Bicycle Nova Scotia


 October, 2017 Edition #37


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BNS Updates

Celtic Shores Coastal Trail / Blue Route Ride: A Major Success!                         On October 1st we had the official launch of the Blue Route on the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail. The day was perfect, with hardly a cloud in the sky. We ended up having over 100 riders come out and ride from Troy Station (South) and Inverness (North), arriving in Port Hood for a chilli lunch, live music, and some speakers.  It was a beautiful day. We had a lot of people come from out of town that had never ridden the trail, along with many locals who ride the trail on a regular basis. This is a gem of a trail and we encourage anyone to get out there and explore it if you have’t yet done so. Thanks to the Celtic Shores Trail group for all of your hard work on helping to facilitate a wonderful event. And a special thanks to Blaise MacEachern and Anna-Lee MacEachern for all of their help…this event couldn’t have been done without them.  Celtic Shores Coastal Trail Blue Route network

Upcoming Races!

If you are interested in Cylcrocross, you’ll be interested to hear that the new schedule is up for the fall!   Check out the Facebook page where you can keep up to date on all things Cyclocross. Check it out! The last road race of the season was on July 9th. Final road standings are available on the Roadents website. Here is a link NSSP Cyclocross Schedule Oct 8 TBD – (Hfx or at Randy Gray’s) 
 Oct 15 – Wolfville/Valley 
 Oct 22 – Dartmouth
 Oct 28 – Nationals weekend no racing
 Nov 2 – TBD
 Nov 12 – Blomidon
 Nov 18 – Hfx Driving range(dbl) For registration, to learn about upcoming races, and to register, visit the BNS Race Calendar.

Bike/Car Incidents – Update Near Miss – 69 Harrassing Behaviour by Motorist – 36 Cyclist Hit by Motorist – 24 Death of Cyclist – 6 Cyclist ‘doored’ by Motorist – 3 View the map hereSubmit your personal incidents here.



BNS Working for You

Raising awareness for the 1M rule and Advancing the Blue Route BNS is working to engage the Transportation Minister, Lloyd Hines on the following items:

  • Reissuing the 1M rule post cards to be mailed out for all vehicle registration renewals for three years with the goal of engaging all vehicle owners in the province on this important cycling safety issue.
  • Ensuring that repaving projects on secondary roads and new construction are screened for active transportation opportunities and Blue Route implementation.
  • The opportunity to reduce speed limits where active transportation and cycling is increasing, particularly in rural areas.

BNS has asked for a meeting with the Nova Scotia Division of the RCMP to discuss enforcement:

  • Of both motorists and cyclists with regards to the 1M rule and road safety.
  • A mechanism to have our Incident Reports distributed to relevant detachments and improvements to this tool so that it would be used by the RCMP.



What’s Happening in NS

As part of the campaign, we will also distribute 400 rechargeable MEC bike lights to those in need. We will set up outreach tents across HRM and will give away a free set of lights to anyone who bikes by without a light. We will target half of our outreach events to under serviced communities in Halifax and Dartmouth. Bikers will also receive a safety pamphlet, minor bike repairs, and MEC discount card. Click here to learn more. Click here to register.

McIntosh Run Watershed Associations Ribbon Cutting  The McIntosh Run Watershed Association (MRWA) opens its first section of singletrack trails in the McIntosh Run Trail System.  MRWA volunteers cut the ribbon, officially opening the first 2 km of trails on Monday evening at the Norawarren Drive Park in Herring Cove. The McIntosh Run Trail System when finished will be over 25 km of singletrack trails for non-motorized recreation on public land between Spryfield and Herring Cove, authorized by the Province and HRM, with funding from private and public sources. The system will connect Spryfied to Herring Cove through a combination of building new trails and adopting and upgrading existing informal trails. The trails are designed and built for (and by) hikers, bikers, runners, and snowshoers.  The trail network will be the first of it’s kind in Nova Scotia, a singletrack recreational trail for hiking, running, biking, and snowshoeing on provincial and HRM lands with formal permission granted by both landowners.  To learn more about the project visit the McIntosh Run Watershed Association’s website ( or Facebook page (



Upcoming Events

Opening of the Harvest Moon Trailway: New Minas – Grand Pré section   The Annapolis Valley Trails Coalition Invites you to attend the Opening Ceremony of the Harvest Moon Trailway: New Minas – Grand Pré section   Saturday, October 14th 10am to Noon Wolfville: At the Main Street Skateboard Park (trailhead), across the street from the Visitors Information Centre.   The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10:15 am. A walk/jog/bike along the trail will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony, after that please join us for refreshments, BBQ hotdogs, and activities for all ages.     For more information, please call 902-679-7715.

“Bike to Bite” – Bike Ride 2017   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, and 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 the 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.   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.   To pre-register and/or for further information, please contact Naturally Active for Life – Victoria County naturallyactiveforlife@countyvictoria.ns.caCross Cycling Off Your ParticipACTION 150 Play List

October 15, 10am – 5pm Art to Follow Yellow  is an Artist collective that is offering a one-day FREE public art adventure on the Eastern Shore on Sunday, October 15  from 10 -5. Join the fun with your own custom tour and shopping adventure of local handmade art and crafts. 39 artists are opening their studios, homes, garages, businesses and other spaces to showcase their arts including woodwork, textiles, sculpture, photography, and more. They are located all along the Eastern Shore, from Sheet Harbour to Lawrencetown. Visit the Art2followyellow Maps page for online or printable PDF profiles on each of the participants to help you plan your  art adventure for the day. On the day of the event, participating locations will be marked with yellow balloons.  Pop in to buy, explore, or just to say hello. Many of the participants are great destinations for a walk or bike ride. Join SATA ride leaders for a special ride on Oct. 1 to join the adventure. Meet: Lawrencetown Beach for 9:45 start  Description: We will cycle the Porters Lake Loop and side roads following the Yellow Balloons and checking out local artists.  We should be able to visit 15 of the 38 participants leaving you time to explore more down the shore by car.  See the attached link for the Google Map and PDF file of creative participants Follow the Yellow Balloon Map More details about are ride are available on our Events Calendar.

Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)



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