Bicycle Nova Scotia



August, 2018
Edition #47


Follow the links to find what interests you: 





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 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:

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.

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.
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.

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.

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

Register now at 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.

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:

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
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

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

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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