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VCB eNews, Volume 13, #6 - A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario





Volume 13, #6  -  A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario




Editorial: A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario

Riding Away From Home

Louisbourg - Gabarus Highway

Are You Still There?

Words of Appreciation

Ode to the Bicycle

About That Funny




“We're all on different paths but headed in the same direction.” 

~ Marty Rubin





Cycling plays a major role in personal mobility around the world, but it could play a much bigger role. Given the convenience, health benefits, and affordability of bicycles, they could provide a far greater proportion of urban passenger transportation, helping reduce energy use and CO2 emissions worldwide. 

From these premises, Union Cycliste Internationale, The Europen Cyclists’ Federation and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association commissioned the Institute for Transportation, Development Policy and the University of California in Davis a report on the future of cycling for urban transportation (rather than recreation), and the potential contribution it could make to mobility as well as sustainability. 

A shift to cycling would require substantial changes to the way that cities were run and the way new cities were constructed: better bike infrastructure, laws to give priority to cyclists and greater restraint on private motor traffic would be necessary to obtain the benefits of cycling. 

The ‘Business as Usual’ scenario shows energy demand from transport soaring, as many people currently living in cities in the developing world shift from foot- and bike-based transport based to cars.   Thispessimistic vision of the future – in which cycling loses ground to driving in many cities around the world – need not necessarily become reality. For this, investment would need to be made in: better conditions for cycling, integration of cycling with public transport, stronger land use planning and restraint of private car use.

The results show that a world with a dramatic increase in cycling could save society US$24 trillion cumulatively between 2015 and 2050, and cut CO2 emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11 percent in 2050 compared to a High Shift scenario without a strong cycling emphasis.

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The coolest thing in road cycling right now is picking a destination to ride to--someplace far--pedaling there, and then taking the public transport for the trip back home or vice versa.  Sounds great to us! 


Read the rest of this Business Insider piece about the multimodal cycling movement, replete with route suggestions, by clicking on this link  







The unopened Louisbourg-Gabarus road has been an ongoing source of anguish for those along Cape Breton's southeast coast.

Closed in the mid-1960s after being open for centuries, it was always hoped that it would be reopened one day. 


A 2008 study indicated that it would "generate considerable economic impact" along the Fleur-de-Lis Trail. Go to to see a copy of the study.


There’s an online petition to ask the federal government to build that road.






A survey done three years ago brought the list of VCB eNews subscribers addresses from 1543 down to 526.

The exponential growth of social media has introduced us to whole new ways of communicating or getting the information we need.  We seem to live in a constant state of immediacy. 

For our vounteer-run organization facing the usual challenges of time and human resources poverty, we need to re-assess from time to time where we can get the best return for that investment of time and energy of the volunteers. 

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by: Coleen Clare, CBRM Recreation.


I’d like to express my thanks to those Velo CB members who came out to cycle with Steve O’Brien during his cross country relay for youth and school.


It was so nice of you to do so during a time that I’m sure is quite busy. Steve was very impressed and excited to meet new people while he was here. He was also very happy to spread the word of his message of “perseverance” while in our community. 


A special thank you to Micheline for arranging a visit at the French school so that Steve could talk to the students there. 


Let’s hope the rest of Steve’s journey goes well for him!







Have you ever seen someone you knew ride pass you on their bicycle that made you wonder how it would feel to ride a bicycle again. Then your next thought was; I tried that a couple of years ago and it near killed me!

What you didn't know was that the bicycle didn't fit you. That’s right; the bicycle didn't fit you! Over the years all aspects of bicycles have improved even to make it easier to navigate hills compared to the bike you rode in your youth. Bicycles have changed from when you were younger and rode your bike around the neighbourhood before dropping it on the ground to play with your friends.

It's important to visit a pro bicycle shop to get the bicycle best suited for you. They will ask you questions: where do you want to cycle, how much do you want to spend? Your answers will determine what kind of bicycle you should purchase. They should measure you to make a proper fit. When you are at the pro shop enquiring about a bicycle (ask lots of questions) these people can provide you with information that will make your return to cycling far more pleasurable. Oh yes; have you noticed the helmets, the bright colours and the funny shorts cyclists where? They wear them for a reason!

When you are at the bike shop ask about bicycle clubs in your area, make contact. Bicycle clubs are made up of people from all walks of life, they are cycling for all different reasons and there is always someone involved who will help you. They can provide you with a wealth of information and tips on cycling. They have courses that will help you understand the rules of the road and how to navigate traffic on a bicycle.

Do you remember the smells, sounds, sights and freedom of your summer childhood? The singing of the birds and flash of their multi colours when they flew passed you? The smell of the unknown flowers on the side of the roadway and their bright colours? With the convenience of the internet and digital cameras you can identify those flowers growing on the side of the road and the pretty little birds that perch in the trees.

You (the cyclist) can cycle up streets to see the beauty of your neighbours' gardens that you pass daily in your car and never consider going there without a purpose.

Later in the season when the leaves depart from the trees you can cycle in your comfort area to look for the nests of the birds you heard singing during the summer. These are just a few of the many things that you can do on bicycle rides.

There will be smells, sounds and sights that you won't like and that’s where the freedom comes in, you cycle where you get the most enjoyment. Before you know it, you will look forward to getting on the “saddle”, did I mention that bicycles have saddles and not seats, that's for another time after you start riding.

ED:  version of 10 Reasons to Ride You Bicycle, submitted by Tom Nixa.





A guy is driving around the back roads and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale '

He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

'You talk?' he asks. 

'Yep,' the Lab replies. After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'

The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so... I told the RCMP.

In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'

'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running...

But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in.  I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.'

'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

'Ten dollars,' the guy says.

'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'

'Because he's a Bullshitter. He's never been out of the yard'



November 26h,  2015




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