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This year, Bike Week will be from June 3 to 12, 2016 and the theme is “Connecting Communities”. This year, the Bike Week committee has decided to support Bike Week events all summer long. While most of the “signature” Bike Week events and many community events will be during Bike Week, we will support and publicize community-based bicycling promotion and education events throughout the summer.

If you have any questions, please email or phone David MacIsaac or 902.490.1665.

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

June 2016
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4

Bells for the Bay

Cycle McNabs Island

Bike Rodeo

Why Bike in Halifax?

5

MEC Bikefest

SWITCH Dartmouth

6

Try the Trail

Evening Bike Ride

Building NS "Blue Route"

7

Dalhousie Bike Week

Bike & Boat

Evening Trail Ride

8

MEC Pancake Breakfast

MEC Bike to School Day!

Road Safety Check

Evening Trail Ride

9

Choose your own adventure on the Shore

Evening Trail Ride

Sportwheels Hybrid Trail Ride

10

Evening Trail Ride

11

Oakfield Picnic Ride

MEC Mobile Bike Maintenance

Bike Rodeo & Show

The Deanery Project Carnival

MEC Mobile Bike Maintenance

12

Southwest Sunday Cycle

Southwest Sunday Family Ride

Bike Expo

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Events taking place before Bike Week:


Saturday, May 7, 2016
SportWheels BMX Season Opener
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sportwheels Bike Shop, 209 Sackville Dr, Lower Sackville
The Sportwheels BMX Club is gearing up for another great season. Come shake off the rust at this all ages jam!
www.sportwheels.ca | Adam Berry | 902.880.3582 | adam.berry7@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Mayor’s Bike Ride
3:30 p.m. start
3514 Joseph Howe Dr. by the Chain of Lakes Greenway (CAA Office)
Join the Mayor, Councillors, Halifax Regional Police, and new members of our community for a relaxed 5 km ride on the Chain of Lakes Greenway. We will meet at the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) office next to the greenway. We will bicycle up to First Chain Lake and then turn around to coast back to the CAA offices for refreshments.
David Lane | 902.490.5593 | laneda@halifax.ca

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Annual Halifax Bike Auction
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. viewing. Auction begins at 10 a.m.
Devonshire Arena, 3395 Devonshire Ave.
The annual Halifax Bike Auction will have a wide range of bicycles of all sizes, types and conditions. Check out your options between 8 and 10 a.m. and then participate in the auction starting at 10 a.m.. All items sold on an as is condition, and all sales are FINAL. Volunteers from Bike Again Community Project will be there to conduct free maintenance inspections and minor adjustments.


Saturday, June 4


Bells for the Bay
9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
St. Margaret's Bay Trail
We will set up an information stop on the Trail where we will greet cyclists and provide them with a wallet-sized card with emergency contact information and our Trail Rules. We will also install bike bells on bikes as required.
Anne Patrick | 902.826.7409 | Chairsmbarta@gmail.com

Cycle McNabs Island
8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $23 per person.
Eastern Passage for ferry
Join the Halifax Outdoor Adventurers for a fun time on McNabs Island, a truly unique place to cycle. You will be guided around the island with many stops for sight-seeing and photography, with chances to explore the island on your own. Pack a lunch and bring your camera! Participants must register on the Halifax Outdoor Adventurers website due to the capacity limit of 29 people.
Krista Whitehouse | 902.473.7943 | krista@halifaxoutdoors.ca

Bike Rodeo
11 a.m. – 12 noon
East Dartmouth Community Centre, 50 Caledonia Rd
Come hang out and test your skills at the East Dartmouth Community Centre! Try our on-site obstacle course designed to help you master the basic skills to riding a bike.
Deanna Connor | 902.435.6211 | deanna.connor@bgcgh.ca | www.edcc.ca

Why Bicycling - For Halifax and For You
2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Halifax Central Library
The Halifax Cycling Coalition will provide an overview of what is happening elsewhere, what is happening here in our communities, and highlight the reasons that more and more people are discovering bicycling as a convenient and fun way to get around.


Sunday, June 5


MEC Bikefest
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
MEC Store, 1550 Granville St
Celebration of all things bike! Come meet follow cyclists, community groups and learn about cycling in the municipality. Also be sure to check out our Spring GearSwap 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join us for group rides, bike demos (MEC, Ridley & Ghost), community groups, great products, yoga, bikeswap, clinics, free bike safety checks and more!
GearSwap: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
BikeSwap: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
People are encouraged to bring in used bikes to sell. You will be responsible for your own bike and the sales transaction.
Christine Krochak | 902.421.2667 | ckrochak@mec.ca

Switch Dartmouth
12 noon - 4 p.m.
Portland St. and Prince Albert Rd.
Switch Dartmouth’s fifth Open Street Sunday is taking place on Sunday, June 5 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Two kilometers of Dartmouth roads will be transformed into a multi-faceted event space that promotes the use of public streets for recreation, active transportation, and leisure-time activities. The Planning and Design Centre, Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, and Bike Week Halifax are working together to make this year’s event the most successful Switch yet.
switchopenstreetsundays@gmail.com | http://switchhfx.ca/dartmouth-switch/

 

Monday, June 6


Try the Trail
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weekdays from June 6, onward)
St Margaret's Bay Area Rails to Trails Association (SMBARTA), St Margaret's Bay Area Trail
In partnership with the Bike and Bean, we will offer either first-time cyclists or people who have not cycled in many years, the opportunity to try out a bike on the Trail for 1 hour. The professional staff at the Bike and Bean will fit the bike for the individual user. The biking experiences will be available during weekdays, throughout the summer. Please contact Anne Patrick if you are interested.
Anne Patrick | 902.826.7409 | Annepatrick48@gmail.com

Bike Week Evening Trail Ride
6 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Place Mall - True North Diner
A short Bedford Community trail ride ideal for families, beginner riders and of course all ages. We will welcome leading members of our community for these rides and provide lots of fun, food and swag.
Terry Walker | 902.835.8045 | teddymw@hotmail.com

Building Nova Scotia’s Bicycling ‘Blue Route’
7 - 8 p.m.
Halifax Central Library
Bicycle Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal will introduce the Blue Route project inspired by Quebec’s “Route Verte” (a 5000 km world-renowned bicycle network) and how it is moving forward today. Eastwind Cycle will discuss the history of Nova Scotia's bicycle tourism industry and its potential for growth as we set out to build our provincial cycling network.

 

Tuesday, June 7


Dalhousie Bike Week
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Collaborative Health Education Building in room C264
Meet and Greet, presentation about biking at Dalhousie, bike tune-up station, guided bike tours.
Merilyn Layne | 902.266.2889 | rethink@dal.ca

Bike and Boat
4 - 7 p.m.
St. Mary's Boat Club - 1641 Fairfield Rd, Halifax, NS
Show up on bike and take a boat out for an hour for free!
Shelley Pride, Aquatic and Leisure specialist, Parks and Recreation, Halifax
902.490.4538 | hayness@halifax.ca

Bike Week Evening Trail Ride
6 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Place Mall - True North Diner
A short Bedford Community trail ride ideal for families, beginner riders and of course all ages. We will welcome leading members of our community for these rides and provide lots of fun, food and swag.
Terry Walker | 902.835.8045 | teddymw@hotmail.com



Wednesday, June 8


MEC Pancake Breakfast
7:30 - 9 a.m.
MEC Halifax 1550 Granville
MEC wants to thank cyclists for considering the environment their health with a free pancake breakfast. Please note this is only happening at the store this year. Come celebrate Bike Week with us!
Christine Krochak | 902.421.2667 | ckrochak@mec.ca

MEC Bike to School Day
Halifax Regional School Board schools are celebrating Bike Week with special rides, safety and skills training, and fun activities. Thanks to MEC for providing prizes to help motivate the next generation of cyclists.

Road Safety Check
CAA (Atlantic) and the Halifax Regional Police Department will be hosting a Road Safety Check on June 8, 2016 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. During the event, Halifax Regional Police officers will perform routine road safety checks, and CAA staff will offer information to motorists and cyclists about sharing the road and avoiding common bike-car collisions. The Road Safety Check will take place on South Street near Victoria Park. To learn more about CAA’s Bike Safety resources, visit www.atlantic.caa.ca/bikesafety.

Bike Week Evening Trail Ride
6 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Place Mall - True North Diner
A short Bedford Community trail ride ideal for families, beginner riders and of course all ages. We will welcome leading members of our community for these rides and provide lots of fun, food and swag.
Terry Walker | 902.835.8045 | teddymw@hotmail.com

Road Safety Check – June 8, 2016

CAA (Atlantic) and the Halifax Regional Police Department will be hosting a Road Safety Check on June 8, 2016 from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. During the event, Halifax Regional Police officers will perform routine road safety checks, and CAA staff will offer information to motorists and cyclists about sharing the road and avoiding common bike-car collisions. The Road Safety Check will take place on South Street near Victoria Park.

To learn more about CAA’s Bike Safety resources, visit www.atlantic.caa.ca/bikesafety.


Thursday, June 9


Choose Your Own Adventure on the Shore
Shore Active Transportation Association
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Meet at Petain Station Parking Lot on Blueberry Run Trail, very close to 480 Bellefontaine Road. Gathering at Acadian Tea Room 77 Hill Road for lunch following the ride.
Come and join us again for a fun morning of riding in West Chezzetcook and area. We are offering 2 rides this year. One will be on road ride for about 45-50 km doing the loop around Porters Lake with quiet side roads. Ride 2 will be partly on trail and some quiet roads in Grand Desert and on to Three Fathom Harbour on Blueberry Run Trail and then back to the parking lot on Bellefontaine Road using the trail (15 - 20 km). Come out and enjoy the historic Acadian Village of West Chezzetcook/Grand Desert.
Shirley Smith | 902.827.2428 | shirleyinwestchezz@gmail.com or maggiemay1771@gmail.com

Bike Week Evening Trail Ride
6 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Place Mall - True North Diner
A short Bedford Community trail ride ideal for families, beginner riders and of course all ages. We will welcome leading members of our community for these rides and provide lots of fun, food and swag.
Terry Walker | 902.835.8045 | teddymw@hotmail.com

Sportwheels Hybrid Trail Ride
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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 | 902.426.4702 | ian.loughead@outlook.com


Friday, June 10


Bike Week Evening Trail Ride
6 - 8 p.m.
Bedford Place Mall - True North Diner
A short Bedford Community trail ride ideal for families, beginner riders and of course all ages. We will welcome leading members of our community for these rides and provide lots of fun, food and swag.
Terry Walker | 902.835.8045 | teddymw@hotmail.com


Saturday, June 11


Oakfield Picnic Ride
Velo Halifax Bicycle Club (40-65 km)
Two locations to meet:
10 a.m. - at Graham’s Grove (across from Prince Albert Rd. Superstore) or
11 a.m. at Fall River Tim Hortons (3290 Lake Thomas Dr)
This ride will take us along the Waverley Road starting in Dartmouth at Graham's Grove or hookup in Fall River at Tim's. We will provide the picnic lunch and of course lots of fun and prizes.
Terry Walker | 902.835.8045 | teddymw@hotmail.com

MEC’s Mobile Bicycle Maintenance Station
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Tantallon Public Library
Drop-in! Staff from MEC will be on hand with their mobile bicycle safety check and repair station. Learn basic bike maintenance, get some quick adjustments, and prepare to explore your community on two wheels.

Bike Rodeo and Show
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre
Jarvis Parking lot
We will have a Bike Rodeo and demonstrations for dismantling and putting bikes back together. We will also have bike repairs and put in a bike repair station. We will have community challenges and workshops on the benefits of cycling and family participation.
Crystal John | 902.453.5089 | caring.learning@mulgravepark.ca

The Deanery Project Bicycle Carnival
12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Deanery Project, 751 West Ship Harbour Road, Lower Ship Harbour
The Deanery Project’s annual Bicycle Carnival (12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.), complete with circus performers, live music, workshops, games, giant puppets, local food and bike-related activities for the whole family. Visitors can try out unicycles and an old-time penny farthing. Come bike-less or bring a bike and explore the gorgeous Clam Harbour Loop to Clam Harbour Provincial Park.
www.thedeaneryproject.com | 902.845.1888 | Info@thedeaneryproject.com

MEC’s Mobile Bicycle Maintenance Station
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Cole Harbour Public Library
Drop-in! Staff from MEC will be on hand with their mobile bicycle safety check and repair station. Learn basic bike maintenance, get some quick adjustments, and prepare to explore your community on two wheels.


Sunday, June 12


Southwest Sunday Cycle (15km)
8 a.m. (sign in), 9 a.m. start
Meet at the Emera Oval, Halifax Common

Join us for this leisurely 15 km 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, or more experienced riders who want to enjoy pedaling the peninsula in a large group. We will have a police escort so that we can take the lane, ride as a group and keep stops to a minimum. The ride is open to adults and youth over 12 who are accompanied by a parent/guardian. Thanks to Southwest Properties for their sponsorship of this ride for four years!

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as group sizes will be limited. More ride details are also available here.

Southwest Sunday Family Ride (3km)
10 a.m. (sign in), 11 a.m. start
Meet at Emera Oval, Halifax Common

Last year's family ride awas a huge success and we are excited to offer another (very slow) 3 km ride for the 6-12 set in 2016. We will have a police escort so that we can take the lane, and ride as a group. Children can ride their own bikes so long as a parent or guardian accompanies them on the ride. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as group size will be limited. More ride details are available here.

Bicycle Expo
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Halifax Cycling Coalition
Emera Oval
The Bicycle Expo is a day-long celebration of bicycles. Join us for races, repair clinics, kids' rides, art projects, good food, beer tasting, and more. The Bicycle Expo is free - drop by any time to say "hi" or take part in the days' events. The full schedule will be posted on our website prior to the event.
Kelsey Lane | 902-566-5263 | expo@cyclehalifax.ca