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Vol 9, #50 - Looking Forward

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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Heads Up!

- CAN-BIKE 2 Session

- Words of Caution

- Your Next Bike

- Velo Quebec Wants More Kids to Walk and Bike to School

- Walk a child to school or to the bus stop and be eligible to win a prize.

- Family Biking and Car-light Living

- Do Not Talk to My Parrot!




“Many parents think that by driving their kids to school they’re doing them a service, but it’s not a service. They’re depriving kids of a moment where they can meet other students, talk to neighbours and connect with their communities.” ~ Suzanne Lareau, president and chief executive of Vélo Québec






Looking forward is an imaginative and fascinating exercise heavily tainted by our own background, experiences and values developed since childhood. Sure we cannot deny our past but looking at it with rose-coloured glasses to only see the good points will expose our brains to positive thinking and behaviour. Research proves that the brain cannot distinguish fact from fiction, so if we keep entertaining ourselves with positive messages, our brain will "rewire" to boost the occurrence of positive thoughts and behaviours.


We are at the last paragraph of the 2012 Schedule of rides, events and tours. Looking at each lines of it brings back good memories and happy times. Looking forward we're just anxious to get going again on similar events, plan to do the rides we sadly missed, explore new trails, meet new friends, reach new goals.


The VCB Annual General Meeting is on November 5th at the Round Room of CBRM Civic Centre. AGMs are these rare opportunities for the membership to influence the direction of organization(s) they belong to. We're looking forward to see you all to celebrate this past year and hear about your plans and wishes for 2013. The official Notice of the AGM will be sent to you in the next few days. Don't count on your neighbour, friend or other members to represent you at the AGM. Instead, be pro-active, make arrangements for all to come together. VCB is ending the year with 289 members strong and starting 2013 with more than 50 members so far. VCB is like that multi-seat tandem bicycle whose riders constantly pedal and steer to move forward, benefit of a smooth ride and reach higher and further destinations.






by: Micheline,




The group leaves at 10:00 am from various locations within CBRM. Rides designed to be relaxed and are for novice and experienced cyclists alike, several groups can be formed.


Due to inclement weather, last week's ride has been postponed.


Back by popular demand... Tuesday October 23rd ride will start from the Birch Grove Community Hall for a 25km counter-clockwise loop to Broughton and return via the Glace Bay - Louisbourg old railroad trail. See map here.


No special need for a mountain bike, any street bike with tires of 28 to 39 mm section will do, i.e. tires on hybrid, comfort bikes. Bring a light lunch.


See you there!









Velo Cape Breton Annual General Meeting, November 5th,

CBRM Civic Centre, Round Room.


5:30 - 6:30 Meet & Greet, light lunch


6:30 - AGM.


More to come by mail to VCB membership.




CAN-BIKE 2 Session

In Sydney only. Evening + 2 days. October 26 - 28th.


On the weekend of 26 - 28th VCB will be hosting a CAN-BIKE 2 safe riding course. This course is thorough and introduces the strategies for safe urban riding, elements of bike fit, mechanics, touring, and urban street strategies with a heavy emphasis on actual street riding. The Friday evening session is entirely indoors at ACAP (corner of Townsend and George) , and - depending on the weather - there will be parking lot and on-road training sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. There is a final written examination, as this course is a requisite for advancing to become a CCC-certified instructor of CAN-BIKE safe riding courses.


CAN-BIKE 2 is the "driver's licence" for bicycle riding. It is in many ways comparable to taking a drivers exam for operating a motor vehicle. This is an excellent program for parents who want to teach their kids the basics of safe riding, for bicyclist commuters, and for officials and leaders in active transportation, bike route design, professionals (i.e. police, paramedics) and bicycle program development.


There is a $90 fee to take this course. For Saturday and Sunday you will need to bring a street-ready bicycle. If you have not installed a bell, please do so. Any type of road/commuter/mountain/touring bike will do. If you ride on the streets, you will not regret taking this course. The combination of riding skills, discussion of the vehicle act, and evasive manoeuver training will make you a stronger, safer and more confident rider.


Registration here.







For some reason, the NS Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has abandoned the practice of decking the small bridges with wood boards positioned transversally for a parallel planking method.


In fact, it doesn't take long before longitudinal cracks develops in the boards and between the boards themselves. Some of them bend, warp and twist to raise above the level of the other beside them. These cracks and raised edges constitute a real threat to cyclists especially when the deck is wet which in Nova Scotia is a very common occurrence in all seasons.


There are numerous documented reports of accidents caused by longitudinal wood decking. Accidents that may have disastrous health and financial impacts.


For example, in May 2009, a cyclists went over the handlebars when its front wheel fell into a crack between two longitudinal planks. Important damage to the spinal chord resulted in a complete loss of all his four limbs. He became quadriplegic and won a $1.02M compensation lawsuit.


Read more here.


FYI, the issue has been raised during a presentation made to DoTIR officials at a Road Builders Conference in January 2012 in Halifax.







After BMW, Volkswagen, Cadillac, Peugeot, here's Aston Martin, another car manufacturer, launching a limited edition of only 77 road bicycles. A frame and two wheels human powered, really nothing new, except for the advanced technology. Check it out here?


Price? Well... if you need to ask, this bike is not for you... :-)






Source: The Gazette


For some parents, the idea of letting their children walk one kilometre or more to school, every day, in unthinkable. The city's biggest cyclng advocate want to banish that thought forever.


Read more.








Here’s how to do it:

1. Invite your child, grandchild , or neighbour’s child

2. Decide what day to walk.

3. Decide where to walk( to the school, the bus stop, or school-care program )

4. E-mail your local regional Health Promotion Coordinator to say you did!




That’s it! Now enjoy the walk!


All walks must take place in October.( But you can keep walking all year!)


All entries will be eligible for a draw for a Walkabout prize package.


For more information, connect with your Regional Coordinator above and good luck!


Tracy Burgess in the Western Region 1-902-798-8933

Catherine Droesbeck in Central Region 1-902-423-7682-3347

Claire Mac Lean in Eastern Region 1-902-539-8293








Raising six kids, how about ditching the SUV and shifting to bicycle? Ah well, we see this possible in Holland and Denmark but not here...


How about Portland in Oregon? Check this out here.







Wanda's dishwasher was broken, so she called in a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told the repairman, “I'll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I'll mail you a cheque.”


“Oh, by the way don't worry about my dog Spike. He won't bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT, under ANY circumstances, talk to my parrot!”




When the repairman arrived at Wanda's apartment, he discovered the biggest, meanest looking dog he has ever seen.


But, just as she had said, the dog just lay there on the carpet watching the repairman go about his work.


The parrot, however, drove him nuts the whole time with his incessant yelling, cursing and name calling.


Finally the repairman couldn't contain himself any longer and yelled,

“Shut up, you stupid, frickin ugly bird!”


To which the parrot replied, “Get him Spike!”


See - Men just don't listen






Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

October 18th, 2012

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