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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #20 - She's Back!



Volume 13, #20  -  She’s Back!




Editorial: She’s Back!

Ride The Bicycle Wave


Did You Know?

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About That Funny


 “If I would not do something – right now – I would never get to live my dreams in waiting.” 

~ Gisela Hausmann 




ED:  Since last fall, we missed Shelley’s weekly musing she gave us for nearly two years.  Shelley has moved in the Valley closer to her children now at the Acadia University in Wolfville.  Here’s her latest motivational spiel to the B52s (52-Week Bike Challengers).


Good evening, B52s! I have just finished a rather big editing job - a cookbook, no less. I've been spending my spare time working on that book for so long, I hardly know what to do with some unscheduled hours. So I decided to write something; something for you.


As usual, I have CBC Radio One on the background, and a line caught my attention: "It's a book about starting over and over and over again". After moving house 20 times in 53 years, two divorces, and many jobs, I think I might know something about starting over.


Those of you who are repeat offenders in the 52 Week Bike Challenge know the dance of starting over. "I just finished the 52 Week Bike Challenge!", followed the very next day by "I just started the 52 Week Bike Challenge" (you know this can happen, with that December/January new year thing).


Sometimes it can seem endless, a burdensome obligation that keeps you from other activities and priorities. Other times it can be a welcome escape, "No time to do the dishes, must get my B52 ride in before tomorrow!". 


Every year, every week, every day - we start over. We bring all the experiences - good, bad, and ugly - of all of our other years, weeks, and days to the start line with us. They say negative experiences make a much deeper mark on us than positive ones, which is why we develop fears, phobias, anxieties, aversions. "I didn't finish the B52 last year - what if I don't finish again?". Or "I got injured on my bike last week; what if I hurt myself and can't work?" 


OK - if you have an anxiety disorder, you know where that kind of thinking goes. Pretty soon you're homeless and fighting off pariah dogs for soggy french fries in the dumpster out back of McDonald's. 


But remember a few things: every day is a new start, a new opportunity, a new chance. Many good things could happen today. Think of some of them. See if you can create the circumstances that could make them happen again. Like getting up early, getting your bike out, enjoying a sunrise and some fresh air. Focus on how good your muscles feel when they get moving. Relax and enjoy rolling past the quiet houses, smile at the runners and dog walkers, even wave at the newspaper carrier - if they are also riding a bicycle, they will wave back! 


Like Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another day!". It's an extra day this year, Feb. 29th. A special day, a day to start over - start it by riding your bike.


Wear wool socks,

-Shelley P.





Thanks for sharing all this wisdom and also for exhorting us to continue with our commitment.


I actually thought you were writing to tell us that we should all feel bad that this winter has been so much easier than most, and therefore what we needed to do was look at the weekly WX forecast in advance and pick the worst day in the forecast to plan and schedule our ride.  


Happy riding to all in any and every case.


And to echo Audrey Murphy who said this earlier, I often fret and try to find many reasons why I may not want to or be able to do my ride today, but when or once I do it, I always feel better or really good for having done it.  





Thanks for the inspirational words. You seem to be able write so easily. I am terrible at trying to express my feelings as I am having trouble writing this sentence. 


Not with the bike though as it comes natural. Yes sometimes I do have to push myself to get out but once I am moving on either of my bikes I feel just awesome and the 30 minutes turns into sometimes hours.


Happy riding to all...…


Gerard Moss







Thanks to Christine Thompson and Tara MacNeil,  the MacConnell Library in Sydney is inviting you all to a Special Presentation by our VCB founding President Chris Milburn.


Chris has been cycling serious distances for about 30 years, recreationally, competitively, and for transportation.  He is a local ER and family doctor with a focus on injury rehabilitation and sports medicine.  Chris will discuss:


1) how significant exercise is to health in general

2) what the optimal amount and speed of cycling are for health benefits 

3) how you can set up your bike to improve comfort and speed, and

4) some common cycling injuries and how to deal with them


Everyone Welcome!  No registration required.


See you there.








In January, Mother Nature forced the cancellation of the Annual Winter Potluck a social event to mingle, to elaborate plans for the cycling season and to share good food. 


Traditionally, this was the occasion for all to renew their membership for the year.   Mark Twain famously said, "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."  Improve your chance for greatness by surrounding yourself with a team of people who make a positive impact on you both personally and professionally. Seek to befriend, learn from and offer assistance to people whose positive nature is contagious. 


VCB people's positivity is contagious and infectious.  They enjoy being around one another and their energy grows exponentially, making others reach goals and find success they would have trouble doing alone.  







source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety


In the quarter century from 1990 through 2014, the lives of 991,814 men, women, and children have ended violently as the result of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. 


32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014.


An average of 90 lives per day are needlessly cut short as the result of crashes on US roads.


The good news is that the numbers are going down.  


As in previous years, the survey highlights some aspects of the current traffic safety culture that might be characterized most appropriately as a culture of indifference, in which drivers effectively demonstrate a “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude. For example,  86.6 percent of drivers reported engaging in at least one of the risky behaviors examined in the survey at least once in the past 30 days.


Are the above numbers encourage that growing culture of fear entertained by too many among our population?


Yes and No.  Bicycle crashes often make headline news while car crashes often do not, in part because bicycle crashes are relatively infrequent. What is newsworthy does not always make sense statistically.


It is apparent that mass helmet use is not contributing to the reduction in cyclist fatalities, at least not in any measurable way. The results of a study conducted by  suggest that traffic authorities should refocus to put their efforts into other proven measures. Programs aimed at motorist behaviour over the past 30 or so years have been effective in reducing fatalities among all road user groups, including pedestrians and cyclists. Pressure on aggressive drivers to change their habits should continue. 


However, targeting the behaviour of only one of the parties would be short sighted. Cyclist-specific measures are also needed. There are two important factors in cycling fatalities which currently get insufficient attention - cyclist behaviour and night lighting equipment. The vast majority of cycling accidents involve cyclist error or inappropriate practices. That includes collisions with motor vehicles. 


Educational efforts to improve cyclists' skills should be accorded a high priority. School age children are the obvious target group. Responsible behaviour patterns need to be adopted at an early age. 


In a way to instill appropriate cycling practices, VCB is starting the Ride Right Program given free for the first time to its membership.  More information and registration on the website.








Conquer your fear by Mr. Ramesh.  The narration is all in english.







An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates.  St. peter checks his dossier and says, "Ah, you're an engineer - you're in the wrong place."


So, the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in.  Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements.  After a while, they've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.


One day, God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, "So, how's it going down there i hell?"


Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great.  We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is gong to come up with next."


God replies,  "What???  You've got an engineer? That's a mistake - he should never have gotten down there; send him up here."


Satan says, "No way.  I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him."


God says, "Send him back up here or I'll sue."


Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yeah, right.  And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?




March 3,  2016



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