TRURO - Colchester Bike Week has moved to a new time of year in 2014, but promises all of the same excellent opportunities for fun as in the past, plus some new events.
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Instead of beginning in May, this annual celebration of cycling in this region, will be held from June 6 to 15 to coincide with bike week initiatives held in other parts of Nova Scotia.
“Bike week is a great opportunity to get your bike dusted off after the winter months and to start riding for the spring and summer,” said Craig Burgess, manager of Colchester Recreation Services, in a news release.
“Cycling is a fun and an enjoyable exercise and we encourage people to come out to some events, learn some skills, cycle with friends, and hopefully get excited to continue on cycling well into the summer and fall,” Burgess said. “Cycling is for all ages.”
Bike Week includes organized road trips; off-road recreational rides; bike rodeos; a huge ride through Truro; chances to win prizes; an art contest and much more.
Among new events this year, the Colchester Historeum on Young St., Truro, will play host to a Bike Show from June 7 to 21. The official opening will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on June 7, with the launch of a promotional video about walking and cycling, and the opportunity to indulge in bike art.
Two new fixit stations will be officially opening on the Dal-AC campus on June 13, followed by a ride around the Bible Hill campus.
There will also be a cycling scavenger hunt, and a cycling orienteering event during the week.
Events in the week leading up to Bike Week include a specialized women’s ride in Victoria Park on May 31 and a public presentation of a play by a cycling theatre troupe that will be travelling through the area on June 3.
Throughout the week, don’t forget to show off your photography skills and submit your favourite bike-related photos to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a prize. And, keep an eye out for the Big Dog Cruiser on location throughout the county. If you’re spotted wearing your helmet and riding safely, you could also win a prize.
Colchester Bike Week is supported by the Municipality of Colchester, Town of Truro, Village of Bible Hill, Town of Stewiacke, Truro Police Service, Bike Monkey and Hub Cycle.
A copy of the Bike Week brochure and a complete schedule of events is available at www.colchester.ca/bike-week