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September, 2016
Edition #24
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BNS Updates 

Province to fund three sustainable transportation projects
A recent article in the Chronicle Herald reported that the Government is supporting three new sustainable transportation projects in the St. Margarets Bay, Lewis Lake and Hubbards area. Timberlea and Prospect MLA Iain Rankin noted that  "Active transportation options are an essential part of connectivity for these communities and for everyone who use the Rails to Trails system and beyond."

This is very exciting news for the province! One more step in the right direction. Every bit counts.

Click here to read the article...or here to learn more about what the province is working on regarding sustainable transportation.

What's Happening Around Nova Scotia


HCC is ecstatic to announce their new Toonie Trailer Rental Program for members! Thanks to a donation from our member Steve B., the HCC is now offering the rental use of a bicycle trailer for $2 an hour, $5 for a half day, or $10 for a full day. The trailer is perfect for trips to the hardware store, the supermarket, or wherever you need to go!
Book Our Cargo Trailer

SATA - Shore Active Transportation Association

The seasons are changing but that doesn't mean that it is time to put away the bike or the hiking shoes.  Fall is a wonderful time to explore Nova Scotia and we are eager to take advantage of the changing weather - and changing colours.  
Our September activity calendar includes:
Sept. 1: Dollar Lake Ride & Swim  (62 or 31 k options)
Sept. 8: West Lawrencetown with tour of Skeldale Farms (easy ride with multiple stops)
Sept. 15 - Porters Lake Greenway / West Chezzetcook (approx. 40k)
Sept. 22 - Mahone Bay to Lunenburg / Blue Rocks (scenic 30-45 k cycling)
Sept. 29 - McNabs Island Hike (approx. 10km)
Check the Activities calendar for more details of any of these events and watch Facebook for updates. 
  • SATA events welcome participants of all ages and abilities
  • Our cycling outings offer options with different lengths and difficulty levels
  • We like to stop and smell the flowers - and the ocean - while we explore
  • New activities are added frequently. Follow us on Facebook for additions or changes to our activity schedule.

October Trails Challenge
Halifax Parks and Recreation and Hike Nova Scotia invite groups within the Halifax region to become part of the 2016 Halifax Parks and Recreation - October Trails Challenge by offering a guided hike or an event on a trail (such as Nordic walking, geocaching or birding on a trail) with a focus on engaging new participants.  Hike Nova Scotia will provide each event host with an organizer kit, including a draw prize for your event. 
To register your event – please use this link:
Important to note:
  • The deadline for registration of your event is September 7, 2016.
  • If you are registering more than one event, please fill out this form separately for each event.
  • Events must take place between October 1 – 31, 2016 to be part of the Trail Challenge initiative.
  • Please indicate in the "other relevant information" section if there is a rain date and related details.


Success Story - Equipment Accessibility Program:
A free equipment loan program which provides equipment such as snowshoes, personal floatation devices, skates, Nordic walking poles, and community bags (may include skipping ropes, balls, parachute, pylons, hula hoops etc.- based on availability), as well as adapted equipment such as sledges, a hippocampe, adapted Nordic walking poles, snow coaches, and more. Bikes and helmets are also loaned to schools and community groups.   

 WHO:  Equipment is loaned to youth, families, seniors, women, community groups, individuals with disabilities.  It is estimated that hundreds of community members have accessed the program. 

WHERE:  Antigonish County Recreation

WHEN:  Loans are available all year round (9:00am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday)

HOW:  Research was gathered on community equipment preferences.  Financial support was provided through Recreation for All, Regional Development Grants, and Canadian Tire Jumpstart.  The equipment loan periods are up to two weeks, depending on the type of equipment. Maintenance is provided by the recreation department as needed, with some support from a local bike shop.  Promotional approaches include social media and word of mouth help from current users.

OBSERVATIONS:  Staff view this initiative as a large, sustained success.  Loaning occurs throughout the calendar year.  There are many repeat customers.  The program allows individuals the opportunity to participate in activity they would not otherwise have access to.

Assessing the Impact of your Physical Activity Related Program
Have you ever wondered whether your physical activity related program or policy has had an impact? Have you been asked to report what that impact might have been?
The Evaluation 101 Workshop hosted by the Halifax Active Living Alliance will assist you in:
  • Better understanding the evaluation process
  • Learning what indicators are and how to select appropriate ones
  • Learning how to conduct evaluation of your projects
Come with your own project or policy questions and through the workshop you will have the chance to develop an initial plan.
RSVP by Monday, September 19th (spots are limited)
Please feel free to share in your organization and among your networks.
When: Monday, September 26th 1-4pm
Where: Findlay Community Centre, 26 Elliot St., Dartmouth
To subscribe to the Halifax Active Living Alliance E-News, please contact Scott at

Upcoming Events

Ride Meet-up – weekly on Sunday mornings
Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays
Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)


Making Tracks Rides 
Halifax Cycling Coalition is hosting group rides in Halifax and Dartmouth on Sept 24th to highlight some of the key opportunities for cycling infrastructure improvement if we shift 2% of our repaving budget to cycling related projects.
Dartmouth Ride:
September 24, 2016 12:00pm
1 Ochterloney St
Alderney Landing Ferry Terminal
Halifax Ride:
September 24, 2016 3:30pm                                   
5553 Bloomfield Street
The Bridge


Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie

When the dust settled on Monday morning, a total of 782 registered for our early-bird jersey package! WOW!! You helped us surpass our goal of 700 cyclists for our 2nd edition. MERCI tout le monde!

Just a reminder that registration is open until the morning of Sept. 25. The cost will remain at $85 from August 1 to Sept. 9.

Ride for Cancer

Will you ride for cancer?
On October 1, hundreds of cyclists will embark on an epic journey spanning over 130 kilometres though rich, coastal scenery from Mahone Bay to Halifax – while making a big impact on cancer care in our region.

Ride for Cancer (formerly Ride the Rails for Cancer) is a one-day cycling event for anyone looking to challenge themselves for a cause. Choose to ride the road or trail (Rails to Trails) – we are offering multiple distances and route options. So whether you’re a first-time cyclist or a seasoned rider, we have the experience for you.

Do something big for cancer and ride with us on October 1, 2016! Learn more and register at


Lost Shores Gran Fondo

Sept 10, mark your calendar.  The Municipality of Guysborough and Lost Shores Gallery have partnered to bring you the inaugural Lost Shores Gran Fondo. We have a delightful 90 km low traffic oceanfront loop which winds through 20 fishing communities along Tor Bay and Chedabucto Bay. There are also shorter 30 and 50 km road rides and a fun 30 km mountain bike loop along the Trans Canada Rail Trail.

The early bird special for $99 includes eye catching Garneau jersey (MSRP $99) and everyone gets some great riding, great scenery, BBQ and beer tent.  For routes, pictures and registration, check out  We’re also on Facebook at Lost Shores Gran Fondo.


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