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October, 2016
Edition #25
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BNS Updates 

Incident Report Form

Last week, Bicycle Nova Scotia launched an online Incident Report Form to help improve the reporting of cycling incidents. The online form allows cyclists to upload information about collisions, close calls, or other dangerous and threatening incidents that they experience on Nova Scotia roads.

Since it's launch, we have already received 5 responses:
- 2 where cyclists have been hit by a motorist
- 3 incidents where cyclists were not given one metre

People using the Incident Report Form can provide a description of the incident and plot its location on a map. Information reported as a result of this online form will help us raise awareness about bicycle safety. Reports will help identify areas where education campaigns, infrastructure improvements, and increased law enforcement are most needed.

We will be gathering all the information and sending out regular reports of what has been happening, as well as to provide visual maps of the incidents and where they occurred. 

Please help us spread the word! You can access the form on your computer, smartphone, or tablet by visiting:

Thanks for your help. If you have any questions, please be in touch


Nova Scotia Bike Summit

Registration for the 2016 Nova Scotia Bike Summit is now open! Come join us at the DeCoste Centre in Pictou for two days of riding, conversation, and presentation. Program details will be available later this week.

The Bike Summit is being hosted by the Town of Pictou, Pictou County, and Bicycle Nova Scotia. 

What's Happening Around Nova Scotia


Desire Lines

We would like to give a big shout out to the HCC for all of their work on the 2-week celebration of cycling in Halifax/Nova Scotia with the Desire Lines events. There was so much going on in and around the city - it was pretty impressive.

Cycling Collision Card

Following are excerpts from a press release, speaking to the release of a new Cycling Collision Card, initiated by the HCC. 

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Bicycle Nova Scotia partnered with the Halifax Cycling Coalition and the Dal Bike Centre to launch the “Cyclist Collision Card”. The wallet size card is a step-by-step guide to coping with a collision, covering what to do at the scene and in the days that follow. It is unfortunate when a bicycle collision occurs, but being prepared could impact someone’s ability to be compensated for injury and property damage.

“At the Halifax Cycling Coalition, we have had many people approach us wondering steps to take after being in a collision with a motor vehicle” says Kelsey Lane, executive director of the Halifax Cycling Coalition. “The collision card will allow us to provide them with a resource that somebody in a collision can refer to when a collision occurs. It is an important tool for people who ride a bicycle, especially in a time where they are most vulnerable.”

“Many of the people that visit the Dal Bike Centre are new to cycling and the community. For these people, getting on a bike can be intimidating, especially if you are unfamiliar with what to do if something goes wrong. The Bicycle Safety Card is an invaluable resource because it empowers people to represent themselves and help others who may be in need of help.” Kara Martin, President of the Dalhousie Bike Society.

“Since January there have been 27 cycling incidents in HRM of those that have been reported. Unfortunately, we do not know the severity of those incidents, and assume there are more that go unreported. With better collision data we can continue to justify the need for safer cycling infrastructure in Halifax and the province. We are excited to work with the Dal Bike Centre and BNS on this initiative, and create a Cycling Collision Card that compliments BNS’ reporting platform.

Details to come on where to pick up your card. 


Annapolis Valley - Recycle Your Bicycle Program

Have you or your kids outgrown a bike? Have old bikes lying around your garage or shed?

Well, this is your chance to donate your used bicycles to be renovated and re-distributed to families and community members in need.

Details below!


New Trails at Irishman's Road Recreation Site!

Looking for a new place to walk your dog, socialize with a friend, cross-country run, ride your bike, horseback ride, kick a soccer ball, learn to shoot a bow and arrow, or do some geocaching? Well, Irishmans Road Recreation Site has it ALL! There is everything from meandering crusher dust trails, to technical single track switch-backs, all of which bring you to beautiful locations to see gypsum karst topography at its finest!

This past year has seen significant expansions and upgrades to the trail system at the Irishmans Road Recreation Site (located at 151 Irishmans Road, Gypsum Mines). With approximately 7 km already established, and 5 km more currently being built, this recreation site has a lot of diverse terrain to explore!

Maps are available (to bring on your trail exploration) at the entrance on the Glooscap Heritage Archers Association woodshed, but please return them before you leave. Keep an eye on our West Hants Parks and Recreation Department Facebook page for updates on new trails and installation of signage.


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)


Inaugural Old Coach Road Ride!

We are excited to announce a supremely awesome mountain biking trail is being opened to all mountain bikers permanently for the first time next Friday. In fact, this will be the first provincial Wilderness Area in Nova Scotia where mountain bikers will be allowed. 

Environment Minister Margaret Miller will cut the ribbon and MLA Ian Rankin will join us for the bike ride. It was opened up for one-day-only bike ride last summer for the Ecology Action Centre's Hike The Greenbelt project and it was a blast. The trail allows for excellent flow with small hills shooting you up and down. It feels like a roller coaster. 

The trail was built by the Safety Minded ATV Association in partnership with Five Bridges Wilderness Heritage Trust. They have created a wonderful, 12km facility for mountain biking and they would like to share the wealth. (They gained access to the trail thanks to a volunteer agreement. Extending permission to include cyclists has been done in part on their initiative). 

2 Difficulty Levels
Ian Rankin will lead a contingent in and out on a very tame trail to the start of the Wilderness Area. A hybrid bike with no shocks would be fine for this section. A second group will continue into the Wilderness Area. For this section, you will want a proper mountain bike.

Visit Facebook to learn more about how to participate.


FREE Bike Maintenance Workshop for Adults
October 8th (1-4pm) @ Three Mile Plains Elementary School

Learn to complete common repairs and maintain your bike: 

- Adjusting your seat, saddle & handle bars
- Fixing a puncture

- Adjusting brakes & replacing pads

- Repairing a chain...and much much more!

For more information & to register, contact Bekah at (902) 790-9647 or

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