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Vol 9, #32 - Our Future Cyclists

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!
  • Touring in Style
  • Bike Safety -  "I didn't See You! "
  • Bike Romance
  • Bicycle Friendly Ads
  • Newspaper Ad
  • ... His Last Words

One thing for sure, motorists don't want a 6 foot, 200 pound senior dressed in spandex coming through their windshield butt first? Ha! 


by:  Kelly Ingram


I thought I would share something with you that I did today.  

Last friday while waiting for the bus to take my son and I on his fieldtrip I noticed a poster promoting bike week.  Immediately it caught my interest.  I also noticed that his school, St. Joseph's Elementary, was listed as a school that was participating in Bike Week.  I decided to ask the principal how the school was participating in this event.  She told me that on Monday they had planned to have the Police come in to do a presentation on Bike Safety.  

Awesome! was my first thought, my second was, I can show them something different.  I asked her if she would be intrested in having me bring in my bike with all its touring gear and show the kids some pictures of my travels.  She said sure and that they were trying to figure out what to do with the other half of the students as they could only accomodate one half at a time. Perfect!  

So today, I packed up my bike and all its gear and headed off to St. Joseph's to do a little presentation for the students.  I spoke about my travels, that safety was very important, and showed them all my cool gear that I need when I'm touring.  They Loved It!  They had so many questions and we quickly ran out of time.  It was so nice to see such interest from the students.  

I quickly saw that while teaching our children about safety is important in regard to cycling, I think it is equally important to plant a seed in their young minds.  Show them that bicycling doesn't end when your little, and there is so much to see and do on a bike.  It's time we showed them how much fun we have as adults riding bikes.  Especially now, children need this exposure.  I'm not sure if this is something you already do with children, but it is certainly a rewarding experience too see the interest they had today.  It's like the old saying, our children are our future.  They are the future cyclists.  Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed my time today with the kids.

Take care


ED:  Instructing children starts with "instructed" adults who, like Kelly, can bring positive experiences.  VCB's Education programs are CAN-BIKE based, a nationally recognized curriculum promoted by the Canadian Cycling Association.  Several "Learn-to-Ride" sessions have been done recently as well as several CAN-BIKE 2 sessions scheduled this spring.  As summer is upon us, several rides are scheduled where families are invited to join.   VCB is also working diligently with Sydney Tar Ponds Agency to develop a "Get-Cycling Park" on the remediated lands of Sydney Steel.



Friday, June 8, 2012 - 7:30am to 9:00am

Commuter Breakfast, Friday, June 8 at  the Round Room at CBRM Civic Centre rear plaza  (NEW LOCATION)

Try cycling to work or to run errands.  Join your fellow commuters for a lovely breakfast with homemade bread, fruit salad, bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, coffee and tea!  Local entertainment will be on hand!  Sponsored by Velo Cape Breton, ACAP and CBRM.



Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids' Bike Expo, Civic Centre rear plaza, Sydney,

Everything you've ever wanted to know about kids and families and cycling!  Displays, helmet checks, bike checks and minor adjustments for free, bike rodeo, prizes and loot bags, refreshments and fun!  

The bike rodeo is open to 40 children on a first come  basis, pre-register to save your spot at: .  

The Expo which includes displays of different kinds of bikes and cycling equipment, information on family cycling events, prizes and other fun stuff is open to everybody.

Saturday’s forecast:  A mix of sun and cloud. Low 9. High 17.



Saturday, June 9, 2012  -  1:00 to 4:00 pm

Bike to the Downtown Sydney Farmers Market on the corner of George and Pitt Street in Sydney and get a $3 voucher to use with our vendors!

For more info, check us out on Facebook!



Sunday June 10. 2012  -  10:00 am

Going the Distance for Diabetes at the new rink (Emera Community Centre) in North Sydney. 

This year's event is bound the be the greatest and the most enjoyable of all.  The entire event have received a face lift resulting from several brainstorming sessions and a boost from enthusiastic supporting organizations.  Arlene Parsons, Vic Gouthro and their tens of dedicated volunteers have been working at it since more than a year and here what they have in store:

  • Walking Routes for all age groups
  • Running 5km and 10km Road Races
  • Cycling for Novices (17km), Intermediate (32km) and Advanced Cyclists (40km)
  • Skate Board Competition
  • Bicycle Rodeo and Bicycle Safety Program directed by Regional Police
  • Bicycle Maintenance and Repair Demonstration 
  • Information Booth on "Diabetes Education" and the "Closeline Project"
  • Prizes (trophy or plaque) for schools (Elementary, Junior High and Senior High) with most participants including students, staff and family members
  • An event for cyclists, joggers and walkers of all ages to meet friends and exercise in the relaxed and beautiful environment of Upper North Sydney/Georges River/Long Island



Tuesday June 12, 2012  -  10:00

Tuesday Morning Relaxed Rides starting from Tim Horton in Membertou.



Wednesday  June 13,  2012  -  5:00  - 9:00 pm

Baddeck Learn-to-Ride.  Upper Parking Lot Alexander Graham Bell Museum.  

This CAN-BIKE Introduction presentation will be suitable for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. We will go over many aspects of safe bicycling and introduce some new concepts and information.


You need to pre-register for this CAN-BIKE Intro offering to make sure you have a seat. 

Register Vince Forrestall <>




Thursday, June 14,  2012  -  

For Father's Day , Think Lobster.   Why not offering the Lobster Roll package to that person ....

Deadline to register for the Lobster Roll Relay



The Countdown has started for the FIRST Lobster Roll Relay...


All registrations received will enter for a draw of half-dozen lobsters on:

Friday, June 1st:  The Eagle Radio 103.5 FM, Sydney at  8:15 am - - Won by: Melanie Higgins

Friday, June 1st:  The Coast Radio 89.7 FM, Glace Bay at  4:30 pm - -  Won by:  Trudy Mackenzie

Friday, June 8th: CBC Radio 105.1 FM / 1140 AM, Sydney
Friday, June 8th:  The Coast 89.7 FM, Glace Bay
Friday, June 8th:  The Eagle Radio 103.5 FM, Sydney

Friday, June 14th:  CBC Radio 105.1 FM / 1140 AM, Sydney.  

Register early to increase your chances!  

Online registration, Adult VCB members,  Adult non-VCB,  under 19 yrs old.

More information :  FAQ -  Frequently Asked Questions


See you there!


See the Lobster Roll Relay FB event page...




Paul:  I'm hoping to do part of the Lobster Roll Relay, perhaps legs 3 and 4.

I don't have a team or partner, though. I'll be cycling alone.

If my car is in Glace Bay (beginning of Leg 3), or in Mira Gut (beginning of Lg 4), and I end up with my bike at the end of the rally in Mira Road,

would there be a shuttle to take me back to Glace Bay (or Mira Gut) to pick up my car ?


Jacques:  I understand your point...

There are several participants from Glace Bay area that will do the entire ride from Mira Road to Mira Road. Eventually they will return home and I'm sure, there will be room for you to get to your vehicle in Glace Bay (Start of Leg 3).  Another option is to make a general call for partner(s) who will ride legs 1 and 2 and one or both will drive your car to the Mira Road and leave your vehicle there.


Try Lobster Roll Relay Facebook page  and/or  Velo Cape Breton FB page.  You may find partner(s)…


Paul:  I did think of another option, though:

Leave my car in Glace Bay, ride my bike to Mira Road, eat a lobster roll, mingle and have fun,  then ride my bike to Sydney (where I live), then take the bus to Glace Bay on Monday to pick up my car. (There's no bus on Sunday.)

With so many options, I have no excuse for not joining the relay !


Jacques:  I just LUV your attitude! Way to go!


Paul:  People can email or call me...

email: pmg963(at)

Phone: 902.574.7078



The 4th annual Heart of the Valley Century ride will be held Aug 12/12.  I have attached the website link in hopes you will pass the information along to your members, hope to see some Velo Cape Breton make the trip.


Thanks  Marc




by: Lori Henley, 

Hi cycling friends. Wayne and I have started our cross Canada cycle and hope to be back in Cape Breton in September. 

As many of you know, this trip will be undertaken in a leisurely fashion. The route from Victoria to Main-à-Dieu is approximately 6000 km which should translate into 60-odd days of cycling. We have four months so will be taking lots of breaks to visit friends and family along the way and do some sightseeing. And with the RV, I will likely do very little cycling through bad weather or with tired muscles.

The blog will probably get refined as we go along and I become familiar working with it. A special thanks to Sam for getting tired of waiting for it, and offering to set it up for me (I took her up immediately on that).

We also like to pass on a huge thanks to all of you who have wished us well on this adventure and sent along your hopes and prayers. We are touched and very grateful for your thoughts.

Here's our cycle blog for your interest. It's at:



ED:  One thing that this tour is NOT:  Around the world in 92 days... by bike...



Extract from the Centennial Cycling Club e-News... submitted by Bev Reid.

Troxler Effect:  Check this out..pass it onto your bike friends..

For evolutionary reasons, our brains remove stationary things from our immediate field of vision. Moving things represent potential danger.

Stationary things do not. That's why the predators and prey alike have learned how to freeze in place. Camouflage and motionless can actually

make both predator and prey invisible to one another.

All this becomes a severe liability when flying, driving, or boating when there are moving objects in the field of view which are actually on

a collision course with your vehicle, but appear to remain stationary in your field of view.

This is most commonly seen when you are on a highway and another vehicle is coming down an on-ramp at a speed that paces yours. It remains in the

same place as viewed through the windshield or side windows.Your brain will simply erase the other car's image from your view....

until you move your head. This can also occur in your mirrors when a vehicle is overtaking you at a very slow rate. If you simply constantly

scan by moving your head or eyes, those important objects will remain visible.

How many times have we heard "I never saw the other car before the accident"? It's real.

Read the story below and then follow the link for an actual demonstration of the effect. It's real, too. Deliberately develop a habit of constant scanning when you drive and even when you walk.


*Motion Induced Blindness*

It works exactly like it says and is one major reason people in cars can look right at you when you're on a motorcycle or bicycle---AND NOT SEE YOU.

From a former Naval Aviator: "This is a great illustration of what we were taught about scanning outside the cockpit when I went through training back in the '50s. We were told to scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the process. I can remember being told why this was the most effective technique to locate other aircraft. It was emphasized (repeatedly) to NOT fix your gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. The instructors, some of whom were WWII veterans with years of experience, instructed us to continually "keep our eyes moving and our head on a swivel" because this was the best way to survive, not only in combat, but from peacetime hazards (like a midair collision) as well. We basically had to take the advice on faith (until we could experience for ourselves) because the technology to demonstrate it didn't exist at that time."



Bike Romance article worth sharing


The Second Wind Community Band will be presenting their annual “Spirit of Friendship” Concert on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Boardmore PlayhouseCape Breton University.  More Info here.



6-course Dinner at La Chanterelle, North River

A very talented young chef, Bryan Picard,  from Montreal has joined our staff and will be presenting his "debut" menu for a 6 course dinner on Saturday, June 16.  

Attached is the menu.  

Reservations required:  929-2263



Divorced man in the Lake District wants to meet

eligible outdoors-loving  woman with a boat and 



Send personal information and photo* to Box 66, 




*of boat




Mary Clancy goes up to Father O'Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she's in tears.

He says, "So what's bothering you, Mary my dear?"

She says, "Oh, Father, I've got terrible news.

My husband passed away last night."

The priest says, "Oh, Mary, that's terrible.

Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?"

She says, "That he did, Father."

The priest says, "What did he ask, Mary? "

She says, He said,

'Please Mary, put down that damn gun...'



Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

June 7th, 2012

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