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Vol 9, #16 - Give Respect - Get Respect

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In this Edition

- Editorial

- Rides Captain Corner

- Cabot Trail in Four Days

- New CAN-BIKE National Examiner in NS

- Message from NSPACTS

- A Tip of the Hat!

- Father's Details



One of our subscriber sent me a disturbing video last week showing a city bus moving out and back on the lane to bump a cyclist. The driver of the bus got a 17 month jailed sentence. The cyclist suffered a broken leg, wrist and thumb while his bike was crushed beneath the vehicle's wheels.


Video of the incident (warning - unpleasant) here:


How this incident got started, I have no idea. Upon second look we see in the early seconds of the video that all traffic is moving except the line in which the bus is in which is obviously held up by the cyclist right in front of the bus.


Makes one think hey?


The driver of the bus did loose his temper all right but the cyclist who held the bus to make his point was also as stupid to block traffic that way, that long. I don't want to be a bus driver to deal with a tight schedule, heavy traffic, angry passengers, and on top of that to live with stupid people like this cyclist who had better avenues to make his point than the one he choose.


As a commuter cyclist, I want to make it from A to B as efficiently as possible within the road/street system. City streets are not playgrounds, neither courts of justice. For the transportation systems to work efficiently and in harmony for all road users, cooperation, communication and compromise must reign at all times.


To get respect, give respect.




After these few days of snow, strong cold winds, the warmer sun rays these days are drying up the roads much faster than say, a month ago. Although the roads in the country are dry and inviting, several busy city streets are showing a complete different picture. There are more hazards to deal with on them depending on the time of the day you ride. Black ice, deep potholes, water puddles, sand and mud at the corner of streets are just some of these hazard you're likely to experience on your ride.


Stay alert at all times and drive your bike the S.A.P.A. way. Scan the road way ahead, Anticipate the hazards and your options, Plan to act defensively, Act with a Plan B in your pocket.





Friday, March 9th, 5:00 pm

Happy Hour. Steel City Sports Bar & Steakhouse, 252 Townsend St. in Sydney is our meeting place for the second of this NEW event on the “Social” schedule. A perfect opportunity to reconnect and meet up with old friends and new. Come in and enjoy a few yarns, jokes and laughs, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, share a story, roast a friend or two, make plans for the weekend.


Whatever your sport, occupation, age, we share a common connection with the outdoors. A warm welcome to all who ventures our way, and in the Cape Breton tradition, the door is open to all.




Upcoming in March. More details to follow.


March 22nd - Thursday - Guest Speaker Series

Cycling in Denmark with David Aldridge.

McConnell Library, Sydney, 6:30 pm


March 24th - Saturday - Bike Clinic - MEC 101

Theory and hands-on for 3 hours. Know your bike, tools, adjustments, lubing, flat repair.

ACAP, Sydney. Two sessions available : 9 - 12am, 1 - 3 pm

6 persons per session. $10. Pre-registration required. Email or phone 562-8137


March 31st- Saturday - Bike Clinic - Mec 202

Theory and hands-on for 3 hours. Replacing chain, brake pads, cables, truing a wheel.

ACAP, Sydney. Two 3-hr sessions 9 - 12am, 1 - 3 pm

6 persons per session. $10. Pre-registration required. Email or phone 562-8137




Rich of the experience of several successful tours put up here - 45 cyclists on the Cabot Trail in '07, 65 on the NS Tip-to-Tip in '09, - and elsewhere, - Québec in '06, Magdalen Island '07 and Lac St-Jean in '08 - Velo Cape Breton is opening the doors again this year with the Cabot Trail in 4-Days.


This is a fully supported tour that will include: 3 nights hotel/motel accommodation, luggage transportation, bike mechanic assistance, support vehicle at your service should you need a lift or other assistance, healthy meals Friday evening to Monday morning, snack food enroute and what not.


Full details of the tour and registration forms have been sent to all interested parties who've answered the invitation to become the first on the list to be informed. They now have a 10 days privilege to take anyone of the 30 spots on the Tour before the invitation will be sent out next week to all.


There are tens of commercial and for-profit organizations who are making a business or putting up tours on Cape Breton Island and around the Cabot Trail. As a non-profit organization, this tour is organized at cost for the benefit of Velo Cape Breton members and friends.




Recently, I had the privilege to sponsor Bob White's Application to become CAN-BIKE National Examiner. The process took almost two months and at the end was successful. Here's copy of the wording on the official Certificate that Bob will be proud to hang in his living room...


In recognition of the high standards which you have maintained and the dedication which you have displayed in the teaching, training, education and examination of cyclists;

And in recognition of the qualities of imagination, humour and good will which you have consistently displayed towards others;

And in the expectation that you will utilize your skills and abilities to promote the development of the CAN-BIKE program in Canada;

The CAN-BIKE National Examiners of Canada are pleased to award you the designation of:




by: Barbara Bishop, secretary, Greenways NS


Hello to our supporters, members and others who care about the value of green, quiet trails in our province.


We are attaching our latest newsletter and hope that you will find it answers some of the many questions you have been sending us over the years. NSPACTS (Nova Scotians Promoting Active Transportation on Community Trails) is in the process of changing our name to an easier one to remember- Greenways Nova Scotia. This describes succinctly what we value and are seeking your support to work toward.


In this issue we have answered a request for a kind of guide to the many trails organizations in the province. It reveals how deeply embedded the influence of the Off-Highway vehicle industry is in Nova Scotia. ATV damage to trails is a national problem, as is the noise and health problem of snowmobiles near homes. What is different here is that what other provinces have been seeing as a problem, our government has been supporting as a highly valued idea. It is an odd thing, and has been damaging to many people who live near these trails, and devastating to the Rails to Trails movement here.


Also note the very good work done on the issue of Off-Highway Vehicles and health. We liken it to the "Big Tobacco" scandal in which very real health issues are being swept under the rug. CTV did a program on W5 a few years ago outlining the extreme danger of ATV's to those who ride them, including and especially children. Emergency room physicians have known this for years, and we have two of them on our Board, along with trail builders, cyclists, walkers, and community leaders.


Our website will give you all the information about who we are and how you can help or join.


Meanwhile, we suggest printing off the newsletter to read and leisure and keep as a reference. You are welcome to send it to those who share our passion for a better way of using the valuable public asset of the rail beds in our communities.


The Executive

Greenways Nova Scotia




On the ride around Point Edwards this morning, we met 18-wheeler Instructor Doug Dicks in the cab of a big semi-trailer. We wish there'll be more of this type of instructor who ride a bike and also teach students to drive big rigs.


Learning from the perspective of a person who's be there on both sides of the fence, is not only an asset but a real privilege for the future commercial drivers with whom we share the roads.


Kudos Doug!




These are genuine excerpts from the Child Support Agency Forms to the question Who's your baby's Daddy?


1. Regarding the identity of the father of my twins, Makeeshia was fathered by Maclearndon McKinley I am unsure as to the identity of the father of Marlinda, but I believe that she was conceived on the same night.


2... I am unsure, as to the identity of the father of my child as I was being sick out of a window when taken unexpectedly from behind. I can provide you with a list of names of men that I think were at the party if this helps.


3. I do not know the name of the father of my little girl. She was conceived at a party at 3600 East Grand Boulevard where I had sex with a man I met that night. I do remember that the sex was so good that I fainted. If you do manage to track down the father, can you please send me his phone number? Thanks... (The runner-up).


4. I don't know the identity of the father of my daughter. He drives a BMW that now has a hole made by my stiletto in one of the door panels. Perhaps you can contact BMW service stations in this area and see if he's had it replaced.


5. I have never had sex with a man. I am still a Virginian. I am awaiting a letter from the Pope confirming that my son's conception was ejaculate and that he is the Saver risen again.


6. I cannot tell you the name of Alleshia's dad as he informs me that to do so would blow his cover and that would have cataclysmic implications for the economy I am torn between doing right by you and right by the country.. Please advise.


7. I do not know who the father of my child was as they all look the same to me.


8. Tyrone Hairston is the father of child A. If you do catch up with him, can you axe him what he did with my AC/DC CDs? Child B who was also borned at the same time..... well, I don't have clue..


9. From the dates it seems that my daughter was conceived at Disney World. Maybe it really is the Magic Kingdom .


10. So much about that night is a blur. The only thing that I remember for sure is Delia Smith did a program about eggs earlier in the evening. If I had stayed in and watched more TV rather than going to the party at 8956 Miller Ave , mine might have remained unfertilized.


11. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my baby, after all, like when you eat a can of beans you can't be sure which one made you fart. (This made number #1).




Jacques Cote

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

February 23rd, 2012

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