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Vol 9, #51 - Closing the Books!

Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter


Vol 9, #51 - 26/10/12 - Closing the Books!


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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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Help us make Cape Breton Island a better place to live!


In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Invitation from the Strait Area Chapter

- Heads Up!

- CAN-BIKE 2 Session this weekend

- Julie Curwin - Gold Medalist

- Neighbourhoods are More Liveable With Lower Speed Limits

- Cargo Cyclists Replace Truck Drivers on European City Streets

- The 1-Metre law - First Sentence in Nova Scotia

- You Have to Love A Good Nurse.




“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






No, not what you think...

VCB is here to stay for as long as there will be interest in the peloton or riders and supporters. The recent survey on the Communications networks VCB uses has been completed by 131 people so far, 58% of which are VCB members. Does this look like the proportion of people who voted at the municipal election in CBRM last Saturday? Quite a coincidence isn't it?


If you haven't filled out the survey, please take a few minutes to do so. As volunteers with limited resources, we want to dedicate our available time to the most effective means of communications to reach you all and offer services you expect from VCB. It is only 10 questions, multiple choice and short answers. It will take less than 5 minutes. Go to Survey Monkey or on the VCB website. Thank you!


In less than two weeks we will all meet to celebrate the past 12 months of activities. We had a pretty full schedule focused on rides for all levels, Mother Nature being very nice the attendance was particularly high and pleased with the organizations. We had several social rides and events also very well attended. On the advocacy front, we made progress in important files. On promotion, among other things, the 17 Cycling Ambassadors in their first year of operation demonstrated a real need for a group like this in the community to liaise with cyclists of all ages on the road, at fairs, public events and what not. President's report is in the making, I'm sure you can't wait to hear Andrée's positive spin on the 9th year of VCB. AGM is Monday November 5th. Circle the date on your calendar.


This is the last VCB eNews of Volume 9, 51 editions in all. Thanks to your feedback and comments, Volume 10 will gradually move to meet your expectations... I hope.







by: Micheline,


Only one ride has been cancelled due to bad weather. Mid-morning temperatures in the mid-teens with very light winds, changing colours in the woods, left pretty good impressions on everyone who participated. See the new Gallery on the website. Five albums on past rides so far and more to come... Link here..


As we are closing the books for the year 2012, the Strait Area Chapter is getting alive with scheduled rides and other activities for the fall and winter. Check this out below.





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.


Returning to Louisbourg... Tuesday October 30th ride will start from the Sydney-Louisbourg Railway Museum. See map here.


We will ride to Kennington Cove and back, about 20 km. Might stop at the Grubstake Restaurant for coffee and lunch... 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.


See you there!




SATURDAY MORNING "Fun Breakfast Ride" from the Tim Horton. (see Invitation below)






by: Tom Nixa, Director


We are a small group of cyclists in Port Hawkesbury organizing a regular bicycle ride every Saturday morning at Tim Horton's across from the Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia Civic Center on Reeves Street. We meet at 7:30 AM for socializing and coffee and ride approximately at 8:00 AM.


The rides are fun breakfast rides. The idea here is to ride to a nearby restaurant, eat, socialize, and ride back to the start. For those who want to ride further extra routes will be available and return to starting location. These are “Show and Go events” the group gets to collectively select one of the routes and distances available. Bicycle helmets are mandatory.


The rides are for all levels and no rider is left behind. The idea is to promote healthy, safe, and fun get togethers for cyclists andwould-be cyclists. Rides are easy pace and varied distance based on the group that participates that day. You have a voice and a choice!.


I have membership applications for those interested in joining the club. You do not have to be a club member to participate although we highly encourage it. We ask that you sign a liability waiver if you are not a member and drop a twonie. There are many advantages to this inexpensive membership and you can sign up online. The VCB website is: Check out this really great website!


These will meet rain or shine and on bad weather days we will do other activities such as: go for a hike, go X country sking, go to the Civic Center and walk or work out, go swimming at SAERC pool, or get in car and scout new places to ride. The group will choose from the activities available that day. Cycling is the primary focus and we will ride any day that the weather is suitable.




May the wind be at your back and the sun on your shoulders!








Velo Cape Breton Annual General Meeting, Monday, November 5th,

Round Room, CBRM’s Civic Center,

320 Esplanade, Sydney,


5:30 to 6:30, - Reception & Food service.

6:30 – Formal AGM - Call to order and establish quorum






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.







JULIE CURWIN - GOLD MEDALIST at the ITU World Championships in Aukland New Zealand.


A record number of athletes helped to put the 2012 ITU Age-Group World Championships in the International Triathlon Union history books, with more than 3000 athletes racing at Queens Wharf on Monday (October 22nd) in Auckland, New Zealand. Julie Curwin of Sydney was one of the 1295 participants in the Sprint Triathlon. There were 153 participants in her age group 45 - 49, 82 men and 71 women.


She finished first with a time of: 1:13:53. That is 17th overall in the Women Sprint at only 3 minutes behind the first women in the 25 - 29 age group. She has very fast time on the bike at only 22 seconds behind the leader.


Julie is not at her first triathlon. She's been on the world's and canadian's scenes since the past 25 years or so collecting metal and honours. She's an experienced competitor and also very generous of her experience coaching the local Barbarian Triathletes to personal bests from race to race.


Way to go Julie. We're very proud of you!



Full results at:










According to the Transportation Association of Canada, traffic limits are determined by the 85th percentile of actual vehicle’s speeds in a designated area, calculated by traffic engineers. However, when asked, drivers were the first to admit that they are the last group that should be in charge of setting such limits. Far too many lives are lost due to drivers feeling compelled to exceed the traffic limits in residential areas; when they are set at 50km/hr, drivers interpret 60km/hr. Several cities in Canada, including Edmonton, Montreal, and Winnipeg, are following the example of London, after they demonstrated that by reducing the speed limit to 20miles/hour in 400 neighborhood zones, a reduction of 46% of deaths in the respective areas was seen.


Read full article here.










Can you envision yourself bicycling through the beautiful cities of Europe…and in addition, get paid for doing so? Many European cities are replacing the use of cargo trucks to that of cycles, given that the idea offers great benefits such as fuel savings, a decrease in pollution, noise and traffic congestion on the street, as well as potential for new job opportunities and economic gains. The bicycles have proven to be able to stand speeds as fast as or faster than the average cargos due to availability of alternative routes, as well as cost nearly 98% less than the average cargo van. The economic, socio-cultural and ecological benefits of cargo cyclists appear to be endless!


Read full article here.








Last summer Doug Regular, ex-CAN-BIKE National Examiner was forced off the road by a passing pickup truck towing a trailer. The event was recorded by his video camera on his helmet.


A report was made to police and a ticket was issued to the driver.


Last night the cause was heard in Halifax and the driver was charged with passing too close to cyclist. First in NS and Canada.









A policeman was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix. The doctors operated and advised him that all was well; however, the policeman kept feeling something pulling at his pubic hairs .

Worried that it might be a second surgery and the doctors hadn't told him about it, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown up enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable.

Taped firmly across his pubic hair and private parts were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn't come off easily --- if at all. Written on the tape in large black letters was the sentence, "Get well soon from the nurse in the landrover you booked for speeding last week."


Kind of brings tears to your eyes doesn't it?





Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

October 26th, 2012


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