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VCB eNews, Volume 13, #9 - Moving Forward




Volume 13, #9  -  Moving Foward



Editorial:  Moving Forward

Rides Captain Missing

Are You Still There?

Cycling in Winter - Tips

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny



"We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much.  We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.  We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.  We've learned how to make a living but not a life.  We've added years to life, not life to years."  ~  Dr. Bob Moorehead





The 2015 Paris Climate Conference, or the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  or whatever you call it ended up with mixed feelings, lots of enthusiasm and hope for some and do not show enough “teeth” for others.  It certainly was historic in that the world agreed that climate change is a huge issue that needs to be addressed. 


OK, let’s work to go carbon free by the end of the mid-century.  This means a huge shift in many ways. In ways we heat our homes, in ways we produce and transport goods, in ways we travel ecologically from A to B, and what not other human activity to limit the average rise in global temperatures to less than 2°C.  What most people see as a solution is a shift from oil to electricity, renewable electricity to be precise.  


At present, renewable electricity produced globally are hydro 16%, nuclear 11% , wind, solar, geothermal and biomass 2% after intense promotion, tax incentive and investment.  This makes a total of 29%, or 71% of our present electricity coming from burning coal, natural gas and oil.   


Sensible people understand that investments in the trillions and trillions of dollars plus the collaboration of each living individual to reduce the demand in electricity by efficient and conservative measures is a huge task.  We have to be serious about it to prevent the worst effects of climate change by the end of this century - effects like the loss of coral reefs, severe damages from extreme weather events, large-scale human migrations as eco-refugees, and the destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide that will signal the beginning of the end of all of us, the nine billion human being on this planet.


196 countries signed an agreement to do something about it.  55 countries, representing at least 55% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, must now ratify or approve the agreement in their respective countries.  Canada is one of them.  Are you on board?


Did you know that recreational biking among Americans over age 50 jumped 62% between 2001 and 2009 … compared with only a 22% increase in the general population?  


Food for thought.  Food for action isn’t it?


Source:   National Household Travel Survey






At the last AGM, we could not find a volunteer to take on this position.  Maybe not enough information was given as to what the role of the Rides Captain is all about.


The Rides Captain shall determine a ride itinerary (Schedule of Rides & Events) for the upcoming year from input of the membership, the Vice President and Board members. 


Has the Authority to sanction rides (scheduled, impromptu) when proposed according to the VCB Policies (Risk Assessment, Risk Management; Ride Leaders Guidelines)


Any reasonable duties required by and approved through by the Executive.



We would love to have you on board!  There’s always a need for more helping hands. Please come forward and join us on the Board for the upcoming season.  You can email me Andrée or call me 902 539-9521 to chat.







Thanks to the 106 of you who clicked “Reply” and “Send”.  This surpass by a great margin the number of replies that we were expected.

Your good words also warmed our hearts.   A true Christmas Gift!  


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VCB eNews is just such a refreshing read every week. Loud and clear it comes across that it is put together by people who just love to ride. No one is preaching about cycling and it doesn't rely on big city sarcasm. The VCB eNews has to be one of Canada's best tools for promoting the joy of cycling. ~  G.B.


VCB eNews brings me much vital information on Cape Breton non-car transport.  As a Director (currently President)  of Transport Action Canada I find the articles  helpful for my understanding of developments in this magnificent region. ~  H.G.

I always scan your emailed newsletters however I also use twitter and Instagram but those medium can only take short snippets of information. They are a great way to get short announcements and notices out quickly.

Thanks for your continued work. ~ L.P-V.








by:  the Halifax Cycling Coalition. 


Halifax is not Copenhagen where cyclist enjoy plowed, well defined, and segregated bike lanes (someday, maybe!). In Halifax cycling in winter can be a bit tricky and a bit messy — but that doesn’t mean it’s just for the hardcore cyclist! With a little extra attention to your riding technique and some consideration of your clothing and gear choice, you too can be a year–round cyclist!


Read more


VCB member JP Landry bringing groceries home in Sherbrooke, Quebec







Bicycle self-inflating inner tube.  The idea behind the technology is that riders will no longer need to pump up their tires in order to compensate for seepage or pinhole leaks.








Wife texts husband on a cold winter’s morning: "Windows frozen, won't open."


Husband texts back:  "Gently pour some lukewarm water over it and gently tap edges with hammer."


Wife texts back 5 minutes later: "Computer really messed up now.”





December 17,  2015



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