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Vol 9, #29 - Milestones

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In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Heads Up!
  • Announcement
  • Milestone #2
  • Milestone #3
  • Theft of Bicycles
  • Milestone #4
  • Bicycle Friendly
  • Milestone #5
  • Take 15 Minutes and Hold On to Your Seat
  • 15 ways to Maintain a Healthy Level of INsanity

Riding and walking with kids to school is always a fun and eye-opening experience. The 12-minute walk to my daughter's elementary school was a priceless chance to chat. My son's short ride to middle school gave him freedom and independence. Sincerely!  -   an ex-taxi Mom!



The 2012 Cape Breton Ride of Silence occurred on Wednesday, May 16, at 7:00 PM in Glace Bay.

Approximately twenty riders, mostly Velo Cape Breton Ambassadors, braved the elements to ride on behalf of those who have been injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles.

With overcast skies and drizzle, riders convened at the YMCA Enterprise Centre on Reserve Street while Highland Piper, Courtney MacPherson performed a wide variety of traditional pieces. 

Master of Ceremonies Bill MacNeil, General Manager of and Program Director for Coastal Radio 89.7 welcomed the riders, and talked of the history of the International Ride of Silence.   Jacques Coté spoke briefly about Bill 93 which was introduced last June, just weeks after last year’s Ride of Silence.  Event organizer Lonnie Jones spoke on the fact that although there are incidents, the statistics have proven that cycling is by far safer than other modes of transportation.  Stan Wadden read the Ride of Silence poem, and with an escort from the CBRPS and Courtney playing Amazing Grace, the riders were off.

The respect shown by motorists was overwhelming.  Oncoming traffic pulled over and stopped as we passed; some cheering, some gently tooting their horns, but most as silent as the riders.

Many thanks to those who took part in this, the third annual Cape Breton Ride of Silence.  We look forward to seeing you again next year.

ED:  Thanks Lonnie,  not just for the ride but for all the effort you put in organizing it


Reply:    For me, the best part is when the police car pulls out and we begin to follow.  That is when I know that all that can be done is done and the remainder is to just enjoy the ride.   I do get a little emotional when it is done, and this year it seems more so.  I thought of how uncomfortable it could be riding in heavy rain and that made me think of how uncomfortable so many families are without their loved ones.  

If the Ride of Silence, Bill 93 (1-metre law), CAN-BIKE, or Velo Cape Breton can in any way, prevent a kid from dying before he finishes University, if another family can be spared that grief, if another kid can grow up without losing a friend, then I will be there to help make that happen.

Let the silence ROAR!



Learn to Ride - Sunday,  May 20, 9:00 am

Meet:  Atlantic SuperStore, Parking Lot,  Glace Bay

This 3-hr introductory cycling class especially designed for novices and future bicycle commuters classes includes the following topics:

  • Rules of the Road: Knowing is half the battle! Did you know that you have to adhere to the same rules of the road as a car or truck does? Did you know that you have the same rights that the operator of a car or truck does? Well its true - you do! Our course offers some great tips and tricks for safely and legally use and share the roads.
  • Avoiding the Common Causes of Crashes: Believe it or not, most crashes are avoidable. Learn what to do if a car turns suddenly in front of you, if you have to stop suddenly, what to do to avoid the dreaded car door and much more!
  • Lane Positioning: Do you ever feel like cars are passing you too closely or running you into the gutter? Learn proper lane positioning to encourage drivers to pass you at a safe distance. Also learn how to safely cross lanes of traffic in order to made turns or avoid obstacles in the road.
  • Improving Pedaling Efficiency: Bicycling shouldn’t be backbreaking work! The bicycle is one of the most efficient inventions of all time- make the most of it! Learn how to shift gears in anticipation of a hill, achieve a good cadence, and minimize the wear and tear on your knees.
  • Useful Accessory Equipment: We all know you need a helmet, but learn some other helpful and handy equipment to make your ride more enjoyable.
  • Basic Bike Maintenance and Repair: Everyone who rides a bike should know some basic repair and maintenance skills. Learn how to change a flat tire and other emergency repair tips.

$5. for VCB membership.  $15. for non-members.


One other session:  

May 27, Clansman Motel,  North Sydney.



Introduction of VCB Cycling Ambassadors,  Monday, May 21,  

The Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association will introduce seventeen Cycling Ambassadors on Monday, May 21, 2012 at three locations around the CBRM.  The event is expected to draw all levels of cyclists: from novices to expert recreational, as well as active-living people who want to learn more about bicycling and join in on the one-hour rides at each location. 

"Our goal for this event is to promote the use of the bicycle as a safe and enjoyable mode of transportation and recreation,” stated President Andrée Crépeau.  “With obesity and traffic congestion on the rise, it is important for communities to support and encourage healthy alternatives to a sedentary lifestyle.”

At 9:00 am on the Archibald Wharf in North Sydney, the Cycling Ambassadors will hold an information session on bicycle selection and safety checks.  At 9:30 am, a relaxed, one-hour ride through the community will follow. All are welcome.

At 11:30 am, a Cycling Ambassador will be in Sydney’s Centre 200 parking lot for a short session on the basic safe riding principles of the National CAN-BIKE program.  At 12:00 pm, a one-hour ride will guide cyclists through the neighbourhood.  

At 2:00 pm, cyclists are invited to come to the Sobeys parking lot on Reserve street in Glace Bay for a short Q & A session on bicycling and a one-hour ride lead by the local Cycling Ambassadors on a nice, scenic, bicycle-friendly route along the Atlantic Coast will follow.  

Volunteering in the community, reaching new groups, encouraging the public to use bicycles more and to do so safely is, for Velo Cape Breton, the focus of the Cycling Ambassadors Program.  The program is made possible by the contribution of Doctors Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.  Ambassadors are friendly and knowledgeable cyclists who provide information on bike safety, routes, events, and classes going on around the CBRM. The Ambassadors will be found at fairs, outdoors public events, parks, residential neighbourhoods, and wherever else bike questions need to be answered throughout the bicycling season.



CAN-BIKE 2 course...  June 1 - 3,  

Pre-registration required.   More information:



BIKE-WEEK,  June 3 to 9 

See poster attached.




During June why not join VCB Tuesday Morning Relaxed rides starting at Tim Hortons in Membertou. at 10:00 am. 

Either you come to meet new people with a common interest in cycling, to develop skills through the experience of others, to enjoy the security of a group or to get the encouragement to ride often, any reason is good.

For the Bike Week ride, June 5, the ride will start from ACAP, corner of Townsend/George after the Commuter Breakfast.  we head out to Morrison Lake on Louisbourg Hwy.  Paved shoulders all the way.  A 2-hr ride followed by a treat and coffee.  

All are welcome, a twonie for non-VCB members.


LOBSTER ROLL RELAY,  Sunday, June 17

Reminder...   Pre-registration required.  No registration on site.

More info:



By:  CB Roadrunners' President, Chris Milburn...

On Sunday is Kelly's Klimb bikeride, suitable for all levels of cyclist.  Rain date is Monday.  See the blog post for more details:

Both the CB Fiddler's Youth Run (June 2nd) and the CB Fiddler's (adult) Fun Run (June 3rd) are looking for volunteers.  Let me know if you can help out and I will forward your email to the race director(s)

Happy running!

CM -  539-6852,  chris.milburn(at)



Federal Government will put $333,000. into the completion of the Shipyard Multi-use trail linking Sydney to Membertou, and the Heritage Trail in Whitney Pier.  



by:  Bob White, National Examiner, Dartmouth

In discussion with the CCA and in concert with NE Jacques Cote (of Atlantic Region), I am pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Saunders as CAN-BIKE Master Instructor! In addition to his regular courses, Steve will now be able to teach new CAN-BIKE Instructors which greatly assist the police bike program in HRM and beyond. This is the first such appointment in Atlantic region and from our understanding one of a small handful in Canada. (We hope to add more going forward)


Congratulations to CAN-BIKE Master Instructor Steve!  This appointment is well deserved!

ED:  Steve Saunders is a Constable of the HRM Police Service and a long time advocate of police biking.  He has taught well in excess of 10 CAN-BIKE courses over the year. I have seen documentation for 72 CB2 grads, and am aware he is active with CB kids courses, MTB racing and at present is engaged in building a MTB park in the Waverley area. I was with Steve on the original 12 CB Instructors trained in Truro some 7 years ago. 



The Halifax Regional Police reports that over the last three weeks there have been 13 incidents of bicycle theft on the Halifax Peninsula. In some cases, the bikes were locked up and in other cases they were not. 

Bicycle owners are encouraged to take all precautions when securing their bikes. Taking a picture of your bike and making note of the serial number will assist the police investigation in the event your bike is stolen. It will also help in locating the owner of the bike if it is recovered. Residents are also asked to call police if they see someone trespassing or acting suspiciously.  


submitted by: Mike Arthur, Manager, Physical Activity Dept. Health & Wellness.  Halifax...


Wales (UK) forges its own path with Active Travel Bill

Wales is set to lead the way in encouraging people to walk and cycle more with the launch of the White Paper for the Active Travel

hich is a key transport commitment in the Programme for Government, will make it a legal requirement for local authorities to plan fully integrated transport networks.

The key aim of the Bill is to see local authorities enabling and encouraging more people to walk and cycle in Wales by connecting key sites such as hospitals, schools and shopping areas with traffic free routes and cycle lanes. 

I'll have to look into this more but I like what I see... a legal requirement.   Are we ready for this?”



A special effort has been made by Pam and friends in Pleasant Bay to accommodate the bicycle touring community.  Check it out in the attachment below...


This year The Bras D'Or Lakes Inn  annual Spring Wine Pairing features a tempting selection of Nova Scotia wines that many of you may not have had a chance to sample yet. All these luscious liquids promise to be enjoyed at their peak paired with Chef JP’s and Shelley’s comestible concoctions.  More info here.



It appears that the bike lanes on the north end of George Street may be installed Tuesday night.  The FIRST bike lanes in CBRM after Membertou put theirs two years ago.

ED:  Really it's not a Milestone yet...  it will be when the paint would have dried up.  



Inspiration, economics of what mountain biking can bring & do for the people of any given community.

Make sure you watch this video till the VERY END.  



1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and Point A Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries With That.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It "In." (I'D LURVE TO DO THIS ONE ......)

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once Everyone Has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch To Espresso.......

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write "For Sexual Favors"

7. Don't Use Any Punctuation

8. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

9. Ask People What Sex They Are. Laugh Hysterically After They Answer.

10. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is "To Go."

11. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play Tropical Sounds All Day.

12. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can't Attend Their Party Because You're Not In The Mood.

13. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream "I Won!, I Won!"

14. Tell Your Children Over Dinner. "Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go."

And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity.......

15. Send This E-mail To Someone To Make Them Smile....Its Called Therapy.


Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

May 17th, 2012

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