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Vol 9, #37 - Buzy Weekend!

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!

- Whitney Pier Youth Club Project

- Letter to Driving Schools - Feedback

- Sentencing Parity for Dangerous Cyclists

- Quotes



""The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

~ Lao Tzu





Experiential Bicycle Tourism in the Highlands


Belle-Côte, NS. -- This Saturday, July 14th, over 75 mountain bike riders will take on the Highlands trails from Belle-Côte for the 9th edition of Across the Highlands Mountain Bike Challenge. Jacques Coté, chair of Across the Highland MTB Commitee is promising an action packed ride that will test each riders’ endurance and riding skills with lots of opportunities for personal highs.


Participants are coming from all over the Maritimes to ride either the 30 or the 50 kilometre course for a four to six-hour outdoor adventure on trails with incredible landscapes and hidden jewels to discover.


Velo Cape Breton is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that promotes the use of the bicycle as a safe and enjoyable mode of transportation and recreation. This is accomplished through advocacy, education and rides that are geared to all levels of experience.


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At the end of the Poker Velo Ride last Sunday, Errol and Micheline had the best hands, both with a Flush. The 5 Hearts of Errol got the best over Micheline's 5 Clubs and left with 80% of the pot. Many, many were competing for the worst hand to get the remaining $$ of the pot, Ian was finally declared the winner. Warm water in the pool, hot water in the jacuzzi, yummy BBQ food, lots of laugh ended the day. Kindest thank yous to Guy Lafosse and partner Judy for putting up that event and making the afternoon so memorable.




Destination Ride and Garden Tour: Wednesday July 18th 10:00 am


This week, ride from your place or from wherever you want and join the Time-Out Garden Tours for two tours:

1. at 9:30 am, Jessie Burke gardens at 1595 Coxheath Road, Blacketts Lake.

2. at 11:00 am, Donna Rudderham, 2631 Point Edward Highway.


Distance between both gardens is approximately 17km or nearly 45 minutes at a brisk pace. Hope to see you at either one or both gardens.


Note: Locations of other Garden Tours for July are available here.




The 2012 Heartland Tour IS ON!


The sixth annual HeartLand Tour will be kicking off with an Atlantic Cardiology Society meeting planned for Wolfville on July 7th! The core team of the HeartLand Tour will be cycling across Nova Scotia with all-day events planned for Wolfville, Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Truro, Pictou County, Antigonish, and Inverness County before wrapping up in Halifax on July 15th.


More info here.


July 12th - Antigonish

July 13th - Cape Breton Highlands

July 14th - Inverness County ride from Cheticamp to Port Hood

July 15th - Halifax Finale








My Heart is in the Mira: Saturday July 21st 1:00 pm


For a different riding experience, join Cycling Ambassador Art Spencer for an exciting afternoon ride and BBQ by the Mira.

Choice of 30 or 50km distances.


Meet at: 1121 Hillside Rd. Mira




Ride into the Past: Sunday July 22nd.


Guide ride on National Park's grounds of Fortress of Louisbourg and get a special tour of undeveloped sites. Eliot Frost will be our guide. Meet at park's Visitor Centre at 10:00 am.


More info in next week's VCB eNews...






This Friday, will mark the first full week of the Project involving seven youths from the Centre.


Earlier in the year, VCB has sent a request for bicycles and several has been collected, some in better shape than others. Howard Knight guided the kids to make basic repairs to put, what to become their own bicycle, back on the road. Our own VCB president Andrée Crépeau, also certified CAN-BIKE Instructor has been through an Intro Course on Safe Defensive Cycling with them. The "Pier Pedallers" as they choose to be called will continue on the program with outings involving longer distances, bike mechanic sessions and leadership.


These youths are just fantastic and growing fast. We're still in need of bicycles as the Pier Pedallers is also growing in membership.


Should you have one or a couple that are just gathering dust, please email back, we will arrange delivery/pick-up.


Thank you!







Original text published in last week's VCB eNews...

Dangerous Passing

The most common car/bicycle interaction is overtaking, and it is a frequent source of danger. It can be difficult to estimate a cyclist’s speed. Often it is not possible to pass safely upon first coming up to the cyclist. Having to reduce speed to that of the cyclist can cause a motorist feel anxious or irritated. However we hope you may impart safe practices which should eliminate the possibility of serious injury. These include :

      • reducing speed and waiting behind at a safe distance if passing is not feasible;
      • performing a shoulder check, signal and lane change on two lane highways in order to overtake in safety;
      • clearing the cyclist by at least the one meter minimum distance, and returning to the lane only when well past.


by: Trevor Pushie, Car Diver Instructor


Let me start by saying thank you and all the fine people that make the Velo club work in the Cape Breton area. Having lived abroad for over 10 years what you're doing is making a difference. You can see it in the community and how we're trying to play catchup, I find, in comparison to the other cites of the world but Im sure we'll get there.


Now just a little background info on myself. I am a motorcyclist as well a cyclist, roadrunner and triathlete. Im also a driving instructor with one of the local schools. I preach all the time about how to treat a fellow cyclist on the road and how to watch out for motorcycles and, the most important, how to deal with a bicycle in your pass of travel.


This point in the letter caught my attention

-performing a shoulder check, signal and lane change on two lane highways in order to overtake in safety;


The statement is not entirely correct. I tell everyone signal early to let everyone know what your doing then do your Mirrors-back left and then left shoulder check or signal look behind with the review mirror then side mirror and then blind spot. Even though you slowed down for the cyclist the “fella” behind you might be going to blow past the “2 of yas”. I harp on defensive driving all the time always look out for the other “fella” etc etc.



Answer Back:

You are absolutely right on that one. I guess it was not a good decision to abbreviate the text so much.

Yes, defensive driving and defensive cycling requires more than an automated procedure of checking over the shoulder, signalling and passing. In teaching CAN-BIKE, I always stress the importance of the Life-saver shoulder check that is coming right after signalling to make sure the intended lane change is still a safe procedure.


I also teach SAPA. Scan - Anticipate - Plan - Act. Driving a car or a bicycle is a dynamic process where one needs alertness and always have that spare card in the back pocket called a Plan B. Safe decision making is a complex process that should not be learned the hard way. Thanks to driving schools, competent instructors, responsible candidates wanting to learn the right way, roads are becoming safer for all.


Thanks again for your feedback Trevor and keep up the good work .




ED: The final touch is being put to the engineering design of the Get-Cycling Park before it goes to the tendering process this month. The Get-Cycling Park will be built on the remediated lands of the Sydney's foundry site. The schedule to construct the Get-Cycling Park will only be known once the contractor is selected and he puts together a schedule based on when areas of the site become available due to the ongoing remediation work. We anticipate that the GC Park will be completed by fall 2013. This will be a super addition to start training future drivers of bicycle and cars at a younger age.









Should cyclists who are not following the Rules of the Road, are involved in dangerous riding, kill or seriously injure other road users face the same penalties as drivers? The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents thinks so, according to a story in The Times earlier this week.


What you guys think?







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Second guy remarks, “You're lucky, mine's still alive.”





“Dear Lord, I pray for wisdom to understand a man; to love and to forgive him; and for patience, for his moods.

Because Lord, if I pray for strength I'll just beat him to death!!”;


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