Bicycle Nova Scotia

 December 2017 Edition #39


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BNS Updates

BNS in the News Two articles recently appeared in the Chronicle Herald, highlighting some exciting happenings in the world of Bicycle Nova Scotia and the Blue Route. Please read below for some teasers, with links to the articles online.  “Nova Scotia’s Blue Route geared towards tourism for cyclists”

With its winding, coastal roads, world-famous views and breathtaking landscapes both seaside and inland, Nova Scotia can be a cyclist’s dream. But without increased accessibility and awareness, it’s difficult to take full advantage of it.

Inspired by Quebec’s renowned Route Verte, Nova Scotia’s Blue Route is an in-the-works initiative to implement 3,000 bicycle-friendly kilometres connecting rural and urban areas all across the province.

Backed by both federal and provincial government funding as well as support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the project aims to increase accessible, active transportation in the province while also placing Nova Scotia on the map as a cycling destination…...(READ MORE)

– – – – – –  “Cycle-friendly initiative good for Nova Scotia’s businesses” Spawned from a pilot project launched in Halifax three years ago, Nova Scotia’s soon-to-be bicycle-friendly business network will increase accessibility and awareness surrounding active transportation in both urban and rural areas all across the province.

The network, which is poised to have its website launched before the end of the year, will allow for local businesses to register to become equipped with the tools and framework needed to establish themselves as cycle-friendly — whether that’s providing them with tire pumps or roadside kits, or mapping out parking that’s not just for single cars.

“It’s just like you drive a car, and you need a gas station or you need a place to stay,” says Susanna Fuller, co-president of Bicycle Nova Scotia….(READ MORE)

Insurance Update for Members Over the past two years, BNS has taken a close look at our insurance policies and the benefits they offer our members and affiliated and associated clubs. In 2017, we took the step of amalgamating our two insurance policies into one, and offered better coverage for all of our sanctioned events, including competition and recreation. This provides consistent and strong coverage for any organizations choosing to use our insurance program, brokered by Marsh, and for our members.  However, we recognized in our insurance review that our members were only covered during BNS events – and not whenever and wherever they were cycling. We watched as cyclists were injured while training, touring, commuting and enjoying Nova Scotia’s roads and trails – and had no insurance coverage to help with recovery, time lost at work, etc. At our 2016 AGM, our members gave us the go ahead to look closely into Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) and what it would take for BNS to provide this. We asked our insurance to get a quote for us and to provide detailed information on coverage (found here). Here are our results – and recommendations for BNS – with the view of making sure that our members are as safe and protected as possible while enjoying cycling activities.  For an additional $15.00 / member / year, BNS can provide AD&D insurance through our broker, Marsh Insurance. ·  This would bring our general membership fees to $40.00 which includes insurance for all sanctioned rides that protects riders and organizations hosting and organizing these rides. Competitive memberships and licenses will increase by $15.00. Individual BNS members would not be able to ‘opt out’ of this coverage.  ·  This coverage is comprehensive and means that whenever and wherever BNS members are cycling, they have coverage. As cycling increases in popularity, and as Nova Scotia gradually builds safe infrastructure, this insurance will provide the extra safety net needed for all riders.  ·  Similar to the current insurance policy, affiliated clubs have the option to take advantage of our insurance or they can choose to opt out if they prefer.   Recommendation: As of January 1, 2018 BNS general memberships will be $40.00 and include AD&D insurance. All competitive memberships and licenses will increase by $15.00. BNS sees this step as an important one in recognizing that there is an increase in cycling and that more and more riders are riding outside of sanctioned and BNS organized events, and we want to ensure that our members are as safe as possible. ​

Blue Route  A massive “welcome” to the Cobequid Trail for becoming part of the Blue Route!

Bike/Car Incidents – Update December 1, 2017 Near Miss – 75 Harrassing Behaviour by Motorist – 37 Cyclist Hit by Motorist – 22 Death of Cyclist – 6 Cyclist ‘doored’ by Motorist – 4 Since October 6, there have been: 

  • 1 additional “Near Miss”
  • 2 cyclists hit by a motorist vehicle
  • 1 incident of ‘dooring’

View the map hereSubmit your personal incidents here.



What’s Happening in NS

HFX Integrated Mobility Plan  On December 5, Halifax Committee of the Whole will debate the Integrated Mobility Plan at City Hall. In order to show councillors that we support sustainable mobility options, there will be a rally outside City Hall the morning before the debate.  This is an important time for the city of Halifax! And for everyone to get involved to ensure the Integrated Mobility Plan moves forward in comprehensive and expedient way. Join other supporters for a rally before the debate. Follow this link to see about the rally happening before the Committee of the Whole on December 5th.

Also, contact your councillor and tell them that this is important to you and that they should actively be supporting it.

Let’s make this happen!

Welcoming Wheels Welcoming Wheels is wrapping up 2017, so we are looking to next year!   To help prep for 2018 we are running a Bike Drive from now until December 16th. We are looking for bikes in good repair that will fit a youth or adult.   Donations can be made to Cyclesmith Halifax during regular business hours.

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie Looking for a unique stocking stuffer? The 2018 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie registration opens on Friday, December 1. The event will be happening on Sunday, September 23, 2018. For more info and/or sign up:

Halifax Cycling Coalition

Vote for the best of bicycling in Halifax!  VOTE HERE! (Voting closes on November 30, at midnight).

The categories for the 2017 Bike Awards Include:

  • Best Halifax Cycling Event
  • Active Transportation Advocate of the Year (non-politician)
  • Most Bicycle-friendly Politician
  • Bicycle Hero
  • Bicycle-friendly Business
  • Most bicycle-friendly Employer or Landlord
  • Best bike picture
  • Bike Family of the Year




Upcoming Events

Save the Dates! 2018 Mahone Bay Fat Bike Festival,  Sunday, February 4th, 2018, 11am – 3pm Mahone Bay Centre, Mahone Bay, NS Have you ever ridden a Fat Bike? Come see what all the excitement is about, Co-presented by Sweet Ride Cycling and Specialized Bicycles Canada, enjoy guided demo Rides through the trails of Mahone Bay, Fun Race, Hot food and indoor washrooms on-site at the Mahone Bay Centre with Craft Beer from Saltbox Brewing and catering by The Bicycle Lunch Box. A great chance to visit Mahone Bay for the whole family with the new Natural Playground in Jubilee Park nearby. For info call Sweet Ride Cycling (902) 531-3026 or email us at This is a Free Event 2018 Sip, Savour and Cycle Tour Saturday, May 19th, 2018, 10am – 5pm Mahone Bay Centre, Mahone Bay, NS $40 Early Bird Rate/ $45 after March 31st, Registration Opens Jan. 10, 2018

A cycling tour between Mahone Bay and Lunenburg, NS, showcasing locally crafted food and drink.

Kick-start the spring, pairing wonderful local food with some of the best cycling routes in Nova Scotia. Participants can choose between the Rum Runners Trail or scenic coastal roadways around Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and surrounding communities, customizing their route anywhere from 20km-104km. Whether you are a seasoned road cyclist, recreational rider or new to cycling, there is a route perfect for you, your family and friends. The tour will feature the best in locally-crafted food and drink throughout the day, departing Mahone Bay at 10am, lunch in Lunenburg at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, optional afternoon tours at Ironworks Distillery and a wrap up party at Mahone Bay Centre from 3-5pm. Special participant rates for accommodation, local restaurants and shops are available all weekend… “Enjoy the day and plan to stay!!”


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



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