President's Welcome


Welcome to the CPEI Web Site - Message from the President
     July 24, 2014 — David Sims

Dear Cycling Enthusiast:

Welcome to the Cycling PEI web site.   The volunteers and staff who comprise CPEI  are skilled, enthusiastic and friendly.  If you are looking for PEI cycling information, you will either find it here, or we'll help you to get it.  Cycling PEI programs include beginner, intermediate and advanced road rides, mountain bike training, bicycle rodeos and safe riding courses, promotion of active transporation infrastructure, training of instructors, coaches and race officials, and high level competitive events.  For people who are not so interested in competitive riding, prefering recreational riding, please ask about our Monday night road rides, Confederation Trail ride options, and the Adult Casual Brigade for moutnain bike riding at Brookvale Provincial Park.

July 24, 2014 -   The riding season for 2014 isfully engaged.    We have excellent attendance at our mountain bike training at Brookvale on Tuesday nights, our new Confederation Trail recreational rides have a lot of riders, road and mountain bike rides are at all-time highs for attendance, and our competitive events are seeing more people than usual.   We have an exciting program for 2014.  The  Red Isle Relay  and Don Harris Memorial Century Ride were huge successes.   Gran Fondo, and Tour de Cabot are yet to come, and we hope you are training for them.  A revised citizen series of races for road and mountain bikers is underway.  For 2014 we will have new mountain biking options at Brookvale, and look forward to seeing the new trails at the Brackley side of the National Park.  These trails will be more in the line of beginning and intermediate than expert, and will be family-oriented, meaning designed for hybrid bikes, moms, dads and young children.  Our hope is to conclude the 2014 season with mountain biking options in all three of PEI's counties, and a diversity of trail options.  

If you are resident of Charlottetown or Summerside, please visit www.fixmystreet.ca when you encounter bad riding surfaces.  Does the bike lane need to be cleaned?  Pot hole problems?  These are fair game.

For road riders of PEI, the Gran Fondo offers a unique combination of spectacular riding and a chance for you to host your friends and relatives and, in the process, become the recognized leader of good times.  There is nothing that compares to breezing past stop signs and stop lights, being waved through by the police as part of a priority peleton.  Good roads, good scenery, good riders, good lunch and nutrition stops, and its all organized and supervised by others.  All you need to do is ride.  Why not invite all of your riding friends to visit PEI in late August, which is the very best time to be here.  The same weekend there will be Arts in the Open and Jazz & Blues.  granfondo-pei.ca

Labor Day weekend will be the Tour de Cabot.  This is hard work.  And a lot of fun.  I rate the Cabot Trail as one of the top ten rides in the world for spectactular beauty.  Add in full catering and ride support, what more could you ask for?

We would like to expand our influence in the Active Transportation venue.  If you would like to assist, please contact me.  PEI is slowly developing bike paths and lanes, but for CPEI to be more effective, we need to strike committees in Charlottetown, Summerside, Conrwall, Stratford, possibly Kensington.  In addition, we need to continue to dialogue with the provincial Ministry of Transporation and Infrastructure Renewal, to develop province-wide bike route options.  New bike routes are developed one at a time, and need local input.  In Charlottetown, its time to build a series of bike paths on streets that connect where people live with schools, so kids can safely ride to and from school.  At the same time, the routes should be designed so that commuting options are covered for adults.  Cities all over the world, including in Canada, are showing remarkable determination to build safe cycling options.  We need to show our policiticians that we expect the same on PEI.  

If you drive your child to school, you decrease your child's ability to learn the rest of the school day. On the flip side, when children walk or bike to school, instead of being driven in a bus or car, they concentrate much better and the effects last. This is one of the main conclusions of a study (http://www.foodoflife.dk/opus.aspx: - in Danish) of 19,527 school children ages 5 to 19 just published by Niels Egelund, a professor at Aarhus University in Denmark. The results were made public by the research center OPUS, at the University of Copenhagen. The study investigated the connections between diet, exercise and the ability to concentrate for school students of all ages. Among its many results, one really stood out: Children have less concentration if they do not exercise on the way to school.

This web site contains many viewing options.  On the home page there is the calendar of events.  You can purchase CPEI clothing, or contact me or the Executive Director, Mike Connolly, should you have questions. Mike's phone number is 368-4985. 

David Sims
sims@cpei.ca

 



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