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New contest part of Colchester Bike Week

  TRURO - Brightly-painted, polka-dotted bikes are being spotted around Colchester County this month.

Elizabeth MacArthur, a summer employee for the Town of Truro's Parks, Recreation and Culture department, kneels beside one of the bikes in the Spot the Bike contest, which is being held as part of Colchester Bike Week.

They're part of a new Spot the Bike contest being held in conjuction with Colchester Bike Week, which started Friday and continues to June 14.

People who see any of the 10 spotted bikes have two ways to enter to win prizes. They can take pictures of them or note the locations and two colours and email along with contact information to

"The more bikes you spot, the more times you are entered to win," said Cathy von Kintzel, special events and cultural co-ordinator for Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture.

"You never know where you might find one, on a busy downtown street, along a trail or in a park," said von Kintzel. "They could be anywhere, from Five Islands to Stewiacke to Tatamagouche and all points in between."

The project involves bikes, which were beyond repair and which were painted and repurposed for the event.

Colchester Bike Week, which is spearheaded by Colchester Recreation Services, is an opportunity to get your bike dusted off after the winter months and start riding for the spring and summer.

Bike Week includes organized road rides; off-road recreational rides; bike rodeos and repair clinics; a huge ride through Truro and Bible Hill; chances to win prizes; an art contest and much more.

A copy of the Bike Week brochure and a complete schedule of events is available at


Saturday, June 6

- Bike repair clinic at Truro Farmers' Market, 8 a.m. to noon

- Cobequid Trail Family Ride, Cobequid Trail trailhead, 202 Willow St., Truro, 1 p.m.

Sunday, June 7

- Bike Revolution, Victoria Square, Truro, 1 p.m.

- Kids Bike Safety Festival, Agridome, Bible Hill, 2 to 4 p.m.

Monday, June 8

- Brookfield Bikes! Festival, Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, 6 to 8 p.m.

- Bike to Molly's Dairy Bar, meet at Bible Hill Village Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 9

Cycling safety workshop, Langille Athletic Centre, Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Dal Bike Centre for faculty, staff and community members. Learn cycling basics: Rules, technique, road ethics and more. Campus members can borrow bikes free of charge. Bring a helmet. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For information:

- Short Track Race, pump track in Victoria Park (near water treatment plant off Young Street), 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10

- Tatamagouche Bike Festival, Tatamagouche, Elementary, Grades Primary to 6, 2:45 to 4 p.m.

- Spin at the RECC, Rath Eastlink Community Centre, 6 to 6:45 p.m.

- Bike to the Market, 32-km ride to Masstown Market, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 11

- Spin at the RECC, Rath Eastlink Community Centre, noon to 12:45 p.m.

- Stewiacke Bike Rodeo, Winding River Consolidated School, Grades Primary to 6, 2:15 to 4 p.m.

- Movie Night at the Marigold, Marigold Cultural Centre, Truro, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

- Bike the Butter Trail, Tatamagouche, 6 p.m.

Friday, June 12

- Trans Canada Trail - Ride to 2017! Tatamagouche, 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 13:

- Spring Tune-up in Tatamagouche, Farmers' Market, 9 a.m. to noon

- Bike the Butter Trail, Tatamagouche, 6 p.m.

- Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, Victoria Park, Truro, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 14

- Cycle West Tatamagouche Loop, Tatamagouche, 1:30 p.m.

- Bike Shortts, Brookfield, 1 p.m.


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