BNS in the News Two articles recently appeared in the Chronicle Herald, highlighting some exciting happenings in the world of Bicycle Nova Scotia and the Blue Route. Please read below for some teasers, with links to the articles online. “Nova Scotia’s Blue Route geared towards tourism for cyclists”
With its winding, coastal roads, world-famous views and breathtaking landscapes both seaside and inland, Nova Scotia can be a cyclist’s dream. But without increased accessibility and awareness, it’s difficult to take full advantage of it.
Inspired by Quebec’s renowned Route Verte, Nova Scotia’s Blue Route is an in-the-works initiative to implement 3,000 bicycle-friendly kilometres connecting rural and urban areas all across the province.
Backed by both federal and provincial government funding as well as support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the project aims to increase accessible, active transportation in the province while also placing Nova Scotia on the map as a cycling destination…...(READ MORE)
– – – – – – “Cycle-friendly initiative good for Nova Scotia’s businesses” Spawned from a pilot project launched in Halifax three years ago, Nova Scotia’s soon-to-be bicycle-friendly business network will increase accessibility and awareness surrounding active transportation in both urban and rural areas all across the province.
The network, which is poised to have its website launched before the end of the year, will allow for local businesses to register to become equipped with the tools and framework needed to establish themselves as cycle-friendly — whether that’s providing them with tire pumps or roadside kits, or mapping out parking that’s not just for single cars.
“It’s just like you drive a car, and you need a gas station or you need a place to stay,” says Susanna Fuller, co-president of Bicycle Nova Scotia….(READ MORE)
Insurance Update for Members Over the past two years, BNS has taken a close look at our insurance policies and the benefits they offer our members and affiliated and associated clubs. In 2017, we took the step of amalgamating our two insurance policies into one, and offered better coverage for all of our sanctioned events, including competition and recreation. This provides consistent and strong coverage for any organizations choosing to use our insurance program, brokered by Marsh, and for our members. However, we recognized in our insurance review that our members were only covered during BNS events – and not whenever and wherever they were cycling. We watched as cyclists were injured while training, touring, commuting and enjoying Nova Scotia’s roads and trails – and had no insurance coverage to help with recovery, time lost at work, etc. At our 2016 AGM, our members gave us the go ahead to look closely into Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) and what it would take for BNS to provide this. We asked our insurance to get a quote for us and to provide detailed information on coverage (found here). Here are our results – and recommendations for BNS – with the view of making sure that our members are as safe and protected as possible while enjoying cycling activities. For an additional $15.00 / member / year, BNS can provide AD&D insurance through our broker, Marsh Insurance. · This would bring our general membership fees to $40.00 which includes insurance for all sanctioned rides that protects riders and organizations hosting and organizing these rides. Competitive memberships and licenses will increase by $15.00. Individual BNS members would not be able to ‘opt out’ of this coverage. · This coverage is comprehensive and means that whenever and wherever BNS members are cycling, they have coverage. As cycling increases in popularity, and as Nova Scotia gradually builds safe infrastructure, this insurance will provide the extra safety net needed for all riders. · Similar to the current insurance policy, affiliated clubs have the option to take advantage of our insurance or they can choose to opt out if they prefer. Recommendation: As of January 1, 2018 BNS general memberships will be $40.00 and include AD&D insurance. All competitive memberships and licenses will increase by $15.00. BNS sees this step as an important one in recognizing that there is an increase in cycling and that more and more riders are riding outside of sanctioned and BNS organized events, and we want to ensure that our members are as safe as possible.
Blue Route A massive “welcome” to the Cobequid Trail for becoming part of the Blue Route!
Bike/Car Incidents – Update December 1, 2017 Near Miss – 75 Harrassing Behaviour by Motorist – 37 Cyclist Hit by Motorist – 22 Death of Cyclist – 6 Cyclist ‘doored’ by Motorist – 4 Since October 6, there have been:
- 1 additional “Near Miss”
- 2 cyclists hit by a motorist vehicle
- 1 incident of ‘dooring’
View the map here. Submit your personal incidents here.