Velo NB COVID-19 Update

Following the Cycling Canada update on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Velo NB will be following their recommendations at this time. We’ve been engaged with Cycling Canada, the Government of New Brunswick Sport Branch, and other stakeholders to maintain communication on the ongoing situation.

At this time, we will be suspending any activities until the first of May. No races or events are affected by this, but we will have to reschedule upcoming athlete development camps. We will be providing an update on those camps when available.

If you have any questions regarding the situation, please contact the Executive Director.


Suite à la mise à jour de Cyclisme Canada sur la pandémie de COVID-19 en cours, Velo NB suivra ses recommandations pour le moment. Nous nous sommes engagés auprès de Cyclisme Canada, de la Direction du sport du gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick et d’autres intervenants à maintenir la communication sur la situation actuelle.


Pour le moment, nous allons suspendre toute activité jusqu’au 1er mai. Aucune course ou événement n’est concerné par cette mesure, mais nous devrons reporter les prochains camps de développement des athlètes. Nous ferons le point sur ces camps dès que nous obtiendrons des renseignements à ce sujet.


Si vous avez des questions concernant la situation, veuillez communiquer avec le directeur exécutif.


CYCLING CANADA COVID-19 UPDATE

Government of New Brunswick Information

Bicycle Safety Working Group Update

The Higgs Government will not adopt road safety recommendations by the provincial Bicycle Safety Working Group.

Since August 2016, representatives of Velo NB, Saint John Cycling, and Fredericton Folks on Spokes have met with government officials to discuss needed amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, including a one- metre clearance rule when passing cyclists.

In December 2016, competitive cyclist Ellen Watters was struck by a vehicle while training near her home in Sussex. She died from her injuries. She was 26 years old.

After Watters death, New Brunswickers rallied across the province demanding stronger laws to protect vulnerable road users, such as cyclists. A one-meter clearance rule, known as Ellen’s Law, was introduced to the legislature in March 2017 and a Bicycle Safety Strategy Working Group was formed under the Department of Public Safety to make further recommendations for safety legislation.

The working group provided their report to government in July 2018. After the fall election, representatives from Saint John Cycling, Folks on Spokes and Velo NB met with the new Minister of Public Safety, Carl Urquhart, to discuss the recommendations. After months of follow up with government officials, Premier Higgs has informed Saint John Cycling and Velo NB that his government would be taking no further actions with the recommendations.

“I am disturbed by the way our elected officials pass off their promises and responsibilities,” said Nancy Watters, mother of Ellen Watters.

“I was disappointed,” said Wayne Arrowsmith, Advocacy Director for Velo NB and member of the working group. “The amendments we are asking for are to enhance basic safety, promote the physical and mental health of New Brunswickers, and aid in the promotion of cycle tourism.

“Unlike programs and infrastructure, these amendments cost nothing. It’s a no-brainer.”

Recommendations of the working group would update definitions in the Motor Vehicle Act to address enforcement issues, provide rules for “dooring” when a cyclist is hit by an opened door of a vehicle, provide municipalities the authority to allow bicycles on designated sidewalks, and a commitment to holding annual meetings with the Department of Public Safety.

Regular meetings would have provided the opportunity for continued work to ensure New Brunswick roads are safe for all users. New Brunswick is one of four provinces in Canada that does not have legislation that addresses dooring, along with Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. However, Nova Scotia has dooring rules currently under development. New Brunswick also has one of the lowest distracted driving fines in the country, even with the recently proposed increase in Bill 16.

The Bicycle Safety Strategy Working Group included representatives from several government departments, the New Brunswick RCMP, Saint John Police Force, Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau Brunswick, Velo NB, Fredericton Folks on Spokes and Saint John Cycling. Their full report may be found at www.SaintJohnCycling.com/MVA

Media Contacts:

Wayne Arrowsmith, Advocacy Director for Velo NB and working group member 506-647-1530
kwa@nbnet.nb.ca

Gary Crowley, Director for Saint John Cycling and working group member 506-647-5113
sjc-treasurer@outlook.com

Nick Cameron, Advocacy Lead for Saint John Cycling 506-343-7946
sjc-advocacy@outlook.com

NCCP Training to Race Workshop

Velo NB would like to know of any members from New Brunswick that are participating in the upcoming course. If you are participating in the course please contact executivedirector@velo.nb.ca. Registration information is listed below.

We would like to invite any coaches who would like to register for the upcoming online workshop, as we continue our ongoing coaching development opportunities.
 
Prior to the first scheduled session, we will provide additional information and web access for the participants. If there are any questions, please direct them via email to Andy Wilson –andy.wilson@cyclingcanada.ca
 
For dates and times, please see the information list below:
 
Learning Facilitator: Paul Jurbala
Level:  NCCP Training to Race workshop
Language: English
Schedule: *Eastern Time* (coaches must be present at all sessions to receive credit)
Monday, December 2: 7:30-9:30pm
Tuesday, December 3: 7:30-9:30pm
Thursday, December 5: 7:30-9:30pm
Monday, December 9: 7:30-9:30pm
Tuesday, December 10: 7:30-9:30pm
Thursday, December 12: 7:30-9:30pm 
 
Registration: All coaches who want to work toward Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition certification are welcome to register here
Cost: $175
Organizers: Cycling Canada
Description: Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition (R2R) is the context for coaches who will primarily work with new competitive cyclists at the community and club level. These athletes will likely be in the Learn to Train to Train to Train stages of LTAD, although the context could apply to any new racer of any age. These athletes have basic but developed cycling skills and the desire to begin competing within a structured training and competition program. 
 
Please note that this course requires a minimum of 5 participants, and has a maximum of 20.  Coaches will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.