (Bay St Lawrence Community Centre), the Hut
The 5+km to the radio tower from the Bay St. Lawrence Road is in pretty good shape, after which it is not recommendable for riding due to lots of erosion. Money Point is quite a spectacular hike, however the road directly to Bay St Lawrence from Money Point is no longer ride-able, thanks to severe erosion that was caused by some heavy rains about 4-5 years ago.
There is now a very active gravel quarry at the top of the initial climb from the Bay St. Lawrence Rd. While the massive gravel trucks do not travel very fast, safe riding exists and driving the road. (Dexter’s has a lease on the quarry for the next 40 years).
For good gravel roads, the main one would be the last 7 km before Meat Cove. Note that the severe hills are now paved, which makes this awesome ride even more doable for the average cyclist.
***Cyclists use caution – Road conditions change over time. Please use caution and be prepared for unstable conditions on roadways, shoulders & off-road routes
Bike Safety Tips
Biking is good for your health and for the environment, fun, and can be very safe when a
few common sense rules are followed…
1 Make sure your bicycle fits – One size does not fit all! It is important that the bike is not too big or small for the rider.
• The rider must be able to stand with their feet on either side of the frame. If they cannot do this, the bike is too big.
• Adjust the seat so that, with a relaxed straight leg, the heel rests on the pedal in the down position.
When riding and forefoot on pedal, the leg will be slightly bent when pedal is in down position. At the stop, the rider’s foot may not fully reach the ground and (s)he will need to stand legs either side.
2 Always wear a bike helmet, and make sure it fits…And only use bike helmets for cycling — bike helmets can also be used for scootering and in-line skating, but other sport helmets are not safe — they’re not designed for bike fall impacts. Place helmet on head –do not buckle. Bend over till head upside down and move head side to side. The helmet should remain on while doing this, if not the helmet is too big. Do not wear a hat under the helmet, except a thin ‘skull cap’ for warmth in the winter.
3 Buckle up and follow the 2V1 rule
With head up, adjust helmet so it is level (not tilted back) making sure to leave about an inch, 2 fingers, above the eyes, and visibility is not obscured. Otherwise, the helmet does not protect.
Adjust V straps over ears so the straps go by on either side of the ear. Make a V with your fingers to check.
1 Adjust chin strap so it is felt under the chin and you can only place 1 finger between the strap and your neck.
4 Be a safe cyclist and learn the rules of the road
In Nova Scotia, children can ride their bike on sidewalks, but they must yield to pedestrians and must walk or carry their wheels at all street crossings. If riding on the street, cyclists must follow the rules of the road, and use the proper hand signals to alert traffic when turning or slowing down.
Here are some tips to stay safe and the hand signals for turns and stopping when riding on the road:
• See everything around you and be alert for the unexpected (such as cars turning, backing out of driveways, opening doors, etc.). Always keep one door length of space when riding from cars.
• Be seen by drivers by wearing bright colours (fluorescent/reflective) jackets, vests or belts. At night always have a flashing red light on the back and white light on the front of your bike.
• Be predictable, never swerve, turn or stop suddenly. Drivers can’t read your mind! Ride in a straight line about one meter from the curb or parked cars to avoid riding into opening doors.
5 Remember your ABCs and perform regular bike safety checks
These are the ABCs of the bicycle safety check. Do these at least bi-weekly or after hard use.
A Air – Check that tires inflated (generally 65 psi), there are no broken/missing spokes, treads are good, and wheel nuts & bolts (quick release) are tight.
B Brakes – Check that brake levers are not bent, move easily, pads are not worn or rubbing on wheel, cables free of rust & wear – test one at a time by pushing & apply brakes to lock the wheel.
C Chain & crank – Check that chain is lubricated, free of rust & dirt, and derailleur shifting acceptably.
References & Resources: This document was written and produced by Natalia Diaz-Insense, Youth AT Coordinator at the
Ecology Action Centre, and Clive MacGregor, Volunteer Coach at Westmount Elementary School in Halifax, to educate children on the basics of bike safety with information drawn from experience and many sources. For a more in depth information on
bicycle safety we strongly encourage you to check out the Nova Scotia Bicycle Safety Handbook, and The Bicycle Book,
available online through the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Published 2018. http://www.saferoutesns
W.O.W (Women on Wheels) – Victoria County
This is a program offered under Velo Cape Breton. Become a member at www.velocapebreton.ca and ride for free or pay $2.00 per ride https://www.facebook.com/Women-on-Wheels-1412224839045760/ Participants should have their own bike and mandatory helmet; however, there will be 10 bikes available if needed equipped with helmets, installed pack, and safety gear. Contact Ride Leader Iris Kedmi by e-mail: email@example.com for more information.
Women on Wheels – Victoria County is proudly supported by Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011 and Pedallers By the Bay.
Keep up to date on all the happenings of W.O.W Victoria County Women on Wheels Program https://naturallyactivevictoriacounty.com/be-active/cycling/ .
Keep up to date on all the happenings of Velo Cape Breton’s Women on Wheels Program on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Women-on-Wheels-1412224839045760/ .
Velo Cape Breton’s Women on Wheels
Keep up to date on all the happenings of Velo Cape Breton’s Women on Wheels Program on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Women-on-Wheels-1412224839045760/
EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF CONQUERING THE CABOT TRAIL
The Cabot Trail was named one of the Ten Best Biking Trips in Canada! Are you planning a trip to Cape Breton this year? Bring your bicycle! Lots of great trails around too! http://ow.ly/ITUqo
Named for famed navigator and explorer John Cabot, the world famous Cabot Trail is a 300 kilometre paved roadway that hugs the mountainous northern shore coastline of the Island. For most cyclists, the loop ride around the Trail begins and ends in Baddeck.
The Cape Breton Highlands National Park straddles the upper reaches of the Island, roughly 85 km north of Baddeck via the small communities of Chéticamp (on the west coast) or Ingonish (on the east coast). The road around the Trail is, for the most part, well-maintained.
Cycling – Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Cycle part or all of the Cabot Trail which, according to Lonely Planet, is one of the world’s top ten cycling destinations.
Also suitable for cycling are all secondary and campground roads. Please use caution on gravel roads and trails, especially after heavy rains.
In an effort to enhance the cycling experience at Cape Breton Highlands National Park, we are beginning to designate bike lanes as work proceeds on upgrading the Cabot Trail. Road inclines are marked in steeper areas and bike stands have been installed at several locations.
Please remember that Nova Scotia law requires cyclists of all ages to wear a helmet (on and off-road) and states that cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists.
Cabot Trail Outdoor Adventures – Cycling
To view a map of cycling routes in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, please visit the CBRM website at www.cbrm.ns.ca/activetransportation
Bike Victoria Week – (Since 2012)
7th Annual Bike Victoria Week: June 2 – 10, 2018
Cycling is for everyone!
From June 2 to 10, 2017 – Bike Victoria Week aims to celebrate the cycling community, educate all residents about cycling safety, and increase participation in cycling throughout Victoria County.
“Bike to Hike to Bite” – Bike Ride 2018
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
9 am – meet at the Baddeck Forks Community Hall
(Big Baddeck, the Big Glen & Hike to Uisge Ban Falls)
Signature Event of the 7th Annual Bike Victoria Week June 2-10, 2018 & Part of the Velo Cape Breton Ride Schedule 2018.
9:00 am – Registration and pick-up your bike (If needed) at Baddeck Forks Community Hall (Look for the Pedallers By The Bay Trailer)
Meet at the Baddeck Forks Community Hall Golf Course in Big Baddeck (Directions via the RCMP side)
Only $15 each (Fee is for lunch only) – Includes bike (If needed – until they are not available, maximum 10 available at no cost!), helmet, water bottle, installed pack and a lunch at local business.
Cycle starts at 9:30 am (When you register, please tell us your height, male or female and also, you must sign a waiver to participate); Distance: Bike 12 kms / Hike: 2.61 kms
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Since 2011, Velo Cape Breton Association and “Pedallers by the Bay” Proudly Present the “Bike to Hike to Bite” Bike (Big Baddeck, the Big Glen & Hike to Uisge Ban Falls)
The ride starts at the entrance to Baddeck Forks Community Centre (counter clock wise). Journey stops at Uisge Ban falls. From there journey will continue to bicycle the Big Baddeck Road with stops along the way to Centre Bridge, Uisge Ban Falls and back to the hall and lunch at a local business the Baddeck Golf Course Restaurant.
To pre-register and/or for further information, please contact Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County firstname.lastname@example.org
–Coincides with NS Bike Week June 2-11, 2017 with events happening in various Nova Scotian Communities
Policy for Bicycling Routes in Nova Scotia
- Appendix A – Blue Route Team Terms of Reference (PDF)
- Appendix B – AT Bicycle Route Assessment Tool (Fillable PDF)
- Appendix C – TCT Roadway Signage Guidelines (PDF)
HELD – “Bike to Bite” – Bike Ride 2017
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
(Big Baddeck, the Big Glen & Hike to Pioneer Cemetery)
Signature Event of the 6th Annual Victoria County Fall Harvest ActiveFest Oct. 6-31, 2017
Andree Crepeau, Velo Cape Breton [May 17, 2017] – Subject: Re: Bike to Bite Cycling Event – “Great event Vince“
9:30 – 10:00 am – Registration and pick-up your bike at Big Baddeck Road next to the Baddeck Forks Golf Course (Look for the Pedallers By The Bay Trailer)
Meet at the turn to Big Baddeck Road just before the entrance to Baddeck Forks Golf Course in Big Baddeck (Directions via the RCMP side)
Only $15 each – Includes bike (If needed – until they are not available, maximum 10 available at no cost!), helmet, water bottle and a lunch at the Baddeck Forks Golf Course.
Cycle starts at 10:00 am (When you register, please tell us your height, male or female and also, you must sign a waiver to participate); Distance: 10 kms
Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) and “Pedallers by the Bay” Proudly Present the “Bike to Bite” Bike (Big Baddeck, the Big Glen & Hike to Pioneer Cemetery)
The ride starts at the entrance to Big Baddeck Road (counter clock wise). Journey stops at The John Morrison Weaver Cemetery. There we will have a guided hike with historical information about the pioneer cemetery provided by Pauline Diekelmann. From there journey will continue to bicycle the Big Baddeck Road with stops along the way to Centre Bridge and back to the hall and lunch at the Baddeck Golf Course Restaurant.
To pre-register and/or for further information, please contact Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County email@example.com
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NOW CLOSED – Bike Victoria Week Special Event Assistance Fund 2017 is Available. See you again June 2018!
In-depth Guide – ‘The Definitive Guide to Safer Cycling”
It offers information on important cycling safety statistics as well as helpful tips and advice on how to stay safe while cycling at night, during winter, and in other less-than-ideal situations. to receive your guide please contact: Madison Griffin, | firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find the full version of the guide below. Visitors may find the information really helpful: The Definitive Guide to Safer Cycling http://www.thebikestoragecompany.co.uk/bike-safety-guide/
NS TIR Bicycle Book for kids
Velo Cape Breton
A non-profit, volunteer-run organization. They serve all of Cape Breton Island, with Chapters in Baddeck, Cheticamp, Northside, Sydney, Glace Bay, St. Peter’s, Inverness, Isle Madame, NorthHighlands and Canso Strait Areas. They offer a wide variety of rides for people of all ages and abilities, including Road Cycling Instruction Sessions and Rides for novice cyclists, Instruction on Touring by bicycle, week-end rides, short casual Evening Rides, Day and Multi-day Tours. Velo Cape Breton funds are mainly derived from membership dues.
BNS is the provincial organization of cyclists in Nova Scotia. We are commuters, mountain bikers, racers, recreational riders and elite athletes, who work together to grow cycling in Nova Scotia. Our different sectors develop young athletes, collaborate with government and other organizations to make cycling safe and accessible province-wide, develop sustainable mountain bike trails and serve as the governing body for all cycling competition in the province. BNS is a volunteer organization. Please visit our website at:
On behalf of Bicycle Nova Scotia and the Blue Route team, we would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone that came out to participate in the Blue Route consultations over this last month. They were incredibly helpful and informative and provided us with valuable information to help move this exciting project forward. We would love for all of you to take a minute and join our new monthly newsletter. BNS is moving towards becoming a hub for all issues and ideas related to cycling in Nova Scotia. This is a work in progress and we would love your support, input, ideas, and articles for our newsletter.
This will also be where you will receive regular updates regarding The Blue Route until the website is put together. You can sign up for the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/8gn7f
If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to be in touch, you can reach me at:
Adam Barnett – Communications and Outreach // Bicycle Nova Scotia
Cycle Nova Scotia
“Develop Plans to Provide Every Child with Opportunity to Learn to Bike”
The Physical Activity Sport and Recreation Branch of the Department of Health and Wellness is exploring the possibility of achieving the commitment in Thrive!: A Plan for Healthier Nova Scotia to “develop plans to provide every child with an opportunity to learn to bike” through a feasibility study. The scope of the All Nova Scotia Children & Youth Bike! Feasibility Report is to prepare options, including timelines and associated costs, for a province-wide, multi-component, multi-setting initiative.
Amy Schwartz – Active Transportation Consultant
Physical Activity Sport and Recreation – Department of Health and Wellness, Province of Nova Scotia
Framework Cycle & Fitness
Secret to a Long Healthy Life: Bike to the Store
Supported cycling tours in Canada – Riders Wanted ~ 95% bike-related tweets ~ email@example.com http://www.bikaramba.com