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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #29 - On The Road, Cyclists!





Volume 13, #28  -  On The Road, Cyclists!




Editorial:   On The Road, Cyclists!

Season Stater


Next Weekend

Jane’s Walk

Did You Know?

Who Realy Pays for the Roads?

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



Hills. We love them. We hate them. They make us strong. The make us weak. Today I chose to embrace hills.”  

~  Hal Higdon





What a busy time of year - everywhere I see flowers blooming, bunnies hopping, birds building nests, gardeners digging, and farmers ploughing. And of course, cyclists are cycling!


I am buoyed by the fact that there are many cyclists in my . . .  new? old? former? present? . . . y'know, I think I am going to call this my "recycled" home. Cause I was here before, and now I'm here again, the same only different - refined, repurposed, refilled, and redoubled. 


So, back to the cyclists. Yes, there are many, they are varied, and many are very strong. I wasn't sure how I'd fit into the cycling community here, but I seem to be carving out a place as . . . an example, and I am trying every day to raise the profile of cycling. How? I ride my bike. I ride my bike on the *&%# road. A lot of cyclists will only ride on the sidewalk, or on a trail, and that's great: people should be choosing active transportation and active recreation,and doing it where they feel comfortable. 


I'm not about being comfortable, I guess. I guess I feel it's my duty to use my experience and training to teach cyclists and other road users about bicycles as traffic. I know how to ride according to the rules of the road, so I am out there doing it, and I hope this helps motorists learn we can share the road respectfully. Motorists have every right to raise their expectations of cyclists. Our signals should be consistent and easy to interpret. Motorists should not get the same feeling seeing a cyclist on the side of the road as they do when they see a deer in the ditch - cyclists should be predictable. Cyclists should communicate with other road users clearly. Deer might do better if they followed suit!


We all know the conventional wisdom is that cyclists are safer on the shared roadways when there are lots of cyclists. But not if we're behaving like a herd of deer on the highway. Then nobody's safe.


So put your "We Are Traffic" sticker on your bike box, and then get out there and behave like a skilled, responsible part of traffic - not like a deer!


Wear wool socks!

-Shelley P.







Today is your last chance to get your tickets for this Saturday’s River Ride and Season’s Starter BBQ.   Go to this link 


With longer days and some warmer temperatures our calendars are filling up with wonderful outdoor spring and summer adventures.  


Last year we introduced a new format for our cycling season opener and it was a great success.  So much so we are repeating it this year. 


On May 7/2016 we will have our 2nd Annual Velo Cape Breton Mira River Ride Season Opener and BBQ. 


There will be a longer ride of 30km and a shorter ride of approximately 15 to 20 km.  We will start at the Mira Boat Club at 3pm, returning to the club for a social and BBQ.   If non-members would like to join us for the ride, the fee is $2. 


If you are not feeling like a ride, join us for the social hour from 5-6pm, with the BBQ at 6pm.  There is a bar on site. 


This is a lovely evening with our cycling friends, some of whom we haven't seen since last season.


We will launch our 2016/2017 Ride Schedule and you can grab your 2016 membership as well.


We will be cooking steaks on the barbecue with delicious side salads and a dessert. Portabello Mushroom Burgers will be available for our vegetarian friends.


Cost is  $18 per person/adults, $10 for children age 10 or under.


Please register and pay through our website by following this link 

Those members who would like to just do the ride need not purchase a ticket.


We will only sell tickets up to Thursday May 5, no tickets will be available on site/day of.


Check the Facebook Page 


If you have any questions, please call Colette at 574 5598.







Saturday,  May 7th

Bike Clinic and Basic Repairs at the Farmers Market

More information here.



Saturday, May 7th

Season Starter - River Ride and BBQ

See above.



Sunday, May 8th

Ride Right Program

More information here.



Thursday, May 12th

Impromptu Destination Ride

Cyclists are welcome to ride to Centre 200, from wherever they want, to support the participants of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

More information here.



Wednesday, May 18th 

Ride of Silence

The Ride of Silence is a slow-paced ride held worldwide in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Ride of Silence is to raise awareness that cyclists belong on the road and all citizens need to share the road.

More information and route here.


“Its better to be a minute late than do a minute of silence“




Did you know that the VCB Calendar of activities and events for until October is posted on the VCB website? Click here






Saturday,  May 14th

3rd and LAST Bike Clinic and Basic Repairs at the Farmers Market

More information here.



Sunday, May 15th

Kelly’s Klimb - Test your fitness event

There is not a flat road on Cape Breton Island.  Better love the hills or move away to hellish cities.  Come and ride with us a 240m climb over 7km to the top of Kelly’s mountain.

In case of severely inclement weather in the forecast, oddly, the KK will be held on the previous day, Saturday, May 14.  

More information here.


‘There are no hard climbs; just weak legs!’ – unknown






by:  Paul MacDougall


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first Jane's Walk. We are encouraging people of all age groups in the local area to join us on May 7th at the large Terra Cotta Mural display near the playgrounds for a 1:00 pm start. We will walk and explore the trails to learn about our community, history, lore, legend and more on this former waste site, now an envious urban park and trail system in the CBRM. Contact Velo members Paul MacDougall or Monika Dutt for any questions. Details here.





source:  Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier


Fifty percent of U.S. residents say that walkability is a top priority or a high priority when considering where to live, according to the Urban Land Institute’s America in 2015 report, and, according to the U.S. Census, bicycling has become the country’s fastest-growing form of transportation for commuters.  


The report also explores the interconnections among walking, bicycling, and real estate so as to facilitate increased real estate values and promote economic, environmental, and public health goals.






by:   Elly Blue

The idea that people riding bikes don’t pay for the roads is pervasive, and completely untrue.


“Bikes don’t pay for the roads.”  You see it again and again. It appears on editorial pages, in blog comments, and shouted from car windows, often accompanied by the accusation: “Freeloader!” or something ruder.


The bicycle freeloader myth is a strong and pervasive economic belief. It’s implied in rules that require cyclists to stay off certain roads, or ride in a manner that does not affect car traffic. And it’s enforced through media headlines, police standards, and the behavior and discourse of cycling advocates and detractors alike.


But is it true?


Take Copenhagen, where forty years ago the incursion of cars and roads looked very similar to that in today’s US cities. But today, 84% of the city’s residents regularly ride bicycles. Each mile traveled on a bike earns the city, by one analysis, 42 cents. That same mile driven in a car costs the city 20 cents. Bicycling rates there have begun to decline in recent years, and city leaders are scrambling to make bikeways more comfortable and convenient. They know they can’t afford not to.







Registrations for this year’s Across the Highlands Challenge is now LIVE!

Vélo Club Chéticamp at the foot of the Cape Breton Highlands bought AHC last January.  

With two very successful presentations over there, no doubt these guys and gals have the capacity and knowledge to make this year’s AHC another memorable one.  Their backyard is a criss-cross of gorgeous and challenging trails.  Kant wait!




Unhealthy lifestyle?     

Exercise helps to prevent cancer by reducing causes of inflammation: overweight, excess calorie intake, high blood sugar, high insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1, high estrogen, and overactive and depressed immune function.








What's the definition of a will?

    It's a dead give away.                                                 


Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.


In democracy your vote counts.  In feudalism your count votes.


She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.


A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.


If you don't pay your exorcist, you'll get repossessed.


With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.


The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.


You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.


Every calendar's days are numbered.


A lot of money is tainted - taint yours and taint mine.


A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.


He had a photographic memory that was never developed.



May 5th ,  2016



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