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August, 2016
Edition #23
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BNS Updates 

Youth Ride to Represent NS

(This is an article that was written by Rosemary MacEachen of Sweet Ride Cycling and appeared in the South Shore Breaker. Follow the link below to see the full article.)

Something very exciting is happening in the Nova Scotia Cycling scene! Bicycle Nova Scotia has recognized the importance of developing young athletes to represent our province in the Canada Summer Games in 2017 and in doing so, have several projects on the radar that will help to do just that.
One such project has just taken place — The Canadian Cross-Country Mountain Bike (XCO) Championships hosted by Cycling Club Charlevoix, in Baie St. Paul, Quebec, July 14 to 17.

The planning for this project began last fall and as details started to take shape earlier this spring to attend Cycling XCO Nationals, ranking mountain bike athletes from age categories U15 to U23 (13-22 years) were identified and given the opportunity to participate.
In the end, there were 13 youth athletes, three volunteer coaches and five additional masters and elite athletes competing, spanning eight different cycling clubs from across Nova Scotia — impressive numbers for our small province.........

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What's Happening Around Nova Scotia


Welcoming Wheels Buddy Program

Welcoming Wheels is a Halifax-based community collaborative that provides bikes, safety equipment and cycling safety training to newcomers. We want to take that connection one step further.

The Welcoming Wheels Buddy Program is matches refugees who received bicycles from Welcoming Wheels with a member of the cycling community. Buddies ride together once a week and visit destinations throughout the Halifax community and help newcomers become more familiar with their new community. The  experience is a way to support newcomers to Halifax and share the enjoyment of bicycling with a new friend! 

If you are a volunteer for  Welcoming Wheels or want to become involved in the program, please RSVP to the event here. 

Welcoming Wheels Program

SATA - Shore Active Transportation Association

Gaetz Brook Connector Update

One of the SATA Trails current development projects is the Gaetz Brook Connector.  This trail would redevelop a 7km section of the abandoned Musquodoboit Railway between East Chezzetcook Road and Musquodoboit Harbour as a dedicated AT route.  A team of engineers and designers recently assessed the current state of the trail and its structures. A final report will provide an assessment of the proposed route in its current condition, establish design standards, and identify relevant challenges and opportunities that should be considered in the planning / design of the greenway.  
We are excited to move forward with this project, which would fill a missing piece of the Trans Canada Trail and further expand the connected opportunities on the Eastern Shore.  
Watch for updates in August.

Nova Scotia Travel Activity (NovaTRAC) Invitation
The Nova Scotia Travel Activity (NovaTRAC) 2016 Survey is being conducted by Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC) in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality. The survey will collect information about household and household members’ daily travel activities (when, where, how and why people travel), which will give a better picture of travel patterns and future transportation needs.
Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary and information will be kept strictly confidential. The survey can be completed at Upon completion of the survey participants can enter to win one $200 VISA gift card or one of ten $25 VISA gift cards.
To learn more about the NovaTRAC Survey, visit the NovaTRAC website, at:
Survey link:

ParticipACTION released their annual report card last week. 
Some key points:
  • There is an important relationship among physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep.
  • New research shows that sedentary lifestyles are connected to a “creeping sleepidemic” in Canadian kids
  • Children’s sleep duration has decreased by 30-60 minutes in recent decades
  • 31% of school- aged children and 26 per cent of adolescents are sleep-deprived
  • There is a need to take a “whole day approach” as many kids are too tired to get enough physical activity and many kids are not active enough to be tired at night
  • Every hour a child spends being sedentary is associated with a 3 minute delay in bedtime.  The average Canadian 5-17 year old spend 8.5 hours being sedentary each day.
  • The best sleep aid is to get kids moving
24 Hour Movement Guidelines (5-17 year olds):
  • Previously our guidelines were for physical activity and sedentary behaviour.   We did not have recommendations on light activity. These are the world’s first integrated movement guidelines.
  • “sweat” (moderate to vigorous physical activity)– 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity is required each day.  Vigorous physical activity, muscle and bone strengthening activities are needed at least 3 days per week.
  • step” (light physical activity) – several hours of a variety of light activities are needed each day
  • “sleep” – uninterrupted 9 – 11 hours of sleep is needed for 5-13 year olds and 8 to 10 hours is needed for 14-17 year olds, with consistent bed and wake-up times
  • “sit” (sedentary behaviour) – in addition to the behaviours above, no more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time and limited sitting for extended periods is recommended.
  • “preserving sufficient sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health benefits”
  • In order to reach desired levels of movement a mix of sport, play, chores and active transportation are required.  Habitual physical activity throughout the day is important in addition to planned and structured activity.  Physical activity is a way of life.
2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth:  Are Canadian kids too tired to move? 

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)


Learn To Cycle Camps in CBRM

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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