Kentville's first Bike Week about to start

Wendy Elliott
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Trail Flow’s Ryan Lindh testing the new Burger Hill mountain bike track before it opened in May.

Bike Week in Kentville is a new initiative that will run from June 22 – 28.

As part of Kentville’s inaugural bike week, the Parks and Recreation Department is inviting residents to make a small change in their daily routine and transform their commute into a bike ride. Prizes are being offered in this contest.

During the week, cyclists may ride for free on Kings Transit from June 22 to 28 anywhere between Brooklyn and Weymouth. Wondering  how it works to mount a bike on a Kings Transit bus? See the demonstration at the bike with the mayor event June 25.

Recreation intern Charles MacDougall says biking is a popular and important recreation activity all over the world today.

“It is a great and fun way to stay active, make use of trails and get out into nature. It can also be easily be done in groups.”

He noted that it is also an activity that takes many different forms, such as road biking, mountain biking, BMX, hand cycling and unicycling.

Cycling is a broad activity, which reaches out to people of varying ages and abilities, MacDougall added.

“As Kentville Parks and Recreation strives to make activities and events accessible and inclusive, we found that holding a first Bike Week would be a great fit with our philosophy.”

Many municipalities across Nova Scotia and Canada have been doing the same, he said, creating a vast movement in biking culture.

“Here at the town, we also hope to educate people about bike safety, bike maintenance and especially active transportation.”

MacDougall said biking can be more economical, more environmental and more active than driving a vehicle, so “we hope to start a discussion about using bicycles as an efficient method of transportation, all while enjoying its recreational aspects.”

A Kentville Bike Week Passport, containing event details, a map, will be available. Bring the passport to each Kentville Bike Week event to get a sticker. Show all the collected stickers at the Bike Movie Night and they’ll become ballots in a contest.

To help parks and recreation celebrate the first annual Bike Week, the Kentville branch of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is bringing in some books for bike buffs.

For all information on Kentville Bike Week and its events, please contact Charles MacDougall or Rick Gilbert, 679-3998 or recintern@kentville.ca, join the Facebook event.

To learn about all the other bike and cycling events throughout Kings County this month, visit and like this Facebook page.

Following Kentville Bike Week, June 29, the fourth annual Valley Life Cycle will take place in Kentville. To learn more about this event, please visit the website.

 

Events:

June 22                                          

Theme ride at 3 p.m., on Sunday, come meet us at the Miner’s Marsh entrance for a theme bicycle ride around Kentville. The theme is bright colours, so participants are encouraged to wear bright clothes and decorate their bikes in flashy colours. Town staff will be there from 2:30 p.m. and will have bike decorations. At 3 p.m., the group will bike different roads and trails around the town for one hour and loop back. Please note that staff will be present to warn traffic and keep the ride safe and fun.

 

June 24                                           

Adult Cycling Clinic from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, Annapolis Valley cycling co-ordinator Colin Vibert will offer an adult cycling clinic for everyone ages 14+. At this clinic, he will give a workshop and share tips about bike safety, maintenance and riding. The clinic will start in the parking lot of Kentville Centennial Arena. The group will take on the rail line trail and the bird sanctuary trails.

June 25                                            

Youth geo-caching event from 10 a.m. to noon, on Wednesday, June 25, youth can bike over to Kings County Academy (KCA) for an exciting geo-caching event. They’ll meet a town staff member, who will give instructions for participants in how to participate this biking geo-caching event. The big end reveal to the event will take place at the Kentville outdoor market.

June 25                                            

Bike with the mayor at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 25, come meet mayor David Corkum and other town council members for a family-friendly bike ride. We’ll start at Kings County Academy (KCA), where there will be a presentation from Kings Transit about active and public transportation. From there, bike the rail line trail, a leisurely path for cyclists of all levels and abilities.

June 27                                            

Bike Rodeo from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Friday June 27, Annapolis Valley Cycling Coordinator Colin Vibert will host a bike rodeo, geared toward youth under the age of 12. At the rodeo, which will take place at the track in Memorial Park, where participants can get their bikes checked, learn about bike safety and win awesome prizes. To register, simply give Charles MacDougall a call at 679-3998 or email him at recintern@kentville.ca.   

June 28                                            

Workshop at 4-cross course on Saturday, June 28, cycling experts from Trail Flow will be giving two clinics at the new exciting 4-cross course at Burgher Hill. Topics covered include body positioning, cornering technique, pumping, line choice and more! The first clinic will be for youth ages 10 to 13 and will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m.. The second clinic will be for adults and youth ages 14+ and will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. To learn more, visit Trail Flow’s website To participate, email clinics@trailflow.ca and show up June 28 for an exciting ride.

June 28                                           

Bike movie night and more from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 28. Finish off bike week with a fun, informative and relaxing movie night at the Recreation Centre. There will be a gear swap too, of bike parts, accessories or memorabilia to trade. Cycling short documentaries and extreme bike video clips, will be shown, with food from local vendors and prizes

Organizations: Kentville Bike Week, Parks and Recreation Department, Annapolis Valley Regional Library Kings County Academy KCA Recreation Centre

Geographic location: Kentville, Brooklyn, Weymouth Nova Scotia Canada Annapolis Valley Kentville.To Memorial Park

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