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Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter


Vol 10, #33 - 22/08/13 - What's Up With You...

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Velo Cape Breton is the Island wide voice of cyclists, working for better cycling in our great Island. We have made significant progress since our formation in 2004.  Visit our website that will introduce you to some of our activities.   If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to contribute to this eNewsletter,  please contact us at (902) 562-8137 or


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In this Edition

-  Editorial

-  Rides Captain Corner

-  Heads Up!

-  Nova Scotia Cycling Summit

-  Bicycle Drive-in Movie

-  Bike Cardigan

-  Ten Times Normal



Comedian Robin Williams  was interviewed about his career and his new TV show.   

Near the end, he was asked what made him happy these days... 

Williams turned serious, citing his family, work and being around creative people.

 "And riding my bike is one of my happiest moments."  -  Halifax Herald





What's up with you stupid, ignorant, foolish, unlawful, decadent, degenerate, corrupt, dishonest, selfish, egocentric, opportunistic person on that bicycle destroying selfishly all the good actions and proper behaviour of us all lawful cyclists respecting the rules the road, driving our bikes responsibly and with respect for all road users? 


Sometimes when we see or are the victims of irresponsible actions of car and truck drivers, we can relate the frustration to the actions of improperly trained and delinquent cyclists riding out and about putting themselves and everyone else in peril.


Is the law of any help in redressing these unlawful practices affecting the overall safety on the roads?  You know.  The answer is NO.  


Since the foundation of Velo Cape Breton in 2003, we've been advocates of the three E's (education, engineering and enforcement) in making our roads safe.  Progress has been made on several fronts but more now than ever, there's an urgent need for each and everyone to do more in the way we ride our bicycles and use the roads.  There's a need to increase the speed of implementation of policies and existing plans.  


Education of all road users through proven curriculum, i.e.  CAN-BIKE, Making Tracks, car/truck driver's schools.    

Proper facilities to teach road safety on a progressive basis from childhood to adulthood, i.e.  Get Cycling Park, car driving schools  

Built and maintain roads with all users in mind.  An officer in a police cruiser is  very limited in what it can see, experience and do; an officer on a bike patrol is way more efficient in urban environments where most traffic interaction occurs.


Get involved!   Be a champion of change!







by:  Micheline,


Five days after the Tour du Lac Bras d'Or and I still cannot believe how fabulous this tour was.  As co-organizer and tour guide, my dealings with the most enthusiastic, dedicated, lovely and pleasant people was reduced to not much really.   The weather was awesome, the traffic very considerate, a committed support crew in the SAG van, excellent accommodations, decadent meals and what not...  the perfect setting for that group of tourers to go beyond just pedalling the distance.   They stopped at shops and cafés, took hundreds of pictures, developed friendships, discovered themselves in many ways, soaked in the environment like they never did before.  


In fact, what we gave them is the "kitchen"; they all got together to concoct a superb meal that lasted four full days, four full days of genuine pleasure.  


Participants voted Anna and Gerard Overmars as the most inspiring, Nita Bernat as the most motivating and Réjean Aucoin and the most helping amongst them.  To tell you the truth, it was really emotional to see them returning home, I had such a good time!  


Note:  some pictures posted in the Gallery... 






Grand Tour of Guysborough


When:  Saturday August 24th,  9:00 am


Meet:  Port Hastings Visitor Centre by the Causeway


Ride:  See map here.


Leader:  Tom Nixa,  Strait Area Chapter.





"Ride and Brunch" on Isle Madame


When:  Sunday August 25th,  10:00 am


Meet:  Arichat,  Dooley's Pharmacy (Across Auberge Acadienne)


Rides:  Choice of Short 25km or Long 45km visiting Petit-de-Grat, Rocky Bay, Cape La Ronde, D'Escousse, Martinique, Janvrin Island, 


Post-Ride:  Complimentary gorgeous seafood brunch and BBQ at the old historic "Le Noir Forge" built in 1793 on the waterfront organized by Joan Clannon of the Isle Madame Development Association


Leader:  Jessica Boudreau,  Isle Madame Chapter.










Intro du CAN-BIKE (3-Part Program)


Bicycling is a safe and fun way to get around.   With a few hours of instruction you can learn the skills  that will let you cycle with precision and confidence.  


This CAN-BIKE program is sponsored by Velo Cape Breton and  CBRM Active Transportation and will be available in Sydney (CBRM Civic Centre, Community room, Sept. 4, 7-8),  and North Sydney (Emera Centre, Sept. 11, 14-15).   


The course consists of three separate sessions:


Part 1 - In-Class : The truth and techniques of traffic cycling (3 hours, 6pm to 9pm)

Part 2 - Outdoors : Control that bike! (3 hours - 9am to 12pm)

Part 3 - Outdoors: Tour of the City (3 hours - 1pm to 4 pm)


Participants must be 15 years of age and older. You will need a helmet and a bicycle in good working order.   The complete course costs  $15. payable upon registration.  Pre-registration required (online registration).  Participants will receive a Velo Cape Breton 1-year membership as a bonus.  


First come, first serve.  





Recovery Ride

Dr. Kent Cadegan of the VCB Glace Bay Chapter is organizing the 10th annual Recovery Ride, during weekend of Sept. 13 - 15th.  


This is a three-day bicycle ride around the Cabot Trail  to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse and to help further the education of an abuse survivor.


Study after study, year after year, country after country, shows childhood sexual abuse affects one in five women and one in 10-20 men. It is more of a public health issue which is being ignored by health care, education, social services and criminal justice.


Funds from the Recovery Ride go discreetly to a scholarship for a childhood sexual abuse survivor at Glace Bay High School to help further their education.  More than $30,000 has been raised in the past six years.


Contact Kent at:>







October  4, 5 & 6.


Save these dates for the Nova Scotia Cycling Summit 2013 in Sydney.


Building Bridges – the Nova Scotia Cycling Summit will be held in Sydney at the Holiday Inn on the waterfront.    Look for on-line pre-registration in next week’s newsletter.   The fee is set at $25.00, and includes the meet and greet on Friday evening, all sessions on Saturday October 5th including lunch.   There is a dinner with entertainment on Saturday night at a modest extra cost.   And Sunday will include tours and training.   We will have you on your way by early afternoon on Sunday.


The Holiday Inn has set aside a block of rooms for people attending the summit at $129.00 a savings of 40 to 50 dollars.    The rooms are available at this price until Sept. 4th.   Call toll free 1-800-565-1001 or locally 902-562-7500.  When you call mention VELO to get the special rate.   The hotel has a 72 hour cancellation policy.


During the Summit we will have indoor valet bike parking and there is an outdoor bike washing station.  So don’t hesitate to bring your bike and we’ll have lots of opportunities to ride.  


Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event!!!!








WHEN:  Thursday August 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm


Backyard of Holy Angels School, Charlotte Street Sydney


WHAT:  Breaking Away is a 1979 American coming of age comedy-drama that follows

a group of teenagers who have recently graduated from high school.


This is a free outdoor event. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. If

you don't have a bike, come along anyway.


Rain venue: Holy Angels Gymnasium


MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  8.30 pm Thursday 29 August 2013

Backyard of Holy Angels School, Charlotte Street Sydney

See poster below...





by: Lynne Pascoe, NorthEast Margaree.


At Sheep's Clothing we were given an old derelict bicycle.  The knitters attacked it and dressed it up with recycled wool and their talent.  


Our Weird and Wonderful Bike is now on display at The Old School so please stop by and ring the bell.


We have been asked to have it on display at the library following the Art Fest and they will also feature cycling, knitting, and recycling books along with it.


We had many men, women, and children stopping by to chat, take pictures, and generally enjoy the bike so it's been a great success and a lot of fun (and hard work) for everyone involved in the knitting, crocheting, and sewing. And if you are interested there is also a before photo on my Facebook page and Sheep's Clothing Facebook page.








The 6th grade science teacher, Mrs. Parks, asked her class, "What human body

part increases to ten times its size when stimulated?"


No one answered until little Mary stood up and said, "You should not be asking sixth-graders a question like that! I'm going to tell my parents, and they will go and tell the principal, who will then fire you!"


Mrs. Parks ignored her and asked the question again, "Which body part increases to 10 times its size when stimulated?"

Little Mary's mouth fell open. Then she said to those around her, "Boy, is she going to get in big trouble!"


The teacher continued to ignore her and said to the class, "Anybody?"

Finally, Billy stood up, looked around nervously, and said, "The body part that increases 10 times its size when stimulated is the pupil of the eye."


Mrs. Parks said, "Very good, Billy," then turned to Mary and continued. "As for you, young lady, I have three things to say:

One, you have a dirty mind.

Two, you didn't read your homework.

And three, one day you are going to be very, very disappointed."  






Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

August 22nd, 2013

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