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April, 2017
Edition #31
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BNS Updates 

Life Time Achievement Awards
At this year’s AGM we were excited to be able to present lifetime achievement awards to three amazing advocates and supporters of bicycles in Nova Scotia.

Jacques Cotes and Michilene Guillot have worked tirelessly to make Nova Scotia a better place to ride a bicycle. From being founding members of Velo Cape Breton, being excellent role models for safe cycling, initiating countless bicycle rides, events and projects – they have changed the “cyclescape” of Nova Scotia. The Velo Cape Breton newsletter has undoubtedly reached all corners of the earth.

Jacques and Micheline have inspired everyone from children to seniors to get on a bicycle. They have increased visitors to this province by promoting the Cabot Trail in particular. Suffice it to say, that without their work, we would not be nearly as far ahead as we are in advocating for cycling infrastructure and increased safety and awareness in Nova Scotia. Jacques and Micheline have pushed people and organizations to do better and expect more, have effectively gotten the ear of municipal and provincial governments, and ridden so many miles – we cannot even count!

Bike Bob. Is there anyone in Nova Scotia who rides a bicycle who hasn’t at least heard of Bike Bob? Bob White is most often found on his bicycle - black tights, a red jacket, and a smile that not even the angriest motorist could resist. Bob has championed CAN-BIKE in Nova Scotia for more years than anyone knows how to count and he has taught so many people the important rules of the road so that riders are more confident and roads are safer.

Bob has been a long time board member of Bicycle Nova Scotia, engaging when he knows we need to move in a different direction and then taking his own direction when that is clearly the best path. His efforts in re-establishing the Nova Scotia Ramblers mean that there are hundreds of people who otherwise might not be riding a bicycle. Bob also has a penchant for retiring – and then returning with even more vigor and passion than before. We are so pleased to celebrate his contribution to cycling in Nova Scotia and look forward to more. As Bob would say, “Fairwinds – to your next adventure!”

BNS Insurance Update
Bicycle Nova Scotia has a new insurance provider this year and this change has resulted in some questions from our associated and recreational clubs. This was a long and lengthy process, but we feel very confident that the new policy is best for everyone involved.

We've put an Insurance FAQ on our website. Follow the link to learn about the new policy. Thanks!

Please contact our Organizational Administrator, Madeline Lawler, at or (902) 425-5450 if you have any questions

BNS 2017 Membership is Available Online
Over the past two years we have worked hard to better support affiliated and associated clubs. Through those efforts, our organizational membership in 2016 was 30 competitive clubs and recreational organizations. By adding these organizations, we increase our voice –adding their individual members to the collective. This year we are over 1600 members including those belonging to member clubs. Our goal is to continue to add benefits for members and at our AGM members passed a motion to have us, through our insurers, be able to provide AD&D Insurance at an affordable price.

General membership:
Cost is $25 for the calendar year 2017. This will allow you to join many of our BNS affiliated clubs and provide insurance while participating in BNS sanctioned non-competitive events. You will also be part of a 1600 member (and growing!) provincial organization that promotes all things cycling. Your membership will also allow you to participate in the development of cycling within Nova Scotia by having the option of participating in various sectors that BNS works in. As well, keep in touch for news and happenings with our monthly newsletters. General members also have the option to get Pedal magazine at a reduced rate
Race/Tech license membership:
For those looking to compete or obtain a technical license, BNS race membership page is open as well. In addition to the features offered above, a race license will allow you to participate in BNS sanctioned (and outside the province if you choose to) competitive events. Cost for a license is based upon your age. For youths under 15, it’s $30 for the 2017 calendar year and for adults, $100 - $125, based upon the type of racing you do.
To sign up for BNS, use the below links. They can also be found at the Zone 4 website: and use the search term “BNS”
General Membership:
Race/Technical License:

If you have any questions regarding registering contact the Registrar Allan Scott at

Strategic Planning
In 2015, BNS committed to doing a 5-year strategic plan. We did a visioning session as a board with the help of Sport Nova Scotia, and then we asked you, our members and supporters, to help us with our priorities. Below are our top 5 focus areas, with some key actions and outcomes that we are working hard to accomplish. Please let us know how we are doing and if we have missed something important!

Click here to see the summarized strategic plan on our website.

Chip Timing
We have purchased a chip timing system for our competitive sector – and due to reduced costs in our insurance, we are please to be able to include the $5.00 chip fee in our membership fees this year, with no increases to riders!

In 2015 Bicycle Nova Scotia launched a program that focused on building the bicycle skills of senior women in Nova Scotia. Over the summer and early fall of 2015, BNS established Women on Wheels (WoW) groups in several communities across Nova Scotia.

In 2016 the WoW program was expanded to include women of all ages as many women contacted us to say they weren’t seniors but really wanted to join our more relaxed rides. We now include women of all ages who want to improve their cycling skills, become more confident cycling on roads, or are returning  to cycling after a hiatus and prefer cycling on trails.

We are now entering our third year of Women on Wheels and already have several people asking for assistance to launch a program in their community. Our experience tells us that regular organized rides that are led by women encourage more women to ride, and when women ride, families do too.

Our goal is to have WoW groups throughout all of Nova Scotia, where women of all skill levels can feel comfortable joining a local group for a regular weekly ride. Becoming a member of the newly formed Women on Wheels Nova Scotia Club means that you will be covered by the new BNS insurance plan when you ride with any WoW NS group and will be connected with like-minded women cyclists throughout the province.
We hope you will join us for relaxed, safe, sociable rides that will include lots of laughter as you enjoy cycling in our province.

WoW groups now hold regular rides in the following communities: Baddeck, Dartmouth, Halifax, Kentville,  Mahone Bay, Musquodoboit Harbour, Pictou, Sydney, Tantallon.

To sign up to join the WoW rides, please visit Zone 4. The cost of is $25 and covers you for all the regular BNS insurance.

To keep updated, visit the WoW Facebook page.

Or visit the WoW page on our website.

What's Happening Around Nova Scotia

Upcoming HRM Integrated Mobility Plan Public Consultation & Engagement

Following two successful rounds of public engagement, the Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) team has begun to prepare the Plan for presentation to Committees and Council in June and July. There will be one final check in with the community to present and explain the draft Integrated Mobility Plan. The following presentation sessions have been scheduled:

Wednesday, April 19, 6 – 8 p.m.| Cole Harbour Place (Westphal Room), 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour

Thursday, April 20, 12 noon – 2 p.m. | Central Library (Paul O'Regan Hall), 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax

Thursday, April 20, 6 – 8 p.m. | NSCC Technology Campus (Atrium), 5685 Leeds Street, Halifax

Monday, April 24, 6 – 8 p.m. | NSCC Waterfront Campus (Presentation Theatre), 80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth

Wednesday, April 26, 6 – 8 p.m.| Ecole Secondaire du Sommet (Cafeteria), 500 Larry Uteck Boulevard, Halifax

Thursday, April 27, 6 – 8 p.m. | Acadia Hall, 650 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville

To learn more...

Forest Hills Parkway – Cycling and Walking Enhancements

Please take the survey!! The link is below.

"...currently the road does not have a bicycling facility and the sidewalk is substandard along several sections. As part of the municipality’s Active Transportation Priorities Plan and as part of the Regional Plan direction to develop “complete streets”, the municipality is considering how to make walking and cycling on Forest Hills Parkway easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Options being considered include on-road bike lanes combined with an improved sidewalk or a multi-use pathway, where bicyclists and pedestrians would share a wider asphalt corridor."

2017 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie

Introducing our 2017 Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie event jersey by Biemme, featuring the iconic Canada 150th anniversary logo on one of the sleeves! Make sure to sign up early as the deadline for the jersey package is July 31st midnight.

On Sunday, Sept. 24, choose from four challenging and scenic routes: 35 km Piccolo, 67 km Medio, 120 km Gran and the new 161 km Super Gran for the hardcore cyclists!

For information and to register: 


30 Days of Biking
Spring has sprung and 30 Days of Biking is just around the corner! Tune-up your bicycle and take the pledge to ride every day during the month of April. Join us for group rides, events and activities. Don’t forget to pre-register to reserve a spot on one of our bike tours. We have a draw for weekly prizes, and on April 1st we will reveal how HCC members can earn ballots to win this beautiful bike generously donated by our friends at Bicycle Plus

Halifax Bike Week

(June 2nd -11th, 2017) 
HCC is looking for interested event-planners to help coordinate the Bike Expo in June. E-mail: to find out more about the Bike Expo brainstorming session and to sign up to be part of the planning team. Have an idea for a bike event of your own? Small grants of up to $200 are available to support groups hosting an event. Register by filling out the form here.

Upcoming Events

Women on Wheels Workshop at the Deanery                                       

Saturday, April 29th 10:00AM-3:00PM | $30 for the full day, or Pay What You Can (Membership pricing is available). 

A day devoted to bicycles, women, and our cycling community. Learn to ride a bike in the morning, or practice basic bike maintenance and repair in the afternoon. Group rides of varying lengths will be lead, and other bike related information will also be made available. Lunch included!

Stay tuned for further details! Contact us at to enrol.

Paramedic Ride East


2017 Women's Ride Day, Sunday, May 27th, 10am - 12pm

Gather your friends, family and fellow female riders to kick-off the spring with a relaxing 17.5km loop from Mahone Bay, along the Bay to Bay Segment of the Rum Runners Trail, through Prince's Inlet, Sunnybrook and back to Mahone Bay through Mader's Cove. A hybrid or mountain bike are perfect for this multi-surface ride. This is a Free Event for female riders of all ages (12 years+). Contact for more information. No pre-registration required. 

Women's Saturday Morning Rides, June 3-25, 2017, 8am-9:30am

Meet like-minded riders and enjoy a social ride along scenic roadways and rail-trail in Mahone Bay and the surrounding communities. Women's Saturday rides will be hosted by Sweet Ride Cycling in the month of June and will then continue as an ad-hoc group throughout the summer and early autumn. Leaving from the public parking lot behind the Pharmasave in Mahone Bay. No pre registration required for ride but Rental bikes are available by booking in advance.

Ride the Cabot Trail in style and in 4 days

Looking for a way to get the Cabot Trail off your Bucket List?  Registration is now open for our ride on Saturday August 5th to Tuesday August 8th, 2017.

The Cabot Trail in 4 Days is a winning formula as it gives everyone the whole day to ''tour'' a part of the trail the way it should be. You'll have time to immerse yourself in the culture, explore beaches or shops, meet cyclists, fill photo albums, get to the top of the hills at your pace, and not have to worry about snacks, meals, accommodations, or support. You'll get to fully appreciate why the Cabot Trail was named one of the top 10 cycling routes by The Lonely Planet.

This is your chance to join a group of 40 cyclists who will experience the Trail this year.  A mere $50.00 will hold your position and is fully refundable before June 1st.  The tour fills up fast and we always have a lengthy waiting list.  Check it out!


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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