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Here is a listing of our events for 2015 so far. Please check back often for updates!

HRM is not responsible or liable for those events which are organized by others, but held in conjunction with Bike Week.

June 2015
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Bike Week begins!
FREE Halifax Ferry Rides all week if you are travelling with a bike!
Smart Cycle Workshop
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Dalhousie Bike Rodeo
Wish you were here, mobile art
Bisset Trail Bike Rodeo
Wheels in Motion
Biking for Better Health Canada
Chezzetcook Lions Bike Rodeo
SmartCycle session: Basic Bicycle Repair
Bicycle Photo Hunt
SmartCycle session: Everything you need to know about bicycling

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Family Trail Ride & visit Hope for Wildlife
Alderney Arts in Motion
SWITCH: Open Street Sundays
Colourful Bike Art
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Chain of Lakes Trail Ride
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MEC Bike to School Day
MEC Pancake Breakfast
Mayor's Ride
Bike Maintenance Clinic
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Choose Your Own Adventure on the Shore
Active Transportation Advisory Committee – Special Bike Week Meeting
Sportwheels Hybrid Trail Ride
Bicycle Infrastructure in Halifax – Update and Overview

 

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The Grainery Safety Check and Snack Stop
NACTO Workshop @ Dalhousie: Designing Main Streets (SOLD OUT)
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The Deanery Bike Carnival
Velo Poker Ride
Summer Tune up, Mulgrave Park
East Dartmouth Community Centre Bike Rodeo
Cycle Smart Rodeo
MEC family & friends trail ride & BBQ
SmartCycle Session: Basic Bicycle Repair- Tantallon
SmartCycle Session: Basic Bicycle Repair- Cole Harbour
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Southwest Sunday Cycle
Bicycle Expo
SmartCycle Session: Basic Bicycle Repair
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Parent & Child Ride Together, Making Tracks Adapted Safety and Skills Program
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Sportwheels Backyard BMX Jam
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Do you need a bike so you can take part in the activities? Come out to the Bike Auction, and have your pick!

Saturday, May 30th: Bike Auction @ Devonshire Arena, 8 am (viewing), 9 am (sale) until 11 am

 

Friday, June 5


Smart Cycle Workshop
4:45 - 8:00 pm
Armdale Yacht Club, 75 Burgee Drive, Halifax
Halifax Outdoor Adventures are hosting a SmartCycle session to help teach rules of the road, and tips to feel more comfortable commuting in traffic. The session is designed to help non-bikers feel more comfortable on the road. A certified Can-Bike instructor will join us and show us how to prevent spills and increase our safety in traffic. This session will be focused on recreational and utilitarian use of the bicycle rather than competition. SmartCycle is all about how to make our ride to work safer and more comfortable.
Please note, participants need to register in advance by visiting: http://www.meetup.com/Halifax-Outdoors/events/221427069/ | krista@halifaxoutdoors.ca

Saturday, June 6


Dalhousie Bike Rodeo
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Studley Campus (former arena parking lot)
Dalhousie Security Services, the Office of Sustainability, and the Dal Bike Centre will host Dalhousie’s first Bike Rodeo in the former arena parking lot on the Studley Campus. This family friendly community event will see the university partner with community health professionals (e.g. Capital health, IWK) and the Halifax Regional Police to promote cycle basics, safety, and the promotion of healthy activity. A series of events will be held on the morning of June 6 including: bike tours, a safety-training course, an obstacle course, helmet fittings, and bike tune-ups. Refreshments will be served during the event.
dal.ca/rethink | 902.579.1041 | stephen.cushing@dal.ca

Chezzetcook Lions Club Children's Bicycle Rodeo
Registration required | 9:30 am - Noon
Porters Lake Transit Terminal parking lot, Inspiration Drive. Small obstacle course with a safety briefing presented by local RCMP officer. Fun safety quiz and awards for all! For kids 6-12 years of age and must be accompanied by a parent.
902.827.4269 | 902.222.4713 | dtitus@ns.sympatico.ca

Bisset Trail Bike Rodeo
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bissett Trail (trail entrance between 256 and 264 Colby Drive)
Children will ride the trail and stop at various stations, including, helmet check/safety, bike maintenance and bike wash. The ride ends with a free snack, drink and prizes. Geared towards elementary school children, this family bike event will begin at the Bissett Lake Park gates and end at the new Bisset Brook Bridge. For more information, please call the Cole Harbour Community Recreation Centre at 902.490.4711.
Damion Stapledon | 902.490.4828 | 902.476.0399 | stapled@halifax.ca

Wheels in Motion Canada
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
BLT Trail Parking Lot, Lakeside Park Drive (By the Coke Plant).
A 15 km bike rally set up where participants can enjoy the outside fresh air while being active. Information and literature will be given in regards to healthy eating, cycling for exercise and living an active lifestyle. Safety rules and biking etiquette for the BLT rails to trails will be demonstrated with a registered first aid personnel in attendance throughout. There will be timed snacks and a lunch break scheduled. Access to water will be available to every participant.
Pasty Crawford | 902.876.7530 | 902.876.7530 | pdcrawford@bellaliant.net

Biking for Better Health Canada
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
BLT Trail Parking Lot, Lakeside Park Drive (By the Coke Plant).
10k bike ride where participants will learn bike safety and trail etiquette. Participants will also receive important health information including exercise, eating health. Individuals will have the opportunity to reflect on their own personal health goals and how to include biking into their weekly regimen.
Patsy Crawford | 902.876.7530 | 902.876.7530 | pdcrawford@bellaliant.net

Wish You Were Here, Mobile Art
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Various locations throughout downtown Halifax and North end Dartmouth.
Eye Level Gallery will make art mobile in “Wish You Were Here”. Using a bicycle and trailer we will transport a pop-up-postcard kiosk throughout the city. When stationary, the kiosk will be a place where postcards are created, displayed, bought and sold, and with stationery and stamps available, can be addressed and mailed at a nearby mailbox. We will have a selection of artist-designed postcards plus an artist on site who will create on-the-spot individualized pieces. This event encourages communication and creativity and will promote the grassroutes strength of the bicycle!
http://www.eyelevelgallery.ca/ | Sean Farmer 902.449.2884 | 902.449.2884 | director@eyelevelgallery.ca

SmartCycle Session: Basic Bicycle Repair
1:30 pm
Halifax North Memorial Public Library
Understand 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. HALIFAX NORTH MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
Registration required; please call 902 490 5811

Bicycle Photo Hunt
1:30 - 4:00 pm
636 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville
Get a picture of your bike in front of a fire truck... how about positioned in a lawn chair? Youth ages 12-16 are invited to participate in a Photo Scavenger Hunt like no other. Bring your camera or use your phone! Get a picture of your bike at various locations and in various poses in the Sackville area. The Hunt will start with a Bicycle Maintenance talk and conclude with food and prizes. Participate on your own or with a friend. Helmets are mandatory.
Mickie McDow | 902.869.4203 | 902.476.0217 | mcdowm@halifax.ca

SmartCycle Session: Everything You Need to Know About Bicycling
2:30 pm
Captain William Spry Public Library
Dust off your ride, get back in the saddle, and start a leaner, greener, life style! Topics will include proper bike and helmet fit, picking a safe route, bike clothing & gear, bicycle commuting with tips for riding on and off the road, locking your bike and using bike racks on Halifax Transit buses.
Registration required; please call 902 490 5818


Sunday, June 7


Family Trail Ride & visit Hope for Wildlife
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Seaforth, meet at trail parking lot 5909 Hwy 207
We plan to cycle 5km up the trail and search for hidden treasure and collect clues. This will give you a chance to win the big prize. When we return we will tour Hope for Wildlife www.hopeforwildlife.net All children need to bring a parent or grandparent who also plans to cycle. Bring a lunch and we will provide, fruit, drinks, treats and lots of fun.
ShoreAT.ca | marymac1771@eastlink.ca | 902.223.3742

Alderney Arts in Motion
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dartmouth Farmers Market, 2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth
This interactive performance will showcase local entertainer and educator Willy Badger. Willy will teach attendees the art of the unicycle. During his performance he will be live painting while riding a unicycle. Other parts of the event will include: yarn bombs, bike tune ups on the new permanent Bike repair stand, Alderney Gate Library mobile book booth, Helmet fittings and installation of FREE bike bells (while quantities last). Come join the fun.
902.461.4698 | lisa@alderneylanding.com

SWITCH: Open Street Sundays
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Portland Street - Prince Albert Road
What is it? SWITCH: Open Street Sundays opens streets to a greater variety of transportation modes by closing a 2km route to motorists. What Happens? Switch encourages people to explore their community by walking, biking, and moving around safely and comfortably. The route is populated by activities that give life back to the streets as a public space through bike rentals, yoga, music, street vendors and more!
switchhfx.ca | switchopenstreetsundays@gmail.com

Colourful Bike Art
12:00 - 4:00 pm
Portland Street - Prince Albert Road
Let's leave evidence that biking is a beautiful thing! This ARTIVITY invites participants to turn the open road into their canvas! Colourful, collaborative pictures and patterns emerge as bikers maneuver their wheels through small piles of (non-toxic, biodegradable, non-permanent) coloured chalk, creating (temporary) trails for motorists and other cyclists to see, enabling bikers to reclaim this crucial shared space. A fun activity for people of any age! Let's Chalk n'Roll!
taragrude@gmail.com


Tuesday, June 9


Chain of Lakes Trail Ride
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 7010 Mumford Road (Halifax Shopping Centre)
Velo Halifax Bicycle Club
Great trail ride making use of the newly paved Chain of Lakes Trail. We will be heading to the Bike 'n Bean shop in Tantallon to picnic lunch with some snacks provided. The ride will have rest stops as the ride is a total of 55k. Of course we will have prizes and lots of fun.
www.velohalifax.com | Terry Walker | 902.835.8045 | 902.237.5026 | teddymw@hotmail.com

Wednesday, June 10


MEC Pancake Breakfast (FREE!)
Two locations: Macdonald Bridge (on the Dartmouth side by the start/end of the bike lane) from 7:00 - 9:00 am, and at the MEC storefront from 7:30 - 9:00 am
Bike to work this morning and staff from MEC will thank you for doing your part for the environment and your health with a free pancake breakfast. Mayors Ride Map
Leave home early this morning to give yourself plenty of time to eat!
Christine Krochak | ckrochak@mec.ca

MEC Bike to School Day
MEC Bike to School Day calls on all HRM schools to consider hosting a bike event on Wednesday June 10, 2015. MEC Bike to School Day aims to inspire students to lead active and healthy lifestyles, and to think about how they can get around town sustainably. Kids who ride to school (or participate in another bicycle-themed event at school if riding is not practical in your area) will get a chance to win one of twenty $25 gift certificates from MEC. Register for MEC Bike to School Day on Wednesday June 10, 2015.

Third Annual Mayor's Ride
2:30 - 4:30 pm
Start: Fairview Junior High, 155 Rosedale Ave. Clayton Park (click on map to the right for more detail)
End: Canada Games Centre (Community Centre Room) 26 Thomas Raddall Dr. via the Mainland North Linear Trail.
Come join Mayor Mike Savage, Councillors and the Fairview Junior High school community as we explore the Mainland North Common along the Linear Trail. Following the ride, a reception at the Canada Games Centre will include light refreshments, information displays featuring community initiatives and great conversation.

Smart Cycle Bike Maintenance Clinic
4:45 - 7:00 pm
Armdale Yacht Club, 75 Burgee Run
Would you like to try fixing or maintaining your bike but aren't sure where to start? Or do you repair yours now, but wouldn't mind hearing some good tips? We are hosting an HRM Bicycle Maintenance session to help teach us how to do some basic repairs. This session is free You will need to bring your bike if you have one. Understand how a bicycle works, how to fix basic issues, and how to name the different parts of the bike. Please note you need to register in advance by visiting: www.meetup.com/Halifax-Outdoors/events/221525086/
halifaxoutdoors.ca | 902.473.7943 | 902.221.7715 | krista@halifaxoutdoors.ca

Thursday, June 11


Choose Your Own Adventure on the Shore
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
West Chezzetcook, NS
Meet at the Blueberry Run Trail Parking lot on Bellefontaine Road (opposite Lake Shore Drive), West Chezzetcook, NS. We will be offering three options that day. Option 1 will be a road ride approx. 26 km with a visit to Lawrencetown Beach. Option 2 will be a trail ride on the Blueberry Run Trail, this trail requires a mountain bike or hybrid with wider tires down to the bridge in Three Fathom Harbour and turn around and come back for approx 26 km. Option 3 will be cycling the quiet roads of West Chezzetcook 20-25k and will include some historical stops, such as the grave yard at St. Anslem's, brickyard locations and some historu on Petain Station.
Shoreat.ca | shirleyinwestchezz@gmail.com | 902.827.2428 | 902.579.2428

Active Transportation Advisory Committee – Special Bike Week Meeting
Halifax Hall, Halifax City Hall, Thursday, June 11, 4pm-6pm.
Halifax’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee is convening a special meeting during Bike Week. The agenda will focus on providing a comprehensive update on the municipality’s progress in implementing the 2014-19 Active Transportation Priorities Plan. This is proposed as the first annual update and will be an opportunity for the public to learn about the “big picture” of developing Halifax’s Active Transportation network. The presentation will review the priorities established in the plan, summarize progress on current projects and highlight future initiatives. Community groups and organizations who are working to support active transportation in Halifax will also have an opportunity to update the community on their activities.

Sportwheels Hybrid Trail Ride
6:30 - 8:30 pm
BLT Trail Parking Lot, Lakeside Park Drive (By the Coke 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.
ian.loughead@outlook.com | 902.446.0826 | 902.401.3606

Bicycle Infrastructure in Halifax – Update and Overview
7:00 pm
Alderney Gate Public Library
What's happening with Halifax's Active Transportation Priorities Plan, and what could our future bicycle lanes look like? Join Halifax's Active Transportation Coordinator for an overview of Halifax's upcoming bicycle projects, followed by a talk about leading bicycle infrastructure design in North America from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Mike Flynn will show us how cities can boost bicycle use by changing the way we design our streets. For more information, please call 902.490.5745


Friday, June 12


NACTO Workshop: Designing Main Streets - SOLD OUT
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration and fees required. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) publishes the Urban Street Design Guide used in cities across Canada and the US to make streets safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant. Learn about creating main street districts that encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use. This one-day workshop for engineers, planners and landscape architects is led by a NACTO-certified trainer. Register at cyclehalifax.ca/mainstreets

The Grainery Safety Check and Snack Stop
5:00 - 6:30 pm
2385 Agricola Street
Drop by the Grainery Food Co-operative on your commute home for a quick bicycle safety and helmet check and some delicious store-made trail mix using organic ingredients.

Saturday, June 13


MEC Family and Friends Trail Ride and BBQ
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Registration required if you are attending the BBQ ($5.00).
Trail ride meets at Sonny's Road at 10:00 am (located just before Bike and Bean). BBQ will take place after the ride from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Hosted by MEC and Ramblers. Open to all, registration required.
Rain date: the evening of June 16. Details will be posted if necessary.
Christine Krochak | ckrochak@mec.ca

Velo Halifax Poker Ride
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meet at the Tim Hortons at 7010 Mumford Road (Halifax Shopping Centre)
Ride the Basin Loop (visiting Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford) This 50 km ride will start in Halifax and follow the Bedford Highway and Rocky Lake Drive to the Waverley Road heading to Dartmouth. We will stop in Dartmouth for free coffee and muffins and make periodic stops to play poker with prizes going to the best hands. After our stop in Dartmouth we will take the bridge back to Halifax, making use of the bridge bike lane before its 18 month closure for the Big Lift.
velohalifax.com | teddymw@hotmail.com | 902.835.8045 | 902.237.5026

SmartCycle Session: Basic Bicycle Repair
10:30 am
Tantallon Public Library
Understand 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.
Registration required; please call 902 826 3330

East Dartmouth Community Centre Bike Rodeo
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
East Dartmouth Community Centre, 50 Caledonia Rd
Bike rodeo and skills course on site in the EDCC parking lot. SportChek will be on-site with 2 technicians to perform bike safety checks and on the spot minor tunings.
www.edcc.ca | Colleen Batstone | 902.435.6211 | 902.237.3603 | colleen.batstone@bgcgh.ca

Summer Tune up, Mulgrave Park
12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Mulgrave Park Learning Centre, 57 Jarvis Lane
As part of our Bike week event we will have a workshop on getting you bicycle ready for the summer and some basic tips on how to have a safe and fun riding summer. We will have a community BBQ and take applications for our Bike giveaway. Working with Progress in the Park and Biking Up we plan to have a fun day with hands on instruction.
Crystal John | 902.453.5089 | 902.483.3101 | caring.learning@mulgravepark.ca

Cycle Smart Rodeo
1:00 - 3:00 pm
12046 Highway #224, Middle Musquodoboit
Safe cycling will be the focus of the afternoon. Participants will participate in a road safety obstacle course while lead by the RCMP, learn about helmet safety and have their bike put through a "safety inspection".
902.869.4203 | 902.476.0217 | mcdowm@halifax.ca

3rd Annual Deanery Project Bicycle Carnival
1:00 - 7:00 pm
37 Deanery Road, Lower Ship Harbour
The Annual Bicycle Carnival will feature: live music, giant puppet animations, magic shows and juggling, a bike-art gallery, unicycles, tricycles, bike rodeo games, cycle-graph art, a mobile bike park, bike repair clinics and interactive story telling workshops (bicycle-themed). Delicious local food and bike powered smoothies willbe part of the festivities, all served up from Rocky's Roost Bike Hub.
One of the central learning spaces at the Deanery Project is devoted to bicycles. People can come here to learn about bike repair, maintenance and safety. They can also make bike art, bike trailers and stands as well as bike power powered machines. It is a magical place that is also a jumping off spot to explore the Clam Harbour loop and the amazing protected wilderness areas on its doorstep.
Lesley Magee | mageelesley@gmail.com | 902.401.1915

SmartCycle Session: Basic Bicycle Repair
2:00 pm
Cole Harbour Public Library
Understand 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.
Registration required; please call 902 490 3821


Sunday, June 14


Bicycle Expo
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Emera Oval
The Halifax Cycling Coalition presents the Bicycle Expo. This free all-ages event will feature kids' events, safety workshops, great food, prizes, music, and more! Halifax's bike shops will have their best urban bicycles on display all day. Come celebrate our vibrant cycling culture at one of Halifax's premiere event spaces.
Ben Wedge | 902.266.9437 | 902.266.9437 | contact@cyclehalifax.ca | http://cyclehalifax.ca/expo

Southwest Sunday Cycle (15km)
8am (sign in) 9am start
Meet at the Emera Oval, Halifax Common
Join us for this leisurely 15km ride exploring Halifax’s leafy neighbourhoods and quiet streets. This ride is perfect for people who know how to ride a bicycle, but haven’t done it in a while. We will have a police escort so that we can take the lane and ride as a group. Adults and youth over 12 (accompanied by parent/ guardian). Thanks to Southwest Properties for their sponsorship of this ride three years running! Pre-registration strongly recommended as group size will be limited. More details here.

Southwest Sunday Family Ride (3km)
10am (sign in) 11am start
Meet at Emera Oval Halifax Common
Last year we heard some people were disappointed they couldn’t bring their kids along on the Sunday Cycle so we decided to offer this short (3km) ride for the 6-12 set. We will have a police escort so that we can take the lane, and ride as a group. The Discovery Centre’s Bubble Bike will lead us around town! Pre-registration strongly recommended as group size will be limited.

SmartCycle Session: Basic Bicycle Repair
2:00 pm
Halifax Central Library
Understand 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.
Registration required; please call 902.490.5706

 

Events taking place after Bike Week:


Wednesday, June 24

Parent & Child Ride Together, Making Tracks Adapted Safety and Skills Program
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Gordon Snow Community Centre, 1359 Fall River Road, Fall River
This session is designed for any child between the ages of 8-13 and their parent/guardian. The goal of this adapted program is to have the child and parent learn together while becoming more confident, knowledgeable and skilled cyclists. The program will focus on the Making Tracks Cycling curriculum, which teaches safety knowledge and skills necessary to cycle safely in the community. Topics will include safety, preparedness, rules-of-the-road and etiquette, technical skills, and community route planning.

Required: Ability to ride a bicycle; a bicycle and properly fitted bicycle helmet; suitable clothes for the weather
Fee: No fee; however, pre-registration is required; each parent and child must register together as a team
Registration: Tracy Burns-Gagnon | burnstr@Halifax.CA | 902.860.4571

Sunday June 28

Sportwheels Backyard BMX Jam
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Sportwheels Sports Excellence, 209 Sackville Dr
Due to the success of the Indoor BMX Jam at Lebrun Centre Arena in June of 2014, Sportwheels Sports Excellence will once again be supporting a BMX event. The Sportwheels Backyard BMX Jam will be held at Sportwheels Sports Excellence, 209 Sackville Drive. More here when we know more. Firming up details.
Sportwheels Sports Excellence | Adam Berry | 902.865.9033 | 902.223.2083 | jeff@sportwheels.ca | adam@ecologyaction.ca

Monday, July 13

Making Tracks Adapted Safety and Skills Program for Children at the Mastodon Day Celebrations
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Carroll’s Corner Community Centre, 9 Milford Road, Carroll's Corner
This session is designed for any child between the ages of 8-13. The goal of this adapted program is for participants to become more confident, knowledgeable and skilled cyclists. The program will focus on the Making Tracks Cycling curriculum. Topics will include safety, preparedness, rules-of-the-road and etiquette, technical skills, and community route planning.

Required: Ability to ride a bicycle; a bicycle and properly fitted bicycle helmet; suitable clothes for the weather
Fee: No fee; however, pre-registration is required
Registration: Mickie McDow | mcdowm@halifax.ca | 902.869.4203