Bicycle Nova Scotia


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June, 2018
Edition #45
Follow the links to find what interests you: 

BNS Updates

Updating of the Motor Vehicle Act to the new “Traffic Safety Act”.
How you can help!

This fall, the Nova Scotia government plans to introduce a new Traffic Safety Act to replace the out-dated Motor Vehicle Act, which has not been rewritten since the 1920’s.

Bicycle Nova Scotia has been working with other partners in the province to push for changes to this legislation. Reviewing the act, we are suggesting that the public advocate for 5 changes that will have significant impact for the safety and rights of cyclists in the province.

The top 5 changes that need to be included in the new Traffic Safety Act are:

  1. Recognize and define Vulnerable Road Users under the new Traffic Safety Act
  2. Allow for a municipal council to direct their traffic authority to set speed limits under 50 km/hour, without the need to seek permission from the Provincial Traffic Authority
  3. Legislation to prohibit “dooring”
  4. Legislation to prohibit the “right-hook” and “left cross”
  5. Permit the use of a “bicycle signal”, and legislation for “cross-rides” in Nova Scotia

We ask you to please fill out the online form to send your feedback to NSTIR. Feel free to cut and paste the above 5 points in order to provide a consistent message.

The deadline for input is on June 8.
If you want to review the current Motor Vehicle Act, you can do so here.

Please share with your family, friends, neighbours, and fellow cyclists.
Thanks for your help! Let’s use our voices effectively to enact positive change.

To learn more about the 5 proposed changes, including definitions and background research, visit our post on the BNS website.

Where To Cycle in NS Guidebook – Looking for Photos

We are looking for your photos!Photos we are looking for:

  • Ones that capture the feel of the area, showing good views, and highlights of the ride.
  • People riding bicycles along sections of trail and roads.

Please follow the link showing all the routes collected so far.
Learn more on the website.

Women on Wheels 2018

We hope you will join us for relaxed, safe, sociable rides that will include lots of laughter as you enjoy cycling in our province.

WoW groups now hold regular rides in the following communities:  Dartmouth, Halifax, Kentville, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, Musquodoboit Harbour, Pictou, Tantallon, and Truro. Recently we have been asked to help start groups in Antigonish and Fall River.

If you would like to start a group in your community please contact us at or check out the ride schedule on the BNS website.

To join as a WoW member, visit our online registration.

BNS is Hiring for the Summer – 2 Positions Available

Active Transportation Development Officer

Events and Management Officer

Deadline for both jobs is June 8.
To learn more, please visit our website. 

Updated Incident Report Form

As of June 1, 2018
Near Miss: 93
Harassing Behaviour by Motorist: 40
Cyclist Hit by Motorist: 28
Death of Cyclist: 6
Cyclist ‘Doored’ by Motorist: 4

If you have had an incident with a motor vehicle, please take a few minutes to fill out our Incident Report Form found on our website.

View the map here.

Riders who register here will be entered into a prize draw with generous donations from our sponsors.

What’s Happening in NS

Enjoy the ride during Halifax Bike Week 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018 (Halifax, NS) – Cycling novices and enthusiasts of all ages are invited to participate in Bike Week 2018, a community-led initiative which aims to celebrate, educate and promote the many benefits of cycling to work, school or for recreation.

Bike Week 2018 is being held from June 1-10 and will feature over 30 events throughout the municipality, as well as special offers in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Signature events include: MEC Bike to School Day, Bike-in Movie, Mayor’s Bike Ride, SWITCH: Open Street Sundays and Southwest Sunday Cycle.

To kick off this year’s Bike Week the municipality is partnering with local startup B-Line Analytics to host the Bike Week Challenge, a multi-day cycling event that encourages participants to peddle as much as possible during bike week.

Halifax Transit is pleased to support Bike Week once again by offering free ferry rides for all passengers travelling with a bike from June 1 – 10, inclusive.

For more details on Bike Week events, visit

12th annual Colchester Bike Week
Colchester Recreation and partners invite you to join us for the 12th annual Colchester Bike Week, June 2-10. Bike tune-ups, trail rides, bike revolution, BMX/skate jam, barbeques, road rides with ice cream treats, hydro-riding, and more! Details at

CBRM Bike Week

CBRM will be hosting Bike Week this year from June 23-29. We plan on building on the successes of previous years with lots of family fun, group rides, and BMX workshops. We’re very lucky to have our fantastic cycling instructors returning from last year and they’re ready to go with new ideas and lots of cycling enthusiasm! Our instructors will be traveling to a few schools within the area to host cycling rodeos and safety talks. They’ll also be working on the format of our free summer cycling camps, now in their 4th year. This year we hope to offer the camps in various communities throughout the CBRM, on top of our Sydney camps.

For more information on CBRM’s cycling initiatives, please contact Colleen at
Happy riding!

Volunteer Opportunity

Tour for Kids is a 2-day, 200+km tour of quiet out-of-way country roads and a challenging and rewarding experience. Tour for kids isn’t just about conquering cancer. It’s about making a meaningful, immediate and lasting difference in the lives of kids with cancer today.

As a volunteer you will support the riders and organizers with your endless amount of energy and encouragement. You will be rewarded with many hugs (mostly from sweaty cyclists) and return home with memories that will last a lifetime.

Got questions?  Email  or go to:

I’m looking for the following roles:

  • Photographer/videographer – must be available July 27th – 29th
  • Crew/Logistics: (multiple roles, 2-3 people needed)
    • Thurs July 26th in Bedford, offloading/loading trucks
    • Fri July 27th drive truck to Acadia University with organizer, set up equipment
    • Sat July 28th and Sun July 29th, drive truck along route to rest stops, deliver tables, tents etc.  pick up signs, mark route. Return truck to Bedford
    • Mon July 30th in Bedford, offload/load trucks

Halifax Urban Greenway Plan – Community Engagement

Planning is underway for the next phase of the Halifax Urban Greenway, an off-road multi use pathway envisioned to connect the Chain of Lakes Trail at Bayers Rd to Point Pleasant Park through the west side of the Halifax peninsula.

The greenway is meant to be accessible for users of all ages and abilities including pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, dog walkers, and families.

The first segment of the Halifax Urban Greenway was constructed in 2010 and spans Beaufort Ave from South St to Bellevue Ave. The next phase aims to extend the greenway northward to Jubilee Rd and southward to connect to Point Pleasant Park. HRM Staff have hired consultants at WSP to investigate routing options, consult the public, and produce preferred preliminary (30%) designs for these next segments of the Halifax Urban Greenway.

As part of the planning process, two public open house sessions will be held to gather feedback on the design and potential routing options for the Halifax Urban Greenway. The sessions will be drop-in style with multiple panels illustrating what the trail could look like and asking probing questions to be answered using sticky notes. Multiple HRM Staff and WSP consultants will be hovering around to answer questions and build smaller discussions.

The public engagement session location and time is as follows:

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Noon – 2:00 pm
Dalhousie University LeMarchant Place Atrium (1246 LeMarchant St, Halifax)

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dalhousie University LeMarchant Place Atrium (1246 LeMarchant St, Halifax)

The information panels and presentation materials from this public engagement session, along with a related survey, will be available on the Shape Your City web site from June 8th until 29th.

If you have any questions, then Please do not hesitate to contact:

Siobhan Witherbee
Active Transportation Planner, HRM Transportation & Public Works

Heartland Tour
The 12th annual Heartland Tour rolls on in July, visiting eight communities across the province. Mark your calendars and plan to ride – or walk – with the Heartland Core Team and many of your cycling friends, old and new.

This year you will see more of our new physical activity marketing tool – the Heartland Prescription – as we continue to innovate with approaches to encourage Nova Scotians to become more physically active. We know Bicycle Nova Scotia members and supporters have already made smart lifestyle choices but we need your help. Heartland Tour founder and President of the Cardiac Cycling Society of Nova Scotia, Nick Giacomantonio (aka Dr. Nick) is inviting all members of the greater cycling community to join us in promoting the good health of our population, communities, and province. Whatever your cycling passion, we all share these common goals.

Did we say our events are free, supported, and we provide some nutrition as well? Registrants get a t-shirt and are entered in prize draws. Our local organizers select routes that showcase the area’s road cycling opportunities. We are often on designated or proposed sections of the Blue Route.

Speaking of blue – we are excited about this year’s jersey design which has a vintage look in a blue similar to that of our province’s flag. We will have some jerseys for sale during our events; the price hasn’t been set as we still working out final costs. We sell to cover our costs so the price will remain reasonable and in line with previous years.

As always, we appreciate our many sponsors, including all the local bike shops we all support – right! The province has always been a generous sponsor but we are proud of the fact that 90% or more of our resources are not taxpayer dollars. Corporations like BMO write cheques; regional and local businesses, like Ambassatours, donate or discount equipment and services; and individuals volunteer their time, energy and talents, like Raj Makkar in Truro.

Spring has arrived – lube your chain and enjoy your riding. Plan to join us in July and, if you get a chance, give a thumbs-up to our sponsors.

Keep updated: Heartland Tour Nova Scotia

Making Tracks Cycling Just Got Even Better!

Making Tracks Cycling is pleased to offer more equitable and accessible programs and services to BNS members, cycling clubs, and organizations in 2018-2019 to increase cycling confidence, preparedness, safety, and skills of more people. Here is what we offer:

  • * Free one-day cycling leadership training for adults and older youth
  • * Free half-day bike care and maintenance clinics for adults and youth
  • * Half-day cycling programs for children and youth (costs apply)
  • Free program support and toolkit loans for trained leaders

*Restrictions to group size and/or ability apply

Contact Julian at 902-538-0520 or today for more information.

Upcoming Events

Candyass Group Road Rides,  May 4th – August 27th, 2018
Wednesdays at 6:30 from May to the end of August, Sweet Ride Cycling hosts group road rides leaving from Mahone Bay. These rides are for dedicated, drop-bar road bikes, with two paces and two distances (25-45km) offered. There is no cost for these rides. For more information contact Sweet Ride Cycling at or call us at (902) 531-3026.

Cabot Trail in 4 Days 2018

Don’t forget that there are limited spots available for this popular tour and it is starting to fill up. Register now so you don’t miss out. Tour dates are Saturday August 11th to Tuesday August 14th and it begins and ends at the Gaelic College on the Cabot Trail in St. Anne’s Bay.

We offer luggage transfers, two support vehicles loaded with snacks and refreshments, three nights accommodations, three suppers and breakfasts, and showers at the end of the tour. Our two cycling guides live locally and have lead tours of the trail for a decade. Tour cost is $665.00 per person, double accommodation. And if you are travelling alone we will match you up with a roommate.

The Cabot Trail is a must do for any cyclist and our tour is designed to give you time to really enjoy the scenery, stop at one of the white sand beaches, hike in the Highlands National Park, and visit artists and artisans along the way. Each day involves 70 to 85kms of cycling and our two support vehicles means both speedy and relaxed riders are serviced. Everyone gets to ride at his or her own pace.

For more information:

Like lobster and spectacular ocean views? Come ride with possibly 1000 cyclists and cycle along Nova Scotia’s enchanting Acadian Shore for an unforgettable cycling and cultural experience on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie has quickly grown to become a bucket list event, most recently profiled in Canadian Cycling Magazine’s ‘Big Ride Guide’ for 2018. Participants registered by August 1 will receive an event jersey or t-shirt featuring a nautical theme. Early-bird registration ($99 CDN) is open until August 1st, however registration will be available up until the morning of the event.

Our Gran Fondo is offering 4 exhilarating rides on low-traffic roads in 2018. Experienced riders will be challenged by our 160 km Super Gran and 120 km Gran routes, while intermediate and novice cyclists may prefer the always popular 67 km Medio or shorter 35 km Piccolo rides. Riders will navigate rolling inland roads along lakes and rivers, passing by towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route hugging beautiful Baie Sainte Marie.

New for 2018, a Children’s ride (the Mini-Fondo: 2 km & 4 km) will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 22. “We decided to offer families an entire weekend of cycling and make our event as all-inclusive as possible.”, said Louanne Doucet, owner of the Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop.

The entire community rolls out the welcome mat as residents enthusiastically cheer cyclists on from the roadside, waving Acadian flags and banging pots and pans. The finish line festivities and finisher’s medals will be back for 2018. New for 2018, the names of participants will be announced as they cross the finish line. Although a timed event, this is more of a self-paced fun group event, rather than a race.
The event will start at 8:30 am Sunday at the Vélo Baie Sainte-Marie bike shop (9976 Highway 1, Saulnierville). Lunch is included and is a choice of vegetarian chilli, BBQ pork or the perennial favourite, fresh lobster in the shell. On Saturday, riders are invited to a social event for a taste of Acadian culture at the Clare Veterans Centre.

For more information and to register online, visit

Lost Shores Gran Fondo
September 8th, Guysborough

It’s More Fun With a Group
For 2018, the Lost Shores Gran Fondo is channeling the promotional dollars back into riders pockets. You’ve already been hearing about winners of the monthly draws for a free registration.  We also want to thank clubs and teams who make the journey to Guysborough, we know it takes an effort to make these expeditions happen.

For every shop, club or group of 10+ cyclists, we’ll draw a winner on Fondo day and refund their $99 registration. We’ll have live music, cold Nova Scotia craft beers and that amazing feed of BBQ ribs/chicken waiting at the finish line.  Let the story telling begin…

To make this happen we set up the Race Roster registration to ask what club, team or shop you ride with. Every time we see a group name show 10 times, we’ll draw another free pass during the post-ride BBQ.
So now the riding season has begun, we hope to start a few conversations about an expedition to
Guysborough’s Lost Shores to join us Saturday September 8th for some low traffic oceanfront fun in the sun. Details and registration at

Shore Active Transportation Association

LOCATION: Clam Harbour Provincial Park
158 Beach Rd, Clam Harbour, Eastern Shore

Join us at Clam Harbour Beach NS and choose a bike ride, a walk/beach clean-up, or beach Yoga with Lori Taylor. Or try them all. Stay to enjoy a POT LUCK lunch. Please bring a cooler in your car with something to share with the group. We will have mussels from Aqua Prime in Ship Harbour.

We are offering two bike options both starting at 9 AM  at the Clam Harbour parking lot.  Both are lovely rides along quiet rural roads.

Option 1 is a slow paced ride to Owls Head and Little Harbour – 20km return lead by
Beach to Little Harbour

Option 2 is a longer ride with a faster pace up to the Deanery Project in Ship Harbour then back through DeBaies Cove and Clam Bay and on to Memory Lane Heritage Village and back to the beach – This is 50km with 415m elevation.

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

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