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How to Plan the Perfect Day by Bike in Nova Scotia

  Going out for a day trip on your bike is one of the best ways to enjoy Nova Scotia’s one-of-a-kind landscape with your friends and family. But finding your perfect route can also be quite overwhelming. Knowing where to begin can take all sorts of different paths and I can certainly sympathize with not knowing the best way to access the depth of trails across Nova Scotia. Thankfully, there exists a great set of tools that I have found useful in navigating our province’s amazing current and increasing trail system. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon picnic ride, a full-day adventure, or even a quick commute, here are some ideas on how to find the route that's best for ...

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Introducing Ally Lord – Women on Wheels Coordinator

Hello! My name is Ally Lord (she/her) and I’m thrilled to be coordinating the Women on Wheels program this summer. I’m originally from the Annapolis Valley and have spent the last few years since graduating from the University of King’s College working with different non-for-profits centred around youth empowerment and experiential learning. In my free time I love to read, write, cook, be barefoot outside, jump in lakes, and listen to early 2000’s music. The Women on Wheels program is a space for women of all abilities to cycle together and connect within their community. In this position, I’m looking forward to better understanding barriers women face in accessing safe and enjoyable cycling, and how race, ability, gender, and class ...

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HRM Mountain Bike Strategy Survey

Have your voice heard! The popularity of mountain biking worldwide has grown exponentially in recent years. Various municipalities in Atlantic Canada have recognized this opportunity and have devoted resources to develop purpose-built sustainable mountain bike trails, infrastructure, and related education/programs. Out of a report to Halifax Regional council in 2019, a volunteer committee has formed to develop a comprehensive Mountain Bike Strategy that aims to provide guidance to the municipality and other stakeholders. Data from this survey will be used for the development of this strategy and the advancement of mountain biking locally. No personal or individual information will be collected in this survey. To Participate: Fill out the survey HERE by July 31, ...

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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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