First International Women’s Ride Day Deemed A Success

Women as far away as Mabou, Cape Breton took part in the first international Women’s Ride Day hosted by Framework Cycle & Fitness, Sunday May 5.

About a dozen or so riders took a 15 km spin around downtown with Cape Breton Regional Police, learning tips on how to stay safe on city streets including what to do if encountering irate drivers.  DSC02217

Use common sense, don’t fight with motorists and follow the same rules as vehicles as described in the Motor Vehicle Act. Lay complaints with police for any infraction, even if charges are not laid, and try to get the first three digits of plates for any close encounters given the one-metre rule in place to protect cyclists and motor vehicles sharing roadways.

Refreshments followed the ride attended by all ages and levels of cyclists – from beginners to the very skilled – in tandem with a store wide tax free sale which many customers (both men and women) took advantage of, securing new tax free wheels or other fitness equipment supplies.

Thanks to everyone who participated. We hope to repeat this adventure next year.

A special thanks to Cape Breton Post reporter Chris Shannon and the island’s newspaper’s effort to improve the cycling culture of the island. A copy of his full report can be found here.


Senior mechanic and shop owner Bill Goldston gives tips on emergency repair outside the shop as the first real warm day of Spring reached ideal riding temperatures over 20 degrees.


Daniel MacKenzie and her mom Cecilia join Charmayne Greencorn for some eats and treats outside the shop during Women’s Ride Day.


Shop workers Evan and Tera get silly mid-day.


Local athlete Bernice Bert takes a new bike out for a test ride Sunday after chatting with Velo CB President Andree Crapeau.


Neeta Kumar-Britten took out her elliptigo for the Women’s Ride Day


Women gather outside the shop for a group ride through downtown CBRM.


Bill continues his demonstration on changing a flat outside the shop.


Riders of all ages make their way down George Street.


Shelley Johnson, a friend of Framework and ambassador serving Velo CB, lead riders behind police on behalf of the shop. Thank you for your support Shelley.

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Cst Walter Bruckschwaiger takes a few questions on how cyclists can help themselves on the roads with motorists.



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