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Pedal Poll – Call for Volunteers in Nova Scotia

Help us make an impact by collecting cycling data across Nova Scotia! Bicycle Nova Scotia is looking for bicycle enthusiasts from across the province to count cyclists wherever you like to ride. Whether it is your favourite trail, a popular road loop, or your local section of Blue Route, we need you to pick a spot and observe cyclists for 2 hours, using a simple phone app. The Pedal Poll is being conducted in 14 cities across Canada, filling an important gap in cycling data This count is being done as part of the Pedal Poll, Canada’s first national count of cycling. Vélo Canada Bikes is leading this project in 14 cities across Canada, including Halifax.  This count will help to fill ...

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MTB Trail expansion at the Links at Brunello

      Residents of Timberlea will soon have more reason to hop in the saddle and enjoy trail riding on two wheels.  Thanks to a partnership with Bicycle Nova Scotia (BNS) and a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia, the Links at Brunello will be expanding its mountain bike trail system in 2021 using expertise provided by TrailFlow Outdoor Adventures. This expanded trail system will build on existing single and double track, and offer riders a wide range of technical options to develop riding skills.   The Links at Brunello and BNS recognize the support by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage in helping to develop and promote this resource for all Nova Scotians. Canada’s Ocean Playground is no stranger ...

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Traffic Safety Act – Our Recommendations

Photo from the Cabot Trail by Tim Foster on Unsplash Did you know that Nova Scotia’s outdated Motor Vehicle Act is being replaced with a modern Traffic Safety Act? It’s great news for all road users, given that the original Motor Vehicle Act is now almost 100 years old! The last major revision to the legislation was back in 1989, so an overhaul is long overdue, given how much things have changed since then. The Province of Nova Scotia says the new regulations “include improvements to help keep pedestrians safe” and “measures to better protect cyclists,” among many other updates. One major win is right in the title of the new act: instead of focusing strictly on the use of motor vehicles, ...

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The Best Routes in Halifax to Improve your Bicycle Commute

Biking to work in Halifax isn’t perfect and depending on your comfort level, can be quite intimidating at times. But there is hope. These options around the city will help to give you a bit of separation from traffic and connect to your urban destination. If you’re yearning to break away from driving or riding the bus everyday, get more exercise, and save money by powering your own travel, the commuting rides we’ve collected below offer pleasant routes within the current grid that can ease you into making active transport part of your daily routine. We’ve highlighted  some of the best route options to connect the suburban areas of Halifax into the Regional Centre. If you want to get ...

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6 Fun Kid-Friendly Rides for This Weekend’s Family Outing 

If you’re looking for easy, low-traffic and nature packed bicycle pathways for an outing this weekend, look no further. We've put together a list of five routes across Nova Scotia that are specifically catered to those wanting to either fit in an afternoon ride or a day trip adventure with the kids with outdoor destinations ranging from beaches, lighthouses, and coastal hiking trails. Each of these routes can be easily customized to fit your family’s needs. As cell phone reception can be spotty in areas along these routes, we always suggest you download any route maps you’re planning to your mobile device from the links included at the bottom of each route description before your ride.  Shearwater Flyer and Salt Marsh ...

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The 6 Best Rides for this Weekend’s Coastal Adventure

If you’re searching for a bike ride this weekend for you and your cycling friends, look no further. We’ve put together a list of six routes specifically targeted for those looking for an adventure-based ride with beautiful pit stops that will both push your riding and offer great food and drink options to gather with friends along the way. These rides, ranging from ~35-70km, are great if you are looking to improve your fitness and develop endurance, while still offering you gorgeous views and coastal access. You’ll want to be prepared for these as there will be areas without access to cell phone service. Be sure to download your route, bring your repair kit and only ride along if you ...

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