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2023/2024 Core AT Networks Project Partner Applications Open Now!

Become a Core AT (Active Transportation) Networks Project Partner!  Applications are open for 2023/2024 projects! Improvement plans for walking, rolling, and cycling infrastructure can begin as early as this fall! Core AT Network Project plans come at no cost to communities. Blue Route is funded by the Provincial and Federal Governments.  The Core AT Networks Project aims to help Nova Scotia towns, municipalities, and Mi’kmaq communities build AT networks that reduce traffic stress and risk for riders of all ages and people with disabilities by preparing active transportation network plans designed for near-term implementation. We help communities make walking, rolling, and cycling an attractive transportation choice by recommending changes to the built environment that incorporate best practices in active transportation planning ...

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Collision Safety & What To Do If You’ve Been In An Accident

While cycling collisions or crashes are rare, they can happen, and we want you to be prepared. This post will focus on ways to avoid accidents, common collision types, and what you should do if you are in a crash.  How to increase your safety as a cyclist:  Be visible Bright colours are great and reflective articles of clothing are even better. You can buy reflective vests or strips to put over your clothing.  Cyclists in Nova Scotia are required to have a white light on the front of their bike and a red light or reflector on the back when cycling at night. Bike lights help illuminate your path and make it easier for cars to see you. Avoid weaving between ...

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Meet Cycling Nova Scotias Active Transportation Planner and Designer: Ethan Malech!

Welcome to Cycling Nova Scotia, Ethan Malech! With over a decade of experience in the cycling industry, Ethan has travelled the world working as a bicycle technician while pursuing his studies at Dalhousie University School of Planning. He received Honours in Community Design, focusing on Active Transportation Design. Combining his practical experience working on community members' bicycles and his academic background, Ethan is dedicated to providing accessible-oriented designs that promote and address Active Transportation in all communities.   We asked Ethan some questions about cycling to get to know him a little better.   Q: What kind of bike do you ride? I ride a few bikes, ranging from a speedy track bike (a Giant Bowery) to a specialized touring/gravel bicycle (a Lynskey GR300). Irrespective ...

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Core Active Transportation Networks Project Update

Cycling Nova Scotia has been busy as of late! We are thrilled with all of the amazing public engagement events and activities we have had Spring/Summer 2023! We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who came out with such great energy and feedback. We have been running engagement activities in Windsor, Baddeck and Surrounding Area, and Wagmatcook. It was great to see so many people participate and engage with us on the topic of walking, rolling, and cycling in their community. We heard some amazing feedback that will be used to inform our ongoing work with these communities. bns CNS partnered with the Ecology Action Centre to run a Youth Mobility Audit in the Winter. Throughout the Spring/Summer we ...

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Cycling as a family

There are many ways cycling can be a family activity with kids of all ages! Grab your helmets and cycle on one of the many Blue Route Trails! Avoid cycling on roads with children or inexperienced cyclers. It’s safer to cycle away from vehicles, especially when building up skills. Choose a route that isn’t too long or advanced for your most inexperienced cycler. Want to refresh your cycling safety knowledge? Check out this post about cycling safety, hand signals, and helmets.    To cycle with young children, trailers and child seats can be installed onto regular bikes or special front-bucket cargo bikes can be purchased. Tag-a-long bikes can be installed onto the back of regular bikes to build confidence for young ...

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Blue Route Hubs – New Glasgow Phase 3

The Town of New Glasgow and Cycling Nova Scotia are proud to announce the project's completion.  The Blue Route is a province-wide project to create a continuous cycling network across Nova Scotia. The Blue Route Hubs Project (now known as the Core AT Networks Project) aims to help communities along the Blue Route evaluate their potential to develop AT routes. Whether you drive, walk, roll, or ride, active transportation infrastructure is for you. Cycling Nova Scotia’s Active Transportation Planner/Designer worked with staff, community, and stakeholders to identify three potential route options to link New Glasgow residents to key destinations and connect the Blue Route into downtown. A series of focus groups, interviews, surveys, pop-up engagement and community bike rides were used ...

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