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Sharing the road is a matter of life and death

This month has been a difficult one for cyclists, particularly those in the Halifax Regional Municipality – but also for everyone in Nova Scotia who cares about access to safe and active transportation. The death of Loresa Makonin on October 8th, was exactly what BNS had hoped would not happen. Together with the Halifax Cycling Coalition, we hosted a memorial ride to celebrate her life, love of cycling, and to draw attention to the long road ahead to ensure that we do more to ensure that cyclists have safe infrastructure and that drivers know to watch for cyclists. Just a few short weeks before Loresa’s accident, BNS convened a special issue meeting on bicycle safety because of increasing concern about ...

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Ride to Remember Loresa Makonin

The Halifax Cycling Coalition and Bicycle Nova Scotia will be holding a memorial ride for Loresa Makonin on October 24, 2015 at 10:00am. Makonin was killed in a collision with a propane truck on October 7th, becoming the second person to be killed by riding a bicycle in the last two years. The ride will celebrate Makonin’s life and recreate part of her final bicycle ride. The event is also intended to express positive support for better bicycle infrastructure, policy and education in Halifax. For those who wish to join, we will be meeting at the Sobey’s parking lot, 297 Herring Cove Road. https://cyclehalifax.ca/2015/10/loresa-makonin-memorial-ride/

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East Meets West – MTB racing in Manitoba

Between the end of April and early July this year, I was sent to Winnipeg, Manitoba on short notice for a career related course. Since I was going to be there for the majority of the 2015 MTB racing season, I brought my bike with me as I intended to participate in the various races and events within the province. I participated in a total of 7 races, 5 Manitoba Cup XCO style races, and 2 recreational XC races. My experience was very positive and I’m excited to share my experiences with as many Nova Scotia cyclists as possible. I’m very happy that I got involved, but I’m certainly happy to finally be home. Shortly after receiving notice of the ...

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Blue Route is launched!

BNS want to send out a BIG thank you to everyone who joined in celebrating the Blue Route launch last Thursday in the Town of Pictou. The sun was shining and it felt amazing to be riding the first segment of our provincial cycling network with a crowd of over fifty people. Special thanks as well to guest speakers Minister Geoff MacLellan and Mayor Joe Hawes, and to the Town of Pictou, the Municipality of Pictou County and the Pictou County Trails Association for helping make the event such a success. Watching Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Geoff MacLellan cut the ribbon at the launch was memorable for all of us, and it was special to see people in ...

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Blue Route to Launch on August 6th in Pictou!

Blue Route Overview The Blue Route provincial cycling network will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. Once completed the Blue Route comprise a ~ 3000km network of signed bicycle routes, connecting riders with communities across the province. The Launch of the Blue Route The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road ...

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Bicycle Nova Scotia Launches Senior “Women on Wheels” Cycling Project

For Immediate Release June 25th, 2015 Halifax, NS_ Bicycle Nova Scotia is excited launch a program that will focus on building the bicycle skills of senior women in Nova Scotia. Over the summer and early fall of 2015, BNS will be working in 5-8 communities across Nova Scotia to encourage senior women to bicycle with the goal of establishing weekly rides. “It is a wonderful opportunity for women who already bicycle to build confidence in their cycling skills,” says Project Coordinator, Lynne Pascoe. “We are also focused on encouraging women who have not bicycled in the past to join in, have fun and become comfortable with cycling as a form of exercise and building community.” Bicycle Nova Scotia’s goal is ...

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