Bicycle Nova Scotia

 

September, 2018
Edition #48
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BNS Updates

Bike Friendly Business Program

We now have over 40 business and workplaces signed up to our Bike Friendly Business Program!

If you are a business or workplace and want to get involved, please visit the website.

Program Goals and Services

  • Offer training and resources that help businesses and institutions become bike-friendly
  • Help bike-friendly businesses stand out and connect with customers
  • Recognize businesses and institutions that encourage employees to bike to work
  • Encourage communities to meet growing demand for bike-friendly amenities and services

You can also check out the map to see who has already signed up. (*Please note that this map will be updated regularly to reflect new registrations.)

Blue Route Ride in Early October

This will be a ride to celebrate the designation of the Harvest Moon Trailway as part of the Blue Route network, along with the newest addition of the Blue Route from Grand Pre to Hantsport.

The ride will take place in early October. Details still to come.

To get the most up date information about the ride, visit out website.

Cyclocross Season Starts This Month

Now that fall is here, the Cyclocross season has started!

1st race on Sept 8/9 at Briarwood
2nd race Sept 22/23 at Smiley’s park

Stay tuned to the Bicycle Nova Scotia Facebook page and event listings in the next few days for more details.

All person’s must pre-register if they want to race.

“Where to Cycle in NS” Update

After travelling around the province for the bulk of the summer, we’ve narrowed it down to around 100 cycling routes!

The deadline for final decisions is coming up. We would appreciate if you could have a look at the map below (it’s hyperlinked) if you are familiar with the area where the routes are located. We would appreciate any feedback you could provide in terms of our choices, and specifically if there are any concerns with the route that we should make note of in the book.

Any feedback can be sent to Adam Barnett by: email, adam.barnett@bicycle.ns.ca or by calling 902-225-4714.

Thank you for all of your support so far!

Looking for your Feedback!

Calling all Bicycle Nova Scotia members! We are working on a project and are looking for your input! Send us a message at admin@bicycle.ns.ca and let us know how Bicycle Nova Scotia has helped with cycling in the province and how being a member has been of benefit to you!

Thanks in advance!

What’s Happening in NS

Bike Pump Track Coming to Port Hawkesbury

The mayor of Port Hawkesbury says a new bike pump track is going to have a positive impact on the community. A pump track is a continuous loop of dirt beams and “rollers”, or smooth dirt mounds, you ride without pedaling; the name comes from the pumping motion used by your upper and lower body as you ride around the track.

Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, the town’s mayor, says the community park has gone through all kinds of development to add value. Chisholm-Beaton tells The Hawk work on the track could start soon.

“In terms of timeline for our citizens to be able to see something physical, something that is close to being used, probably we’ll be able to see some action with happening toward the end of summer, early fall.”

Read the full article from “The Hawk”.

Youth Mountain Biking Skills Workshops

Provide your 12-15 year old with the skills necessary to safely participate in one of the fastest growing sports in North America. This fall, bring your young rider’s skills to the next level with this 5-week introductory mountain bike skills progressive trail ride series. This series is designed as an introduction to mountain biking to provide young riders with the skills necessary to safely ride single track trails with control and confidence. From body position to line choice to risk assessment, each week riders will be introduced to a new set of skills they will apply out on the trail.

In addition to riding skills, participants will receive instruction of common trail-side repairs including changing flat tires and repairing broken chains. This series is suitable for beginner and intermediate riders ‘roughly’ ages 12 to 15.

Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm

September 17 – Africville Lookoff Park, Halifax
September 24 – Shubie Park, Dartmouth
October 1 – McDonald Sports Park, Waverly
October 15 – Norawarren Trails, Herring Cove
October 22 – Spider Lake, Dartmouth

Note: There is no session Thanksgiving Monday, October 8

Cost: $125
Space is limited.

For further information and to register, email info@rideeast.ca

Women’s Intro to Urban Cycling Course
Sunday, September 16 from 9am to 1pm

The Women’s Intro to Urban Cycling workshop provides a safer space to empower women & practice cycling skills in a no-judgment space. Do you know where to ride in an intersection? If you are allowed to pass cars on the right? How to avoid getting doored? We answer all of these questions and more in our new Urban Cycling Course! This is a fun cycling course designed for people who want to expand on their knowledge, learn new skills, and gain the confidence to ride a bike in the city.

About the course:

  •  In-class session on rules of the road
  •  On-bike riding skills practice
  •  Learn rules of the road, tips for commuting by bike, and on-road skills
  •  Take-home cycling resources
  •  Expert training and advice from an instructor

Please note: Participants must have or rent a bicycle in good working order to participate. Please contact us if you would like to rent a bicycle for the course. Max of 8 people per course.

Course Fee: $30.00 (non-member) $20.00 (HCC members)
Location: 5553 Bloomfield Street, Halifax

You must pre-register here if you want to attend!

Upcoming Events

Ride for Cancer, September 29

Ride for Cancer, powered by BMO Bank of Montreal, is the largest cycling fundraising event in Atlantic Canada. On September 29, 2018, 600 participants will ride a distance between 25km and 160km and then join us for a post event party, celebrating with cancer survivors, current patients, friends, and family.

Participants, inclusive to veteran cyclists, recreational and rookie riders, ride their choice of distance options via the Rum Runners Trail or by the road. You will be bussed out to your distance and then ride back to Bayers Lake from St. Margaret’s Bay, Chester Basin or Mahone Bay via the Aspotogan Trail and Hubbards. Rest and Recover at various stops along the way, meeting survivors and fellow fundraisers.

FUNDS RAISED HERE, STAY HERE.
Our incredible community of riders, volunteers, sponsors, event organizers, and supporters are dedicated to raising funds to help advance cancer care for Atlantic Canadians. Funds raised have purchased vital equipment for treatment, provided patient support programs, and invested in life-saving blood cancer research.

THE ASK
Will you help us to build the most innovative cancer centre in Canada? Will you help us to fund local research and support patients from across Atlantic Canada to get the best cancer care possible? Build a team with friends, family or riders that can help us to raise money and have a great riding experience over the next 10 weeks. There is a youth ride available with a low fundraising commitment as we bring the whole community into this fight against cancer.

If you would like our team to meet you at the workplace and present a brief overview to staff and potential riders, we would love to do that. Contact David.finlayson@lls.org

Register now at www.yourrideforcancer.ca and we will see you on September 29.

Active Living Expo in Cape Breton

The CBRM Recreation Department, in partnership with the Cape Breton Fiddlers Run, is pleased to present the 8th annual Active Living Expo. This year’s Expo takes place at the Membertou Sports and Wellness Centre on Saturday, September 8 from 1-5pm.

Held in conjunction with the Cape Breton Fiddlers Run weekend, admission to the Expo is free and open to anyone interested in learning about active, healthy living opportunities in CBRM. The Expo offers something for everyone and all ages, whether you’re looking to try a new physical activity, or to receive health and nutrition information. Items will also be for sale from various local businesses promoting active, healthy living.

If you’d like take this opportunity to promote healthy, active living, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by calling 563-0901 or by email at caclare@cbrm.ns.ca

Tour De New France – Mountain Bike Rally

The Weymouth Waterfront Development Committee will host the “Tour de New France Mountain Bike Rally” on Saturday, September 15. This bike rally is approximately 25kms for the short route or 35kms for a longer route on a logging road and ATV trails. All cyclists must wear helmets. Mountain bikes are required as there will be water holes and a little rough parts. There will be a cash canteen part way through the rally and a cash bbq at the end of the rally. With five check-points along the way the cyclist with the best poker hand wins a prize so don’t worry about needing to be fast!

For more information, visit the website.

The Adrian Campbell Ride
Sunday, September 16
Newcomb Branch Road, behind Kentville
Free will offering
Start Time: 10am, check in opens 8:30

Join us for The Adrian Campbell Ride – a casual fun ride with a free will offering leaving from ‘the farm’ on the Newcomb Branch Road near Canning. This year we will have two Scholarship Recipients and, as in the past, they will lead out the ride with Adrian’s sons Jackson, Ryder, and AJ.

Enjoy live music and a post ride BBQ/craft beer and local apple cider at the farm; mechanical support vehicle and pre-ride Gatorade fill-up. The ride is free of charge – but we would love to accept your donation of any denomination to help cover expenses of the ride and help with the scholarship fund.

For more information and to register: www.adriancampbell.org

Gran Fondo Baie Saint-Marie

Like spectacular ocean views, fresh lobster and unrivaled hospitality? Come ride in Atlantic Canada’s largest Gran Fondo on September 23. Choice of 4 scenic rides: 160-120-67-35km.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.granfondobaiesaintemarie.ca/en/

Lost Shores Gran Fondo, September 8th, Guysborough

Hey everyone, we got you covered. With no early bird date, everyone gets our distinctive hi–visibility Garneau Tour jersey. Event is nearing the 500 cap, so don’t miss out.

Five low traffic oceanfront routes offer something for every fitness level. The elegant new Chedabucto Lifestyles Center is now open. That’s right, indoor plumbing, hot showers and so much more. Days Gone By Bakery is busy getting the BBQ feast in order. Forecast is calling for great weather. Rides start at 9:00am sharp.

Don’t forget, some folks are quietly preparing to take home the King/Queen of Mountain honours at the Fear and Loathing in Lost Shores Hill Climb. Will Jeff Simms 6:00 minute effort last year stand up to some challenges? After 100 km in the saddle, this isn’t as easy as it looks, watch those fluids and carbs.

For route details, pics and registration, please check out www.lostshoresgranfondo.ca. See you in September!!

Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays
Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)
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August, 2018
Edition #47

 

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BNS Updates

Bike Friendly Business Program – Up and Running

Bike Friendly Certification is a recognition and training program for businesses and institutions that support bicycle commuting, bicycle travel, and bicycle tourism experiences in Nova Scotia. Bike Friendly Certification is a brand new program delivered by Bicycle Nova Scotia.

Program Goals and Services

  • Offer training and resources that help businesses and institutions become bike-friendly
  • Help bike-friendly businesses stand out and connect with customers
  • Recognize businesses and institutions that encourage employees to bike to work
  • Encourage communities to meet growing demand for bike-friendly amenities and services

If you are a business or workplace and want to get involved, please visit the website. You can also check out the map to see who has already signed up. (*Please note that this map will be updated regularly to reflect new registrations.)

Women on Wheels 2018

Women on Wheels is growing and we’d like to welcome our newest group, WoW New Glasgow.

If your community doesn’t yet have a WoW group, please let us know if we can help you get one started. Now’s the time: email lpascoe@bicycle.ns.ca and like our Facebook page.

Our next event is a visit to Big Tancook Island on August 11. If you are a registered WoW member and would like to join the host group WoW Musquodoboit please e-mail us to register and receive more details.

 

 

What’s Happening in NS

Trail Work Crew Needed

MRWA is looking to hire a trail crew to work on the McIntosh Run Trail Project this summer and fall. The trail crew will be supplementing our continued (stellar!) volunteer effort. We have a lot of work to do. The trail crew will help keep the trail progressing as we get further and further from the trail heads by being able to put in longer (and more) work days.

Please help us spread the word. We are looking to hire trail builders and trail crew supervisors as soon as possible. Details of the positions and how to apply can be found on our website here: http://mcintoshrun.ca/2018/we-are-hiring/

Hope to hear from you or your friends soon!
Book Bikes!

The Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL) recently received a Community Development grant from the province that will allow it to offer bikes for loan this summer.

The bikes are available for loan at the Berwick & District Library and the Wolfville Library as of now (coming later this year to Annapolis Royal). Bikes will be available on a first-come basis and are due back the same day, no later than 30 minutes before the library closes. Borrow it for the day or for a couple hours. Ride the trails or use the bike to get your shopping done around town. Borrow your books and ride them home in the bike basket. Get moving with a BookBike!

Bikes will be loaned to adults, ages 19 and over, who have a valid AVRL library card in good standing. All riders must read and sign our BookBike Borrowing Agreement and Waiver. Bikes will be loaned with a lock, light, and helmet (borrower may bring their own helmet). Bikes will be equipped with a bell & basket.

AVRL has also partnered with municipal recreation departments to get this project off the ground.

http://renewyourcuriosity.ca/bookbikes/

New Downhill MTB Trail at Keppoch Mountain

At Keppoch we have a lot to be happy about. At the beginning of August we are opening a new Downhill MTB trail we are calling “Switchcraft”. This is the first completed project of our ambitious Capital Improvement Plan for 2018.

Generously supported financially by ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), we hired Shoreline Dirt Works to construct two new downhill trails that will rival anything at bike parks across the country. This is in conjunction with breaking ground on a top notch 4km XC mountain bike trail that will bring another dynamic edge to MTB Racing in NS.

We are also adding a boulder climbing park to our base area, which will also see a total refurbishment this August. At the same time we are running our Summit Shuttle every Sat – Sun from 11am-5pm.

https://www.thekeppoch.ca/
Bicycle Infrastructure Survey

A Transportation Association of Canada project is currently underway assessing present and future safety performance of bicycle infrastructure in Canada. As part of this project, we are asking bicycle users to complete this survey over the next week to understand how you perceive the safety of the various bicycle facilities being implemented in your jurisdiction.

This survey is a very important piece of the overall project and your willingness to dedicate time to this task and represent your community in this discussion is very much appreciated. It should take you about 30 minutes to complete the survey.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Ride for Cancer, September 29

Ride for Cancer, powered by BMO Bank of Montreal, is the largest cycling fundraising event in Atlantic Canada. On September 29, 2018, 600 participants will ride a distance between 25km and 160km and then join us for a post event party, celebrating with cancer survivors, current patients, friends, and family.

Participants, inclusive to veteran cyclists, recreational and rookie riders, ride their choice of distance options via the Rum Runners Trail or by the road. You will be bussed out to your distance and then ride back to Bayers Lake from St. Margaret’s Bay, Chester Basin or Mahone Bay via the Aspotogan Trail and Hubbards. Rest and Recover at various stops along the way, meeting survivors and fellow fundraisers.

FUNDS RAISED HERE, STAY HERE.
Our incredible community of riders, volunteers, sponsors, event organizers, and supporters are dedicated to raising funds to help advance cancer care for Atlantic Canadians. Funds raised have purchased vital equipment for treatment, provided patient support programs, and invested in life-saving blood cancer research.

THE ASK
Will you help us to build the most innovative cancer centre in Canada? Will you help us to fund local research and support patients from across Atlantic Canada to get the best cancer care possible? Build a team with friends, family or riders that can help us to raise money and have a great riding experience over the next 10 weeks. There is a youth ride available with a low fundraising commitment as we bring the whole community into this fight against cancer.

If you would like our team to meet you at the workplace and present a brief overview to staff and potential riders, we would love to do that. Contact David.finlayson@lls.org

Register now at www.yourrideforcancer.ca and we will see you on September 29.

Ride Isle Madame with Velo Cape Breton
Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m.
Lennox Passage, Cape Breton

About The Event
If you’ve never ridden on Isle Madame, here’s your chance to visit the quiet side of Cape Breton Island. Isle Madame awaits you with new pavement, low traffic, a scenic route along almost flat roads, and now a good place to stop for lunch. Choose a 20km, 40km, or 60km route to suite your ability and interest.The ride starts at the end of the bridge at Lennox Passage (parking available on the right side of the road). Ride through the countryside to D’Escousse: 10km (20km return).

The route continues around Cap La Ronde, Rocky Bay, and back to D’Escousse for lunch or beer at the new pub, the Groundswell, or for an ice cream at the yacht club on the other side of the road, your choice. Route to this point: 30km; to return to the starting point, another 10km, will make a total distance of 40km. An optional detour to Arichat will add another 20km, for a total distance of 60km.

There is no cost for the ride to Velo members, non-members will be charged $2.00 for a one-day membership. Bring money to buy your own lunch/snack in D’Escousse. Your ride leader will be Micheline Guillot. https://www.velocapebreton.ca/events/ride-isle-madame

The Adrian Campbell Ride
Sunday, September 16
Newcomb Branch Road, behind Kentville
Free will offering
Start Time: 10am, check in opens 8:30

Join us for The Adrian Campbell Ride – a casual fun ride with a free will offering leaving from ‘the farm’ on the Newcomb Branch Road near Canning. This year we will have two Scholarship Recipients and, as in the past, they will lead out the ride with Adrian’s sons Jackson, Ryder, and AJ.

Enjoy live music and a post ride BBQ/craft beer and local apple cider at the farm; mechanical support vehicle and pre-ride Gatorade fill-up. The ride is free of charge – but we would love to accept your donation of any denomination to help cover expenses of the ride and help with the scholarship fund.

For more information and to register: www.adriancampbell.org

Gran Fondo Baie Saint-Marie

Like spectacular ocean views, fresh lobster and unrivaled hospitality? Come ride in Atlantic Canada’s largest Gran Fondo on September 23. Choice of 4 scenic rides: 160-120-67-35km.

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.granfondobaiesaintemarie.ca/en/
Lost Shores Gran Fondo, September 8th, Guysborough

There is still time to register for the 2018 Lost Shores Gran Fondo on Sept 8th AND receive our stunning Garneau event jersey. No, we don’t have an early bird date. We wanted everyone to get our top quality Garneau jersey with its distinctive safety bright design. We bought 500 jerseys and that means there are 225 spots left before we close the registration.

New for 2018, we have added the Fear and Loathing in Lost Shores Hill Climb, a 3 km timed climb somewhere shortly after you have already pedaled far too many km to remember. King and Queen of the mountain get this free t-shirt. The rest of us can get one for $20 on September 8th at the event. Reserve your t-shirt by emailing your size to Angie at atavares@modg.ca.

https://www.lostshoresgranfondo.ca/

Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays
Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)
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MEC HALIFAX GRAVEL GRIND TRAIL RIDE: 40K/60K/80K
Sunday, 19 August, 2018
From 8:00am to 4:00pm

Join MEC Halifax for a supported ride along the picturesque rails to trails system. See the scenic beauty of inland lakes, rivers, and forests, as well as gorgeous ocean views. Our route takes us from Lakeside to Ingramport along the Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea Trail, and St. Margaret’s Bay Trail, with 40km, 60km, and 80km distance options.

Come out for a full day ride and grind some gravel with MEC Halifax Only $35 online or in-store, or $60 cash ride day. Nutritional and mechanical support provided!

* Please note that trail regulations require all bikes to have bells and to respect the 20km per hour speed limit.

Register online or in-store before August 18.

 

 

 

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