JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER
Bike Week in Nova Scotia! It’s time to celebrate biking and bike culture in Nova Scotia! Check out your local town/city/municipal website for details on what is happening in your area. Get out there and get involved. It’s a great way to show your love for cycling and to meet new people in your community. A few teasers: CBRM will celebrate Bike Week from June 18-24 this year. We’ll be having a concert, kids’ fun race, scavenger hunt, BMX event, group rides and more! In other exciting cycling news, CBRM will also be offering their Learn to Cycle summer camps again this year! We just hired two Cycling Instructors for the summer and they’ll be carrying out the camps along with doing bike rodeos and other events across CBRM. Halifax Bike Week Kentville Bike Week Wheel and Learn at the Kentville Farmers Market! – Wheel to Kentville Centre Square on Wednesday June 7th anytime between 10:00am-2:00pm and find the Valley Stove and Cycle tent. Learn about bike safety and get all your bike related questions answered by the experts! Kentville Bike Week Ramp Jams – Come jam at the Kentville Arena on Tuesday June 6th between 6:00pm-8:00pm! There will be an assortment of ramps and rails there for people to enjoy. There is a $2 drop in fee! Bring your wheels and bring a helmet. Brought to you by the Kentville Skatepark Association, Limitless Skate and Snow and the Town of Kentville. Women on Wheels Bike Ride – Join us on Monday June 5th at 6:00pm at Kentville Town Hall for a bike ride. Have a bicycle, a helmet, and clothing suitable for riding in whatever weather presents itself.
Bicycle Carnival Rolls Into Ship Harbour
On June 10th The Deanery Project’s annual Bicycle Carnival rolls into Lower Ship Harbour, bringing a full day of cycling-centred festivities to the Eastern Shore. The event, running throughout the afternoon is dedicated to getting riders of all ages excited about getting off the couch, out of their cars, and onto two wheels to better personal, community, and ecological health. With support from Bicycle NS, the HRM, and numerous cycling shops, performance groups, and eateries, the day, jam packed with crafts, performances, clinics, rides, and art has something for everyone, regardless of age, or cycling experience.
$5 for children $10 for adults, $25 for families.
What: Bicycle Carnival Who: Open to all, hosted by The Deanery Project, includes artists, clows, circus performers, musicians, food and goods vendors, and many more. When: Saturday, June 10th. 12:30-6:00 Where: The Deanery Project, 751 West Ship Harbour Rd. Lower Ship Harbour, NS Why: As part of HRM’s Bike Week, encouraging active transportation to reduce carbon emissions, get people outside & excited about nature.
Ride the Cabot Trail in style and in 4 days The Cabot Trail in 4 Days is a winning formula as it gives everyone the whole day to ”tour” a part of the trail the way it should be. You’ll have time to immerse yourself in the culture, explore beaches or shops, meet cyclists, fill photo albums, get to the top of the hills at your pace, and not have to worry about snacks, meals, accommodations, or support. You’ll get to fully appreciate why the Cabot Trail was named one of the top 10 cycling routes by The Lonely Planet. This is your chance to join a group of 40 cyclists who will experience the Trail this year. This tour always sells out. This year we have a very short waiting list of 2. So if this is something you’ve always wanted to do, $75.00 will reserve a spot on the tour and it fully refundable if you don’t make it off the waiting list. Did I mention it’s one of the most economical fully supported tours offered? Check it out! SEE velocapebreton.ca – – – – – Velo Cape Breton Women on Wheels Our Women on Wheels program is expanding. We now offer it in Sydney and Glace Bay. Both are Tuesday evening at 6:30pm starting May 31 and run all summer long. If you are truly a beginner and need help with your cycling skills and confidence on a bike the program also offers Ride Right sessions that work on bike skills, how to gear, how to brake, and how to ride safely and efficiently. The program provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for women to cycle with a focus on fun and community. Collette Smith is the rider leader in Glace Bay and her group meets at the end of South Street at Seaview Manor. Micheline Guillot, the Sydney rider leader, will meet you at the Open Hearth Park. These programs are free to Velo members and cost 2.00 per ride for non-members.
June 10 • Coastal Bike Ride
Ecology Action Centre – 10 AM to 12 PM
This year, Oceans Week and Bike Week coincide and we are celebrating with a free coastal bike ride! Join us as we cycle to York Redoubt to enjoy a short coastal ecology talk before returning to the city.
We will meet at the Ecology Action Centre building for a 10 AM departure. The ride is expected to take approximately two hours. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen and, of course, your bike! Please contact Hannah Bentzen (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info. – – – – – – – –
2 Dates: Making Tracks Youth Cycle Session with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry
During this session youth will learn some basics to become more confident and knowledgeable of their bicycle, general preparedness, and cycling road safety. Topics covered will include parts of the bike through an interactive game, the ABC Bicycle Safety inspection, helmet fit, how to change a flat tire, and road rules essentials.
Date: Wednesday, June 7th Time: 3:30pm-5:30 pm Location: Cole Harbour Library, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour, NS Required: Ages 8+; previous knowledge and experience riding a bicycle; a bicycle; properly fitting bike helmet Fee: No fee but pre-registration is required Registration: To pre-register call Darcy at 902-490-3821
Date: Thursday, June 8th Time: 6:00pm-8:00 pm Location: Captain William Spry Public Library, 16 Sussex St, Spryfield, NS Required: Ages 8+; previous knowledge and experience riding a bicycle; a bicycle; properly fitting bike helmet Fee: No fee but pre-registration is required Registration: To pre-register call 902-490-5818
150 for 150 – the Heartland Tour Salutes Canada
2017 – Canada celebrates 150 years of nationhood. That number, 150, has another significance. It is the number of minutes of physical activity needed each week to promote good health.
So this year the Heartland Tour will be promoting 150 for 150 – minutes of movement for years of life.
Readers of this Newsletter will not need any encouragement to get active, you are already getting your 150 minutes and more (150 is good, more is better). The challenge is for folks like you to join us to spread the message – whether it is cycling, swimming, dancing or letting the dog take you for a walk – we need to get our families, friends and neighbours away from the screens and moving their bodies more each day.
In addition to all of the benefits to society of more people cycling more often, cycling is an excellent way to get our regular dose of physical activity. As confidence is gained and ability improved we can easily vary the intensity to raise the heart rate and give our bodies a good, and healthy, workout.
The Heartland Tour events are free to all registrants, the rides are fully supported and we have upgraded the giveaway t-shirt which, appropriately enough, will be red this year and includes the official Canada 150 logo – a real collector’s item! There will be prize draws and plenty of fun and camaraderie.
This year we are pleased a to announce we have added Annapolis Royal to our lineup. What better location to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
We start in Halifax on Saturday, July 8 and end in New Glasgow the following Saturday (July 15). Other locations are Yarmouth, Annapolis Royal, Bridgewater, Truro, Antigonish, and Sydney.
Each day will feature a ride that is at least 50 km in length. At an average speed of 20 kph a 50 km ride amounts to about 150 minutes or a week’s worth of physical activity in one ride! We will also have walking options for those who don’t ride.
We welcome all cyclists to come out for one or more of our events to celebrate our country, our communities and our commitment to a life of health and well-being.
Event details and registration will be available soon on our website – www.heartlandlandtour.ca.
JOINING THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
As the largest cycling fundraiser in Atlantic Canada, the third-annual Ride for Cancer brings together a community of riders to accomplish the extraordinary – to do something BIGGER for cancer in 2017. On Saturday, September 30, 2017, hundreds of participants will embark on an unforgettable and picturesque journey throughout the South Shore, riding in solidarity for today’s cancer treatments and tomorrow’s cancer cures. With multiple distance options via trail and road, this one-day cycling event is for riders of all abilities and experience levels. All you need is a bike, helmet and a drive to make a difference for those facing a cancer diagnosis. YOUR RIDE. YOUR IMPACT.
When you Ride for Cancer, you’re joining an epic movement of patients, survivors, family and friends; all riding towards a common goal: to make a big impact on cancer care in our region. In Atlantic Canada, 15,000 individuals are diagnosed with cancer each year. By riding with us on September 30 and committing to fundraise $1,000 – which can be raised per individual or based on an average per member on a team – you’re taking a stand and supporting these patients. In just two years, Ride for Cancer has raised more than $585,000 net –purchasing crucial equipment for cancer treatment at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, and funding blood cancer research and patient support programs through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. …And in 2017, we’re going even BIGGER! Register today at YourRideforCancer.ca.
Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic, Saturday, June 3rd, MARC, Bridgewater
12pm – 4pm, $40
Presented by Trail Flow Adventures and Sweet Ride Cycling at the MARC in Dayspring, this clinic is perfect If you would like to learn to be more comfortable on your mountain bike or fat bike. This women’s only session will start with the basics and build skills for climbing, descending, proper braking, cornering and shifting to help you conquer the off-road terrain you want to ride. Fat bike rentals are available at Sweet Ride Cycling if you don’t have your own mountain bike or if you want to try this skills session with the confidence of larger tires. Call or email Rose to ask about bikes at email@example.com or call (902) 531-3026. To Register, contact Trail Flow Adventures at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEC Century Ride – Joe Howe with Velo Halifax
Date: Sunday, 09 July, 2017 Time: 8:00am to 05:00pm Organizer: MEC Halifax Price: $25.00 For more information: http://events.mec.ca/event/147166/mec-century-ride-joe-howe-with-velo-halifax – – – – – – Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing) bit.ly/1o8EFEp