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Vol 9, #14 - Societal Shift

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

- Get Cycling Park

- Rides Captain Corner


- Feedback

- New Bicycle Business

- Bike Repair Stations

- Need Your Help - VCB Website Under Renovation

- Texting For Seniors


I was just thinking, if it is really religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheists in the wintertime. ~Will Rogers




From the Open House on the reconstruction of Kings Road in 2003 to yesterday's Open House on the Grand Lake Road Multi Use trail, nine years has passed. Nine years during which each and everyone witnessed an increasing political and societal shift towards physically active modes of transportation.


Through the eyes of long time advocates of cycling infrastructure, yesterday's Open House at CBU attended by over 100 people is another milestone in the restoration of our community's fabric who's been devastated by the motoring/shut-up-and-move-aside-for-the-bulldozer mentality.


The Grand Lake Road trail to be built alongside the four-lane highway is to become a dedicated infrastructure in the Glace Bay/Sydney corridor to address a specific problem with a feasible solution. On its own, this segregated facility will help to achieve the goal of "more people cycling more often" between Sydney and Glace Bay. However, to get more people to use the bicycle for transportation to work, to school, to shop or to visit friends in the communities of Cape Breton Regional Municipalities we will have to focus on a well-rounded, holistic advocacy approach, i.e. education, enforcement, encouragement, entertainment, economics, environment, engineering.


As promoters of vehicular cycling, I know that for the growing generation of kids to develop the cooperative attitude between cyclists and motorists we will have to create a safe and effective learning environment, an infrastructure for school teachers and bicycle instructors to teach people of all ages to learn to ride their bicycle safely and confidently that will empower this upcoming generation to ride their bicycle in traffic everywhere they want.


It's no rocket science that education builds awareness and understanding. Generating a passion and confidence in bicycling early in life will help promote in them beneficial social values and an active lifestyle which will continue into adulthood.


And, don't forget that this generation of kids are the leaders of tomorrow.




Two years ago, Velo Cape Breton presented the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency (STPA) with a project to develop a bicycling training park on the remediated lands of the former steel plant. You came in big numbers to support this project at the two Open House held by STPA where a sketch of the future use of the lands made by Ekistics Design was presented to the public. On it, we could see a little corner reserved for the Park.


Last fall a contract was awarded to Stantec Engineering to develop engineering designs for the projects retained. VCB has been invited to expand on its vision of the Park in an effort to assemble all the retained projects in themes and allocate an area for each theme on the remediated lands.


This process is completed and it will be presented this coming Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15, 16 at two Open House for public input.


The VCB's Get Cycling Park as it is now called is in fierce competition for space with other projects such as a 9-hole golf course, soccer fields, and the like.


This is another call for "All Hands On Deck" to come to the two Open Houses to bring your two cents, your support and encouragement for the construction of a decent facility this community needs. The Get Cycling Park is based on european models as seen in France, Spain and elsewhere.


Mark your Agenda, circle the dates on your calendars:


February 15th from 6 - 9 pm

Etoile de l’Acadie - 15 Inglis Street, Sydney


February 16th from 1 - 5 pm

Royal Canadian Legion

(Whitney Pier Branch 128)

10 Wesley Street, Sydney


Your children and grand-children will Thank You!




Friday, February 10th, 5:00 pm

Happy Hour. Flavor 19 at Lingan Golf Club is our meeting place for this NEW event on the “Social” schedule. A perfect opportunity to reconnect and meet up with old friends and new. Come in and enjoy a few yarns, jokes and laughs, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, share a story, roast a friend or two, make plans for the weekend.

Whatever your sport, occupation, age, we share a common connection with the outdoors. A warm welcome to all who ventures our way, and in the Cape Breton tradition, the door is open to all.




Thursday, February 16th, 6:30 pm

Snowshow Race at Ski Ben Eoin organized in collaboration with the CB Roadrunners and the Barbarians Triathletes.

The race will consist of either 2 or 3 laps around a 2-km loop on the golf course with the start/finish at the base of the Bunny Hill. The award ceremony will be held in the chalet. Prizes will be awarded to first place male and female finishers in the junior division (under 19), senior division (20 to 39), masters division (40 to 59), and Grand Masters (60 and over). There will also be draw for prizes.


Please note:

• Registration $15

• Race registration from 5:45 to 6:20 at the Snow School.

• A maximum of 25 pairs of rental snowshoes are available for an $8 fee.

• For pre-registration and to book snowshoes, call the Ski Ben Eoin Snow School at 828-2804.




Sunday, 19 February 2012 - 10 a.m.

Heritage Day & Annual Geocaching event at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.

An introduction to geocaching and snowshoeing will be available for beginners.

Registration will take place at 10 a.m. in the McLennan Centre (formerly the Museum). Coffee and tea will be available.

This event is hosted by the Atlantic Canada Geocaching Association, Fortress Louisbourg Association and Parks Canada.


For more information, please visit the Atlantic Canada Geocaching Association Web site or call 902-733-3552.




Introduced for the first time at the January Potluck, the 4-day Tour of the Cabot Trail is in the works. From Friday August 3rd to Monday August 6th.


An all supported tour that will include: 3 nights hotel/motel accommodation, luggage transportation, bike mechanic assistance, support vehicle at your service should you need a lift or other assistance, healthy meals Friday evening to Monday morning, snack food enroute.


The tour will accept a maximum of 30 participants. So far, 17 cyclists have shown interest to take on this tour. As not everyone of them will register, make sure you put your name on the list of "interested" parties so that the offer will be directed to you in priority before it goes to other clubs and the public.


email: lobelia4(at)




Sandy MacKinnon, editor of the Centennial Cycling Club's eNewsletter in Wolfville reacted to last week's video of the week this way...


All this talk of bicycle trainers to stay cycle fit during the winter months when all you really need is a hand me down bike and a friend to beat out a rhythm on a conga drum.


Simple hey!



Leo Smit from Mount Uniacke had this thought about the Goundhog ability to predict the weather...


Hi Jacques,

It's not that the groundhog gets it wrong most of the time, it's clearly that people are misinterpretting nature (but what else is new? ;-( )

Or just maybe captive groundhogs have lost touch with their predictive souls.

I have been trying to fight this casting of aspersions on poor captive groundhogs for years!



Editor's note: Remember. Your comments, articles, input, links are always appreciated. Thank You!




The Halifax Bicycle Co.


Memories of his grandfather building bicycles from old parts fuelled a passion that has driven John Wesley Chisholm to start his own bicycle manufacturing company in Halifax.


Moreinfo here.



Submitted by: Jimmie Campbell


On University of Virginia campus. The station consists of a variety of tools, such as wrenches and screwdrivers, tethered with woven steel cables to a metal stanchion bolted to the sidewalk, plus a hand-operated air pump. Cyclists can hang their bikes on the stanchion and use the tools to make repairs.


And this one in Copenhagen. Even oil companies encourage cycling with "Bicycle Care" stations.




After six years of loyal service the roof of the house started to leak, cracks opened up in the walls, and a couple of windows needed replacement. Much like the town's library, even though it contains zillions pieces of valuable information our website has lost its curb appeal and its regular patrons are not visiting so often anymore.


Time has come to modernize our website. The restoration is a delicate and time consuming project done by only one or two knowledgeable artisans whose regular jobs do not allow much time to this. Should any of you out there with the ability to work with Drupal want to share your knowledge and skills, your help will be much appreciated. Please don't hesitate to pitch in, every bit and bites count...


Like my good friend Bob White use to say: "If it is to be, it is up to me!"


Thank you very much!




Since more Seniors are texting & tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code). PLEASE pass this along to your children so they can understand your texts:


ATD: At The Doctors

BFF: Best Friend Fainted

BTW: Bring The Wheelchair

BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth

CBM: Covered By Medicare

CGU: Can't Get Up

DWI: Driving While Incontinent

FWIW: Forgot Where I Was

FYI: Found Your Insulin

GGPBL: Gotta Go Pacemaker Battery Low

GHA: Got Heartburn Again

IMMR: In My Massage Recliner

LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out

LOL: Living On Lipitor

LWO: Lawrence Welk's On

OMSG: Oh My Sorry Gas

ROFL...CGU: Rolling On Floor Laughing...Can't Get Up

TLCH: Talk Louder Can't Hear

WTFA: Wet The Furniture Again

WTP: Where's The Prunes?

WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil

GGLKI: Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In




Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

February 9th, 2012

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