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2014 Schedule of Events


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Pre Bike Week Events


Annual HRM Bike Auction

Devonshire Arena, 3395 Devonshire Ave., Halifax
Saturday, May 31
Viewings start at 8:00 am/ Auction starts at 10:00 am
Used bikes are available for purchase in this annual auction. Volunteers from the Ecology Action Centre’s BikeAgain program will be on hand to give your “new to you” bike a quick overhaul. Cash only. 
Contact: clarkec@halifax.ca

Commuter Challenge

Sunday June 1 - Saturday June 7
Give your car a day off!  Try a different way to get to work.  Work from home one day; join a carpool with a co-worker the next. Take the bus, walk or cycle.  Register, Participate, Track at www.commuterchallenge.ca


Multi-Day Events

Multi-Day Events


Free Ferry Rides for Cyclists

Cyclists ride the ferry for free with their bikes during Bike Week, June 6-15, 2014.

Bike Bandit Benefactors

All week, the Ecology Action Centre’s Bike Bandit Benefactors will be leaving small cycling accessories as gifts on people’s bicycles to say ‘thank you’ for riding. So, get out and ride!  You burn fat, not fuel, and you might get a reward!  Benefactors will also be combing the trails this year, giving a bike bell to any bicyclist who does not already have one. It’s important to ring your bell before passing walkers on multi-use trails so we want to make sure everyone has one! Ecology Action Centre, 220-8776

Discovery Centre Bubble Bike

At select children’s events during Bike Week!
Spot the Bubble Bike at various kids’ events during Bike Week.  Kids just love to chase the giant bubbles blown by this wonderful bicycle! Discovery Centre, Sarah Gillis, 492-4422 x232

MEC Bike to School Day

Schools are invited to host events during Bike Week to promote safe cycling by children and youth.  Bicycling offers many health benefits and being more active is one of the keys to reducing childhood obesity. To register an event at your school, contact: Kate MacDonald, HRSB Physical Activity Coordinator, 464-2000 x4435

HFX Bike Trailer Share Launch

The Ecology Action Centre is getting set to deploy a prototype public bicycle trailer this summer! The first of its kind in the world, HFX Bike Trailer Share aims to provide cyclists with the ability to wirelessly sign out bike trailers at various Metro locations. We will be at varuous Bike Week events inviting people to sign up to test our prototype trailer, in advance of our project launch later this year. Check out www.trailershare.ca for more details. Tom MacDonald, HFX Bike Trailer Share Coordinator, 402-9967

Cedar Festival

June 5 - 8, 2014
Our Lady of Lebanon, 3844 Joseph Howe Drive
www.ourladyoflebanon.org/festival_program.asp

Lebanese Culture with a Canadian Twist. Savour the sights, sounds and tastes of everything Lebanese! Three evenings of world class entertainment, authentic Lebanese cuisine, music and cultural shows, children's play area, mouth-watering pastries, and much more! For four spectacular days, the grounds of Our Lady of Lebanon will be transformed into a busy Beirut marketplace, with immortal Lebanese hospitality. People arriving by bicycle receive $2 off any sandwich or wrap with free valet bicycle parking provided on site by Clean Nova Scotia.

Friday, June 6


Dalhousie Bike Summit

Friday, June 6
11:00am- 2:00pm
Sexton Memorial Gymnasium, 1360 Barrington Street.

The Dalhousie Office of Sustainability will celebrate active transportation on campus during an afternoon of presentation, demonstration, and education. Join us as we review our campus bicycle initiatives and illustrate our vision for new projects on campus. Bring your bike along for a free bike tune-up event hosted by the Dal Bike Centre. A reception will follow. Stephen Cushing, 579-1041, www.dal.ca/rethink.

Ride the Urban Coast: EAC Oceans Week Cycling 

Friday, June 6
5:30pm- 7:30pm (Meet at 5:30pm, ride departs at 6:00pm, BYO picnic 6:45pm-7:30pm)

I Heart Bikes, Sands at Salter, 1507 Lower Water Street.

Ride the Urban Coast with the Ecology Action Centre! The stars aligned such that Oceans Week and Bike Week are both happening at the same time.  The Ecology Action Centre is launching a coastal bike ride to explore our urban waterfront, coastal ecosystems, and climate change adaptation issues along our coast. What a great excuse to wear blue (for Oceans Week) and ride your bike around town (bike rentals available - please contact I Heart Bikes to reserve).  Meet at 5:30pm, the ~45 minute ride starts at 6pm, and after riding enjoy a BYO picnic in Point Pleasant Park. www.ecologyaction.ca/urbancoast. Katie Brennan, cebrennan.climate@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 7


Blessing of the Cyclists

Saturday, June 7
10:00am
Bedford Baptist Church Parking lot, 158 Rocky Lake Drive, Bedford

A ‘Blessing of the Cyclists’ ceremony will be held in the parking area of the church. This will be followed by an optional road or trail ride. The road ride will proceed from the parking area along Rocky Lake Drive to Waverley (15km return). For those interested in the trail ride we will walk our bikes across the street to the Bedford – Sackville Connector Greenway trail bridge close to the North Star Diner for a 2.5 km ride toward Sackville following the Sackville River (5km return). Helmets are mandatory for those riding. Contact: David Waugh 865-7154

Family Bike Rodeo

Saturday, June 7
10:00am- 12:00pm
Bissett Lake Park Trail

Fun for the whole family! Stop at different stations along the Bissett Lake Trail and get your bike checked, shined and ensure your helmet fits properly! Finish the ride with valet bike parking, grab a snack and do some art!

Contact Damion Stapledon, 490-4828.

Velo Club Coastal Ride (30 km)

Saturday, June 7 (Rain Date: Saturday June 14)
10:00am- 1:00pm
Meet at Tim Horton’s on Mumford Road

Cycle out to the quaint community of Herring Cove and follow the coast to experience great views and get a healthy cardio workout. We will be stopping for lunch at the halfway point and as this is Velo's 40th birthday there will be sweets provided to power our way back to Mumford Road.  Velo Halifax Club, Terry Walker, 835-8045.

Wheels: Art Bikers Open Studio

Saturday, June 7
12:00pm- 4:30pm
Suite 104 5663 Cornwallis Street Halifax, NS

We are inviting people of all ages to join us in creatively transforming bike wheels/rims (supplied) into colourful works of art. Spend the afternoon weaving, collaging, decorating, and making new friends! Finished artworks to be installed in the 4Cs Foundation foyer, adding to the art created last year.  http://www.4csfoundation.com. Jyelle Vogel, 422-4805, artbikers@gmail.com

Bicycle Carnival

Saturday, June 7
1:00pm – 5:00pm

The Deanery Project, 37 Deanery Road, Lower Ship Harbour

Enjoy bicycle rodeo games, relays and tricks introduced by giant puppets, magic, music and juggling. See unicycles, tricycles, and the greatest bike trailers imaginable. Hook yourself to one of these and carry tools and lumber … or your surfboard.    Indulge in delicious local food and bike powered smoothies from Rocky’s Roost the newly launched Eastern Shore Bike Hub. Learn about bike repairs, maintenance, and bike art. Go on a self-guided tour of HRM’s glorious Clam Harbour Loop (16 Km) Raindate: Sunday June 8, 2014. 845-1888 www.thedeaneryproject.com.

HRM SmartCycle Session: Everything You Need to Know About Bicycling

Saturday, June 7
2:30- 4:30pm   

Join Sandra Bennett, certified CAN-Bike Instructor in this overview to cycling in the city.  You will get all the basic information you need to know to dust off your ride, get back in the saddle, and start a leaner, greener, lifestyle. Topics include: proper bike and helmet fit; picking a safe route; bike clothing & gear; bicycle commuting.  We’ll also cover tips for riding on and off the road, locking your bike and using bike racks on Halifax Transit buses.  First ten people to arrive will receive a nifty SmartTrip bicycle bell! Keshen Goodman Public Library. Dacy MacDonald, 490-6436, macdond@halifax.ca

Bike Rodeo / Family Fun Day

Saturday, June 7th

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Charles Road Park (Glengarry Estates) in Timberlea

Kids are invited to ride the rodeo course, learn about bike maintenance, and get a chance to win prizes. Rodeo and maintenance information will be put on by SportChek. For more information, contact: Bre Irwin at bre_wayte@hotmail.com

 

Sunday, June 8



Southwest Sunday Cycle (15km)

Sunday, June 8
8:30 sign-in and register (for FREE), ride begins at 9:00am

Sands at Salter, Halifax Waterfront

Trade in your Sunday Drive for a Sunday Cycle sponsored by Southwest Properties Ltd. Route departs at 9am from Salter Street on the waterfront. From there the route will follow an approximately 15km loop, making its way to Point Pleasant Drive in the South End, up to the Nova Scotia Community College campus in the North End, and back to MEC BikeFest at Salter. The route will avoid hills where possible, utilize low traffic streets, and visit some of the Peninsula's most scenic neighbourhoods. The loop will also tour some of the City's proposed bicycle routes included in the forthcoming Active Transportation Plan. Our police escort will help our group of up to 200 riders enjoy stress-free cycling without mixing with speedy car traffic. Mechanical support and sag wagon will be provided by Cyclesmith.Ages 12 & up only. For more info, see our FAQ. Bicycle Nova Scotia, Ben Buckwold, 880-7154.

MEC Bikefest

Sunday, June 8
10:00am- 2:00pm

NEW LOCATION!! Sands at Salter, Halifax Waterfront

At MEC Bikefest there is something for everyone: dozens of informative clinics, kids’ activities, bicycle demos, MEC Bike Swap, the latest gear from bike retailers and manufacturers, group rides, a bicycle donation drop-off, community cycling groups, gear giveaways, and so much more. Come join us and make it the best bicycle bash in town. Christine Krochak, Mountain Equipment Co-op, ckrochak@mec.ca

Learn to Tandem Cycle with Vision Loss

Sunday, June 8
10:00am – 2:00 pm

Sands at Salter, Halifax Waterfront (with MEC Bikefest)

Take a ride on a Tandem Bike for your first time and learn more about the joys of riding. Everyone is welcome and we encourage you to bring a friend or family member who wants to learn how to pilot a tandem bike. Please bring your own helmet if you want to participate. Tandems, volunteer pilots, and water station for service dogs will be available. Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Halifax Chapter, Troy_Nauffts1@hotmail.com.

Historical Acadian Tour of West Chezzetcook (20 km ride)

Sunday, June 8
1:00pm- 3:00pm

Acadian House Museum, 79 Hill Rd, West Chezzetcook

This easy to moderate paced, 20km tour will make 8 stops exploring the history of the region including: the Museum, St. Anselm's Church, the old Blueberry Run Train, the old brick yard, clam factory, and the site of historical salt-marsh hay harvesting. As we often have coastal fog this time of year, dress in layers for cooler weather.  You will find two cafes on this tour with great food. Shore Active Transportation Association, Mary Macdonald, marymac1771@eastlink.ca

Indoor BMX Jam

Sunday, June 8
10:00am- 6:00pm

Lebrun Centre, 36 Holland Ave, Bedford

Come ride "Street" style obstacles and help us advance our dream of an indoor BMX park! All ages and skill levels are welcome, and some of Nova Scotias most talented riders will be throwing down their best moves. BMX prizes from Sportwheels are to be awarded for various reasons throughout the day. Full details on Facebook www.facebook.com/events/286743278157961/. Adam Berry, adam.berry7@gmail.com.

Making Tracks Program

Sunday, June 8
10:00am- 12:00pm

Free, but pre-registration required. To register or for more info call: Front Desk 465-5267 or Karen Clark 465-8734

Tallahassee Recreation Centre, 168 Redoubt Way, Eastern Passage.

Taught by skilled trainers from the Ecology Action Centre, children ages 6-12 will learn how to identify bicycle parts, what clothing and equipment they need to stay safe, bicycle maintenance & repair skills, safe riding skills, how to pick a safe route,  and rules of the road. There will be lots of time to practice, gain confidence in their skills, and have a ton of fun!  Must have own bike to participate.  Event will be held indoors in case of bad weather.

Family Bike Orienteering & Standard Orienteering

Sunday, June 8
11:30am registration/ 12:00- 2:00pm, FREE

Shubie Park, Fairbanks Centre, 54 Locks Road (Look for the red and white markers!)

Bike Orienteering is like a treasure hunt - use your bicycle and a detailed map to find markers throughout the park. (There will also be a Standard Orienteering Event on foot happening at the same time! – fees and details at www.orienteeringns.ca ) Maria Jacobs, 454-7858, jacobsmacleod@gmail.com

 

Monday, June 9


HRM SmartCycle Session: Introduction to CAN-BIKE

Monday, June 9 
7:00– 8:30pm

Alderney Gate Public Library

Nationally certified CAN-BIKE instructor Sandra Bennett will teach you how to prevent spills and increase your safety and comfort riding in traffic. Learn how to make your ride to work or school safer and more comfortable.  First ten people to arrive will receive a nifty SmartTrip bicycle bell! Lynn Lavoie, 490-5886, lavoiel@halifax.ca

Second Annual Mayor's Ride, presented by Doctors Nova Scotia

Monday, June 9
3:30 – 5:00pm

Start: Bicentennial Junior High, 85 Victoria Road, Dartmouth

Join Mayor Savage and the Bicentennial Junior High Bicycle Club on this fun ride to Alderney Landing.  Celebrate cycling, youth, and local food – all part of a Healthy and Liveable Community.  Informal reception to follow at the Dartmouth Farmers Market. Scott Penton, 490-3802.

 

Tuesday, June 10


Bike and Boat

Tuesday, June 10
4:00- 7:00 pm

St. Mary's Boat Club, 1641 Fairfield Road (off Jubilee Road below Connaught)

Arrive on a bicycle at St. Mary’s Boat Club and have a 1 hour canoe or kayak guided tour for free! All boating and safety equipment provided. For weather cancellation information please call 490-4538 on the day of event. Lisa Doyle, St. Mary's Boat Club, doyleli@halifax.ca.

 

FREE Bike Maintenance Clinic

Tuesday, June 10

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Sportwheels on Sackville Drive

FREE Free Bike Maintenance Clinic. Two technicians with over 12 years of experience will be available to showcase basic maintenance, tube changes and tips to keep your bike working GREAT!

Register online at www.halifax.ca/rec or phone 490-4665

 

HRM SmartCycle Session: Bicycle Touring

Tuesday, June 10
7:00– 8:30pm

Keshen Goodman Public Library

Inspired with the idea of traveling by bicycle but don’t how to get started?  Bob White, a nationally certified CAN-BIKE instructor and local cycling enthusiast will tell you all about:

  • The types of bicycles for short and long distance bicycle touring.
  • The gear you need to travel for day tours, or multi-day adventures.
  • How to plan a safe and scenic cycle touring route.
  • How to plan and prepare for your first bicycle tour.
  • What to mentally and physically expect once you hit the road.
  • Where to find guided and self-guided bicycle tours to participate in.

First ten people to arrive will receive a nifty SmartTrip bicycle bell! Dacy MacDonald, 490-6436, macdond@halifax.ca

HRM SmartCycle Session: Bicycle Infrastructure in HRM – Update and Overview

Tuesday, June 10
7:00– 8:30pm

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

HRM’s Active Transportation Coordinator will describe existing and planned elements of the proposed bicycle network in HRM’s Active Transportation Plan.  Find out about programs in HRM to support bicycling; and get updates about construction planned along popular bike routes like the Chain of Lakes Trail, the Macdonald Bridge, and North Park Street.  Forty minute presentation followed by Q&A/ discussion. First ten people to arrive will receive a nifty SmartTrip bicycle bell! Cheryl Black, blackc@halifax.ca

** EVENT CANCELLED** Road Safety Checks

Halifax Regional Police staff originally scheduled to work with EAC and CAA on road safety checks for Bike Week have been re-directed to Moncton to support the RCMP and the city of Moncton related to the tragic events there last week. Our thoughts are with our neighbours in Moncton. All the partners will try to reschedule the bicycle road safety checks for later this month.

Tuesday, June 10
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Various Locations

The Transportation Issues Committee of the Ecology Action Centre is partnering with HRM police and CAA Atlantic. While performing routine road safety checks, information will be offered to motorists and cyclists about sharing the road. Sara Rafferty, 220-8776

 

Wednesday, June 11


MEC Pancake Breakfast

Wednesday, June 11
7:00 am - 9:00 am

Dartmouth side of MacDonald Bridge and at MEC store in Halifax

Mountain Equipment Co-op will celebrate Bike Week by serving pancakes to cyclists. Two locations - Dartmouth side of Macdonald Bridge and at the store in Halifax. Bike to work this morning and staff from MEC will thank you for doing your part for the environment with a free pancake breakfast!  Leave home early this morning to give yourself plenty of time to eat!Christine Krochak, Mountain Equipment Co-op, ckrochak@mec.ca

HRM SmartCycle Session: Everything You Need to Know About Bicycling

Wednesday, June 11
7:00- 8:30pm  

Captain William Spry Library

Nationally certified CAN-BIKE instructor Bob White will provide this overview to cycling in the city and give you the basic information you need to know to dust off your ride, get back in the saddle, and start a leaner, greener, life style. Topics include: proper bike and helmet fit; picking a safe route; bike clothing & gear; bicycle commuting.  We’ll also cover tips for riding on and off the road, locking your bike and using bike racks on Halifax Transit buses.  First ten people to arrive will receive a nifty SmartTrip bicycle bell! David Hansen, 490-5792, hansed@halifax.ca

Kid’s Bicycle Races on the Oval

Wednesday, June 11
5:00pm (registration)/ Races from 6:00- 9:00pm

Emera Oval, Halifax

Kids (ages 5-10) can experience road racing on bikes in the safety of the Emera Oval!  Children will race with others in the same age bracket. Ribbons, great prizes and maybe some surprises! More info soon at:  http://www.bicyclespluscyclingclub.com/.

First 24 kids to register get a free helmet from Giant Canada. http://www.atlanticchip.ca/events/details.php?show=1421

Atlantic View Trail Ride (20km)

Wednesday, June 11
10:00am- 12:00pm

Start: Lawrencetown Beach , 4348 Lawrencetown Road (East side of building)

Easy paced ride on the trail from Lawrencetown Beach to Bissett Road. There will be lots of stops to enjoy the grand views of the Atlantic Ocean. Bring your own snacks and water and dress for weather (layers recommended). www.shoreat.ca. Shore Active Transportation Association, Shirley Smith, shirleysmith@ns.sympatico.ca , (902) 579-2428.

Bike Repair Bonanza!

Wednesday, June 11
3:30-6:00pm

Various locations, see below

Look for HCC volunteers at public bicycle repair stations around town.  Armed with chain lube and information about cycling in HRM, they will show you how to use the stations, help with minor repairs, and leave you and your ride feeling good!  There are public bike repair stations at:

  • Halifax Ferry Terminal
  • Woodside Ferry Terminal
  • South Park & Spring Garden Road
  • Dalhousie Student Union Building
  • Courtyard behind the Dalhousie Architecture Building
  • Halifax side of the Macdonald Bridge
  • Dalhousie Ocean Science Research Building
  • Dalhousie Cities & Environment Unit (5257 Morris St)

Halifax Cycling Coalition, www.cyclehalifax.ca/

 

Thursday, June 12


*NEW EVENT* Public Lecture: Promoting Cycling for All Ages and Abilities in Halifax

Thursday, June 12th at 7:00 pm

McCain Arts Building at Dalhousie University, 6136 University Ave

Presenters Brian Patterson (Urban Systems Inc) and David Rawsthorne (City of Vancouver) will discuss how Halifax compares to other cities in Canada; what strategies have helped to encourage cyclists of all ages and abilities; and the Vancouver experience with protected bicycle lanes and local street bikeways. RSVP on Facebook and learn more here.

Free Safety Inspections

Thursday, June 12
7:30- 9:00am     

Dartmouth side of Macdonald Bridge             

MEC bike mechanics will be performing free bike safety inspections and minor repairs. The Planning & Design Centre and Halifax Cycling Coalition will be on hand with a hot drink and snacks too! MEC, Christine Krochak, 421-2667.

Velo Club Day Ride to Crystal Crescent Beach (55 km)

Thursday, June 12
10:30am- 2:00pm

Meet at Tim Horton's, Mumford Road

Pack a lunch and enjoy a scenic ride to Crystal Crescent Beach. Some hill climbing but there will be sweets provided at the lunch break as this is Velo Halifax's 40th birthday. Velo Halifax Club, Terry Walker, 835-8045

Sportwheels Hybrid Trail Ride

Thursday, June 12
6:45p.m- 8:30pm

BLT Trailhead on Lakeside Drive (next to Coca Cola Plant)

This is a weekly group trail ride hosted by Sportwheels Bicycle Shop. The ride is free to all, and is beginner friendly. There are multiple ride leaders and we can ride at the pace and distance riders need. www.sportwheels.com , https://www.facebook.com/groups/138535560264/

*** This event has been cancelled: Bedford South Bikes!

Thursday, June 12
6:30pm

Bedford South School, back loop off Southgate Drive

Bedford families - bring your bikes, scooters, skateboards, inline skates and come vote on our final design for the community mural to be painted on the back loop! There will be games, prizes and lots of snacks. All are welcome - we hope to see you there! Caroline King, walk@ecologyaction.ca

 

Friday, June 13


2 Wheelers Exhibition

Opens Friday, June 13

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 1723 Hollis St., Halifax, N.S. www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

2 Wheelers is an exhibition about bikes opening during HRM Bike Week and closing in September. It brings together works by artists of all ages and practices that explore the playful, functional and political role of the bicycle. This exhibition is designed as a bike tour that will take you through four spaces of the Gallery. 2 Wheelers will include works from the Gallery’s permanent collection, such as photographs by Annie Leibovitz, a community-based installation created from stained glass and recycled bicycle parts, a large-scale collaborative project by 100 elementary students and their teachers, and an opportunity to take part in a study of sustainable transportation in the HRM.

Musquodoboit Harbour Trail (30 km)

Friday, June 13
10:00am- 12:00pm

Meet at the Rail Trail Parking lot, Park Road, Musquodoboit Harbour

Come ride our scenic trail which was redone in 2013. There will be plenty of stops to rest and take in the views along the way of the Musquodoboit River and high cliffs. Bring your own snacks and water and dress for weather on the Eastern Shore!  It can be colder than the city, so dress in layers!  Ride will conclude at the Dobbit Bakery for treats.  www.shoreat.ca. Shore Active Transportation Association, Shirley Smith, shirleysmith@ns.sympatico.ca  (902)579-2428

Bicycle Facilities Training Course

Friday, June 13
8:30am- 4:30pm

Mona Campbell Building, Dalhousie University, 1459 LeMarchant Street Halifax

Cost: $350
To preregister, contact Nathan Rogers, Nathan.Rogers@dal.ca

This full day course will assist design professionals in developing awareness and understanding of the unique issues and needs of cyclists and will equip them with the design skills needed to deal with diverse, complex issues that arise around the selection, design and implementation of cycling infrastructure, including winter considerations. The course consiers the wide variety of contextx in which cycling infrastructure is implemented, including rural, suburban and urban communities.

The course is being delivered by Brian Patterson, MCIP, RPP with Urban Systems and David Rawsthorne, P.Eng. with the City of Vancourver. The course is hosted by the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia. Please see the website for more details.

 

Saturday, June 14


HRM SmartCycle Session: Basic Bicycle Repair

Saturday, June 14
2:00- 4:00pm

Halifax North Memorial Public Library
Pre-registration Required, call 490-5723

Nationally certified CAN-BIKE instructor, Jenna Mona will provide you with a better understanding of how a bicycle works, how to fix basic issues and how to name the different parts of the bike. Bring your own bike if you have one and receive a nifty SmartTrip bicycle bell!

Learn how to:

  • Complete a pre-ride safety check
  • Repair and patch a flat tire
  • Adjust brakes
  • Adjust gears
  • Oil and clean a chain
  • Identify when parts may need to be replaced

HRM SmartCycle Session: Everything You Need to Know About Bicycling

Saturday, June 14
2:30- 4:30pm   

Bedford Public Library

Nationally certified CAN-BIKE instructor Doug Regular will provide you with this overview to cycling in the city and give you the basic information you need to know to dust off your ride, get back in the saddle, and start a leaner, greener, life style. Topics include: proper bike and helmet fit; picking a safe route; bike clothing & gear; bicycle commuting.  We’ll also cover tips for riding on and off the road, locking your bike and using bike racks on Halifax Transit buses.  First ten people to arrive will receive a nifty SmartTrip bicycle bell!  Free, but pre-registration required, call 490-5757. Ann Marie O’Connor, 490-5924, oconnoa@halifax.ca

Bike Week Bike Kitchen

Saturday, June 14
11:00am- 1:00pm

J. D. Shatford Memorial Public Library, Hubbards

Join Gord Tate & Jody Conrad in the ‘bike kitchen’. Bring in your bike and get a hands-on chance to learn basic bike repair and maintenance so that it never gathers dust in the garage again.  11am: How-to clinic/ 12pm: Tune-up. Elaine Murray, 857-4215.

Wheels: Art Bikers Open Studio

Saturday, June 14
12:00pm- 4:30pm

Suite 104 5663 Cornwallis Street Halifax, NS

We are inviting people of all ages to join us in creatively transforming bike wheels/rims (supplied) into colourful works of art. Spend the afternoon weaving, collaging, decorating, and making new friends! Finished artworks to be installed in the 4Cs Foundation foyer, adding to the art created last year.  http://www.4csfoundation.com. Jyelle Vogel, 422-4805, artbikers@gmail.com

Making Tracks Leader Training Session

Chocolate Lake Recreation Centre, 14 Purcell's Cove Road, Halifax

Saturday, June 14 from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$10 pre-registration required (space is limited). To register or for more information please e-mail mt@ecologyaction.ca or call 442-0209.

Taught by a skilled Expert Trainer from the Ecology Action Centre, adults and older youth will learn how tolead a Making Tracks Cycling program for children or youth in their community. Participants will cover bike safety, preparedness, rules of the road, technical skills, equipment maintenance and community route planning. This full-day session will be fun and educational and will help you gain confidence in yourself and your abilities. Must have own bike to participate. Event will be held mostly indoors; however, a community ride is planned. Please wear appropriate clothing. Participants should also bring their own lunch.

 

Sunday, June 15


SWITCH: Open Streets

Sunday, June 15
12:00 – 4:00 pm

Portland and Prince Albert Streets, Downtown Dartmouth. 2 km route from Alderney Landing to Sinclair Street

Switch re-imagines how to use our streets: they will be open to people (on foot, bicycle, skateboard, etc.) but closed to cars. Dozens of activities are scheduled. Come out and have some fun. www.Switchhfx.ca.
Facebook – SwitchHfx
Twitter - @SwitchHfx 

Yoga in the Park by Moksha Yoga

1:00 pm
Canal Greenway Space, Prince Albert Road

Why not relax this Sunday and try Yoga in the Park with Vivienne Dineed. Learn more about Moksha yoga benefits and practices to enjoy a more fun, healthy, and stress free life.
Calm mind. Fit Body. Inspired Life.
Twitter - @MokshaHali
Facebook- MokshaHali

Flagstops on Father's Day

Sunday, June 15
10:00am - 2:00pm

Three Routes, Two Counties, One Ride! Join the first cross-municipal trail ride collaboration for Bike Week in Nova Scotia.  Start on the rail trail anywhere between HRM (Lakeside) and Lunenberg, and converge in Hubbards for the bash. For further details, and registration visit www.flagstopsrides.com. Scott Penton, 490-3802, pentons@halifax.ca

Velo Club Sweet Ride to Bakery (53 km)

Sunday, June 15
10:00am- 2:00pm

*NEW MEETING PLACE* at the head of the BLT trail (by the Coke Plant)

Come experience riding on the BLT trail and head to the Bike & Bean or the White Sales Bakery. There will be rest stops along the way. Some road detours may be necessary to get to the BLT depending on construction planned on the Chain of Lakes Trail. Velo ride leader will monitor before event. As this is our 40th birthday there will be cake. Velo Halifax Club, Terry Walker, 835-8045.


Post Bike Week Events

Bike Rodeo

Tantallon Public Library
Saturday, June 21
10:30am

Ages 5+. Watch a demonstration about proper road etiquette and cycling safety. Ride through the miniature chalk street course and learn how to apply the rules. Parental consent is required and consent forms can be completed onsite. In partnership with the RCMP.

Kevin Fox with Special Guest Evalyn Parry

Monday June 23, 2014
8pm

The Carleton Tavern, 1685 Argyle Street
Tickets $20 advance/ $25 at the door

Halifax native, singer-songwriter, and ‘Canada’s most ubiquitous side-man’ Kevin Fox takes a break from touring with the likes of Chantal Kreviazuk and Steven Page, for an evening of his engaging, cello-driven pop songs.  www.kevinfox.ca

Award-winning Toronto songwriter, poet and theatre creator Evalyn Parry performs excerpts from "SPIN", her acclaimed "song cycle" celebrating the history of the bicycle and it's little-known role in the late 19th century women's emancipation movement.  http://evalynparry.com/spin/