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February, 2017
Edition #29
Follow the links to find what interests you: 

BNS Updates 

Upcoming AGM

Mark your calendars! Check our website for more details as they are released.

Where: At the Farmers Market Building in Wolfville
When: Feb 26th from 10-5pm
Details: Ride from 10am-noon; Potluck from 12-1:00pm; AGM 1:30-4:00PM
 



Board Openings

Bicycle Nova Scotia is looking for new Board Members! The following positions are vacant and open for offerings:

  • Secretary
  • VP Touring & Recreation:
  • VP BMX
  • VP Education
  • VP Marketing
  • Director at large (Youth)
  • VP Gender, Equity and Inclusion (*New Position)

Open, but with renewal offerings: 

  • Co-Presidents: Susanna Fuller and lola doucet (reoffering)
  • VP Mountain Bike Competition: Ryan Lindh (reoffering)
  • VP Road Competition: Zach Steinman (reoffering)
  • Registrar: Alan Scott (reoffering)

If you are interested in being a part of our board, please send a paragraph introducing yourself, why you are excited to join BNS, and the specific board position in which you are interested to: staff@bicycle.ns.ca.

BNS has monthly board meetings, but we are working to ensure that people can join by webex, so we encourage applications from outside Halifax.

Please help us spread the word! And please get in touch if you are interested.
 



Help "Shape Your City" 

HRM is asking residents to share their ideas about priorities for the 2017 Budget. An online forum and budget allocator tool is now open at Shape Your City. Let’s tell Councilors that it’s time to invest in bicycle networks that are safe, well connected, and work for everybody!

Good bicycle networks are relatively small municipal investments that have big benefits. Safe, practical networks open up a healthy, affordable, green and convenient form of transportation for people of all ages and abilities. Networks connecting trail and pathway systems provide accessible multipurpose recreational facilities.
 
Bicycling isn’t just good for us; it’s good for our cities. Other jurisdictions are taking note: Calgary and Edmonton are just the latest Canadian cities making headlines for rapid construction of protected bicycle networks. It’s time to remove the biggest barrier to riding a bicycle in HRM by investing in the infrastructure we need to make bicycling safe and accessible for everyone.

BNS has pulled together a list of five priority projects we think can make the biggest impact. The first four are all key projects in the HRM Active Transportation Priorities Plan and have broad community support. We have also added the development of mountain bike trails to our list, a seriously underdeveloped opportunity for our region with huge potential for integration with Halifax’s Green Network.
 
Five bike network projects to budget for in 2017:

If we send a strong message, these projects can be completed within a few short years with minimal impact to budget. Please go to Shape Your City to show your support for better bicycling in HRM.

What's Happening Around Nova Scotia
 



The 2nd annual Mahone Bay Fat Bike Festival takes place on Sunday, February 5th. Presented by Sweet Ride Cycling and Specialized Canada, at the Mahone Bay Centre. With the Specialized fat bike demo fleet from Montreal, guided rides on the local single track, on-site skills course, and fun race.  Full catering and indoor warm-up area at the Mahone Bay Centre, 10am - 3pm. Watch for more details at www.sweetridecycling.com or on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sweetridecycling




SATA Trail Update

Work is ongoing on the Gaetz Brook Connector, our  proposed active transportation greenway. The greenway  would run along a section of the abandoned Musquodoboit Railway corridor between East Chezzetcook Road and Musquodoboit Harbour.  


 
Approximately 7km in length, the proposed greenway would provide a dedicated facility for active transportation uses such as walking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and other non-motorized activities. As part of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) planned greenway network and the Trans Canada Trail, it would improve active transportation options both for local residents and for visitors.
 
Seeking your input
Gaetz Brook Connector has been our working name but a name change is being considered and we would welcome your suggestions. Given the location near the historic Belleclaire Hotel, the name Belleclaire Greenway is one suggested option. What do you think? Do you have other suggestions?  If so, we would love to hear them. Comment on Facebook or send us a note at info@shoreat.ca.
 


2017 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie early-bird registration now open! 

Want to win a FREE registration?
 Just register by the end of February for a chance to win your registration for free! On March 1st we will draw from the registered participants, including from those who already signed up since January 20th. 
 
New for 2017: A 161.5 km "SUPER GRAN" loop will be offered for the hardcore cyclist!  
 
Also new for 2017: Finishers Medals. Every participant will receive a custom medal when they cross the finish line! Our medals will be branded after Canada’s 150th anniversary and our Gran Fondo. For information and to register: https://www.granfondobaiesaintemarie.ca/en/ 


 



Randonneurs Nova Scotia

Randonneurs Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that our 2017 ride schedule is now available on our website at www.randonneurs.ns.ca. (See the sidebar for “Ride Schedule and Membership”.)

There’s a wide variety of long distance road rides this year, including a full “brevet series” of a 200km, a 300km, a 400km (in 27 hours or less), and a 600km (in 40 hours). Those riders who complete “the series” earn a special recognition medal for their achievement. There’s also a 1000km brevet this year (in 75 hours or less) which rides from Halifax to Sydney and back!

At our annual general meeting and banquet earlier in January, seven members were presented with their “Super Randonneur” medals for riding the brevet series in 2016. There were over 66 brevet rides ridden in 2016 by our members.

If you enjoy long rides, have a look at our schedule and come on out this spring!

Mark Beaver
Randonneurs Nova Scotia


 

Bike lane to be installed along Ketch Harbour Road
 
An eight-kilometre bike lane is in the works for Ketch Harbour Road, one section of what the local MLA says will be a loop running from Herring Cove, through Sambro and on to Spryfield.
 
Halifax Atlantic MLA Brendan Maguire said following a public meeting Wednesday night that the new lane will run between Duncans Cove and Sambro. 
 
Read the full article here.
 
Big thanks to MLA Brendan Maguire, Minister Geoff MacLellan and NSTIR! 
 

South Park Street bike lane designs mulled over at public meeting
 
A cyclist group in Halifax wants protected bike lanes on South Park Street, the lane would be more than painted lines on the road it would provide a physical barrier — like parked cars or a fence that would separate cyclist from cars...
 
Read the full article here.
 

Upcoming Events




Join the Halifax Cycling Coalition and Halifax Bike Week for a celebration of all-seasons winter riding!  Events will be taking place from Feb 10-16 throughout the city for people riding their bike all season long. All you need is your bicycle helmet to participate in free yoga & spin classes, energizer stations, winter workshops, group rides and more! Sign-up for the week’s events bellow and check out the full list of activities at: https://cyclehalifax.ca/2017/01/winter-bike-week/


 


 

Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays
Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)
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