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Vol 10, #9 - 17/01/13 -  Winter Cycling

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In this Edition

-  Editorial

-  Rides Captain Corner

-  Heads Up!

-  In The Works

-  CBRM Winter Festival

-  What Confucius Didn't Say



 “Of course, safety depends on the attitudes of every other road user, so we believe it’s important that everyone should have cycling training before they drive. 

That way all motorists know what it’s like from the perspective of a cyclist.”

Lloyds of London






What a difference cold temperatures and 10cm of fresh snow makes.  Wow!  It's beautiful and more in tune with January in our northern latitudes.


Winter cycling?  "Thanks, but No Thanks"  Too cold.  Bad roads.  Slippery.  The bicycle is not a winter machine....  and a litany of the same.  


If bicycling is on your list of resolutions, there's no real need to wait until summer.  You can ride during the winter, or course, taking safety into account.  


"Safety" meaning, dressing properly, riding a well equipped bicycle, choosing your roads or trails, choosing your days and being smart.


There are tons of advices on the web to get started.  They all have value.  


While there are hundreds of people who put their bike in storage in November in southern states,  thousands have already switched tires in the Prairies and Alaska and are commuting regularly to work, to school, for errands.  Winter cycling is really catching on.


My advice?  Just do it.  It's a healthy activity and lots of fun.





by: Micheline,


In a couple of days, we'll all gather for the Winter Potluck and Awards Night at the Dobson Yacht Club.


Beginning at 5:30 with a Meet and Greet, followed by the tasting of yummy food at 7:00 pm.  By 8'ish, a couple of presentations and the attribution of the Awards.  A warm thank you to all who have sent nominations for Awards.  The Award Committee has reviewed the nominations and has selected the Short List.  Those shortlisted have been informed, several presenters have volunteered to come forward at the Potluck to unveil the awardee(s).  


All is set for a memorable event.


Cycling Ambassadors will be present. A membership registration desk will be open under the NEW Velo Cape Breton own canopy. 


See poster below... or website for details







A pre-schedule will be presented at the Potluck.  Looking forward for your comments and suggestions.






We're only in mid-January and already several meetings took place with CBRM officials and provincial DoTIR to work out events on the VCB 2013 Calendar of Activities, review long standing Active Transportation issues, express our concerns regarding infrastructure and cycling safety issues on provincial roads.  


President Andrée and myself met on Monday with Gerard Jessome, Director of the Eastern District and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.  Paved shoulders on new construction, road maintenance and repairs, reporting or cycling road hazards were the main items on the agenda.  More on this in upcoming editions of the VCB eNews.


At the municipal level, VCB has asked for a meeting with the newly elected Mayor of CBRM, a response is expected soon.  A new AT Committee has not been formed yet and we feel it is urgent that this be done now in order for priorities be set in view of upcoming budget meetings.


In Port Hawkesbury, an Active Transportation Committee has been formed following a meeting held in November.  Several of the members met last Tuesday.  Things are moving in the fast lane in PHK.  Here's a report filed by Paul Davis, Director of Recreation, Marketing and Events in Port Hawkesbury.


Items Requiring Action

- Discussions with the students at NSCC to find out, suggestions and ideas of how they would  like to see the link to the Town function and look. 

- Investigate resources at NSCC that may be able to help with design schematics.

- Contact the Department of Transportation to see if "Share the Road" signage could be installed in Town.

- Develop a media campaign to emphasize road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

- Request  the Town of Port Hawkesbury to instal  four benches within the Town for pedestrians and green space users.

- Contact Strait Area Transat to determine if a bike rack could be installed on the front of their buses.

- Velo to be contacted to see if the following could be organized ;

A cycling repair clinic

A cycling riding clinic both for beginners and those more advanced.

A Bike Rodeo for the children in the Spring


ED:  Yes, it is my goal to develop CAN-BIKE capacity on the Island, i.e. provide CAN-BIKE training to individuals who are willing to assist in teaching programs and eventually get the CAN-BIKE Instructor qualification.  At the same time, empower cyclists to do their own maintenance and basic repair to enhance their safety and autonomy is also in line with CAN-BIKE teachings.  Already, several individuals are lined up for the first session.  Kant wait!






CBRM Recreation Department will be sponsoring the 2013 CBRM Winter Festival from February 17 – March 2.  


Plans are underway to set up community programs in regional facilities – e.g. arenas and pools, plus seniors programs, a kick-off event in Sydney, and a closing event featuring fireworks.  


Community organizations planning events during this time are invited to submit their event information to the Recreation Department by January 30.  


A Winter Festival brochure outlining the events will be printed, and distributed throughout CBRM.  There will also be media advertising on the Winter Festival program.


For more information, contact Heather MacDougall (563-5512), or your CBRM area program coordinator.







Man who wants pretty nurse, must be patient.


Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.


Better to be pissed off than pissed on.


Lady who goes camping must beware of evil intent.


Squirrel who runs up woman's' leg will not find nuts.


Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.


Man who eats many prunes get good run for money.


War does not determine who is right, it determines who is left.


Man who fight with wife all day, get no piece at night.


It takes many nails to build a crib, but only one screw to fill it.


Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.


Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.


Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement..


Man who fish in other man's well often catch crabs.



 Finally CONFUCIUS also didn't SAY. . ........

"A lion will not cheat on his wife, but a Tiger Wood !"






An elderly man went to his doctor and said, 'Doc, I think I'm getting senile.   Several times lately, I have forgotten to zip up.' 


'That's not senility,' replied the doctor. 'Senility is when you forget to zip down.'



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