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VCB eNews, Volume 12, #30 - You're Allowed to Stop



Volume 12, #31: You’re Allowed to Stop

Shelley Porter, Editor



Editorial: You’re Allowed to Stop

Rides Captain’s Report

Other Rides and Events

Loose Chain Links

Bike Buy and Sell

About That Funny


“In the end, all our journeys have to bring us home.”

  • Pico Iyer



EDITORIAL:  You’re Allowed to Stop


So, your bicycle is all tuned up and equipped, and you’re ready to hit the road. OK – where can you go? Of course, Velo Cape Breton has lots of group rides and events you can participate in, but what if you just want to roll out of your driveway after supper and go for a solitary, contemplative pedal? We are fortunate to live in a municipality with a variety of landscapes and a growing active transportation network. Here is one of my favourite evening (or anytime) rides that won’t keep you out after dark:


Westmount and Point Edward Loop: You can start this ride at the Coxheath arena, Petersfield Park, or anywhere along Keltic Drive or the Westmount Road. The state of the road varies from smooth-as-new to broken-as-cobblestones depending on your exact route, so be alert. If you do the complete loop along Keltic Drive to Ball’s Creek, Point Edward, Sydport Access Highway, Westmount Road and return, the distance is about 25 km. Generally, traffic volumes are low in this area, particularly in the evenings and on weekend mornings. 


The route goes through suburban Westmount and into the less densely populated Ball’s Creek, and then along the waterside in Point Edward. Point Edward was one of the agricultural areas that supplied the city of Sydney with everything from milk to vegetables to meat. There are still a few farms operating along the sloping green hills, but many old barns stand empty with the wind blowing through fallen clapboards. There are three small historic churches along the route with quaint graveyards that invite you to stop and read the stones. As you come over the hill from the Rudderham Road heading northwest, the horizon opens over the sea with views of North Sydney, and the Marine Atlantic ferry terminal. If you are there near dusk, the lights on the opposite shore twinkle like low-hanging stars.


The road runs along the shore for several kilometres, above the beaches. You turn away from the water finally near the lighthouse, which is barely visible from the road. When the view opens up once more, you can see Whitney Pier, the slag heaps and Open Hearth Park.  In the fall sometimes there is a large pumpkin patch here. 


Be very cautious as you ride past Sydport, as freight-hauling vehicles of all sizes may be pulling out from there at any time. The railway tracks and intersection at Rudderham Road/Westmount Road and the Sydport Access Highway require your full attention. A detour through Rudderham Road takes you past more pastoral scenes and back to the Point Edward Highway. The thrill of the descent to the shore is worth the extra effort – be sure to be ready for the stop sign at the bottom! 


If you turn in the opposite direction at the Rudderham Road intersection, you will soon be cruising along Westmount Road by the Harbour.  You can enjoy watching sailboats, cruise ships, and all manner of small watercraft on any summer’s evening. You will almost inevitably encounter another cyclist in this area – be sure to wave and say hello. 


Don’t forget your camera on this trek. And don’t forget to stop. Yes, you are allowed to stop. Stop and take a little walk on the beach - admire a shiny stone and test the water temperature with your fingertips. Stop and admire the architecture of the old barns and churches; stop to watch horses grazing in fields and eagles soaring over the trees. Stop and take a stroll through the trails at Petersfield Park. Stop at the Tasty Treat and savour an ice cream or root beer float. One of the wonderful things about bicycle travel is what you see from the high seat of your graceful vehicle, at the pace of your own intention. If you see something you want to examine more closely, it’s easy to stop. So do it. You’re allowed.





A decorative lighthouse visible from the road along the Point Edward highway. (S. Porter, photo)



The Editor’s bicycle, stopped. At Petersfield Park. (S. Porter, photo)






Thank you so much for your well-written and comprehensive editorial on cyclists and the law. I suspect that you will receive some strongly negative responses to your thoughts. I know that that won't discourage you in your efforts to promote safety and harmony on the road.


I am a CAN-BIKE instructor, coach a group of recreational riders and am an informal cycling ambassador in my community. I make the same points in my interactions with cyclists of every level. In fact, I lead weekly rides and the conditions for taking advantage of my time and effort are not only that people must wear helmets and that they obey all traffic laws (no rolling stops, signals, single file etc.). I also require that they have and use a mirror, wear high visibility clothing (which I define as safety yellow) and carry or wear ID information (which includes emergency contacts and health card number). On occasion I have been told that I am a #itch, self-righteous, uninformed --- and that's just what is said to my face. My response is to stay positive and keep doing what I am doing. 


My husband had a bad crash on Mother's Day and was found unconscious. The people who found him used the ID info when they talked to the paramedics and then used it again to call me. He's fine now, after a concussion protocol for two weeks, but he would certainly not be OK if he hadn't been wearing his helmet. I'll take all the flak in return for keeping him.


Chris Nielsen

Head of St. Margaret's Bay

Nova Scotia





by:  JP Martin 


As you all know, this year’s Ride of Silence has come and gone with a fair turnout (considering the weather), great support from the Cape Breton Regional Police Service, and a great choice as ride leader in Dr.Monika Dutt, Cape Breton Chief Medical Officer of Health.  Kudos to Vic Gouthro for a well organized and run event. Coverage by the Cape Breton Post was exceptional this year – thoughtful media coverage goes a long way toward explaining the purpose of the ride and reminding motorists that we all must share the road. Thank you to Chris Shannon for his excellent reporting.  



I hope everyone is checking the Velo site ( for upcoming events – by the time you get this another great ride will have come and gone: the Out On the Mira ride, Vic Gouthro leading. This was a great ride, mostly sunny and a super tailwind to finish, Youhooo!.


 The regular weekly WOW rides have started, so for all our female riders I hope 
you are getting out with ride leader Shelley Johnson every Tuesday evening. Meet at Noelle’s Country Market in Ball’s Creek at 6 pm. Every ride includes a brief instruction portion, then riders of similar pace set off together. Rides are approximately 2 hours and routes vary.

CBRM Bike Week will be starting June 5th and over the subsequent 10 days there are at least 4 rides scheduled. Check your Velo calendar for when and where.

June is a busy month with the annual Lobster Roll Ride on the 21st. The start location has moved to the Northside. This year the ride has been broken down into 4 loops, all beginning and ending at the Emera Center in  North Sydney. There is an option to ride 100 K or as little as 20 K depending on your preference. Check it out and register today!

The following Sunday, the 28th, is the Miner's Pick ride with Stan and Charlene Wadden in Glace Bay. Another great ride that had everyone that attended last year raving. (Take note the date for this ride is Sunday June 28th.

Hope to see you on one of the rides!  



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Some of the riders who participated in the Ride of Silence.

L to R, JP Martin, Paul MacDougall, Shelley Johnson, Jacques Côté. (S. Porter, photo)





NEW: Show and Go Rides! 


SHOW up at the Coxheath arena on Thursday evenings at 6 pm, and GO for a 1.5 to 2-hr relaxed ride with like-minded cyclists.  Route decided on site by consensus among the people who show up. 


Mark your calendars.  Four Show-n-Go Rides in June,  4, 11, 18 and 25.



Destination Ride this Sunday, May 31st.


Instead of meeting at a starting point for a sheduled start, participants leave from where ever they want and meet at a specific point, the destination.  This Sunday May 31st the destination is the Boisdale Community Hall for the Annual Pancake & Maple Syrup Breakfast.  


Plan your ride to arrive between 9am and noon for a breaky of Sausage, homemade Maple Baked Beans, Tea Biscuits, Toasts, Tea, Coffee & Juice for only $7. adults, Children $4. .  See map for distances to the Boisdale Community Hall.


Bring some cash to bring back some of the “Highland Gold” Maple Syrup made right here in the Boisdale Hills, the main ingredient of the Boisdale Hills Brandy (the other half is Smugglers Cove rum who weon a Gold Medal in the Dark Rum Category and the 2003 International Rum Festival.  




WOW Ride #2.


Women on Wheels   were off to  a windy rainy start this past Tuesday.  Five of us did meet and 3 of us rode around Pt. Edward.  Great tailwind going and terrific head wind on the way back. Not for the faint of heart.  




So weather looks good for Ride #2 this coming Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00 pm.



Victoria County Cycling Instruction


Bike Maintenance and Basic Repairs,  Saturday, June 6,  1 - 4pm

Information and Registration here.


CAN-BIKE 1,  9-hr Defensive Cycling Course, Sat. June 5, 6 - 9pm. Sun. all day.  9 - noon,  1- 4pm.

Information and Registration here.


Please note that these Cycling Instruction are FREE for Victoria County Residents.



CAN-BIKE 1 Course in Sydney


Only three spots left for this only session this spring in Sydney.


More information and Registration here.



Bike Week Events


Bike Week 2015 is coming soon! Here's a list of our scheduled events so far!

June 3
Flag Raising, Civic Centre, 10:30 AM

June 6
Bike Repair Clinic and Ride, CB Farmers Market, 9 AM – Noon
Hour-long ride leaves at 11 AM

June 8
Commuter Breakfast, ACAP Cape Breton, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Entertainment by Jordan Musycsyn

June 9
Women on Wheels , Noelle's Country Market, 6 PM

June 10
Bike and Café, Ugly Mug, 9:15 AM

Kid’s Fun Race, Open Hearth Park, 6 PM

Framework Group Ride, Coxheath Arena, 6 PM

June 11
Show-n-Go, Coxheath Arena, 6:30 PM

June 12
Commuter Breakfast, ACAP Cape Breton, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Entertainment by Mike LeLievre and Yvette Rogers

Cycling Info Session, Mayflower Mall, 1 PM – 5 PM

Can-Bike 1, Part 1, ACAP Cape Breton,  Sydney, 6 PM - 9 PM

June 13
Bike Repair Clinic and Ride, CB Farmers Market, 9 AM – Noon
Hour-long ride leaves at 11 AM

Can-Bike 1, Parts 2 & 3, ACAP Cape Breton, Sydney, 9 AM – 4 PM

June 14
*Rain Date*  Can-Bike 1, Part 2 & 3, ACAP Cape Breton, Sydney, 9 AM – 4 PM

Bike and Café, Talo Café & Bar, Glace Bay, 11 AM

Week-long Events:
Ride the Bus for Free with your Bike
Bike to Work or School Week
Police Information Checkpoints
Pedal Perks
YMCA Classes for Cyclists
Focus on Cycling at Your Local Library

Schools and Groups Hosting Events:
Mountainview-East Bay Complex
Rankin School of the Narrows
Boys and Girls Clubs of Cape Breton – Whitney Pier Youth Club
Bras D’Or Elementary
MacDonald Elementary
Donkin-Gowrie Complex
Shipyard Elementary







It’s probably easier just to haul the bicycle out:

Active Transportation Week:

Dose of reality for drivers:


Check out the CBRM Bike Week Schedule:


Women-friendly bike shops:


Chain maintenance:


Safer by design:


Read the comments:


Greaseless ball bearings:






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Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

May 28th, 2015


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