May Advocacy Update

After meeting with Ministers Ted Flemming and Tammy Scott Wallace in March, follow-up meetings in Saint John with MLAs Trevor Holder and Glen Savoie and numerous emails to Saint John and Fredericton area MLAs the New Brunswick Cycling Coalition is pleased to announce that the New Brunswick Government will;

Start a “Share the Road” campaign on Facebook and Twitter commencing mid-May. The program will highlight critical dates such as end of school in June, and back to school dates.

Will update a 2011 New Brunswick Driver’s Handbook which is available online with references to EllensLaw which became law in 2017.

NB Public Safety will begin working with the NB Cycling Coalition over the summer to review the NB Motor Vehicle Act’s bicycling safety articles as compared to other provinces and identify recommendations for the governments consideration this fall in modernizing the Act for the safety of all road users.

Thank you to the core group of cyclists Stephen Marr, Gary Crowley, Nick Cameron, Brian Gillis and Nancy Watters who volunteer their time and energy to improve cycling safety in our province. Thank you to MLAs Glen Savoie, Trevor Holder, Arlene Dunn and other Saint John area MLAs for their assistance.

Wayne Arrowsmith
Advocacy Chair

Canada Games Announcement / Annonce des Jeux du Canada

As some of you may have already heard, the Canada Games Council and the 2021 Canada Games Host Society made the difficult decision to postpone the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games to the summer of 2022 due to continued public health concerns relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the uncertainty created by the ongoing pandemic, the decision to postpone the Games was made, first and foremost, to ensure the health and safety of all the participants and spectators expected to attend the Games in Niagara.

Velo NB will be working with all stakeholders involved in cycling at the games, and provide updates on the postponed Games as they become available.

Le Conseil des Jeux du Canada et la Société hôtesse des Jeux du Canada de 2021 ont pris la difficile décision de reporter la tenue des Jeux d’été du Canada Niagara 2021 à l’été 2022 en raison des préoccupations de santé publique relatives à la pandémie COVID-19 .
Vu l’incertitude causée par la pandémie actuelle, la décision de reporter les Jeux a été prise pour, avant tout, protéger la santé et la sécurité de tous les athlètes, entraîneurs, membres du personnel, bénévoles et spectateurs attendus à cet événement.

Velo NB travaillera avec tous les acteurs impliqués dans le cyclisme lors des jeux, et fournira des mises à jour sur les jeux reportés dès qu’elles seront disponibles.

The Next Steps in Deconfinement, and a Return to Sport

Velo NB is prepared to move into the next steps of deconfinement, and a return to play starting in the month of August.

The goal is to start fun, local competitive events in order to have individuals have the chance to start racing in 2020. These events will not be part of a Provincial Series, or Provincial Championships, but are intended to start the process and get back to a more competitive nature. As such, events that were on the provincial calendar have been postponed at this time. Please stay tuned as we update the events calendar with upcoming events, as well as social media outlets.

We’ve reviewed recommendations and guidelines from stakeholders in cycling and other sports to develop a set of guidelines for local, and club level competition. You’ll find this document in the link below. It follows recommendations set forth by the Province of New Brunswick as well as those from within our sport. We believe this to be a strong set of guidelines that protects participants, volunteers, and organizers. It helps identify issues that come up in sport during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as cycling specific issues that we’ve seen and identified.

COVID Guidelines Club and Local Competitions