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VCB eNews, Volume 13, #11 -Cycling in the NEW Year!



Volume 13, #11  -  Cycling in the NEW Year



Editorial: Cycling in the NEW Year

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A week ago, on Christmas Day, if you didn’t get on your bike for a ride, you certainly saw tens of people out cycling, running, walking in the mid-teens temperatures we were having in the Maritimes.  It was a bonus for the B52 Challengers to record their weekly ride in these conditions.



Sunset on Boxing Day showed some warning colours despite the usual
say that promises:  “Red skies at night, sailor’s delight.


We woke up in a developing storm that changed the landscape and cycling conditions overnight quite dramatically inviting
to get back to review our book on winter cycling best practices before hitting the roads.


Cycling in the mild winter in the Maritimes is no different than winter cycling in cold Winnipeg, both offer its own challenges at times.  Gérald Bohémier in Winnipeg writes:  “But on a positive note, no windows to scrape, no block heater to worry about, no need for a shovel or CAA, parking is never an issue, never runs out of fuel, no insurance premiums, and better yet, winter cycling is healthy.... and the list goes on.  My sons remind me that unlike a car that makes you fat and costs you money, biking runs on fat and saves you money.”


If Winter Cycling is on your list of Resolutions for 2016, good for you.  Get some tips from the experts here


Download and use this Mileage Record Spreadsheet (Excel).  It is a fun way to keep track of your mileage and keeping notes about your outings. 







Over the last 13 years as a founding member of VCB, and for many of these years on the Board,  I have witnessed unprecedented growth in this amazing organization and its progress on the ground. 


As a retiree, I am proud of what VCB have done and can still do to help combat the increasing epidemics of physical inactivity the #1 cause of health related diseases affecting our population.   Whether you support active transportation, have a desire to do what you can about climate change, or – like me – have concerns about public health, your membership is needed to create this bicycle culture that will give decision makers reasons to plan and invest for a better future.


Please fill-out the registration form and use your credit card to remit your dues for the year.  Not only your $10. will help defray the huge costs of the Liability Insurance Premium ($10./member) but your membership will give you advantages and your support to the cause will be much appreciated.







With the revival of cycling all around the world, it is not surprising to see engineers, designers and inventors putting their brains at proposing things beyond the ordinary.  Check these couple of links.







May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty . . .

Old is Great

An old Woman was asked, "At your ripe age, what would you prefer to get : Parkinsons or Alzheimers?"

The wise one answered, "Definitely Parkinsons -  Better to spill half my wine than to forget where  I keep the bottle."



December 31h,  2015



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