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April, 2016
Edition #19
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BNS Updates

Strategic Planning: Looking for Input

In October of 2015, Bicycle Nova Scotia started on a STRATEGIC PLAN for the next 1-5 years. This is an exciting opportunity to focus our efforts and make a cohesive plan for moving forward.

Now we need your help!
Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below. It is short, but it will help us get a sense of what the cycling community feels would be the best way for BNS to move forward in the coming years.
And please share it around with others in the cycling community.

Thanks so much! We look forward to hearing from you.

WoW (Women on Wheels) is on the Move Again
The launch of the provincial Women on Wheels program in 2015 was so successful that BNS is funding the program again in 2016. This means that we can assist new community groups to launch the program in their area and, hopefully, double the number of programs and cyclists.
If you aren’t familiar with the WoW program please check out the BNS link  and see if there is a group in your area. If not, why not start one? Just e-mail Lynne at and ask for some posters, a Tool Box that lists some steps to get started, and ask her to come to your area to meet with you and even teach a workshop.
April 1st will see a WoW group starting in Kentville and Tantallon. Ask your local recreation department if there is one in your area. The goal of WoW is Fun, Fitness, and Friendship - so come on and get back to cycling with a group of like-minded women.


Member Updates

Halifax Cycling Coalition

The Halifax Cycling Coalition is excited to announce our events for 30 Days of Biking. Join us for a kick-off at the Downtown Halifax Business Association office on April 1, 7:30-9am, one of our bike rides each Sunday, the Passion for Place Lecture Series on April 13th, or our wrap-up ride on April 30. Full details can be found at our website,
If you can't make it to any events, please take the 30 Days of Biking Pledge from anywhere in the world:


Ride Right

Here's an opportunity for Velo members to hone their cycling skills.  Ride Right will be offered free to Velo members and runs from mid April to mid June in Sydney, Coxheath, North Sydney, and Glace Bay. The program consists of 3 sessions, each three hours long. You will have lots of opportunity for one on one coaching, as the sessions will have no more than 5 participants per instructor.  And it's designed for novice and experienced riders.
Ride Right covers basic bike mechanics. You'll know how to change a tire and do minor adjustments, but more importantly you'll know when something needs fixing and how to maintain your bike for years to come. You'll get to improve your bike handling skills and understand the mechanics of how bikes move and why. You'll finally get control of gearing and cadence, learn how to go faster or farther. You'll also get to know the ins and outs of riding in traffic with confidence and how to ride in a group. But most of all it will be fun.
Check out the details at  Seats are limited, register now.  And remember Ride Right is free to Velo members and a membership costs a whopping $10.00.

What's Happening around NS

2016 Bike Week event registration and grant application is open!
This year, Bike Week will be from June 3 to 12 2016 and the theme is “Connecting Communities”.    
Something new this year is that the Bike Week committee has decided to support Bike Week events all summer long
While most of the “signature” Bike Week events and many community events will be during Bike Week, we will support and publicize community-based bicycling promotion and education events throughout the summer. 
Please complete the form at the following link to register your 2016 Bike Week event and, if required, to apply for a grant:
The deadline for grant applications is April 8, 2016.
The deadline for event submissions is May 1, 2016.
If you have any questions, please contact David MacIsaac at: or 902-490-1665.

#SharetheRoadNS Open House: Highlights from March 8th

Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) held the #SharetheRoadNS Open House on March 8 to highlight the success and experiences of the many stakeholders to Share the Road initiative, and discuss what’s working, what’s missing, and what’s next for share the road education and awareness across Nova Scotia.
The event began by highlighting the lessons learned from the campaign from Dr. Ahsan Habib and partners Dave MacIsaac (Halifax Regional Municipality) and Gord Tate (Municipality of the District of Chester). Following the presentations, open discussion commenced through dialogue with a knowledge lead, drawn from the transportation and road safety community. Six topic areas were discussed where safety issues can occur between different modes of road users. From these discussions there were three key points that kept presenting themselves, including the need to:
  1. Advocate for transit, as this will encourage walking and biking.
  2. Educate all road users on the rules of the road and importance of sharing the road.
  3. Further promote the Share the Road campaign and build additional partnerships.
DalTRAC would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the success of the event. The full #SharetheRoadNS Open House workshop report will be released to in the upcoming weeks.

Upcoming Events

MEC Century Ride – Joe Howe (NEW DATE) July 17
50K/100K/160K options!
Ride Meet-up – weekly on Sunday mornings
Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays
Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)


The Deanery Project
The Deanery Project is happy to have experienced certified CAN-BIKE instructor Lynne Pascoe here for two sessions on Sunday, April 3rd. 
CAN-BIKE Adult Learn To Ride 1- 11:00am - 2:30pm with a 1/2 hour lunch break
Adult Skills & Drills - 2:30pm-4:00pm with tea/coffee and cake afterwards

The first session is an offical CAN-BIKE Adult Learn To Ride (see their curriculum online at: The cost for this standardized course is $35 each. The session will cover the basics of bicycle handling, from helmet and bike fit to balance, pedalling, starting and stopping, and safety, and is intended for those who either have never learned to bicycle, or who haven't in a long time.

The second session is more informal, but intended for more or less the same audience and covering some of the same principles. The cost for this session is $10, with proceeds going to The Deanery Project. This session is not an official CAN-BIKE course.

To Register - call, email, or do it online at:

Rain Date is Saturday, April 9th.
FB Page:

Looking forward to seeing you there!


  Group Road Rides with Club Candyasses 

Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6pm for the Sweet Ride Candyasses Club rides starting April 20th. There will always be two paces and two distances to accommodate the pack. (These rides are for drop-bar road bikes, no aero bars please) BNS general membership required and Candyass club registration ($0) encouraged.


Pony Power Womens MTB Clinic, Sunday, May 1st

Join Trail Flow Adventures in Mahone Bay for this fantastic Women's only mountain bike skills clinic. You will learn new skills and polish up some of your existing skills to build confidence on single track. No previous experience necessary and there is sure to be "something for everyone" to learn and takeaway from this great clinic. Presented by Sweet Ride Cycling and Trail Flow Adventures. Register at


Women's Ride Day, Sunday, May 29th

Kick-off your season with a relaxing ride along mixed-surface ride of rail-trail and quiet roadways from Mahone Bay, through Sunnybrook and back through Mader's Cove. This 17.5 km ride is fun for women of all ages and abilitites (12 yrs & up). Watch for our event listing on facebook later this month at


Kid's Mountain Bike Camp(s)

Sweet Ride Cycling and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg are co-presenting our fourth season of Kid's Mountain Bike Camps in Mahone Bay this summer. Two, week-long camps are scheduled for July 4th-8th and July 18th-22nd for kids aged 8-12yrs with a focus on learning skills to conquer single-track, learning the rules of the road, basic maintenance and a love of riding.


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