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June, 2016
Edition #21
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Blue Route Announcement

Bicycle Nova Scotia would like you to join us at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market on Friday, June 3rd at 10am to celebrate exciting news in the development of the Blue Route provincial cycling network. The Honourable Scott Brison and others will be on site to make an important announcement from the Government of Canada. BNS and our partners hope you will be there to learn more about how Nova Scotia’s cycling network is advancing in 2016 and how you can be a part of it. 

No RSVP required. Make sure you bring your bike and join us for a ride after the announcement! 

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Learn more about the Blue Route vision at and connect with us at Bicycle Nova Scotia. Sincerely, 

Ben Buckwold


Bikeways and Blue Route Implementation

Bicycle Nova Scotia

t. 902.880.7154

NS Bike Week

Bike Weeks are hosted annually in many Nova Scotia communities to promote cycling as a healthy, efficient, practical, affordable and fun part of community life. This year local Bike Week organizers are coordinating their events to fall between the June 3rd – June 12th.

Visit the BNS Bike Week Page to find links for areas that are participating in Bike Week in 2016.

Southwest Sunday Cycle

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Southwest Sunday Cycle (15km)

8am (sign in) 9am start (Pre Registration is required)

Meet at the Emera Oval, Halifax Common

Join us for this leisurely 15km ride exploring Halifax’s leafy neighbourhoods and quiet streets.  This ride is perfect for people who know how to ride a bicycle but haven’t done it in a while, or more experienced riders who want to enjoy pedaling the peninsula in a large group. We will have a police escort so that we can take the lane, ride as a group, and keep stops to a minimum. The ride is open to adults and youth over 12 who are accompanied by parent/ guardian). Thanks to Southwest Properties for their sponsorship of this ride four years running!  Pre-registration strongly recommended as group size will be limited. See FAQs for more details.

Southwest Sunday Family Ride (3km)

10am (sign in) 11am start (Pre Registration is required)

Meet at Emera Oval Halifax Common

Last year’s family ride was a huge success and we are excited to offer another (very slow) 3km ride for the 6-12 set in 2016. We will have a police escort so that we can take the lane, and ride as a group. Children can ride their own bikes so long as a parent or guardian accompanies them on the ride.   Pre-registration strongly recommended as group size will be limited. See FAQs below for more details.

For more information contact: Ben Buckwold (Bicycle Nova Scotia), 902-880-7154.

Upcoming Events

The Big Ride


Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie

Ride in the second annual Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie on Sunday, September 25 for a cycling and cultural adventure! Choose from three scenic rides: Gran 117 km, Medio 67 km or Piccolo 35 km. Sign up for our best value early-bird ($85) before August 1 to receive an event jersey.


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.



MEC Century Ride – Joe Howe (NEW DATE) July 17
50K/100K/160K options!
Ride Meet-up – weekly on Sunday mornings
Bike Maintenance 101 – weekly on Mondays
Bike Maintenance 201 – topics rotate (Brakes, Derailleurs, Drivetrain and Wheel Truing)


Sweet Ride Cycling

Women's Ride Day, Sunday, May 29, 10am

On Sunday, May 29th we will kick-off our season with the annual Women's Ride Day event which follows rail trail and quiet roadways. Leaving from the Public Parking lot on Clairmont Street in Mahone Bay, we will follow the Bay to Bay Trail to Schnare's Crossing then turn down into Princes' Inlet, Sunnybrook and come back along Mader's Cove, returning to Mahone Bay by noon. This is women's only ride for ladies 12yrs and older and a hybrid, comfort or mountain bike would be a suitable choice. There is no charge to attend but to help us with numbers please RSVP to me by Friday, May 27th at Spread the word, bring a friend and we hope to see you there.

Women's Saturday Morning Rides, 8am, starting June 4th

Starting on June 4th we will start our Saturday morning Women's Rides for the months of June, July and August. These rides will be very similar to our Women's Ride Day route, following quiet roadways and rail trail along the Bay to Bay and Dynamite Trails, now part of the Rum Runners Trail.  We depart at 8am from the Public Parking lot behind the Kinburn Pharmasave at 8am and return at approximately 9:30am. There is no charge to attend the rides and again, a hybrid, comfort or mountain bike would be an ideal choice. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact me at the shop by calling 902-531-3026 or drop me a line at or just pop in anytime.  Spread the word...

Special note **

Our first ride on Saturday, June 4th will be a little shorter than usual to accommodate a Guided ride along the Bay to Bay Trail from Mahone Bay to Lunenburg, celebrating the official launch of the Bay to Bay Trail.  I encourage any of you who would be interested, to join us on that trail route also. Our 8am route will go along the Dynamite trail to Sleepy Hollow Rd and loop back through Lantz and Hirtles Cove(s).

Specialized Test the Best Demo Event, Saturday, June 18th, 10am - 3pm

On Saturday, June 18th Specialized Canada will be in Mahone Bay with the Demo fleet of performance road and mountain bikes for Men and Women. If you or anyone you know is looking for an opportunity to try the cream of the crop, best of the best in Mountain or road bikes, this is an event you won't want to miss! For more info, contact me by email or message us through facebook. 

Rosemary MacEachen

Sweet Ride Cycling

523 Mahone Bay, NS

Phone 902-531-3026

Fax 902-531-3057

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