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Vol 10, #2 - Enough is Enough!

Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter


Vol 10, #2 - 8/11/12 - Enough is Enough!


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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Reports on 2012 Annual General Meeting

- Rides Captain Corner

- Heads Up!

- Sydney River Bridge

- Ecology Action eNewsletter - AT101

- Didn't See You!

- Making Tracks

- VCB Chapters News

- Start Slow, Finish Slower

- The Ring

- VCB Cycling Ambassadors Year-end Meeting

- For Sale / Wanted

- Praise The Lord




"We're in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyones arguing over where they're going to sit" ~David Suzuki





Sandy a man or Sandy a woman doesn't really care. The child Mother Nature sent to bring her message delivered it in pretty forceful manners to the citizens of coastal USA last week.


Over the last hundred years or so, the huge amount of fossil fuels buried for zillion years underground are being brought to the surface and burnt as sources of energy to the human kind. Since quite a long time scientists have cautioned us of the dire consequences of this practice that consequently warm up the surface of the earth. Despite the warnings, our unbridled quest for better living conditions and growth, no matter what, keep us on course at an increasing speed.


Sandy has many many brothers and sisters delivering Mom's violent messages around the world. It is just by pure luck that several of us were not on Sandy's list but sooner or later our turn will come in one way or another or many ways at the same time. We all know very well what exasperate Mother Nature, it's the heath in the house. This heath she's experiencing is not a hot-flash but causes her a a very high fever. In our language it is called GLOBAL WARMING and it is human-induced.


Human-induced global warming is the direct cause of climate change that may lead to irreversible impacts on physical, biological, and social systems within our generation.


What can we do about this?


You may recall the various conventions on Climate Change held by the United Nations, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2012 Rio Earth Summit. Well... the USA did not signed the Kyoto Protocol; Canada signed it but withdrew in December 2011.


Confronted with so vast a problem as global warming, it is easy for us individuals to feel powerless to act. The major producers of greenhouse gases - power generation, transport, industry and agriculture - all appear too autonomous and remote to be influenced by us. So can we make a difference?


Transport is responsible for 14% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions and its importance reflects the choices we as consumers make. On an individual level, choosing public transport or cycling rather than using a car, helps to reduce the volume of CO² as well as other atmospheric pollution.


As informed consumers we can also make positive choices about the products and food we buy. Locally sourced produce has a smaller carbon footprint than products that have been flown in from another country.


We are all involved in the future of our plant and the choices we make as individuals can have a real impact on global warming.


But most importantly of all, our attitudes and involvement ultimately determine the direction of our leaders and decision makers and their degree of commitment to combating this grave problem on the international stage.







From Cheticamp, Port Hawkesbury and CBRM, a committed contingent of cyclists took part in the event.


See links to President's and Rides Captain reports. Minutes will be posted on the website soon.






by: Micheline,


Sunny weekend in store and seasonal temperatures. Except for road racing bicycles and their skinny tires, all other bikes are fit to ride on dirt roads. With a bit of imagination, there's one not far from your place that you can explore. The older the road, the lesser traffic. As an example, a couple of weeks ago, we rode for 4 hours in the rear Baddeck area protected by the tall trees and did not see a soul. A gorgeous ride, brought back tens of pictures.


We will be out again this Saturday. That will be our ride this week to fill our 52-Week Bike Challenge commitment. Kant wait!







Active Transportation Workshops by the

Ecology Action Centre


The half-day workshops are meant to help increase knowledge about active transportation (AT) and increase the capacity of municipalities and communities to plan for and implement AT on the ground. It’s a matter of interest to all citizens.


No matter where on the spectrum a community is – just building support for AT, ready to create a plan or have a plan and face challenges in implementing – these workshops are tailored to the needs of the particular community and participants.


Got involved!


November 14th, 6 to 8 pm

Chéticamp. 15108 Main St.

Le Club des retraités.(Cheticamp Seniors Club)



November 28th, 6 to 8 pm

Port Hawkesbury.

Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St.



List of sessions in the province here.






by: Andrée Crépeau, VCB President, member of CBRM AT Committee to CBRM's Rick McCready




As you wanted this response ASAP I was only able to consult after we met yesterday and I feel confident in responding for Velo on the issues raised about the Sydney River Bridge.


We have two points that we would like to highlight. First, during construction an Active Transportation alternative for cyclists and pedestrians must be in place. The only viable means for this is a bridge. The option of a shuttle only works against active transportation and will not adequately accommodate cyclists. This is an opportunity to promote AT especially for the students at Riverview, the area largest high school.


Second, the final bridge design must accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. This bridge will outlive all those involved in its planning and construction --- it must therefore be built for the future and that surely includes AT. The proposal to include a 4 meter wide multi-use path separated from the 1.5m paved shoulder and travel lane on the Coxheath to Sydney side of the bridge is of interest. There would also be a 1.5m paved shoulder on the Sydney to Coxheath side of the bridge. Our support for this option is tied to a design where pedestrians and cyclists can access the pathway in a safe and convenient manner.


On the Sydney shopping center side of the bridge this would include access under the bridge for individuals on the sewer connector multi-use path traveling from Sydney and for those traveling from King's Road to the bridge along Keltic Drive.


On the Coxheath side we would like to see the 4 meter wide multi-use path continued up the current sidewalk to past the lights at Westmount Road, to swing along the playing field and through the CBRM property to the school. The intersection with Westmount road would have to be designed so that bikes can easy and safely cross the intersection. Although walking the bike across the intersection is an option the preferred means would be to drive. The pathway to the school will encourage students to walk/bike and could also be used by cyclists on the Coxheath Road who now have to negotiate the intersection at Keltic Drive which is not AT friendly.






Jampacked with pertinent information about what's going on in AT in Nova Scotia. Also tens of links for personal and community knowledge and action.


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This may be a good excuse for someone who did not see you but will the courts will accept this as an excuse? An ignorance of the law is not an excuse in court, we all know that. Looking somewhere else than the where one should look and pay attention when driving is negligence and a dangerous driving practice.


The following article by a Royal Air Force pilot has everything to put you on your guards while cycling or driving.  
Note:  Remember that in UK one drives on the left side of the road and also that the word "pavement means sidewalk on this side of the pond.






by: Jennifer McGowan, Youth Active Transportation Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre, Halifax.


Making Tracks Cycling: Sunday, Nov. 18th, 9am-4pm, Wolfville Recreation Centre, 7 Victoria Avenue, Wolfville. ($20/person, if cost is a barrier please let Jennifer McGowan know or 442-5055). Please contact Shannon Read to register


If these dates don’t work for you, but you’d like training, contact me and we can arrange a training for your community. If you have any questions about the Making Tracks program, want training in any of the four modes, or want to learn more about any of our other child and youth focused active transportation work, don’t hesitate to contact me!


Making Tracks Active Transportation Safety and Skills Program for Children and Youth (Cycling, Walking, Inline Skating or Skateboarding):

Making Tracks teaches children and youth, in a fun, hands on way, the skills they need to move around safely in their communities. The program’s various modes are approved by the Department of Education, meet multiple curriculum outcomes, and easily fit into recreation, police and community organization’s after school, summer camp, safety and other programming. For more information on the program, including most of the manuals (so you can get a sense of what is taught), visit: (click the Making Tracks icon).


Making Tracks is made possible with the support of the Province of Nova Scotia, The North Face® Explore Fund™, Halifax Regional Municipality, St. Francis Xavier University, and Skate Pass ®.


Happy walking and wheeling!






from the Strait Area Chapter - by: Tom Nixa, Director.


We had a great ride with 4 of us to Havre Boucher via the Causeway and returned to climb the Mulgrave hill.


Then we rode back to Hawkesbury and from the pier climbed up MacSween St. Michael Nemec was responsible for the hills .


Good rider he is! Always says he is not in good form then is the guy we can't catch. Czech mate!


Ride was about 24 miles / 38 Km. Definitely a keeper for a short ride. Thanx again Michael for your ride plan!


We had a new rider to our group, Wayne Bona from over St. Peters way. Wayne is also a VCB member and was telling us about the fun he had this summer on the Whycocomagh ride series and the Cabot Trail Ride. Good rider also and we made plans to tentatively ride soon in his area maybe in 2 weeks if the weather holds.


Cheryl Court also rode with us for the second Sat. in a row. Cheryl's good cheer and ride strength is a real plus for our little group. She says we need more women riders! Come on girls, where are you? Hope our little core group will be the regulars.


We missed you Gordie and Dale!


It's Downhill all the Way! ( Quote from one of my finest cycling friends)



ED: Every Saturday morning rain or shine meet at Tim Horton's across from Port Hawkesbury Civic Center 8:30 AM for socializing and coffee. Ride at approximately 9:00 AM. Easy pace 28 to 40 km “Show & Go” rides. When weather is unfavorable we will meet to do other activities based on participants' wishes like hike, X-country ski, run or walk at the Civic Center track/ workout or jump in cars and explore new ride routes.


Questions / Comments? tjnixa(at)








Why do many experienced roadies begin their rides pedaling so easily? And regardless of how hard they eventually end up riding, spend the last 10 minutes spinning so slowly that little kids could keep up?


More here.






shared by: Mark Beaver, Cyclesmith Bike store in Halifax.


How about a roundabout for bicycles only at a busy multi-lane lighted roundabout road intersection?


Well, looks to me like "have a cake and eat it too". It is one or the other, not both.... except if....


See the solution the dutch found for that busy intersection in Eindhoven, Holland.








VCB Cycling Ambassadors will meet this coming November 24th to debrief on the First year of the program, look over things that worked and things that need improvement, and set objectives for 2013.







"Road bike for sale - 2010 Giant Defy 1 (size M/L) - approx 250 km of use. If you are looking for a "new" bike at a used price this is your chance. $1100 OBO"






The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers.


Suzie Smith stood and walked to the podium. She said, "I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him."


You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagine the pain that poor Tom must have experienced. "Tom was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place."


Again, the men in the congregation cringed and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom.


"Now," she announced in a quivering voice, "thank the Lord, Tom is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely."


All the men sighed with unified relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.


A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium.


He said, "I'm Tom Smith."


The entire congregation held its breath. "I just want to tell my wife the word

is sternum."



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