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Vol 9, #22 - Sure Signs of Spring

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

Joining VCB is a proof of support to the community development and advocacy work done by the hard working volunteers of this club.  Your $10. will go a long way.  It's your 2012 legacy to the rising generation.  To join click here.

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


In this Edition

  • Editorial
  • Rides Captain Corner
  • Two Years
  • Bike Week 2012 - Grants
  • VCB Membership - Q & A
  • Heads Up!
  • Did You Know
  • Selling My Stuff If I Die!

Cycling makes the body to cannibalize itself by eating its own fat.



Fresh sugar maple products available at the farmers market or directly from the producers...

Dressing up for temperatures just up a few degrees above zero but a couple of kilometres into the ride, starting to peel off under the effect of the warm sun rays...  or,  dressing up too lightly thinking that summer has arrived...   problem is that most have no layer to add on and have to shorten the ride.

On the transportation side of things, long streaks of salt at the corner of streets and no snow or ice...  painted traffic lines almost all gone...  busy travelways all churned up by studded winter tires...   road patching crews at work...   announcements of road building projects...

Lobster fishers getting their rigs ready for the upcoming season.

Velo Cape Breton Season's Opening Banquet...



Don't miss it.  It's tonight at the McConnell Library, Sydney, at 6:30pm

Cycling and Wildlife with Shelley Porter.  Last presentation of this year's Guest Speaker Series.



Last few days to get your tickets for the Season's Opening Banquet taking place at Savoy, Glace Bay next Saturday April 14th. 

Tickets are available through VCB Board Members, at ACAP Cape Breton (corner of Townsend and George in Sydney), or online with your credit card.

No ticket sale after April 9th, to allow organizers plan for a high quality celebration.  All are welcome.  VCB members, non-members and friends.



CAN-BIKE II  Bicycle courses 

Session #1 - April 20-22 

Room for three more participants for a maximum of six.


Session #2 - April 27-29

Room for two more participants for a maximum of six.


All info and registration on the VCB renovated website at: 



submitted by: Chris Milburn, VCB #1

Two years ago, my life very nearly ended when a driver made a left turn in front of me as I was riding in the bike lane of a road leading inland from the Pacific Coast Highway in Camarillo, CA. My head shattered a window, .... The driver sped off, leaving me to die in the road. But as much as what is disturbing about what happened to me, what's also important are the positive circumstances surrounding what happened, besides the obvious one, which is that I did not die. 

I was riding in a generously wide bike lane, almost as wide as the car lane itself. The wide and well maintained shoulder is part of why I chose to ride there, on the relatively quiet roads through the low-coastal farmlands. It's part of a large network of bike lanes and bike-appropriate shoulders on roads throughout Southern California. The hit-and-run driver was aggressively pursued by the CHP, who found his residence and his family...

A must read at:



CBRM is putting up $100. grants to community groups/organization such as youth groups, school clubs, sports and fitness groups, seniors' clubs and cultural groups to organize and hosts events during Bike Week 2012,  June 2 - 10, 2012.  See poster below...

VCB is fully supporting this initiative.  Should you need help, please do not hesitate to contact us. We'll see what we can do...



As we speak, the current VCB Membership stands at 117 with more and more coming every day.

The new name is Velo Cape Breton Bicycle Association.   Association instead of Club much better describe all the function and roles of VCB in the communities of Cape Breton Island.  


Q.  Why should you join VCB Association at $10. for adults and $5. for under 19 years of age?

A.  Because, it's a darn good deal.  First, your money goes to pay the premium for the $5M Liability Insurance that every member benefits while participating in VCB events;  cost of the premium is $10. per member.  

New member receives a copy of the VCB Membership Handbook packed full of good information and advice; a membership card that entitles you to a 10% discount at a number of the bike shops including: Framework Cycle & Fitness in Sydney; Hub Cycle in Truro; Cyclesmith in Halifax. 

Riding with Velo Cape Breton is riding with the safety net of a friendly caring group of like minded bicyclists; enjoying great fellowship, meeting new and interesting people who often share similar passions beyond cycling; taking advantage of CAN-BIKE safe bicycling clinics, courses and tutorials; participating in free club socials; taking part in wonderful touring experiences at a fraction of the price of a "for profit" arranged tour offering similar experiences.

Your membership in Velo Cape Breton also supports the advocacy work we do:

  • to promote cycling, i.e.  VCB Chapters, Bicycle Friendly Network, VCB eNewsletter, Cycling Ambassadors, full calendar of rides and events;
  • to encourage the construction of cycling infrastructure at the local and provincial levels, i.e. paved shoulders on the Cabot Trail & the Canso Causeway, Share-the-Road signage, Grand Lake Rd bike path;
  • to improve cycling safety through education for all to enjoy, i.e. CAN-BIKE Instruction, Cycling Ambassadors, Get-Cycling Park


Q.  How VCB can meet the costs of the above programs?

A.  Through the sheer humongous generosity of volunteers and organizations who are motivated by passion; there are tens of volunteers out there putting an innumerable number of hours and personal resources to the VCB's Mission.  Funds also coming through events organized on a "user-pay" basis; in other words, you get for what you pay.  VCB also benefited from award (Doctors Nova Scotia $5,000.), from sponsorships (Destination Cape Breton Association, EDBC, CBRM, RONA, Frameworks and several others too numerous to mention), and from donations. 


A strong and active membership makes inroads everywhere.   

Join VCB online:

Print and mail membership form:  here.  


 "Passion makes all things alive and significant."  -  Ralph Waldo Emerson



Boisdale Community Hall PANCAKE & MAPLE SYRUP BREAKFAST - Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9am-12 Noon.

Pancakes, "Highland Gold" Maple Syrup, Homemade Maple Baked Beans, Sausage, Tea Biscuits and Toast, Tea, Coffee & Juice.

Adults $7, Children $5

A "real local product".  "Highland Gold" Maple Syrup is made right here in the Boisdale Hills!  Bring Jugs of it home with you,for your later enjoyment and for Uniquely Cape Breton Gifts for your Off-Island Friends who are not able to attend the BOISDALE HILLS MAPLE DAY.

NOTE: "Highland Gold" is one of the SECRET INGREDIENTS in the Locally Famous "Boisdale Brandy".   (The other half is Smugglers Cove.)



Get on your bike and start from where ever you want and ride to the Boisdale Community Hall.  Arrange to arrive by 10:30 - 11:00am.  

Sydney River (via Barrachois Mtn) to Boisdale:  31 km

North Sydney (via Georges River, Long Island) to Boisdale:  30 km

Hagget's Store to Boisdale:  20 km

Bottom of Barrachois Mountain to Boisdale: 8.5 km

Barrachois Provincial Park to Boisdale: 7.5 km

Iona to Boisdale:  28 km



Going the Distance for Diabetes 2012.  -  June 10th.  North Sydney Community Hall.

Message from Vic Gouthro.  Thanks to all the volunteers who work so hard to make this event a success and to all our sponsors. We still need assistance with the Bibe Rodeo, Bike Safety and Bike Maintenance aspects of the event. If you can help out with any of these please contact Arlene at the CDA office 564-6461


Facebook Page.





April 19,  The Kid with a Bike. Drama: Abandoned by his father, a young boy escapes a state-run youth farm, and persuades the town hairdresser to foster him on weekends.

The Kid with a Bike plays one show only, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the Empire Theatres Studio 10, 325 Prince Street, Sydney. Tickets $11, students $7.



submitted by: Phil Milner, Antigonish.

One mile on a bike is a 42¢ economic gain to society  vs  one mile driving is a 20¢ loss?

A number of factors are included in the equation such as transport costs, security, comfort, branding/tourism, transport times and health.

Considering that both sitting and car exhaust kill you, it’s a safe bet a lot of the net benefit to society is simply that cycling makes you less of a drag on health insurance and the safety net...

... and it's fun!

More here.



One lazy Sunday morning the wife and I were quiet and thoughtful, sitting around the breakfast table when I said to her unexpectedly:

"When I die, I want you to sell all my stuff, immediately."  

"Now why would you want to me to do something like that?" she asked.

"I figure a woman as fine as yourself would eventually remarry and I dont't want some other a$$hole using my stuff."

She looked at me intently and said:  "What makes you think, I'd marry another a$$hole?"



Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

April 5th, 2012

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