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November, 2016
Edition #26
Follow the links to find what interests you: 

BNS Updates 

Support our Riders!

BNS recently put together a campaign to help send our Provincial Team to Cyclocross nationals in Sherbrooke, Quebec on Nov 5, 2016.

Please show your support! Every bit counts.

And please share amongst your peers! We would really appreciate it.

https://www.gofundme.com/ns-xc-cyclists

As of now we are three quarters of the way there!


 



Join the BNS team! 

Because of some recent shifts, Bicycle Nova Scotia has a couple of vacancies on the board. We are looking to fill the following positions:

VP Road & Bikeways
VP BMX

If anyone has interest in joining us, please be in touch! We would love to hear from you about getting involved.
 



Upcoming BNS Race Awards

Mark it in your calendars...the annual BNS Race Awards are coming up on November 27th. The location is still to be determined. Stay tuned to our FB page to get updates closer to the event.
 



Incident Report Form

We wanted to send a reminder about the Incident Report Form. After our launch a few weeks ago we had a number of people submit their incidents. We consider this a pretty important initiative, but the real value of it can only be realized with active participation. 

So if you have had an incident involving a vehicle while out riding, we would really appreciate if you could take a few minutes and make a submission. And please help us spread the word. You can access the form on your computer, smartphone, or tablet by visiting: http://bicycle.ns.ca/incident-report-form/

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




Nova Scotia Bike Summit

Thanks so much for everyone that came out to the NS Bike Summit. It was a great day, with some amazing speakers. There is so much great work happening around the province in so many different forms.

And thanks again to the the Town of Pictou and Pictou County for their work in hosting the event! Conversations have already started about what we should do for next year!
 


Blue Route


On October 1st, we had nearly a dozen people come join for a full day ride of the two open sections of the Blue Route. We met in Pictou first thing in the morning and headed on our way to East Mountain. From there we were transferred to Masstown Market for lunch and then continued to Wallace.

All in all we biked just under 100kms. It was a perfect fall day and everyone had a great ride. Thanks everyone for coming out! We hope to do more of these rides as new sections of the Blue Route are opened.

Please visit the website and sign up to the Blue Route newsletter to stay in the loop.




What's Happening Around Nova Scotia

 

I Light HFX 
Last chance to register for the I LIGHT HFX event! This is an exciting group in partnership with MEC to distribute 400 bicycle lights to those in need! 
Registration is open at: https://cyclehalifax.ca/2016/10/i-light-hfx/
We are still looking for volunteers for this event. If you are interested in helping distribute lights to communities please e-mail contact@cyclehalifax.ca
 
November 10:
Pecha Kucha Event: "Shifting Gears"
Thursday, November 10 at 7:45 PM - 11 PM
Ralph M. Medjuck Building
Halifax, Nova Scotia
https://www.facebook.com/events/1663597710637220/
 
13 November - Get up to speed on bicycle projects in Halifax
Due to the large number of projects undergoing public consultation in the next month, we know that it will be hard to attend all of them. We have your back. But we also want your feedback. Join us for an update on November 13 4-6pm. Sign-up on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/352727335062672/
 
2016 Bicycle Awards
The Halifax Cycling Coalition is excited to host the 2016 Halifax Bike Awards! The Halifax Bike Awards are an annual recognition of the best efforts to make Halifax a better place to ride a bicycle. Tell us who makes a difference in cycling in Halifax by voting in the link attached.This is an opportunity to vote for your favourite bicycle shop, new bike room, cycling suerstar, bicycle employer of the year, and more! 

The voting will open on November 3rd and close on November 31st. 

Click here to cast your vote: https://goo.gl/forms/LeuMm7cYmc02zgwY2
We will be announcing the winners on December 5th 7pm at Timberlounge. This is also the celebration of the Halifax Cycling Coalition's 9th anniversary! Everyone is welcome. More details to follow on www.cyclehalifax.ca
 
HCC is Hiring! 
The Halifax Cycling Coalition is hiring a part-time employee to help with membership coordination! For details regarding the role and how to apply visit the link bellow: 
https://cyclehalifax.ca/2016/10/call-applications-membership-coordinator/
 

A milestone: Halifax Council votes 14-1 to begin negotiations for an Urban Wilderness Park in the Williams Lake Backlands
 
In a decisive 14-1 vote, Halifax Regional Council has directed HRM staff to begin negotiations to acquire 379 pristine acres of the Williams Lake Backlands and start the process to create an Urban Wilderness Park. If approved, the land will be set aside indefinitely as a wilderness preserve – located just 5 kilometres from downtown Halifax, and accessible by city transit.

The park will include maintained front-country pathways, as well as an untouched back-country trail system, reserved for only non-motorized, multi-use activities like hiking and mountain biking. This will give off-road enthusiasts another reason to travel to the Spryfield/Herring Cove Road area, as the proposed park will be adjacent to existing bike tracks known collectively as the Fight Trail (http://www.trailforks.com/region/fight-trail/).
 
The vote is a huge milestone in realizing the vision of a centrally located Urban Wilderness Park. During the September Council meeting, multiple councillors noted the strong and reasoned public support for this proposal in the form of letters, calls and open house attendance. In short - your voice matters and your continued support remains important.
 
In the coming days, weeks and months, please stay informed about the Backlands by visiting and sharing updates on these websites with your friends and colleagues:
   
You can sign up for email updates at the Urban Wilderness site, and click links for facebook and twitter on the Backlands and Williams Lake sites to learn more and stay in touch.



 


 

Nova Scotia Physical Activity Stakeholders:
 
I’m passing the following information to you on behalf of federal, provincial, and territorial Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity, and recreation in Canada who have requested the development of a pan-Canadian physical activity framework to be endorsed in July, 2017.
 
The consultation process launches on October 20th and will be led by the Conference Board of Canada.
 
The first stage of consultations includes an online survey for completion by the general public, all levels of government, and all relevant sectors of society including Non-Governmental-Organizations, professionals, and businesses. Responses to this survey will provide insight into government efforts to address physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
 
You and your organization are valuable stakeholders in this process to not only participate in the online survey but to share the information with other individuals or organizations that you interact with, and who should also have a voice in the consultation process.
 
Please click on the following link to complete the survey: http://bit.ly/2dqpYaA 
 
Elaine Shelton
Manager of Physical Activity
Communities, Sport and Recreation Division
Communities, Culture and Heritage
902-424-7629  (P)
 

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!

Upcoming Events



 
Ride Meet-up – weekly on Sunday mornings
bit.ly/1o8EQ2m
 
Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays
Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)
bit.ly/1o8EFEp


 

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