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Vol 9, #30 - VCB's Cycling Ambassadors

Velo Cape Breton is the Island wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great Island. We have made significant progress since our formation in 2004.  Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to contribute to this eNewsletter,  please contact us at (902) 562-8137 or


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In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Heads Up!
  • Lobster Roll Relay - June 17
  • You VCB Membership Card
  • Wanted - Wanted
  • VCB Store
  • Video of The Week
  • The Three Contractors


There are two sides to pass a car, the passing side on the left and the "suicide" on the right  -   Lucy MacPherson, CAN-BIKE Student.


Velo Cape Breton Cycling Ambassador Program officially underway.

While most of you were enjoying a day off to celebrate the Victoria Day weekend, Velo Cape Breton’s Cycling Ambassadors were out in full force, working hard to promote cycling as a viable alternative to automobile use, as well as to promote an active lifestyle, and to encourage safe, responsible cycling. 

The VCB Cycling Ambassadors are all certified in First Aid, and Can-Bike II.  Additionally, the Cycling Ambassadors have completed basic bicycle repair and Hospitality courses.

To kick off the project, the Ambassadors met at Archibald’s Wharf in North Sydney where they were greeted by CBC News crew who conducted some interviews and then followed the riders on part of their ride which took them along Purves Street/Shore Road to Sydney Mines.  From there, they veered right to Florence, Bras D’or, and back to the wharf. 

In Sydney, after welcoming new VCB member Derek Gallant who quite literally joined VCB right there in the parking lot, the Ambassadors rode from Centre 200 to Victoria Road and into Whitney Pier and back to downtown Sydney where they saw the future site of the “Get Cycling” training Park.  A ride along the Esplanade to King’s Road and the Access Nova Scotia site and back to Centre 200 completed the Sydney section of their appearance.

In Glace Bay, they convened at the Sobey’s parking lot.  After a brief lunch, they rode to Reserve Mines and Gardiner Mines via Centreville Street aka “Rabbit-town Road.”  Returning through Dominion and Bridgeport, they stopped briefly at the DAM Fitness Centre which is the end destination of the second leg of the Lobster Roll, June 17.


ED:  The event made it to the 6pm CBC TV News, CBC Cape Breton's Information Morning News (radio).  




Hi Jacques,

Mabel and I took the VCB's Cycling Ambassador uniforms on a road trip this week--  Tuesday we cycled Ingonish to Neils Harbour return -- Sorry to Debbie for infringing on her territory ! Today I cycled to the top of Smokey-- While there I had a nice experience !  Four visitors from China had stopped at the lookoff at the top to take photos. We had a chat-- they are in Canada to attend daughter's graduation from UNB--  The parents wanted pictures with the cyclist ( ME ) ---  so our program will be on the way to China soon-- well at least several pictures of the uniform !!





Learn to Ride - Sunday,  May 27, 9:00 am

Meet:  Clansman Motel, Parking Lot,  North Sydney

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.

ED:  Very successful sessions so far in Sydney and Glace Bay.   Your last chance to get it this year.




Impromptu Ride, Sunday May 27,  1:00 pm

Meet:  Clansman Motel,  North Sydney.  Ride at a relaxed pace the quiet and scenic route along the Little Bras D'Or Strait to Alder Point and back.  About 2 hours.




CAN-BIKE 2 course...  June 1 - 3,  

We know a lot about bike crashes and how to avoid them.  Consequently, we need to continue training cyclists to the best practices of safe cycling recognized by the Canadian Cycling Association.

We know bicycling is a safe, healthy and fun thing to do. We know that as more people ride, cycling gets safer for all of us. 

But we know we have a responsibility to you, valued member of our cycling community, to deal head-on with the risks associated with riding a bike. We have to. We can't go on leaving cycling as a disorganized and haphazard mode of transportation and recreation that could put the lives of people at risk unnecessarily.

Enroll in a CAN-BIKE course.


At the start of Bike Week, VCB will hold it's last session before the cycling season starts in earnest.  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

What has two wheels and four legs? 

The Velo Cape Breton Lobster Roll Relay on June 17th has four 25 kilometre legs for your cycling pleasure. 

Register as a team of four, or take the bicycle ride on your own for any one, two, three or four of the legs to have a beautiful coastal trip through South Bar, Dominion, Round Island and more. 

The legs start at the Mira Road Fire Hall, New Waterford, Glace Bay and Mira Gut and, of course, there will be a lobster roll waiting for you at the finish line! Join in for fun and great company on Sunday, June 17th. 

Please visit for more details or to register.


See the Lobster Roll Relay FB event page...


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

More info here



Your VCB Membership Card carries several privileges, some of which are discounts at participating retail stores and businesses.

On the presentation of your membership card these retail stores will give you a 10% discount on several items in store marked at regular price, this excluded bicycles:

  • CycleSmith in Halifax,
  • Hub Cycle in Truro,
  • Frameworks Cycle in Sydney.

As it is VCB’s policy to share the list of members with registered membership only, make sure you have your VCB Membership card on hand when your time comes to clear you items at the cash.

Also, if you are interested in bicycle touring, Peter Williams at Eastwind Cycle offers a 10% discount to VCB Members registering on his tours here and abroad.  

Should you or your employer wants to get VCB Membership’s business, please do not hesitate to contact us to make arrangements.  




Looking for a distinctive Cape Breton jersey that is highly visible at anytime of the day?  Ride the Velo Cape Breton colours with confidence and pride.  See the inventory on hand and place your order.




by: Aron Ashton, Youth Fiddlers Run

I was wondering if VELO could send a couple bicyclists to the Youth Run next week's Saturday June 2  to help patrol and just be around the event.  

Location: The Big Fiddle, Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion, Sydney, NS

Time Start: Activities start at 9:30 a.m.

Distance: 2.1 km for elementary students; 4.2 km for junior high students

Preschool Trot: a closed loop on the Sydney Waterfront (Big Fiddle property)

Route: Starts at the Big Fiddle, proceeding down the Esplanade to Ortona Street, east on Ortona St. to George St., south on George St. to Dorchester St, west on Dorchester St. to the Esplanade and back to the Finish at the Big Fiddle.


VELO has been able to commit in the past so, it would be appreciated if several representatives from VELO attend the Doctors NS Youth Run event.  


Please contact me to confirm your attendance at:    Aron.Ashton(at)




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Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at Ottawa house: One is from Vancouver, another is from Toronto and the third, is from St. John's, NFLD . 

All three go with a Government official to examine the fence. 

The Vancouver contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." 

The Toronto contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.

"The NFLD contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the government official and whispers, "$2,700." 

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did You come up with such a high figure?" The NFLD contractor whispers back, "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Toronto to fix the fence." 

"Done!" replies the government official.



Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

May 24th, 2012


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