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VCB eNews, Volume 13, #10 - Brake Time !





Volume 13, #10  -  Brake Time!



Editorial: Brake Time!

Danny in the Canaries

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny


“He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.”
~ Benjamin Franklin


Editorial:  BRAKE TIME! 


Rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for all ages. It rejuvenates your body and mind, regulates your mood, and is linked to learning and memory function. On the other hand, not getting enough rest can negatively affect your mood, immune system, memory, and stress level. 

Seriously.  Take a Break!



Velo Cape Breton was born in 2003/04 during a period when bicycle infrastructure was next to non-existant and were not on the radar screen of authorities.  Since then giant leaps have been accomplished both at the local and provincial levels.  

The concept of a province-wide network of bikeways was initially discussed at the first annual Nova Scotia Bicycle Summit in 2006, held in Cape Breton and hosted by Velo Cape Breton.  An Active Transportation (AT) plan was adopted by the CBRM in 2008.  Implementation of the CBRM AT Plan is progressing steadily. 

Continuous and focused efforts by cycling oriented organizations resulted in the formation of an interdepartmental Blue Route Team Committee, co-chaired by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) and Bicycle Nova Scotia.  A first section of the Blue route was inaugurated in Pictou on August 6th, 2015

VCB has published a map showing some infrastructures and improvements for the safety of all road users that has been realized on Cape Breton Island over the past few years.  Check this link.  The inverted drops are links.

A warm thank you to the officials at TIR, Cape Breton Regional Municipality and all dedicated volunteers who have worked so hard to make it where we are today.  

Lets keep the ball rolling!  

Updates to this map will be made at regular intervals.


Note: Check this link for a full list of “completed” and “ongoing” projects on Cape Breton Island in the 5-Year Plan of the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal  (TIR).




Join Danny MacAskill on an insane journey across the rooftops of Gran Canaria. Mixing vertigo-inducing lines and killer POV-footage, “Cascadia” delivers some incredible riding.







Note: Flash & Dazzle taken from the Centennial CyclingClub eNewsletter.

For the well-dressed Cyclist’s Christmas List:

Here's an essential item for the visible cyclist, which will put the bright reflective vests to shame.

I look forward to the spectacle of CCC flashing its way through the countryside. But be sure everyone switches on at the exact same moment for maximum flash (either that or deliberately un-synchronize them for maximum dazzle)



Riding a bike is a taboo for women in many Muslim countries, but in Berlin, some Syrian migrants, are embracing a newfound freedom of movement, cycling freely.


Download your 2016 Mileage Log here.




1.  The Most Impressive Employee Ever.

Dave was bragging to his boss one day, "You know, I know everyone there is to know. Just name someone, anyone, and I know them."

Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff, "OK, Dave, how about Tom Cruise?"

"No dramas boss, Tom and I are old friends, and I can prove it."

So Dave and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's door, and Tom Cruise shouts, "Dave! What's happening? Great to see you! Come on in for a beer!"

Although impressed, Dave's boss is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise's house, he tells Dave that he thinks him knowing Cruise was just lucky.

"No, no, just name anyone else," Dave says.

"Justin Trudeau," his boss quickly retorts.

"Yup," Dave say's, "Old buddies, let's fly out to Ottawa and off they go. At the Parliament, Trudeau spots Dave on the tour and motions him and his boss over, saying, "Dave, what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting, but you and your friend come on in and let's have a cup of coffee first and catch up."

Well, the boss is very shaken by now but still not totally convinced. After they leave the parliament grounds he expresses his doubts to Dave, who again implores him to name anyone else.

"The Pope," his boss replies.

"Sure!" says Dave. "I've known the Pope for years." So off they fly to Rome.

Dave and his boss are assembled with the masses at the Vatican's St. Peter's Square when Dave says, "This will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all these people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the Pope."

He disappears into the crowd headed towards the Vatican.

Sure enough, half an hour later Dave emerges with the Pope on the balcony, but by the time Dave returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by paramedics.

Making his way to his boss' side, Dave asks him, "What happened?"

His boss looks up and says, "It was the final straw ... you and the Pope came out on to the balcony and the man next to me said, 'Who the hell is that on the balcony with Dave?"



2.  The Lab Results

The phone rings and the lady of the house answers, 'Hello.'

'Mrs. Sanders, please.'


'Mrs. Sanders, this is Doctor Jones at Saint Agnes Laboratory. When your husband's doctor sent his biopsy to the lab last week, a biopsy from another Mr. Sanders arrived as well. We are now uncertain which one belongs to your husband. Frankly, either way the results are not too good.'

'What do you mean?' Mrs. Sanders asks nervously.

'Well, one of the specimens tested positive for Alzheimer's and the other one tested positive for gonorrhea. We can't tell which is which.'

'That's dreadful! Can you do the test again?' questioned Mrs. Sanders.

'Normally we can, but Medicare will only pay for these expensive tests one time.'

'Well, what am I supposed to do now?'

'The folks at Medicare recommend that you drop your husband off somewhere in the middle of town. If he finds his way home, don't sleep with him.'



December 23,  2015



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