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VCB eNews, Vol 13, #34 - Bigger & Better ! ! !





Volume 13, #34  -  Bigger & Better!!!




Editorial:   Bigger & Better ! ! !

This Weekend

What We See on a Bicycle Ride

Blue Route Announcement


Janette Sadik-Khan - An Inspiration

About That Funny



"...we have designed our streets to move at highway speed rather than at speed of life!" 

~ Janette Sadik-Khan






 Sunday June 19th


This year we have something for adult riders and something for kids, and when you get right down to it something for the experienced cyclist or the novice and everything in between.


.Have you always wanted to experience a bike ride where everything is taken care of and all you have to do is ride? Where a SAG wagon follows ready to pick you up if you need help or to fix your tire?  Where pit stops appear loaded with snacks and drinks for the taking?  Where you can stop and have a ready made lunch that includes lobster, potatosalad and chocolate brownies?  Where police escort the ride through the tricky bits of heavy traffic?


Well, you can have all of that plus a ride through some spectacular scenery along the ocean and the Bras d’Or Lakes.  All you have to do is sign up for the Lobster Roll Ride held on  Sunday June 19th, 2016 at the North Sydney Firefighter’s Club.   And the price is only  $25.00 before June 19th and $35.00 on June 19th! For those aged 12 and under: $5 and includes lunch.  And if lobster isn't one of your favorites you have the options of chicken or vegan rolls.


And it gets better!  We’ve designed a ride that is made up of four routes.   You can tailor your ride to suit you.  You can ride from as much as 100km to as little as 20 kilometers and really everything in between.  By mixing and matching the routes 40, 60, 80 and 100 kilometer rides are available.


We’re also offering a kids & family ride of 3 kilometers.  Riders under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Kids can also build their bike handling skills by joining the Bike Rodeo between noon and 2pm.  Plus there will be other kid friendly activities like touring a fire truck.


To get more information and to register, visit:







Two Impromptu Rides of the Cape Breton Challenge.


1.   Marion Bridge to Gabarus & Return

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 10:00am

Meeting:  Marion Bridge. Parking spot 200metres south of the bridge.  


A visit to the little outport of Gabarus on the Fleur de Lys Trail.  This section of road is part of Leg #5 of the Cape Breton Challenge.  49km return.  Bring a lunch.


Ride Leader: Micheline

Distance (km): 49 km

Level:   Easy to Moderate



2.  CB Challenge Leg #23  St, Ann’s - Bras d’Or

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 10:00am

Meeting: Bras d’Or Elementary school parking lot.


Two options:  Easy & relaxed from Bras d’Or to Seal Island Bridge for lunch and return.  A 40km outing through quiet Old Rte 5 along the Great Bras d’Or and return by St. James Rd along the Bras d’Or Lake. 


Same route but at Seal Island Bridge continue up and down Kelly’s Mtn for lunch at Lobster Galley to do the entire Leg #23.  Returning by bike along the bras d'Or Lakes for  is a little more demanding ride of 75km.


Ride Leader: Jacques

Distance (km): 40 & 75

Level: Moderate, some climbs





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The “dream” of a Nova Scotia wide bicycle network is slowly taking shape.  After the inauguration of a first leg in Pictou last year (Pictou to Truro), more investment has been announced last week in Wolfville.   


Links:  Announcement

  Blue Route website.








The article ELSEWHERE IN CANADA published in the past week edition said that:  ...Quebec has taken the lead to increase the safety of road users by enacting the 1.5 metre rule among other changes in their Highway Code.


The 1.5 metre idea is a campaign led by one father who lost his son in a car/bicycle collision.  He invite municipalities supporting safe cycling to install the 1.5 metre sign.


The Quebec government is about to adopt a 1. metre rule, similar to the 1 metre Rule  we have in Nova Scotia.










Listen to the interview she gave CBC’s Sunday Edition in May.







A pastor concluded that his church was getting into very serious financial troubles.


While checking the church storeroom,he discovered several cartons of new bibles that had never been opened and distributed.


So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the congregation who would be willing to sell the bibles door-to-door for $10 each to raise the desperately needed money for the church.


Jack, Paul and Louie all raised their hands to volunteer for the task.


The minister knew that Jack and Paul earned their living as salesmen and were likely capable of selling some bibles.  But he had serious doubts about Louie who was a local farmer, who had always kept to himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment.


Poor Louie stuttered badly. But, NOT WANTING TO discourage Louie, the minister decided to let him try anyway.


He sent the three of them away with the back seat of their cars stacked with bibles.  He asked them to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday.


Anxious to find out how successful they were, the minister immediately asked Jack,  'Well, Jack, how did you make outselling our bibles last week?'


Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Jack replied, 'Using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20 bibles, and  here's the $200 I collected on behalf of the church.'


'Fine job, Jack!' The minister said, vigorously shaking his hand…  'You are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you.'


Turning to Paul, 'And Paul, how many bibles did you sell for the Church last week?'


Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently replied,  'I am a professional salesman. I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church,  and here's $280 I collected.'


Apprehensively, the minister turned to Louie and said,  'And Louie, did you manage to sell any bibles last week?'


Louie silently offered the minister a large envelope.


The minister opened it and counted the contents. 'What is this?' the minister exclaimed. 'Louie, there's $3200 in here!


Are you suggesting that you sold 320 bibles for the church, door to door,

in just one week?'


Louie just nodded.


'That's impossible!' both Jack and Paul said in unison. 'We are professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many bibles as we could.


'Yes, this does seem unlikely,' the minister agreed. 'I think you'd better explain how you managed to accomplish this, Louie.


Louie shrugged... 'I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don't kn-kn-know f-f-f-for sh-sh-sh-sure,' he stammered.


Impatiently, Peter interrupted. 'For crying out loud, Louie, just tell us what you said to them when they answered the door!'


'A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa-was,' Louis replied, 'W-w-w-w-would y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-bible f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks ---o-o-o-or--- wo-wo-would yo-you j-j-j-just l-like m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you??'






June 9th,  2016



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