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BNS Official Statement – July 20, 2021

In April 2021, Ms. Ehrenhold-Poole corresponded with Bicycle Nova Scotia expressing her regret at online statements regarding cyclists made in 2018. We chose not to publicly release this because we do not support any political candidate or party nor did we formally accept an apology. We were deeply concerned about the online statements made in 2018 and raised our concern at that time. There is a significant amount of work to do in Nova Scotia to improve cycling infrastructure, safety, education and grow a greener and healthier economy - and we hope that all political parties and candidates will work towards this vision. Nova Scotia has committed to completing 3000km of the Blue Route and there are numerous municipal active ...

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Sustainable Development Goals Act

The Nova Scotia government has announced public consultations for the Sustainable Development Goals Act (SDGA), giving us a chance to make Active Transportation a priority through regulated targeted goals for which we can help hold the government accountable. Legislated goals are how Nova Scotia has reduced its GHG emissions and improved waste management. A similar process is needed to ensure continued investment in active transportation and improved cycling infrastructure.   Sustainable transportation supports Goal #11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Many towns in Nova Scotia are the perfect size to facilitate walking and cycling for everyday journeys, however safe infrastructure generally is not a major priority. We are asking 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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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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