Annual General Meeting Saturday Oct 15

imageThe 2016 AGM for Bicycle Newfoundland and Labrador is set for Saturday October 15 starting 2pm at the SportNL offices 1296A Kenmount Road in Paradise.

Inquiries can be directed to

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Cycling Canada Hall Of Fame Votes Welcome

cycling canada logo 340x340On June 8, cialis Cycling Canada issued a press release to announce the voting process for the induction of the second wave into the Canadian Cycling Hall Of Fame.  CLICK HERE for the release and a link to vote.

You can connect with Cycling Canada through their social media channels:

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Sprockids Training & Festival Tour

Further to our 2 earlier posts on Community Bike Days for Corner Brook and St. John’s, Sprockids is also offering a series of Training Sessions across the province. Locations include St. John’s May 28, Terra Nova Park May 31, Corner Brook June 4, Gros Morne June 6, and Goose Bay June 10 (followed by a Bike Rodeo June 11!).

Contact Andy Poole for more information.


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Community Bike Day – Corner Brook June 5

Sprockids Community Bike Day for the west coast is set for Sunday June 5 in Corner Brook at Prince Edward Park starting 9am. Activities include races, doctor trail rides, pharm obstacle courses and a BBQ!

Contact Ryan 634-7100 or for more information.


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Community Bike Day – Pippy Park May 29

Check out the Sprockids Community Bike Day at Pippy Park in St. John’s on May 29. Obstacle courses, trail rides and snacks at the North Bank Lodge from 10am-2pm.

Contact Trish Boyer 729-3684 or for more information.


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Pouch Cove Classic May 8

Pouch_Cove_Spring_Classic_logo-201504090926Registration is now open for the Pouch Cove Spring Classic, pill exclusively at!/events/pouch-cove-spring-classic-2016. The race will be held on Sunday, diagnosis May 8th, with sign in from 9:00 – 9:45 and the start at 10:00.

The route remains the same: starting from the soccer/softball complex on Bauline Line, participants race the 28 km loop counter-clockwise around Bauline Line, Pouch Cove Line, Main Road (Pouch Cove Highway) and the Torbay Bypass Road. Category A = 3 loops; B = 2; C = 1.

Registration is FREE, but is open only to BNL race license holders (there is a link on the registration site to the BNL license page). The long range forecast is for sun, winds from the South at 0 kph, and a temperature of 23 C. That is, however, subject to change. Volunteers (to assist with sign-in and marshaling the 4 turns) would be very, very welcome.

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Cycling Canada Planning Survey

cycling canada logo 340x340Cycling Canada invites participants in the sport to provide their input to the development of the plan for the 2017 – 2020 quadrennial.

The survey can be accessed at
and will take 10-15 minutes to complete.

This is your opportunity to contribute to the plan that will guide the national body for the next four years.

Those that complete the survey will be entered into a draw for Hop On! gear.

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Provincial C Introductory Commissaire Training

cycling canada logo 340x340Cycling Canada is pleased to announce that the online Provincial C Introductory Commissaires Training for Road and Mountain Bike is now available. To register for this training and for details, check click here:

Commissaire candidates will complete two sections, cialis one about the general regulations of cycling and one discipline specific module.  Altogether the training takes about one hour and the cost is $25.

The training is designed as the theoretical component for the Provincial C level and is also be used by PSOs as an introduction to an in-person course.  Upon completion, Provincial C candidates will be expected to gain practical experience by shadowing an active commissaire before obtaining the Provincial C status.

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Global Fat Bike Day This Sunday

Be sure to drop by the North Bank Lodge in Pippy Park this Sunday December 6 any time between noon and 4pm to take part in Global Fat Bike Day.

Fat bikes are gaining in popularity and are certainly playing a big role in making biking a year-round activity! Check out the event this Sunday to see what they’re all about!

global fat bike day poster bnl dec 2015

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Cycling Canada Meeting In St.John’s

cycling canada logo 340x340Board members and staff of Cycling Canada are in St.John’s this weekend for their annual conference. All are welcome at the President’s Reception Friday evening October 30 from 7pm – 9pm in The Narrows Room at the Sheraton Hotel.

Want to have a chat with John Tolkamp, Cycling Canada President? He will be happy to meet you! Want to know how to get yourself or your child (or your grandchild) on the national team? Ask Jacques Landry, Cycling Canada’s High Performance Director and Head Coach. Want to know more about creating a new or better club? Spend a few minutes with Mathieu Boucher, the Domestic Development Director. He knows all about officiating and event hosting too. Just want to have a drink, and find out what the cycling is like in Manitoba or PEI or anywhere else in Canada? People there will know and will be happy to chat with you!

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    Disappointing news today from City Hall.

    On Monday, February 20th, the final report of the Bike Task Force will be put forth to Council.

    There are some positive points:


    - That the City commit to developing safe, comfortable and convenient cycling infrastructure, policies and programs

    - That the City establish an ongoing Bicycle Advisory Commitee

    - That the City approve $125k to hire a consultant to assist with the preparation of a Comprehensive Bicycle Strategy and Master Plan

    - That the City approve up to $50k in the 2017 budget for the completion of the following "Quick Win" projects:

    A. That the City upgrade the T'Railway with signage, repairs and automated usage monitoring equipment

    B. That the City create a "Car Free Sunday Event" in partnership with community groups

    C. That the City create a Cycling Education Event

    D. That the City develop a bike rack design competition in support of the local arts community.


    There are several problems with the above, but in general those suggestions are moving in the right direction.

    But there is one glaring failure:

    - "until such a time that a Comprehensive Bicycle Strategy and Master Plan is in place, the bike lane parking ban [on most streets] will NOT be enforced"

    I have replied to Garrett Donaher with the following statement from Avalon Cycling:

    "Hi Garrett,

    Thanks very much for your update on the matter.

    While there are some positives to draw from the recommendations, I'm very disappointed that the parking ban will be indefinitely lifted as indicated.

    These cycle lanes are the only viable paved surfaces for cyclists to ride unhindered by aggressive and entitled motorists.

    I will be encouraging all members of Avalon Cycling, the St. John's Cycling Club, and Bicycle Newfoundland and Labrador to contact their councillors immediately.

    Unfortunately, you sent me this message last thing on a Friday afternoon, all but guaranteeing that these councillors will not be able to hear their constituents before the motion is presented at Monday's meeting.

    Furthermore, as far as I understand council procedure, attaching the Parking Ban Amendment to the Task Force Proposal as a singular vote is unfair.

    It means that should councillors wish to vote against the Parking Ban Amendment, they will also be defeating the other elements of the Proposal, leading to more delays and costs in developing a useful cycling strategy.

    This outcome has led me to see the entire project as disingenuous. I will reiterate that I, on behalf of the entire cycling community, am sorely disappointed.


    Rob Pittman"

    In this motion, which will be put to council in three days, they will once again deliberate on eventual action, while doing absolutely nothing to protect cyclists already on the road.

    In fact, they are making it MORE HAZARDOUS AND DIFFICULT to ride by allowing cars to pike in the only safe bike lanes that currently exist.

    This is not acceptable.

    I encourage you all, if you care about cycling in this city, to call, email and even visit your councillors, MHAs, MPs and members of the media.

    The time to act is now. We have three days.

    Contact information for city council:

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    October 15, 2016, 2:00pm - October 15, 2016, 3:00pm

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    Annual General Meeting for Bicycle Newfoundland and Labrador. Location is the SportNL Boardroom, 1296A Kenmount Road, Paradise NL

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