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March, 2017
Edition #30
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BNS Updates 

AGM News

We want to thank everyone who made it out to the BNS AGM on February 26th in Wolfville! It was a great turn out and a productive day. We are always so impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the cycling community in Nova Scotia. Thank you for all your dedication and hard work.

As part of the process, BNS has had some changes to the board. We thank you to all of those who are leaving - it has been a pleasure having you along! And to those that are continuing on the board - amazing! 

And a BIG welcome to the new board members. Thanks for your interest in the position. BNS is excited to have you along for the ride. It's going to be an exciting year.

Below is a list of the current BNS board. For contact information, please visit the website.

Board Executive  
Co-President, Competition lola doucet
Co-President, Active Transportation, Recreation, Touring Susanna Fuller
Treasurer Mike Kennedy
Secretary Gaynor Ferguson
General BNS  
VP Marketing Scott Davis
VP Gender, Equity and Inclusion Melissa Ross
Director at Large (Youth) John Van Luxemborg
Director at Large Maryellen Donovan
Competitive Sectors  
Events Coordinator Lorenzo Caterini
VP Road Competition Zach Steinman
VP MTB Competition Ryan Lyndh
VP Athlete Development Jon Burgess
Non-Competitive Sectors  
VP Off Road Advocacy Chuck Sutton
VP Education Shelley Porter
VP Road and Bikeways Advocacy John Trites
VP Touring & Recreation Jesslyn Fowlie
VP BMX remains open  


BNS Insurance Update to Members and Associated & Affiliated Clubs / Organizations

Insurance Policy Review
Over the past two years, Bicycle Nova Scotia has been working to ensure that we are doing our best in providing our members and member organizations with the most cost effective and appropriate insurance coverage for competitive and non-competitive activities. We’ve committed to make bicycling better in Nova Scotia, no matter how, when, or what you ride. Part of this has been to review our insurance coverage – and this has been a significant undertaking by our Board of Directors and staff.

Why the review?
We have long held an insurance policy with Holman Insurance through our affiliation with Cycling Canada Association (CCA). This has served to ensure that our competitive sector and sanctioned races are insured. However, as our recreational and active transportation, recreation and touring work and participation rate has increased in the past few years, we were unable to cover these activities through Holman, despite several attempts. We recognized that this left many of our recreational clubs without adequate insurance. As a result, we took out a second insurance policy with OASIS so that Associate Clubs were able to access insurance for their members and activities. This solved some of the problem – but also created others.

If you are interested in insurance and how these changes might affect you, please visit our website where we have more details. 

Club Registration Open

Below you will find the link for the 2017 club membership page for BNS. Cost to register a club is $110 for either an Affiliated or Associated club. 
New this year: BNS has changed insurance providers for both club types. Marsh insurance will be providing insurance for Affiliated clubs and offering a recreational insurance coverage for those Associated clubs who are looking for a lower cost for their members.
For more information on the insurance changes, please contact Madeline or Mary Ellen.
Please note that BNS does not have General membership or Race license memberships open yet. We will need club presidents to register their club first before members can join it. The earlier you get your club registered, the quicker we can get members signed into your club.
If you have any questions regarding registration, please feel free to contact me via email or by phone/text at 902-759-0183.

What's Happening Around Nova Scotia

What's your winter cycling story?

Do you bike in the winter? We want to hear from you! Share your story of biking in the winter. Follow the simple steps to enter the draw for a chance to win a gift card to Freeman’s Pizza, an IBIKEHFX sweater or a free bag of Java Blend Coffee.
Send an e-mail to

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Dalhousie Open Mic in Support of HCC

March 9th, 7pm-12am at the Grawood is Open Mic Night! Claire and Uytae are the hosts of YESS (Your Environment Sustainability Society) open mic night in support of HCC. They will be looking for musicians to play at the open mic. Anyone interested can e-mail Claire at to reserve a time-slot (we provide instruments if needed).  

SATA Trail Update

We are currently awaiting news from the Department of Natural Resources regarding the Gaetz Brook Connector in getting a Letter of Authority for moving forward with our proposed development for this approximately 7 km greenway. The proposed greenway would provide a dedicated facility for active transportation uses including walking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and other non-motorized activities. It would be part of the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) planned greenway network and the Trans Canada Trail, thus improving active transportation options visitors as well as local residents.
Still looking for name suggestions
Our working name for this AT stretch has been Gaetz Brook Connector but we want to rename it to reflect the history of the area and invite your suggestions.  Given the location near the historic Belleclaire Hotel, the name Belleclaire Greenway was one recommendation. Do you have any other ideas? We would love to hear them. Comment on Facebook or send us a note at to share your name suggestions.

Making Tracks Update

2016 marks another record year for the EAC’s Making Tracks (MT) program.  In fact, on a thermometer the mercury level for MT probably reads somewhere between “sizzle” and “smokin’!  This past year alone almost 3,000 children and youth took part in a MT active transportation program, right on target to pass the previous year’s overall 38% increase in participants.  In 2017 we’re aiming for MT to reach a new record high and we’d like recreation programs and professionals across Nova Scotia to work with us to make that happen.
In 2017, part of our focus will be to provide leader training for recreation staff across Nova Scotia.  This is an area of expertise that we have developed over the past few years through program partnerships with staff at several towns and municipalities.  By training recreation staff across Nova Scotia we aim to provide MT programs to a greater number of children and youth.  To accomplish this we are calling out to all recreation partners, including provincial, municipal and town Physical Activity Practitioners and other community partners for support and to act as hosts of our MT programs.  In addition, we will continue to provide the same level of support and directly delivery programs to community partners as we have in the past.

To learn more, please visit the EAC website.


Nova Scotia has some of the most photogenic trails in the world, and we want you to share your experience; it might just earn you a fantastic prize! This contest is open to all winter trail users based on permitted trail uses.
How to Enter
Submit your trail-related photo accompanied by a brief caption answering one or more of the following:

  • How do trails allow you to connect to nature, and how do you benefit?
  • How do you feel during and after your trail experience?
  • How do trails contribute to your active and healthy lifestyle?
  • What do you do to make your trail experience safe and fun?
  • How do you reduce your environmental footprint when enjoying trails?

To enter, post your photo and caption to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag @nstrails, and include the hashtag #trailvibesns.
In your caption, please let us know where and when your photo was taken.
Midnight on March 12, 2017 (winner announcement before end of March)

Upcoming Events

Cycling Conference and Gear Swap at La Bikery, May 7th
La Bikery, a bike co-op based in Moncton, is hosting a conference and gear swap this spring for the broader Atlantic Cycling Community on May 7th, 2017. The conversation will be very much based on building a bigger and more diverse cycling community in each of our respective provinces and across the Atlantic provinces, acknowledging that we all have a lot to share with other. In addition to La Bikery, several people have recently formed an advocacy group in New Brunswick, not unlike the Halifax Cycling Coalition, as a response to the need for legislation like Ellen’s Law (the 1m law). Some of us from the Halifax cycling community have already begun to connect with our fellow cycling champions in New Brunswick and are looking forward to building on these connections. This conference is the perfect opportunity to meet with others working on similar initiatives in other provinces and for us all to begin working toward a stronger Atlantic cycling community.
If you are interested in participating as a speaker or conducting a workshop, please contact Cory at as soon as possible, as spots are filling up. Otherwise, I hope you’ll join us on the day of! If you are interested in registering, please shoot me an email. We are looking into how we can best and most sustainably transport people and I can provide more information closer to the date for travel options.



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