SATA News May 2018
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Celebrating 2 years - The cover image from our first issue in June 2016
This smiling crew appeared on our inaugural newsletter with the caption:
Cyclists taking a break during the SATA Dartmouth Trail ride

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June Updates 

Lots of rain - and frost warnings!

This issue marks 2 years since the first online monthly SATA newsletter.  Looking back shows how active we have been with weekly outings, special events, trail building and advocating for safe trails on the Eastern Shore. Many. many miles (more than I want to count today) have been traversed by Active Transportation.   Congratulations and thanks to everyone for participating and supporting Active Transportation opportunities in our communities!

Board members and HRM rep raise a glass in celebration of SATA achievements

In May, several members of the SATA BOD participated in the first Atlantic Active Transportation Summit.  Patricia and Mona were part of a panel discussion on Greenways and Trails in Nova Scotia.  It was a good opportunity to make and  renew contacts and to build relationships with many like-minded groups and individuals as well as with Government reps. 

June has been a month of lots of rain and even frost warnings that went well into the month.  That meant some SATA outing cancellations again this month.  However, it is now warmed up enough to get the gardens planted and it is a new month of scheduled activities.  

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) happens today, Wednesday June 27.  You're invited to come for updates - and cake to celebrate our achievements in the past year. Get the details in SATA AGM

Work on the Gaetz Brook Greenway is progressing and the bridges now have new decks and look great. Check out the pictures in this month's SATA Trails Updates.

Check out pictures of our May and June outings in our SATA on the Road section.  Thanks this month to Judy Myatt for her picture of the Board and to Mona Bordage, Wendy Hanlan, and Julie Piece for sharing their photos on our Facebook page.  You too can win a coveted spot in this newsletter by sharing images on our page.  We love to see pictures of SATA outings but also other favourite cycling routes.

Our scheduled events for the next month include a variety of biking and hiking options as well as a special combined celebration for Bike Week / World Ocean Day.  We're starting the season with some slow and easy rides to get us back into cycling fitness but offering some more challenging rides later in the month.  Read more in the Upcoming Events of this newsletter and find detailed descriptions - including meeting times and places - on the activity page on our website.  Remember to check our Facebook page for most current information, including any necessary cancellations.

Finally, you won't want to miss In Other News because there is lots going on in the next couple of months.

That is it for June. Everyone at SATA wishes you a Happy Canada Day and a summer filled with sunshine, family time and lots of safe, healthy, outdoor activity.  Happy trails.


Reports, updates and election of officers 

The Shore Active Transportation Association  (SATA)
and SATA Trails Association
invite you to attend

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM)
& Celebration of Active Transportation
at the Royal Canadian Legion
6644 Highway 7, Gaetz Brook

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

5:30  Walk on Gaetz Brook Greenway
6:30 - 8:30   AGM - Election of officers, updates, presentation, celebratory cake

NOTE: Paid members are eligible to vot at any members' meeting of the Society after they have attended at least one previous members' meeting.

SATA Trails Update

Bridge work will begin in June

Work on the bridge decks has been completed by Municipal Group of Companies commonly known as Dexter Construction. 
It looks great and already is creating a safer, more pleasant experience.

Dexter is continuing to work on the structural and safety issues. It will take approximately four (4) months to complete this phase of development.  

During construction, "use at your own risk" signs will be placed at access points to the trail.  Additional signage will be placed at the bridges to indicate that bridges are under construction.

The SATA Trail Society thanks you for your patience during the construction phase.

Stay safe. If you use the trail during construction, be aware of the risks and use extra caution.


Remember that we want your memories, stories and pictures about the area around the abandoned trail bed along the Gaetz Brook Greenway to inform signage along the completed trails.

Share your stories about features of cultural, historic or natural interest through the Contact Us page on our website or

SATA on the Road

The cold never bothered us anyway. 

Have you been out walking or riding this month?  Whether it is a SATA outing or your own exploration, we want to hear about your Active Transportation outings, especially in the HRM area. Post directly on our Facebook page or submit a paragraph or two for our newsletter by sending it to

We are always looking for new places to explore so if you have an idea for a SATA adventure, we would love to hear. Share images or descriptions on our Facebook page, email them to us at (, or talk to one of our event leaders when you join one of the Thursday outings.

Wolfville Harvest Moon Trail (May 30, 2018) 
Wendy shared this description of the outing on our Facebook page:

Yesterday's weather was a perfect excuse to goof off and Shirley, Patricia, Mona and I did so with flare! Our valley adventure included the Harvest Moon Trail, eagles, churches, statues, apple blossom tree dancing, beer, puppies, secret gardens cream (of course!).   

Editor's Note:  It looks like everyone was in a silly mood for this one.  Ice cream will do that too you, I guess.  It definitely looks like a good time was had by all.
Bike Week / World Oceans Day - Clam Harbour (June 7, 2018) 
We celebrated the combined events this week with rides, walks, yoga - and a pot luck.
Martinique / Pepeswick (June 21, 2018) 
According to Patricia:   A wow day for sure! So good to have many people out with us cycling and being active as well as enjoying food in Musq Harbour!

Upcoming Activities

Something for everyone.  Come explore!

Upcoming outings:

Thurs., Jun 28 - Chezzetcook Area Choose your own adventure (two ride options)

This EASY  ride is about 10 - 15 km starting on Bellefontaine Road Parking lot and going on the trail to Hope for Wildlife in Seaforth. We will be riding into Hopes and taking a walk up the tower there. 

The more challenging 45km ROAD RIDE will head west on Bellefontaine Road and left on Crowell Road to Lawrencetown Beach for a water /snack stop . Then on to the Three Farhom Harbour Loop with great views and a few biter hills and then down the beautiful Causeway Road /Fishing Reserve  to an active fishing village and views of Wedge Island.

Thurs., July 12  - Oyster Pond-East Jeddore (30 km)

We will explore Fishermans Life Museum  Monument Loop, Old Trunk Rd,  then down East Jeddore Road exploring the side roads of Hartlands Point with a visit to Bakers Wharf.

ROUTE: This is just under 30km and would be considered easy but has two short biter hills to keep it interesting

Thurs., July 19 - Aspotogan Peninsula (50 km)

This is a 51km CHALLENGING ride around the Aspotogan loop.  Ride anti-clock wise. Hills, ocean, beaches, fishing villages, more hills, gardens, Swiss Air Memorial. Be prepared for a swim at Bayswater Beach.

Visit our  Activity Calendar for all event details and new events.  As always, be sure to watch our Facebook page for the most current news on outings, updates, weather changes, and event pictures.  


  • SATA events are open for participants of all ages and abilities and follow a relaxed pace.  Events are at a relaxed pace with time for discovery and photography.
  • We would love to hear any suggestions for new routes - or old favourites. Talk to activity leaders, share on our Facebook Page or contact with any ideas.

In Other News

Updates from other organiziations working to improve Active Transportation in Nova Scotia

Halifax Cycling Coalition AGM
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Halifax North Memorial Library
                2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax

The Board of Directors for the Halifax Cycling Coalition would like to invite you to join us for our Annual General Meeting!
This is a great opportunity to hear about some of the successes from the past year including:

  • the All Ages and Abilities Miniumum Grid for downtown Halifax and Dartmouth
  • the Traffic Safety Act for laws to protect people cycling across Nova Scotia 
  • our on-street bicycle counter network to provide free and open data on cycling rates across the city
  • our Intro To Urban Cycling courses to get more people cycling in Halifax

Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library bike support

If you ride on the Eastern Shore, you will want to take note that the Musquodoboit Harbour Public Library has a bike repair kit  and a bike pump available FREE for any rider that needs them.  If you require either of these items, ask at the Recreation Desk.  Another great reason to visit your local public library!

Recycle your bike tires with divert NS
Did you know that Nova Scotians can return used bicycle tires for recycling by dropping them at participating bicycle retail & repair shops?  The Bicycle Tire Recycling Program is free of charge—Divert NS covers the costs of running this program.

From the website:
Used bicycle tires will be shipped to Tire Recycling Atlantic Canada Corporation (TRACC) in Minto, New Brunswick for recycling. The valve stems will be sold as brass scrap and the bicycle tires and tubes will be recycled into new moulded rubber products, like cow mats. For information about TRACC and their recycled products, visit their website at

Learn more about the program, including where you can drop your tires, at

Marathons, Music and More on the Great Trail all summer
From the Great Trail summer newsletter:  Community is important for our well-being. And, what binds communities better than locally-organized, grassroots events - where neighbours get the chance to mix and mingle? 
We've gathered a selection of such events that take place on or near The Great Trail. A few of these happenings coincide with International Trails Day - an annual celebration to promote trail development, the use of trails and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. Other events are simply great reasons to get outside and meet new friends. 

Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie - Sun. Sept. 23, 2018
Ride Nova Scotia's Acadian Shore and experience breathtaking scenery, challenging routes and unrivaled hospitality! 

4 different route options ranging from 35 - 160 k.  Only $99 plus tax.   Sign up by July 31 for a ride shirt.

Learn more at:


Shared from Municipality of Kings Recreation Services Facebook page.  Good reminders for all of us sharing the roads this summer.  Stay aware and stay safe.

Have you joined SATA yet?
Make your voice heard for Active Transportation on the Eastern Shore


Have you visited our website to register as a member?  Member numbers help us increase the impact of our campaigns.  If you haven't already joined, please take a minute to do so now and make your voice heard for a safe, sustainable active transportation network in Porters Lake and surrounding communities.

Basic membership is free but you must register.

We have introduced a Full Membership with an annual fee of $10.  This fee contributes directly to the cost of advocacy and AT events and also entitles you voting rights at the AGM.  Visit our Join Page to learn more. 

Help us achieve our vision of a safe, sustainable Active Transportation (AT) infrastructure  connecting communities across the Eastern Shore.

Hit the road. Hit the trails. Hit the beach. Stay active this summer.

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