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December 18, 2007 – Are You A Bike Riding Artist? – BEST Seasonal Celebration (correction, see below) – Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting – Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show – Solstice Secret Lantern Procession – Seasonal Sights Ride Unsilent Night – Vancouver Buy Nothing Christmas – Love Your Bike Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Solstice Critical Mass Ride and Roll – Basic Bike Repair Workshop – Womyn on Wheels – B:C:Clettes at the UBC Sustainability Conference – Bike Locking Infrastructure Project – Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Check these out:

http://www.avaaz.org/fossils
http://bike-sharing.blogspot.com
http://www.pasifik.ca/?q=node/130
http://www.sustransconnect2.org.uk
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jun07/5128
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rwwxrWHBB8
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6240288.stm
http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=308563299&size=l
http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=1645149560&size=o
http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=177767
http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:MPK_Co%27s_Litroenergy
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2007/12/10/video-japans-dekocha.html
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200180212033
http://hooptyrides.blogspot.com/2007/05/mister-jalopys-urban-guerrilla-movie.html
http://cycleliciousness.blogspot.com/2007/12/intelligent-sensors-and-diodes-save.html
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070906.wnorwaycars0906/BNStory/Science/home

Are You A Bike Riding Artist?

Momentum magazine wants to talk to you about your vision of the world, about biking, art and biking art, for the purpose of:

1. art in our publication 2. profiles of bike riding artists 3. our upcoming art show

Call 604-669-9850 Or email amy@momentumplanet.com http://www.momentumplanet.com

BEST Seasonal Celebration Tuesday, December 18 (*Correction*)

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation’s (BEST’s ) holiday party is this Tuesday night, December 18th! We’ll be in the private lounge of the Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street (on the corner of Dunsmuir and Seymour), from 6 pm and on into the night. Hope to see you there!

www.best.bc.ca

Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 19

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in Committee Room 2 (on the third floor) at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at 604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle

Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show Thursday, December 20

5:00 to 6:00 pm, and every other Thursday on CiTR 101.9 fm.

The revolution will not be motorized! Double-plus-good radio waves of bike culture, politics, music, events, bike traffic reports, and voices direct from the front lines.

!!! Now archived for your listening pleasure !!!

Archive: http://www.citr.ca/podcast.php Listen Live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/livestream.php Blog: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com

The Revolution needs your input! If you have a bike related event or announcement, contact Ifny at pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or 604-690-7372. During the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Solstice Secret Lantern Procession Friday, December 21

Procession begins at 6pm at 2 locations: The Vancouver Aquatic Center and Coopers Park (see map on website http://www.secretlantern.org/events_yt.html )

Both Parades meet at David Lam park (about 6:30 pm) where we are going to knock their socks off with an amazing fire show. This show is for family audiences and includes a 27-foot dragon who steals the sun. The fire performers work towards distracting the dragon with their talents to get their sun back.

It’s free and it’s going to be amazing! Hope you can make it, Katia with Radiant Heat and the CinderBellas

www.secretlantern.org

Seasonal Sights Ride Saturday, December 22

Look at some of the seasonal light displays on view around Vancouver. We will see many different aspects of Vancouver after dark including Gastown, Chinatown, the West End and the Downtown Eastside before we head out to Trinity Street in East Van.

This is an easy ride. We will be pausing regularly to admire the views and we can pull into a warm coffee shop at any time if the participants get cold. There are no significant hills on this ride and it’s entirely on pavement so road bikes will work.

The duration of the ride is going to depend on how often we stop to look at the sights, but it’s anticipated to be finished by 9:00pm.

Wear extra pairs of socks and gloves – it can get cool in the evening. Also, please use your bike lights – white in front, red behind – and wear bright clothing. We want to be especially conscious of safety when riding at night at this time of the year.

Note: Unlike most Biking Meetup rides, this one will be weather dependent. It doesn’t matter how cold it is but if there is any precipitation the ride will be rescheduled or called off.

Meet in front of the main entrance to the Via Rail Canada “Pacific Central” Railway Station, 1150 Station Street. The ride leaves at 6:00pm sharp, so be at the train station earlier than this.

More information about this ride or to see if the ride is on or off, visit http://bike.meetup.com/145/calendar/6788389/

Unsilent Night Vancouver Sunday, December 23

Unsilent Night started in 1992 in New York, and has become incredibly popular, often attracting crowds numbering in the thousands. Participants carry boomboxes, each playing a separate track of music contributing their own voice to the sound that is Unsilent Night.

Start 7:00 pm at English Bay Park (Beach Ave and Bidwell Street). End at the Robson Square Underground Skating Rink.

http://vancouver.metblogs.com/archives/2007/12/unsilent_night_vancouver.phtml www.unsilentnight.com

Buy Nothing Christmas Tuesday, December 25

This Christmas we’ll be swamped with offers, ads and invitations to buy more stuff. But now there’s a way to say enough and join a movement dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving.

Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.

Buy Nothing Christmas is a stress-reliever, and more people need to hear about it. You can change your world by simply putting up one of the posters (or make your own) in your church, place of worship, home or work. Be sneaky about it if you have to. The point is to get people thinking. It’s an idea whose time has come, so get out there and make a difference!

See www.buynothingchristmas.org

Love Your Bike Thursday, December 27

Clean off the grime and get your ride spiffed up before the Midnight Mass and the Critical Mass! On the last Thursday of every month, join Momentum and Bikes on the Drive for a free, fun evening of bike cleaning, lubing, and loving. All supplies provided by Bikes on the Drive.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Location: Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

For more information, call 604-215-7433 or email self-propelled@telus.net

Midnight Mass Bike Ride Thursday, December 27

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights, warm socks, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is the Thursday before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos: http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass

Solstice Critical Mass Ride and Roll Friday, December 28

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver for the last Critical Mass of 2007! Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are, or course, highly encouraged.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information: www.velolove.bc.ca http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at: http://criticalmassrides.info or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/

Basic Bike Repair Workshop Thursday, January 3

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit www.pedalpower.org

Womyn on Wheels Monday, January 7

Starting January 2008, Ladies fix your bike night at Our Community Bikes (OCB) is now the first and third Monday of every month (except holidays).

3283 Main Street (between 16 and 17th Avenues) 6:30 – 9:30pm $5-10 dollars

This is a trans-inclusive space.

For more information, phone 604-879-BIKE (2453) www.pedalpower.org

B:C:Clettes at the UBC Sustainability Conference Saturday, January 19, 2008

The B:C:Clettes are performing at the UBC Sustainability Conference on Saturday January 19. The performance is 3-3:30 pm and is the final event before the ending keynote speaker.

Plus, for the first time ever, the ‘Clettes we’ll be holding a presentation/ discussion session!! 1:45pm-2:45pm.

More details to come!

http://www.bcclettes.ca/performances.html http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=70542587&blogID=336885324

Bike Locking Infrastructure Project

The VPSN (Vancouver Public Space Network) is currently assessing the quality and quantity of bicycle parking infrastructure in Vancouver’s commercial and entertainment districts to determine the need for more, or different, cycling infrastructure. We are conducting background research of municipal plans and current parking options, as well as conducting a case study of a sample area. Our aim is to assess this data and determine what, if any, advocacy work needs to be conducted around better biking infrastructure.

We could use help with this project — which could mean anything from spending a couple of hours on an inventory-mapping stroll, or taking on a bit of web-related research. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please let us know.

More info: Additional details can be found on our Bike Lock web-page: http://vancouverpublicspace.ca/index.php?page=bikelock Or contact project lead Karen at karen@vancouverpublicspace.ca

Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Mini Bike Mondays. Random Monday rides of the Mini Bike Army. Meet noon at the Science World gazebo and go on a mini-bike ride of the seawall and downtown. Ride leaves at 12:30. See http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com for details.

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Pie Rides. around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets. Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there. http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or http://www.vancruisers.ca http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride. to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc@vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride. following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric@vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 2:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.bikepolo.ca http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley. For details, phone 604-875-8679. http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

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KILL BILL 43! – Starring Kevin Falcon

A gang of ruthless global corporate yakuza fronted by the evil Falcon are out to DESTROY DEMOCRACY! Can the Deadly Viper Highway Assassination Squad, in league with hundreds of thousands of angry citizens and one raging granny, save the day?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CHBNGqXJNQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpQOoa3eaQI

For more info: http://www.keeptranslinkpublic.ca http://www.gatewaysucks.org

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Sign the Petition: Better Transit, Not Freeways

If you care about living in one of the most livable cities in North America, now is the time to take action to keep it that way!

The Provincial Government’s plan to expand Highway 1 and twin the Port Mann Bridge will result in more air pollution and more danger from increased traffic in neighbourhoods. It will fuel urban sprawl and erode our valuable farmlands. It will cost $2 billion or more and will not solve traffic congestion or lower greenhouse gas emissions. No city has ever built its way out of congestion.

Take action now and sign the “Better Transit, Not Freeways” petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/882355425

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion — Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now. Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at > 604-257-2404 < where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for more than a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

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Join the Velolove discussion list!

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Velolove Announcements

December 15, 2007 – Bike Locking Infrastructure Project – Quit Yer Day Job Bike Ride (MC3 Ride) – The Church of Pointless Consumerism – Harmonizer II – Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting – BEST Christmas Party – Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show – Solstice Secret Lantern Procession – Seasonal Sights Ride – Buy Nothing Christmas – Love Your Bike – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Solstice Critical Mass Ride and Roll – Basic Bike Repair Workshop – Womyn on Wheels – B:C:Clettes at the UBC Sustainability Conference – Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Check these out:

http://www.streetfilms.org
http://www.blognetnews.com/cycling
http://www.carfree.com/cft/i048.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjNNDPXVvT0
http://vancouver.transitcamp.org/wiki/show/Cycling
http://www.seattle.gov/council/newsdetail.asp?ID=7894 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2872752.ece http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/11/28/the-speed-bump-catapault
http://www.nieuwsuitamsterdam.nl/English/2007/11/green_wave.htm
http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/4256/bikehousemediumgc8yn7.jpg
http://www.itdp.org/documents/st_magazine/ITDP-ST_Magazine-19.pdf
http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20071211/documents/a17.pdf http://www.examiner.com/a-1047190~Green_light_for_park_road_closure.html
http://www.worldbike.org/new-worldbike-slideshow-captures-spirit-our-work-east-africa-2005
http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=4a00cb19-cd45-4ea1-8afc-1c0defa6dff3

Bike Locking Infrastructure Project

The VPSN (Vancouver Public Space Network) is currently assessing the quality and quantity of bicycle parking infrastructure in Vancouver’s commercial and entertainment districts to determine the need for more, or different, cycling infrastructure. We are conducting background research of municipal plans and current parking options, as well as conducting a case study of a sample area. Our aim is to assess this data and determine what, if any, advocacy work needs to be conducted around better biking infrastructure.

We could use help with this project — which could mean anything from spending a couple of hours on an inventory-mapping stroll, or taking on a bit of web-related research. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please let us know.

More info: Additional details can be found on our Bike Lock web-page: http://vancouverpublicspace.ca/index.php?page=bikelock Or contact project lead Karen at karen@vancouverpublicspace.ca

QUIT YER DAY JOB Bike rIDE
(Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride) Friday, December 14 (today)

Margaret Charles Chopper Collective invites you to the “QUIT YER DAY JOB” Bike Ride

DressCodeSUIT 6:45pm Friday Dec 14 Science World Gazeebo

after-gathering snacks drinks warmth at the Prince Albert House.

Hoping for a big ride, so please invite sympathetic friends IN SUITS. Zoot suits, friends without jobs, and all on bikes welcome.

http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com/

The Church of Pointless Consumerism
Friday, December 14, to Sunday, December 16

Clients, Consumers… Congregation…

The event of the shopping season has arrived. Let the spirit fill your wallets, hear the jingle of silver, nickel and gold. The great vault in the sky is gonna open and WE’RE ALL GONNA GET RICH!

Hark! The light — more brilliant than the eyeballs of barcode scanners, than 24 Hour convinience stores, than pure white mink skins — the flash of his million dollar smile could melt a hole in your pocket. Yessir, your favorite Peter Proffet the Prophet of Proffit rolls back into town with The Church of Pointless Consumerism.

8:00 pm on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th! The Holy Venue: Performance Works Theatre on Granville Island.

The devoted will line the aisles like soda pop on sale. You’ll sing, you’ll dance, you’ll feel the fire of eternal salvation like unlimited credit. Damned be the poor!

This road show is back with 30% more capitalism and this year featurs expanding profit margins while solving global warming!

This event will sell out. Check out http://worklessparty.org or stop by the Work Less Party office & Veggie Resource Centre at 2250 Commercial Drive for advance tickets. There will also be some reserved for the door so, if you decide last minute that you just can’t stay away, you should be fine as long as you arrive a little early.

http://worklessparty.org/images/stories/events/church%20flyer%20small2.jpg

http://vancouver.tribe.net/event/The-Church-of-Pointless-Consumerism-is-coming-soon/vancouver/71e4e67e-1af5-4f9d-8adb-3d64c08f5a26

Harmonizer II
Saturday, December 15, 2007

Following up the success of last year’s sold-out HARMONIZER holiday party MOMENTUM MAGAZINE proudly presents… A revellating and rousing evening of music, performance and dancing plus silent auction, door prizes and warm & delightful people.

Featuring: Clancy’S Angels, Kokoro Dance, DJ Andabeat, The Creaking Planks, Velovixens

WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver Doors open at 8pm – performances start at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets available (cash sales only) starting this Friday November 23 at Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, 604-215-7433

CLANCY’S ANGELS – A 20-member power choir/rock band who perform 1970’s anthems of groups like the Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Fleetwood Mac. Their debut show was at last years sold out Harmonizer event and they are not to be missed!

KOKORO DANCE – performing ‘Here to There’ with three dancers and live band. This dance premiered to critical acclaim at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, and this rare performance will include original cast members. Taking its name from the Japanese word kokoro – meaning heart, soul and spirit, Kokoro Dance creates provocative performances inspired by the Japanese modern dance form known as butoh. http://kokoro.ca

DJ ANDABEAT (aka Romina Wendell) – Andabeat applies her skilz to bring out positive vibrations to rhythm-loving feet and ears everywhere. Layering soulful and afro-charged rhythms over lush bass lines and genre defying selections, she revels in the rhythmated musical journey, letting her finger tips do the exploring while her beats tell the story. http://www.spinningdrum.com

THE CREAKING PLANKS – The Creaking Planks strap on forgotten and dismissed instruments of simpler times, gathering the tunes and jingles of today and re-presenting them in a novel anachronistic setting and style. Drawing on numerous and disparate naive, folk and outsider musical traditions, the sound of The Creaking Planks suggests nothing stranger than the iPod of 1906.” http://www.myspace.com/creakingplanks

VELOVIXENS – Victoria’s Velovixens add an element of absurdist theatre to bicycle dancing. http://www.myspace.com/velovixens

Many thanks to Clancy Dennehy for bringing Clancy’s Angels and Harmonizer 2 together.

For more information – or to volunteer, please contact Amy at 604-669-9850 or self-propelled@telus.net

http://www.momentumplanet.com Bike culture for a cooler planet!

Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 19

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in Committee Room 2 (on the third floor) at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at 604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle

BEST Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 19

Better Environmentaly Sound Transportation (BEST) is teaming up with Smartgrowth to have a party at the Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir Street (at Seymour), on Wednesday, December 19th.

Stay tuned for more detalis.

http://www.best.bc.ca http://www.smartgrowth.bc.ca

Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show
Thursday, December 20

5:00 to 6:00 pm, and every other Thursday on CiTR 101.9 fm.

The revolution will not be motorized! Double-plus-good radio waves of bike culture, politics, music, events, bike traffic reports, and voices direct from the front lines.

!!! Now archived for your listening pleasure !!!

Archive: http://www.citr.ca/podcast.php Listen Live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/livestream.php Blog: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com

The Revolution needs your input! If you have a bike related event or announcement, contact Ifny at pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or 604-690-7372. During the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Solstice Secret Lantern Procession
Friday, December 21

Procession begins at 6pm at 2 locations: The Vancouver Aquatic Center and Coopers Park (see map on website http://www.secretlantern.org/events_yt.html )

Both Parades meet at David Lam park (about 6:30 pm) where we are going to knock their socks off with an amazing fire show. This show is for family audiences and includes a 27-foot dragon who steals the sun. The fire performers work towards distracting the dragon with their talents to get their sun back.

It’s free and it’s going to be amazing! Hope you can make it, Katia with Radiant Heat and the CinderBellas

http://www.secretlantern.org

Seasonal Sights Ride
Saturday, December 22

Look at some of the seasonal light displays on view around Vancouver. We will see many different aspects of Vancouver after dark including Gastown, Chinatown, the West End and the Downtown Eastside before we head out to Trinity Street in East Van.

This is an easy ride. We will be pausing regularly to admire the views and we can pull into a warm coffee shop at any time if the participants get cold. There are no significant hills on this ride and it’s entirely on pavement so road bikes will work.

The duration of the ride is going to depend on how often we stop to look at the sights, but it’s anticipated to be finished by 9:00pm.

Wear extra pairs of socks and gloves – it can get cool in the evening. Also, please use your bike lights – white in front, red behind – and wear bright clothing. We want to be especially conscious of safety when riding at night at this time of the year.

Note: Unlike most Biking Meetup rides, this one will be weather dependent. It doesn’t matter how cold it is but if there is any precipitation the ride will be rescheduled or called off.

Meet in front of the main entrance to the Via Rail Canada “Pacific Central” Railway Station, 1150 Station Street. The ride leaves at 6:00pm sharp, so be at the train station earlier than this.

More information about this ride or to see if the ride is on or off, visit http://bike.meetup.com/145/calendar/6788389/

Buy Nothing Christmas
Tuesday, December 25

This Christmas we’ll be swamped with offers, ads and invitations to buy more stuff. But now there’s a way to say enough and join a movement dedicated to reviving the original meaning of Christmas giving.

Buy Nothing Christmas is a national initiative started by Canadian Mennonites but open to everyone with a thirst for change and a desire for action.

Buy Nothing Christmas is a stress-reliever, and more people need to hear about it. You can change your world by simply putting up one of the posters (or make your own) in your church, place of worship, home or work. Be sneaky about it if you have to. The point is to get people thinking. It’s an idea whose time has come, so get out there and make a difference!

See http://www.buynothingchristmas.org

Love Your Bike
Thursday, December 27

Clean off the grime and get your ride spiffed up before the Midnight Mass and the Critical Mass! On the last Thursday of every month, join Momentum and Bikes on the Drive for a free, fun evening of bike cleaning, lubing, and loving. All supplies provided by Bikes on the Drive.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Location: Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

For more information, call 604-215-7433 or email self-propelled@telus.net

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, December 27

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights, warm socks, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is the Thursday before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos: http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass

Solstice Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, December 28

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver for the last Critical Mass of 2007! Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are, or course, highly encouraged.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information: http://www.velolove.bc.ca http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at: http://criticalmassrides.info or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/

Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, January 3

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit http://www.pedalpower.org

Womyn on Wheels
Monday, January 7

Starting January 2008, Ladies fix your bike night at Our Community Bikes (OCB) is now the first and third Monday of every month (except holidays).

3283 Main Street (between 16 and 17th Avenues) 6:30 – 9:30pm $5-10 dollars

This is a trans-inclusive space.

For more information, phone 604-879-BIKE (2453) http://www.pedalpower.org

B:C:Clettes at the UBC Sustainability Conference
Saturday, January 19, 2008

The B:C:Clettes are performing at the UBC Sustainability Conference on Saturday January 19. The performance is 3-3:30 pm and is the final event before the ending keynote speaker.

Plus, for the first time ever, the ‘Clettes we’ll be holding a presentation/ discussion session!! 1:45pm-2:45pm.

More details to come!

http://www.bcclettes.ca/performances.html http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=70542587&blogID=336885324

Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Mini Bike Mondays. Random Monday rides of the Mini Bike Army. Meet noon at the Science World gazebo and go on a mini-bike ride of the seawall and downtown. Ride leaves at 12:30. See http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com for details.

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Team Escape Velocity’s World Tuesday Night Championships at UBC. A Vancouver road racing tradition, on a challenging, spectator-friendly course! Every non-rainy Tuesday evening from May 01 to August 28 at 6:00pm. Info: http://www.escapevelocity.bc.ca/wtnc.html

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Wednesday Pie Rides. around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets. Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there. http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or http://www.vancruisers.ca http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride. to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc@vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride. following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric@vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 2:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.bikepolo.ca http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley. For details, phone 604-875-8679. http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

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KILL BILL 43! – Starring Kevin Falcon
A gang of ruthless global corporate yakuza fronted by the evil Falcon are out to DESTROY DEMOCRACY! Can the Deadly Viper Highway Assassination Squad, in league with hundreds of thousands of angry citizens and one raging granny, save the day?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CHBNGqXJNQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpQOoa3eaQI

For more info: http://www.keeptranslinkpublic.ca http://www.gatewaysucks.org

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Sign the Petition: Better Transit, Not Freeways

If you care about living in one of the most livable cities in North America, now is the time to take action to keep it that way!

The Provincial Government’s plan to expand Highway 1 and twin the Port Mann Bridge will result in more air pollution and more danger from increased traffic in neighbourhoods. It will fuel urban sprawl and erode our valuable farmlands. It will cost $2 billion or more and will not solve traffic congestion or lower greenhouse gas emissions. No city has ever built its way out of congestion.

Take action now and sign the “Better Transit, Not Freeways” petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/882355425

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion — Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now. Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at > 604-257-2404 < where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for more than a year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.idlefree.ca

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Join the Velolove discussion list!

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Velolove Announcements

November 24, 2007 — Here is the latest from Velolove: Kill Bill 43! – Momentum’s Bikestyle Photo Contest – The Climate Crisis: Running on Empty or Running Out of Time? – Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Buy Nothing Day – B:C:Clettes Cabaret Variety Show – Regional Tour: New Westminster Quay – Womyn on Wheels – Canadian Tire Public Hearing – Round 3 – China Creek Park/10th Ave Bike Route Redevelopment Meeting – Love Your Bike – Critical Mass Ride and Roll – Basic Bike Repair Workshop – VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting – Vancouver Urban Design Forum Meeting & Presentation – Harmonizer II.

Check these out:
http://tinyurl.com/2nfzjs
http://www.wweek.com/editorial/3351/9896
http://www.toxicjunction.com/get.asp?i=V2196
http://www.bccc.bc.ca/BCCC_Budget_Submission.pdf
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2774360.ece
http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbanbicyclist/sets/72157594160541001/
http://www.mpegmedia.abc.net.au/tv/mediawatch/mediawatch_2007_ep02.wmv or
http://www.mpegmedia.abc.net.au/tv/mediawatch/mediawatch_2007_ep02.mp4
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/recycling/2007/10/30/1193618878006.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/1645676327/in/set-72157602540554260/
http://www.sightline.org/research/sprawl/res_pubs/Livable_Copenhagen_reduced.pdf
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/26/nsex126.xml&CMP=ILC-mostviewedbox

KILL BILL 43! – Starring Kevin Falcon

A gang of ruthless global corporate yakuza fronted by the evil Falcon are out to DESTROY DEMOCRACY! Can the Deadly Viper Highway Assassination Squad, in league with hundreds of thousands of angry citizens and one raging granny, save the day?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CHBNGqXJNQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpQOoa3eaQI

For more info:
http://www.keeptranslinkpublic.ca
http://www.gatewaysucks.org

Enter a photo of yourself and your bike in Momentum’s Bikestyle photo contest.

http://www.momentumplanet.com/bikestyle/contest/

We want to see what you wear on your bike. This is about your FASHION sense ON THE ROAD. Is your Bikestyle fun and colourful? Warm and cozy? Sexy? Sleek? Professional? Waterproof? Show us how you rock the bike!

We enjoy taking our own photos of you beautiful bikers, but we can’t be everywhere at once, so we’re asking for your help – and we’re providing a little incentive: PRIZES – we have three stylish Crumpler bags (designed for riding! To give away as prizes for our favourite fashionistas.

Yes, you might need to get some help from a friend – and that will make it all the more fun! We’re looking forward to seeing you in all your bike-tastic glory!

For more information, please contact Amy at 604-669-9850 or self-propelled@telus.net


Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show
5:00 to 6:00 pm, and every other Thursday on CiTR 101.9 fm.

The revolution will not be motorized! Double-plus-good radio waves of bike culture, politics, music, events, bike traffic reports, and voices direct from the front lines.

!!! Now archived for your listening pleasure !!!

Archive: http://www.citr.ca/podcast.php
Listen Live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/livestream.php
Blog: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com

The Revolution needs your input! If you have a bike related event or announcement, contact Ifny at pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or 604-690-7372.
During the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Midnight Mass Bike Ride

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights, warm socks, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is tonight.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass

Buy Nothing Day
North America: Friday, November 23
International: Saturday, November 24

A 24 hour moratorium on consumer spending. Participate by not participating.

Join environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries for a 24-hour consumer fast in celebration of the 15th annual Buy Nothing Day, a global cultural phenomenon that originated in Vancouver, Canada. It’s a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. Celebrated as a holiday by some, a street party by others — anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY!

Buy Nothing Day exposes the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries — only 20% of the world population — are consuming over 80% of the earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage
and unfair distribution of wealth. As consumers we need to question the products we buy and challenge the companies who produce them.

Of course, Buy Nothing Day isn’t about changing your lifestyle for just one day — it’s hoped that it will be a lasting relationship — maybe a life changing experience. Make a commitment to consuming less, recycling more, and challenging companies to clean up and be fair. The supermarket or shopping mall might offer choice, but this shouldn’t be at the cost of the environment or developing countries.

http://adbusters.org/bnd/
http://www.ecoplan.org/ibnd/ib_index.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_Nothing_Day

And coming soon… http://www.buynothingchristmas.org

B:C:Clettes Cabaret Variety Show
Saturday, November 24

7 west 2nd Ave at Ontario (Black door with 7 on it)
DOORS at 9.00 pm Clettes perform at 10.00 pm
$10 Cover

For the first time ever the B:C:Clettes will be performing to a live band – Vancouver’s Bike. Cool big warehouse location with hardwood floors and ceiling. Other performances by Scatterheart, Buckle-up Russia, The Feminists as well as some burlesque. Plus art & longboards on display!

http://www.bcclettes.ca/performances.html
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=70542587&blogID=330722781

Regional Tour: New Westminster Quay
Sunday, November 25

It’s off to the New Westminster Quay (http://www.westminsterquay.com/). We can grab a bite in the food court, or on the terrace if the weather is nice, but you can bring your own snack if you don’t want to buy anything. If 40km is your maximum range, come anyway – you can always catch the SkyTrain back at Columbia Station. Total trip distance round trip: 70km

Meet in front of the main entrance to the Via Rail Canada “Pacific Central” Railway Station, 1150 Station Street. The ride leaves at 9:00am sharp, so be at the train station earlier than this.

More information about this ride, visit http://bike.meetup.com/145/calendar/6676643/

Womyn on Wheels
Monday, November 26

Ladies fix your bike night at Our Community Bikes (OCB), the fourth Monday of every month.

3283 Main Street (between 16 and 17th Avenues)
6:30 – 9:30pm
$5-10 dollars

This is a trans-inclusive space.

For more information, phone 604-879-BIKE (2453) http://www.pedalpower.org

Canadian Tire Public Hearing – Round 3
Tuesday, November 27

Fight Climate Change and Protect the Ontario Bikeway

7:30pm – 10:00pm
City Hall, 12th Avenue and Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

So far, around 30 people have spoken out against massive Big Box Canadian Tire development at Ontario and Marine!! As a result, the Public Hearing has been stretched out over 3 nights. So, if you missed the first two, you still have an opportunity to make your voice heard.

To register to speak, call 604-873-7269

Note: If you don’t finish your presentation in 5 minutes you have to state this to be allowed to continue at the end of the speakers’ list. If you do this you can go on for as long as you wish! A previous speaker can have 2 minutes to raise new points if they ask to speak again.

This Big Box project that will be the size of 4.5 football fields. The proposed Canadian Tire store alone is 134,000 sq ft, over 2 and a half times larger than the store at Cambie and 7th. This massive development will generate up to 11,000 car trips a day, pumping an estimated 7,000 more tons per year of greenhouse gases into our air.

Cars will clog nearby neighbourhoods and bikeways, putting children and cyclists at risk. Local stores will be forced to close. And, once Canadian Tire is approved, Wal-Mart will be next. Plus three more Big Box stores.

After wrecking the Off Broadway Bikeway a couple of years ago with its new store at 7th Avenue and Cambie, Canadian Tire now has its sights set on the Ontario Bikeway. The proposed store on Marine will increase traffic on Ontario Street from 100 vehicles per hour to 400 vehicles per hour.

The Ontario Street Bikeway is the most popular north-south bikeway in Vancouver. It will be one of the main connections to the $10 million bicycle path on the Canada Line bridge that will open in 2008. What a shame that the Canadian Tire would severely limit the number of people that will enjoy cycling over this marvellous new facility which represents the largest single investment in cycling infrastructure in the region.

During the public hearing for Canadian Tire rezoning two years ago, speakers expressed concern regarding the impact of the increase in traffic. After the rejection of rezoning application, Vancouver City Council implemented a policy that stated that the impacts of traffic on the Ontario Bikeway should be mitigated.

Unfortunately, when the current rezoning application was submitted, Canadian Tire had made no significant effort from the previous application to lessen the impact of traffic on the Ontario Bikeway. City of Vancouver had to work very hard to convince Canadian Tire representatives to get the number of vehicles down to 400 vehicles per hour. Still, as mentioned above, 400 vehicles per hour is four times the current level and will greatly increase the risk to cyclists using the Ontario Bikeway and decrease the attractiveness of Ontario to parents wishing to cycle with their children.

One really has question the logic of placing such a large store at this location given the reality of climate change. Canadian Tire could show real leadership by committing develop such a store in a location that enables more customers to use sustainable means to access the store.

Urge mayor and council to send a strong message to Canadian Tire that such large stores generate unacceptable levels of traffic and pollution. The city would be much better off if Canadian Tire built smaller stores in neighbourhood shopping areas. Small stores would encourage people to walk and not drive. Unfortunately Canadian Tire’s strategy is just the opposite. They closed the store in Kits after the new Cambie store was opened. Big box stores are in direct conflict with the goals of the City’s EcoDensity initiative.

* Protect the Ontario and Kent bikeways
* Stand up for clean air, reduced traffic, safer neighbourhoods
* Speak out for small businesses in neighbourhood shopping area

Invite your facebook friends: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=7021005425

Send a message to Mayor and Council:
sam.sullivan@vancouver.ca, clranton@vancouver.ca,
clrball@vancouver.ca, clrcadman@vancouver.ca,
clrcapri@vancouver.ca, clrchow@vancouver.ca,
clrdeal@vancouver.ca, clrladner@vancouver.ca,
clrlee@vancouver.ca, clrlouie@vancouver.ca,
clrstevenson@vancouver.ca

China Creek Park/10th Ave Bike Route Redevelopment Meeting
Tuesday, November 27

The Vancouver Park Board approved the “concept plan” for the upgrade to China Creek South Park in January 2007. At thattime, the Park Board committed to host one more public meeting, so that you could view the detailed construction plans before a contractor is hired to perform the changes at the park (now planned for spring 2008). The meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, November 27th @ 7:30 pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway

The detailed construction plans will show you:
A) changes to the skateboard area;
B) new children’s playground and nearby plaza;
C) new community garden;
D) new pathways and the new 10th Avenue bike path;
E) new landscape feature as a way to remember China Creek (the old stream);
F) other proposed park features.

The city is in communication with the YMCA (operators of the Nanook Daycare) and may have plans at the meeting regarding the construction of their new daycare.

For project history, please visit the China Creek South Park website: http://vancouver.ca/parks/info/planning/chinacreeksouth/index.htm

For more information or questions contact Michel Desrochers, Park Planner, City of Vancouver, 604-257-8529, michel.desrochers@vancouver.ca

Love Your Bike
Thursday, November 29

Clean off the grime and get your ride spiffed up before the Midnight Mass and the Critical Mass! On the last Thursday of every month, join Momentum and Bikes on the Drive for a free, fun evening of bike cleaning, lubing, and loving. All supplies provided by Bikes on the Drive.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

For more information, call 604-215-7433 or email self-propelled@telus.net

Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, November 30

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver! Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are, or course, highly encouraged.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/

Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, December 1

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit http://www.pedalpower.org

VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 5 (our November meeting is a week late)

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (with a pub stop afterward) Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, vancouver@vacc.bc.ca

http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver

Vancouver Urban Design Forum Meeting & Presentation
Wednesday, December 5

The next Vancouver Urban Design Forum general meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th, between 6 and 8 pm, at IBI Group Vancouver.

Graham McGarva and Matthew Roddis of VIA Architecture will be presenting. Additional presenters tbd/tba.

For more information, contact Carl Johannsen at cjohannsen@abbotsford.ca

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Harmonizer II
Saturday, December 15, 2007

Following up the success of last year’s sold-out HARMONIZER holiday party MOMENTUM MAGAZINE proudly presents… A revellating and rousing evening of music, performance and dancing plus silent auction, door prizes and warm & delightful people.

Featuring: Clancy’S Angels, Kokoro Dance, DJ Andabeat, The Creaking Planks, Velovixens

WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Doors open at 8pm – performances start at 8:30 pm

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets available (cash sales only) starting this Friday November 23 at Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, 604-215-7433

CLANCY’S ANGELS
A 20-member power choir/rock band who perform 1970’s anthems of groups like the Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Fleetwood Mac.Their debut show was at last years sold out Harmonizer event and they are not to be missed!

KOKORO DANCE
performing ‘Here to There’ with three dancers and live band. This dance premiered to critical acclaim at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, and this rare performance will include original cast members. Taking its name from the Japanese word kokoro – meaning heart, soul and spirit, Kokoro Dance creates provocative performances inspired by the Japanese modern dance form known as butoh. http://kokoro.ca

DJ ANDABEAT (aka Romina Wendell)
Andabeat applies her skilz to bring out positive vibrations to rhythm-loving feet and ears everywhere. Layering soulful and afro-charged rhythms over lush bass lines and genre defying selections, she revels in the rhythmated musical journey, letting her finger tips do the exploring while her beats tell the story. http://www.spinningdrum.com

THE CREAKING PLANKS
The Creaking Planks strap on forgotten and dismissed instruments of simpler times, gathering the tunes and jingles of today and re-presenting them in a novel anachronistic setting and style. Drawing on numerous and disparate naive, folk and outsider musical traditions, the sound of The Creaking Planks suggests nothing stranger than the iPod of 1906.” http://www.myspace.com/creakingplanks

VELOVIXENS
Victoria’s Velovixens add an element of absurdist theatre to bicycle dancing. http://www.myspace.com/velovixens

Many thanks to Clancy Dennehy for bringing Clancy’s Angels and Harmonizer 2 together.

For more information – or to volunteer, please contact Amy at 604-669-9850 or self-propelled@telus.net

http://www.momentumplanet.com
Bike culture for a cooler planet!

WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Mini Bike Mondays. Random Monday rides of the Mini Bike Army. Meet noon at the Science World gazebo and go on a mini-bike ride of the seawall and downtown. Ride leaves at 12:30. See http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com for details.

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park. over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets. Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there. http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your
weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or http://www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride. to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus.
Info: Mark F at vbc@vbc.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride. following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the
coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric@vcn.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 2:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad
weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is
a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.bikepolo.ca
http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and
accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley.

For details, phone 604-875-8679.
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

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Sign the Petition: Better Transit, Not Freeways

If you care about living in one of the most livable cities in North America, now is the time to take action to keep it that way!

The Provincial Government’s plan to expand Highway 1 and twin the Port Mann Bridge will result in more air pollution and more danger from increased traffic in neighbourhoods. It will fuel urban sprawl and erode our valuable farmlands. It will cost $2 billion or more and will not solve
traffic congestion or lower greenhouse gas emissions. No city has ever built its way out of congestion.

Take action now and sign the “Better Transit, Not Freeways” petition at
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/882355425

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion — Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be
in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here:
http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something imple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at > 604-257-2404 < where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for more than a year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.idlefree.ca

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca





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Velolove Announcements

October 25, 2007 — Here is the latest from Velolove: Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show – Love Your Bike – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Media Democracy Day Fair – Halloween Critical Mass Ride and Roll – VeloWeen! – Halloween Skytrain Party – Bicycle Recovery Auction – Pan-Canadian Day of Action Against War – Parade of the Lost Souls – Our Community Bikes’ Halloween & BDay Party – Basic Bike Repair Workshop – Sustainable Transportation for the Region Forum – Reverend Niko’s Vancouver Cruiser Ride – Rod’s Wednesday Cruiser Ride – VACC Newsletter Deadline.

Check these out:

http://www.sfu.ca/city/city_pgm_videos.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFlEBCJXbF0
http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=1765
http://www.flickr.com/photos/edcotton/133215664
http://www.itdp.org/documents/7aGenderUT(Sept)300.pdf
http://www.nordicroads.com/website/index.asp?pageID=154
http://www.gristmill.grist.org/story/2007/10/8/143547/109
http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/documents/cs1_004.pdf
http://cityofvan-as1.insinc.com/ibc/mp/md/open/c/317/1201/200710180900wv150en,002
http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/adventures-in-a-platinum-bike-city-davis-calif
http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/10/15/indianapolis-paves-the-way-for-bikes-and-pedestrians


Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show
Thursday, October 25

5:00 to 6:00pm, and every other Thursday on CiTR 101.9 fm.

The revolution will not be motorized!
Double-plus-good radio waves of bike culture, politics, music, events, bike traffic reports, and voices direct from the front lines.

!!! Now archived for your listening pleasure !!!

Archive: http://www.citr.ca/podcast.php
Listen Live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/livestream.php
Blog: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com

The Revolution needs your input! If you have a bike related event or announcement, contact Ifny at pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or 604-690-7372. During the show, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).


Love Your Bike
Thursday, October 25

Clean off the grime and get your ride spiffed up before the Midnight Mass and the Critical Mass! On the last Thursday of every month, join Momentum and Bikes on the Drive for a free, fun evening of bike cleaning, lubing, and loving. All supplies provided by Bikes on the Drive.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

For more information, call 604-215-7433 or email self-propelled@telus.net


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, October 25

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice beverage — the next midnight ride is the
Thursday before the Hallowe’en Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


Media Democracy Day Fair
Friday, October 26

The Media Democracy Fair provides an opportunity for independent media outlets, public service media outlets, advocacy groups, and media democracy activists to exchange information and display their work to the public. Bring your friends and family, and stay for the discussions.

4:30 to 7:00 pm
Concourse in SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Free. Admission is open for everyone.

The fair will open with a talk by Saskia Sassen, renowned author of The Global City: New Frontiers/Strategic Sites at 7:00 pm. At least 285 people are expected to attend this talk. Limited free tickets are available for the public on a first come first serve basis. (Room 1400 at SFU Habour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street)

This year’s fair includes a special screening of “A Little Bit of So Much Truth” in room 1600 at 4:30pm (515 West Hastings Street). “When the people of Oaxaca decided they’d had enough of bad government, they didn’t take their story to the media… They TOOK the media.” More about this exciting film here:
http://www.corrugate.org/un_poquito_de_tanta_verdad/un_poquito_de_tanta_verdad

For more information, visit http://mediademocracyday.org/2007+Events


Hallowe’en Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, October 26

Boah ha ha ha haaaa!!!!

http://www.velolove.bc.ca/halloween.gif

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver in Hallowe’en costumes!

Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain or shine. Decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, ghettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are, or
course, highly encouraged.

After Critical Mass is VeloWeen at the ANZA Club on the Ontario Bike Route at 8th Avenue.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/


VeloWeen!
Friday, October 26

It’s the season for trick or treating and we have quite the treat for you: VeloWeen. Fun, craziness, and the liveliest music around. Come and dance the night away in your Critical Mass costumes! We have a great dance inspired lineup for this months Velofusion party. Bands, DJs and…

Performers: the dance madness of the Carnival Band, the dub and rock of yhe Down Low, the burlesque Your Little Pony, the unstoppable DJ Timothy Wisdom, and the foot stopping dance intensity of DJ Corrior.

8pm to 1:30am
The ANZA Club, #3 West 8th Avenue at the Ontario bike route.
$5 if you arrive with Critical Mass or costume, $10 otherwise

This is part of the Velo fusion community fund raiser project. All money taised goes back into supporting community projects. For more information visit http://www.pedalfusion.org


Halloween Skytrain Party
Friday, October 26

Boarding at the end of this week: a transformation of public space. Join the Vancouver Public Space Network as they turn the skytrain into a spooky, costume filled ride on the ghost train. You and all your friends are invited.

Don your costumes. Then, show up at VCC Clark Skytrain Station on Friday at 8:45 p.m. Ride around the sky train loop to a top-secret party in public space.

The skytrain is an excellent thing… let’s animate it for all souls night!

For more information, visit
http://vancouverpublicspace.ca/index.php?page=skytrain_party


Bicycle Recovery Auction
Saturday, October 27

Over 100 bikes recovered from various police departments and cities are to be sold by unreserved auction. Brands included Kona, Trek, Rocky Mountian, and more.

9:00 am, 1500 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam, BC

Preview date/time: Friday, October 26, 12 Noon to 6 pm
*PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE & TIME*

For more information, visit
http://www.ableauctions.ca/flyer.cfm?EventID=F656BAE6-1422-1757-AB704048692A5357
or call Able Auctions at 604-594-2253 or
1-800-910-1211.


Pan-Canadian Day of Action Against War
Saturday, October 27

For the anti-war demos that will take place internationally on Saturday, October 27th, in Vancouver meet Noon on Saturday at Waterfront Station (Cordova and Seymour), and march at 1 pm to the rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia and Howe) at 2 pm.

The rally features Malalai Joya, a young women’s rights activist and member of the Afghan parliament.

Tom Childs, at childst@douglas.bc.ca, will be rigging the big “Bikes Not Bombs” banner at the Vancouver Art Gallery, like was dome at last year’s rally.

Make velolove, not war!

For more information, visit:
http://www.stopwar.ca
http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/OCT27.htm
http://www.oct27.org


Parade of the Lost Souls
Saturday, October 27

The Public Dreams Society is closing down Commercial Drive to all oil burnin, steel crushin traffic for the Parade of the Lost Souls!

6:30pm – 10:30pm
Starts at the Britannia Oval

The parade began in the all weather field at William and Cotton where altars, shrines, fire dancers and an ancestral dome helped us prepare for our journey. Then, musical guides appeared, beckoning us to travel down the river that flows to the other side. The sounds of the drum gave us
courage and guided us along the way. The journey ended in Grandview Park where fire keepers illuminated our psyches and we were filled with the delight of life as we danced, danced, danced in the street!!!

For more information, visit http://www.publicdreams.org/


Our Community Bikes’ Halloween & BDay Party
Saturday, October 27

It’s that time of the year again. Our Community Bikes’ Halloween and (14th !) birthday party. We don’t have a DJ lineup yet. We haven’t applied
for the special events license. Hell, we don’t even know where we’re going to put all the bikes. But we can guarantee, as in past years, it will be a true shaker — so bring a costume and get ready to dance where we work.

8 pm and onward into the night!
Our Community Bikes
3283 Main Street (just north of 17th Ave), 604-879-2453
Look for lots of bikes!

Flyer: http://www.pedalpower.org/files/tmpphpeUsO41.jpg


Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, November 1

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit http://www.pedalpower.org


Moving Forward: Sustainable Transportation for the Region
Thursday, November 1

A public forum to envision and discuss how we best move people and goods throughout the Lower Mainland while addressing the challenges of population growth and climate change. Hosted by NDP Opposition MLAs David Chudnovsky (Vancouver-Kensington), Jenny Kwan (Vancouver-Mt.Pleasant), Gregor Robertson (Vancouver-Fairview), Shane Simpson (Vancouver-Hastings).

7:00 to 9:00 pm
Ukrainian Orthodox Hall, 154 East 10th Avenue (at Main Street)

For more info visit http://www.gregorbc.ca/event or call 604-660-0270


Reverend Niko’s Vancouver Cruiser Ride
Sunday, November 4

Join Reverend Niko and other Vancouver Cruisers for this ride the First Sunday of the Month. Meet 12pm Noon for breakfast at The Cambie Pub (the
corner of Cambie and Cordova), then ride all afternoon. The ride usually leaves around 1:30 pm. Route is variable.

http://www.vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/reverend-nicos-sunday-ride

For more information, contact Nico at 604-837-9556 or nicodcruiser@hotmail.com


Rod’s Wednesday Cruiser Ride
Wednesday, November 7

Rod’s World Famous Wednesday Cruiser Ride. Meetup at the Pat’s Pub, 403 East Hastings Street, for 7:00pm. Bring your bikes inside, there’s plenty
of room! And roll out at around 8:00pm.

This is a regular ride the first Wednesday of the month.

For more information, contact Rod Kirkham at rod@cruiserkirkham.com or 604-767-9079.
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/rods-wednesday-ride


VACC Newsletter Deadline
Friday, November 16

Once again it is time to consider putting together a brief article for the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalitions’s newsletter The Urbane Cyclist. All articles of course are welcome, but as the weather turns rainy, our focus this edition will be around RIDING INTO WINTER. Any tips or recommendations for those that might be less inclined to keep cycling over the winter months? Let us know about it. Tell us about your experiences!

Please send articles of about 300-400 words on cycling advocacy and related items to me no later than Friday, November 16th, 2007, for inclusion in the next newsletter expected out towards the end of November. If you need a little extra time to meet our deadline, please just let us know about it.

The purpose of the newsletter is to share information regarding anything related to cycling: facility improvements (or the converse), cycling tips and education. Ideas and opinions are welcome.

Leslie Love, Editor, The Urbane Cyclist, newsletter@vacc.bc.ca


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WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Mini Bike Mondays. Random Monday rides of the Mini Bike Army. Meet noon at the Science World gazebo and go on a mini-bike ride of the seawall and downtown. Ride leaves at 12:30. See http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com for details.

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park. over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets. Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there. http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your
weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or http://www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride. to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus.
Info: Mark F at vbc@vbc.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride. following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the
coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric@vcn.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 2:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad
weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is
a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.bikepolo.ca
http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and
accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley.

For details, phone 604-875-8679.
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

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Sign the Petition: Better Transit, Not Freeways

If you care about living in one of the most livable cities in North America, now is the time to take action to keep it that way!

The Provincial Government’s plan to expand Highway 1 and twin the Port Mann Bridge will result in more air pollution and more danger from increased traffic in neighbourhoods. It will fuel urban sprawl and erode our valuable farmlands. It will cost $2 billion or more and will not solve
traffic congestion or lower greenhouse gas emissions. No city has ever built its way out of congestion.

Take action now and sign the “Better Transit, Not Freeways” petition at
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/882355425

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion — Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be
in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here:
http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something imple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at > 604-257-2404 < where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for more than a year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.idlefree.ca

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

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Velolove Announcements

August 29, 2007 – Here is the latest from Velolove: Burrard Bridge Upgrades Open House ** CANCELLED ** – Love Your Bike – Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show – Critical Mass Ride and Roll – Velo-Virgo Fusion – GVRD Tour: Pitt Polder – Reverend Niko’s Vancouver Cruiser Ride – Labour Day Back to School Special and B:C:Clettes Welcome Home Ride – Rod’s Wednesday Cruiser Ride – Basic Bike Repair Workshop – Chris Mass – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – VeloMutations 2007! Call for Participants! – Car Free Day – PEDAL Fest.


Check these out:

http://pedalrev.blogspot.com/
http://www.cyclean.biz/pictures.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGy0G4GWf1s
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6944041.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6942945.stm
http://images.burningman.com/index.cgi?image=9316
http://playacal.burningman.com/view_entry.php?id=5035
http://playacal.burningman.com/view_entry.php?id=6049
http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2007/08/12/1186857348338.html
http://www.canada.com/vancouvercourier/news/story.html?id=eb52ed7a-9679-4f3a-be70-e617ae50a423
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoasthomes/story.html?id=744efacd-f3c3-4e54-ab89-9454990f24a9&p=1


Burrard Bridge Upgrades Open House
Wednesday, August 29

** CANCELLED due to civic strike, postponed until further notice **

This was to be the second of two City of Vancouver open houses for the public to view and comment on the proposed plans for Sidewalk Widening and Lighting Upgrades on the Burrard Bridge.

The proposed plans are to widen the existing sidewalks on the Burrard Bridge to approximately six metres wide in order to provide improved pedestrian and cycling facilities across False Creek. City staff and consultants involved in this project will be present to answer questions and receive comments and feedback.

http://www.straight.com/article-106711/burrard-street-bridge-plans-up-for-debate


Love Your Bike
Thursday, August 30

Clean off the grime and get your ride spiffed up before the Midnight Mass and the Critical Mass!
On the last Thursday of every month, join Momentum and Bikes on the Drive for a free, fun evening of bike cleaning, lubing, and loving. All supplies provided by Bikes on the Drive.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

For more information, call 604-215-7433 or email self-propelled@telus.net


Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show
Thursday, August 30

5:00 to 6:00pm, and every other Thursday on CiTR 101.9 fm.

The revolution will not be motorized! Double-plus-good radio waves of bike culture, politics, music, events, bike traffic reports, and voices direct from the front lines.

!!! Now archived for your listening pleasure !!!

Archive: http://www.citr.ca/podcast.php
Listen Live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/livestream.php
Blog: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com

The Revolution needs your input! If you have a bike related event or announcement, contact Ifny at pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or 604-690-7372. During the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).


Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, August 31

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver! Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain or shine. Decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

Later in the evening is a Velofusion Dance Party at the ANZA Club on the Ontario Bike Route at 8th Avenue.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at: http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/


Velo-Virgo Fusion
Friday, August 31

Join Amy, Conrad, Jen, Kari, Tannis and others for this second annual celebration of summer, shimmying, and if desired, some mild sousing! A Virgo celebration with friends, the community, music, mystical mirth, bicycles and more!

Where: The world famous ANZA CLUB, corner of 8th Ave and the Ontario bikeway
Doors/bar open: 8 pm till late (wind down around 1:30 am)

A fabulous fortune cookie and tantalising temporary tattoo for the first 40 folks to help us start the festivities.

Bring your friends! A FUNdraiser for the “Anti-Poverty Committee”.

For more information, visit http://www.pedalfusion.org/


GVRD Tour: Pitt Polder
Sunday, September 2

Take the Skytrain to the Braid Street station. Then ride the PoCo trail to the Pitt River bridge. Once we cross the Pitt River bridge into Pitt Meadows we will ride through the Pitt Polder along dykes and roads to Grant Narrows Regional Park.

The area we will be riding in is very flat with lots of scenic, hard-packed gravel trails. The concession stand at Grant Narrows will probably be open but you should pack a lunch just in case.
There is a Subway along the way where you can pick up something to go if you need to.

Meet outside of the main entrance to the Via Canada railway station. We will be taking our bikes on the Skytrain to Braid Station. The Skytrain costs $2.25 for a one-way ticket. The ride *leaves* at 10:00am (sharp) so you must be at the railway station earlier than this. Or you can meet the group at Braid Street Skytrain station at 10:45am.

The ride will return to Braid Station so you can take the Skytrain home. Or, you can bike back into the city. Biking back into the city will add 25km to the distance making the total trip distance about 100km.

For more information, visit http://bike.meetup.com/145/


Reverend Niko’s Vancouver Cruiser Ride
Sunday, September 2

Join Reverend Niko and other Vancouver Cruisers for this ride the First Sunday of the month. Meet 12pm Noon for breakfast at The Cambie Pub (the corner of Cambie and Cordova), then ride all afternoon. The ride usually leaves around 1:30 pm. Route is variable.

http://www.vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/reverend-nicos-sunday-ride

For more information, contact Nico at 604-837-9556 or nicodcruiser@hotmail.com


Labour Day Back to School Special and B:C:Clettes Welcome Home Ride Monday, September 3

Yes, it’s the Back to School Special and the Welcome Home B:C:Clettes Mini Bike Army Ride! It may be a long title but that’s half the fun.

The Mini Bike Army invites you to ride mini bikes (or whatever bike you have) on a holiday Monday afternoon ride. Meet at noon at the Science World Gazebo, ride at 12:30pm to downtown, to the beaches, down Robson for some exposure, probably for food since mini bike riding takes a bit of energy… and perhaps some other special treat? Yes, it’s probably the last opportunity for a mini bike Monday with nice weather. Don’t hesitate, just ride.

Welcome home the B:C:Clettes from their westcoast tour with some bike love. Depending on how tired/busy the B:C:Clettes are, could they surprise us with a special performance? Come to the ride to find out!

For more info, vist http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com or email Chris Bentzen, chris@thisisplanb.net


Rod’s Wednesday Cruiser Ride
Wednesday, September 5

Rod’s World Famous Wednesday Cruiser Ride. Meetup at the Pat’s Pub, 403 East Hastings Street, for 7:00pm. Bring your bikes inside, there’s plenty of room! And roll out at around 8:00pm.

This is a regular ride the first Wednesday of the month.

For more information, contact Rod Kirkham at rod@cruiserkirkham.com or 604-767-9079. http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/rods-wednesday-ride


Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, September 6

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit http://www.pedalpower.org


Chris Mass
Friday September 7

7pm, ride 7:15
Science World Gazebo

If you’re a Chris, join us on this ride. If you’re not a Chris but would like to be an honourary Chris for an evening, join us. If you just want to go for a ride, join us. Really, just come out for a ride, do you need an excuse? Come and see what it’s like to be a Chris… hear your name constantly, meet as many Chris’ as you can, find different ways of spelling Chris.

We’re encouraging everyone to wear red, green, and/or something shiny. Name tags will be provided. Ride meets at 7pm and leaves at 7:15 sharp from the Gazebo at Science World in Vancouver. We’ll go on a ride on some of Chris’ favourite routes and finish in a local drinking establishment. Discover if beer is really Chris’ favourite drink. Good times.

Everyone welcome.

For more details, visit http://www.thisisplanb.net


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, September 13

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights and join the midnight ride!

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos: http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass
http://bikescape.blogspot.com/2007/03/hybrid-shmybrid.html


VeloMutations 2007! Call for Participants!

Hey Bikers! Be a Part of VeloMutations 2007!!! September 20 to 23.

VeloMutations is Vancouver’s annual festival of Biker Arts and Culture. This weekend long festival is a showcase of Vancouver Bike Arts and Culture. Pedal Play leads this collaborative effort of Vancouver’s Bikers into its 4th annual incarnation.

VeloMutations has in the past featured bike film nights, races, competitions, the Canadian debut of Portland’s Sprockettes, guerilla art installations, Alley Kittens, midnight bike rides as well as VeloMutation, the party.

We want you to be a part of this Bicycle madness. Do you have a ride, event, art piece, or performance you would like to present at VeloMutation, this year?

Contact Pedal Play at pedalplay@pedalpower.org for more information or expressions of interest.


Car Free Day
Saturday, September 22

Each year on September 22, International Car Free Day is celebrated by over 100 million people in about 1,500 cities around the world. The roots of Car Free Day extend back nearly forty years, but the initiative has gained most of its momentum over the last decade.


PEDAL Fest
Saturday, September 22

Just when you thought another amazing biking Season was over, Pedal Play brings you PEDAL Fest!!!

Our Community Bikes and PEDAL Play Present A Celebration of Bike Arts and Culture. Performances by the Sprockettes, B:C:Clettes, VeloVixens and BRAKES. All your favourite Djs play while you Pedal the Music on the PEDAL Powered Sound System. Slurp a freshly PEDAL Blended smoothy. Enjoy a ride in the PEDALing Zoo. Get a free bike check and performance tips from the staff at Our Community Bikes. Hey Fixy! Exhibitions and Competition. Bike Craft presents bike inspired fashion and crafts.

Pedal Fest Sept 22, 2007
Main Street and 17th, Noon til 6pm

A part of VeloMutations 2007. Supported by the City of Vancouver Celebrations Grants.

For more information, email pedalplay@pedalpower.org


Weekly and Ongoing Events and Announcements

Mini Bike Mondays. Random Monday rides of the Mini Bike Army. Meet noon at the Science World gazebo and go on a mini-bike ride of the seawall and downtown. Ride leaves at 12:30. See http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com for details.

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Team Escape Velocity’s World Tuesday Night Championships at UBC. A Vancouver road racing tradition, on a challenging, spectator-friendly course! Every non-rainy Tuesday evening from May 01 to August 28 at 6:00pm. Info: www.escapevelocity.bc.ca/wtnc.html

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets. Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there.
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc@vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric@vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 2:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

www.bikepolo.ca
www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley. For details, phone 604-875-8679.
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

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Sign the Petition:
Better Transit, Not Freeways


If you care about living in one of the most livable cities in North America, now is the time to take action to keep it that way!

The Provincial Government’s plan to expand Highway 1 and twin the Port Mann Bridge will result in more air pollution and more danger from increased traffic in neighbourhoods. It will fuel urban sprawl and erode our valuable farmlands. It will cost $2 billion or more and will not solve traffic congestion or lower greenhouse gas emissions. No city has ever built its way out of congestion.

Take action now and sign the “Better Transit, Not Freeways” petition at
www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/882355425

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion — Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at > 604-257-2404 < where you can phone-in licence
plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for more than a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

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Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?


Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
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Velolove Announcements

August 24, 2007 — Here is the latest from Velolove: VeloMutations 2007! Call for Participants! – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Salt Spring’s 3rd monthly Critical Mass Ride – Burrard Bridge Upgrades Open House – Tour de Blintz – GVRD Tour: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve – 5th Annual Little 100 – Womyn on Wheels – Love Your Bike – Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show – Critical Mass Ride and Roll – Velo-Virgo Fusion – Reverend Niko’s Vancouver Cruiser Ride – Rod’s Wednesday Cruiser Ride – Basic Bike Repair Workshop – Chris Mass – Car Free Day – PEDAL Fest.

Check these out:

www.walkscore.com
www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html
www.cbc.ca/photogallery/news/618/
www.sfbike.org/download/tubetimes/tt_070809.pdf
www.seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/327710_traffic16.html
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-op-easterbrook5aug05,0,1379980.story
www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/08/10/bc-electricbikes.html
www.canada.com/theprovince/story.html?id=f1368d0a-3006-4910-a704-8b78d8a9d288
www.bikeportland.org/2007/08/08/a-closer-look-at-portlands-bicycle-parking-fund
www.canada.com/vancouvercourier/news/story.html?id=33d8f065-cfad-41c2-813a-d737a0d6b840
www.canada.com/vancouvercourier/news/story.html?id=eb52ed7a-9679-4f3a-be70-e617ae50a423

VeloMutations 2007! Call for Participants!

Hey Bikers! Be a Part of VeloMutations 2007!!! September 20 to 23.

VeloMutations is Vancouver’s annual festival of Biker Arts and Culture. This weekend long festival is a showcase of Vancouver Bike Arts and Culture. Pedal Play leads this collaborative effort of Vancouver’s Bikers into its 4th annual incarnation.

VeloMutations has in the past featured bike film nights, races, competitions, the Canadian debut of Portland’s Sprockettes, guerilla art installations, Alley Kittens, midnight bike rides as well as VeloMutation, the party.

We want you to be a part of this Bicycle madness. Do you have a ride, event, art piece, or
performance you would like to present at VeloMutation, this year?

Contact Pedal Play at pedalplay@pedalpower.org for more information or expressions of interest.

Salt Spring’s 3rd monthly Critical Mass Ride
Saturday, August 25

Don’t miss it – lube your chain, pull out your bells and whistles, and spread the word!

In July about 50 Salt Springers (and a few off-island visitors) rode from the north and
south ends and converged at Barb’s Buns to re-fuel on tasty morcels. Come be part of the
growing group of cyclists feeling the excitement of riding together into town, pedal-powered and empowered.

Why…
**Riding as a group can be an empowering experience – it feels safer, fun, and inspiring
that we are many.
**Reclaim the streets as a place for cyclists to be visible and safe, and a place that cyclists and cars can coexist safely.
**Show Salt Spring that there are a lot of cyclists choosing to reduce vehicle trips and get
around more sustainably.
**If you need an excuse to dust off your bike tires, look no further!

This is not an olympic training event – we ride together, we take it as slow as we need to for the group to remain a “critical mass”. We ride single file along the main roads… then choose a safe and strategic time to ride en mass (taking a lane for a short period of time). We ride with a peaceful positive message – we’re not blocking traffic, we ARE traffic.

Join us anywhere along the route – we want to get as many cyclists out as possible!

Ride Meeting/Departure Points:
9:45am from the Fulford Inn or join en route
(along the Fulford-Ganges) northbound
Between 10:20-10:30 from Cusheon Lake Rd.
10:15 at Vesuvius Store, 10:30 at the Fritz, or join along the way southbound.

We’ll arrive in Ganges around 11am, cycle around the streets of town critical mass style, then meet at Barb’s Buns for some yummy food and to meet other cyclists… and plan next month’s ride!

For more info, email firefly@island.net or call (250) 653-0035

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_ _ __.. .__o Salt Spring Island Critical Mass Bike Ride
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( ( (( (_)/ (_) Info: 653-0035 or firefly@island.net


Burrard Bridge Upgrades Open House
Saturday, August 25

The first of two City of Vancouver open houses for the public to view and comment on the proposed plans for Sidewalk Widening and Lighting Upgrades on the Burrard Bridge.

11 AM – 2 PM
H.R MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street (Ray Whittick Lounge)

The proposed plans are to widen the existing sidewalks on the Burrard Bridge to approximately six metres wide in order to provide improved pedestrian and cycling facilities across False Creek. City staff and consultants involved in this project will be present to answer questions and receive comments and feedback.

www.straight.com/article-106711/burrard-street-bridge-plans-up-for-debate

Tour de Blintz
Sunday, 26 August

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC and the Vancouver Area Cicying Coalition (VACC) co-present the last in a series of guided bicycle tours exploring Greater Vancouver’s Jewish restaurants, delicatessens and bakeries.

Sunday, 26 Aug (all-day) – mixed 9 am-4 pm

The Tour de Blitz is part of the 6th Annual BC Cultural Crawl, which runs runs from August 3-31. The program is presented in conjunction with Garden City Bakery, Kaplan’s Star Deli, Mount Royal Bagel Factory, Nava Creative Kosher Cuisine, Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen, Pini’s Kosher Pizza, Pretty Hot And Tasty (PHAT), Sabras Kosher Bakery, Shawarma Plus, and Solly’s Bagelry. Participants must be 16 years or older.

For more information, visit
www.jewishmuseum.ca/info/current_events/tour-de-blintz

GVRD Tour: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
Sunday, August 26

Ride over the Lions Gate bridge out to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. Some of you may know the Reserve by its former name: the Seymour Demonstration Forest. Once at the Reserve bike along the Seymour Valley Trailway and have lunch at the fish hatchery. You will have to pack a lunch since there is no store there but will be stopping at Subway before we get to the Reserve. We will take the Ironworkers Memorial bridge on our way back. Total trip distance: 60km.

Meet in front of the main entrance to the Via Train Station (http://files.meetup.com/238490/viaRailwayStationv2.jpg), 1150 Station Street in Vancouver. The ride leaves 10:00am sharp, so be at the train station before 10:00am. Or you can meet the group at Braid Street Skytrain station at 11:30am (If you want to meet at Braid Station, please RSVP so we know to expect you).

For more information, visit http://bike.meetup.com/145/

5th Annual Little 100
Sunday, August 26

Teams of four (one single speed cruiser bike…26 inch wheels). 100 laps of the oval.

Strathcona Park Oval (Not Grandview)
Time: Noon register, 1:00pm race!

http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/5th-annual-little-100
http://www.fixedvancouver.com/Forums/showthread.php?t=732

Womyn on Wheels
Monday, August 27

Ladies fix your bike night at Our Community Bikes (OCB), the fourth Monday of every month.

3283 Main Street (between 16 and 17th Avenues)
6:30 – 9:30pm
$5-10 dollars

This is a trans-inclusive space.

For more information, phone 604-879-BIKE (2453)
http://www.pedalpower.org

Burrard Bridge Upgrades Open House
Wednesday, August 29

The second of two City of Vancouver open houses for the public to view and comment on the proposed plans for Sidewalk Widening and Lighting Upgrades on the Burrard Bridge.

4 PM – 7 PM
Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture, 6184 Ash Street (Seniors Lounge)

The proposed plans are to widen the existing sidewalks on the Burrard Bridge to approximately six metres wide in order to provide improved pedestrian and cycling facilities across False Creek. City staff and consultants involved in this project will be present to answer questions and receive comments and feedback.

www.straight.com/article-106711/burrard-street-bridge-plans-up-for-debate

Love Your Bike
Thursday, August 30

Clean off the grime and get your ride spiffed up before the Midnight Mass and the Critical Mass! On the last Thursday of every month, join Momentum and Bikes on the Drive for a free, fun evening of bike cleaning, lubing, and loving. All supplies provided by Bikes on the Drive.

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

For more information, call 604-215-7433 or email self-propelled@telus.net

Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show
Thursday, August 30

5:00 to 6:00pm, and every other Thursday on CiTR 101.9 fm.

The revolution will not be motorized! Double-plus-good radio waves of bike culture, politics, music, events, bike traffic reports, and voices direct from the front lines.

!!! Now archived for your listening pleasure !!!

Archive: www.citr.ca/podcast.php
Listen Live over the Internet: www.citr.ca/livestream.php
Blog: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com

The Revolution needs your input! If you have a bike related event or announcement, contact Ifny at pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or 604-690-7372.
During the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, August 31

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver! Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain or shine. Decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

Later in the evening is a Velofusion Dance Party at the ANZA Club on the Ontario Bike Route at 8th Avenue.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
www.velolove.bc.ca
http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:
www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/

Velo-Virgo Fusion
Friday, August 31

Join Amy, Conrad, Jen, Kari, Tannis and others for this second annual celebration of summer, shimmying, and if desired, some mild sousing! A Virgo celebration with friends, the community, music, mystical mirth, bicycles and more!

Where: The world famous ANZA CLUB, corner of 8th Ave and the Ontario bikeway
Doors/bar open: 8 pm till late (wind down around 1:30 am)

A fabulous fortune cookie and tantalising temporary tattoo for the first 40 folks to help us start the festivities.

Bring your friends! A FUNdraiser for the “Anti-Poverty Committee”.

For more information, visit www.pedalfusion.org/

Reverend Niko’s Vancouver Cruiser Ride
Sunday, September 2

Join Reverend Niko and other Vancouver Cruisers for this ride the First Sunday of the Month. Meet 12pm Noon for breakfast at The Cambie Pub (the corner of Cambie and Cordova), then ride all afternoon. The ride usually leaves around 1:30 pm. Route is variable.

www.vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/reverend-nicos-sunday-ride

For more information, contact Nico at 604-837-9556 or nicodcruiser@hotmail.com

Rod’s Wednesday Cruiser Ride
Wednesday, September 5

Rod’s World Famous Wednesday Cruiser Ride. Meetup at the Pat’s Pub, 403 East Hastings Street, for 7:00pm. Bring your bikes inside, there’s plenty of room! And roll out at around 8:00pm.

This is a regular ride the first Wednesday of the month.

For more information, contact Rod Kirkham at
rod@cruiserkirkham.com or 604-767-9079.
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/rods-wednesday-ride

Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, September 6

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit www.pedalpower.org

Chris Mass
Friday September 7

7pm, ride 7:15
Science World Gazebo

If you’re a Chris, join us on this ride. If you’re not a Chris but would like to be an honourary Chris for an evening, join us. If you just want to go for a ride, join us. Really, just come out for a ride, do you need an excuse? Come and see what it’s like to be a Chris… hear your name constantly, meet as many Chris’ as you can, find different ways of spelling Chris.

We’re encouraging everyone to wear red, green, and/or something shiny. Name tags will be provided. Ride meets at 7pm and leaves at 7:15 sharp from the Gazebo at Science World in Vancouver. We’ll go on a ride on some of Chris’ favourite routes and finish in a local drinking establishment. Discover if beer is really Chris’ favourite drink. Good times.

Everyone welcome.

For more details, visit www.thisisplanb.net

Car Free Day
Saturday, September 22

Each year on September 22, International Car Free Day is celebrated by over 100 million people in about 1,500 cities around the world. The roots of Car Free Day extend back nearly forty years, but the initiative has gained most of its momentum over the last decade.

PEDAL Fest
Saturday, September 22

Just when you thought another amazing biking Season was over, Pedal Play brings you PEDAL Fest!!!

Our Community Bikes and PEDAL Play Present A Celebration of Bike Arts and Culture.
Performances by the Sprockettes, B:C:Clettes, VeloVixens and BRAKES. All your favourite Djs play while you Pedal the Music on the PEDAL Powered Sound System. Slurp a freshly PEDAL Blended smoothy. Enjoy a ride in the PEDALing Zoo. Get a free bike check and performance tips from the staff at Our Community Bikes. Hey Fixy! Exhibitions and Competition. Bike Craft presents bike inspired fashion and crafts.

Pedal Fest Sept 22, 2007
Main Street and 17th, Noon til 6pm

A part of VeloMutations 2007. Supported by the City of Vancouver Celebrations Grants.

For more information, email pedalplay@pedalpower.org

Weekly and Ongoing Events and Announcements

Mini Bike Mondays. Random Monday rides of the Mini Bike Army. Meet noon at the Science World gazebo and go on a mini-bike ride of the seawall and downtown. Ride leaves at 12:30. See http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com for details.

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Team Escape Velocity’s World Tuesday Night Championships at UBC. A Vancouver road racing tradition, on a challenging, spectator-friendly course! Every non-rainy Tuesday evening from May 01 to August 28 at 6:00pm. Info: www.escapevelocity.bc.ca/wtnc.html

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets. Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there.
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc@vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric@vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 2:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

www.bikepolo.ca
www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley. For details, phone 604-875-8679.
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

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Sign the Petition:
Better Transit, Not Freeways

If you care about living in one of the most livable cities in North America, now is the time to take action to keep it that way!

The Provincial Government’s plan to expand Highway 1 and twin the Port Mann Bridge will result in more air pollution and more danger from increased traffic in neighbourhoods. It will fuel urban sprawl and erode our valuable farmlands. It will cost $2 billion or more and will not solve traffic congestion or lower greenhouse gas emissions. No city has ever built its way out of congestion.

Take action now and sign the “Better Transit, Not Freeways” petition at
www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/882355425

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion — Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at > 604-257-2404 < where you can phone-in licence
plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for more than a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca



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Velolove Announcements

April 27, 2007 — Here is the latest from Velolove – Critical Mass Ride and Roll – Velofusion – Roberts Creek Critical Mass & Bike Film Night – Pitch-In Canada Clean-up – East Van Forum: Beyond Gateway – GVRD Tour: New Westminster Quay – Riding To Break The Cycle Sendoff Party – End of the Automobile Sustainability Café – Velolicious Potluck – VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting – Rod’s Wednesday Cruiser Ride – Riding To Break The Cycle – Basic Bike Repair Workshop – Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women – Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio! – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – May Moustache Manditory Madness Cruser Ride – Bike to Work Week.

Check these out:
http://www.lcc.org.uk//index.asp?PageID=853
http://www.sfbike.org/download/tubetimes/tt_070405.pdf
http://www.cicle.org/cicle_content/pivot/entry.php?id=1380
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/03/treehuggerstyle.php
http://www.infoshop.org/inews/article.php?story=20070409140720223
http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/04/18/bicycle-advocacy-tv-ads-from-the-netherlands
(or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUXzOKaWl5w)

Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, April 27, 2007

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver!

Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Illuminated and decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

After the ride is a party starting 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/pool/

Coming up next month… May Critical Mass Pirate Ride!

Velofusion
Friday, April 27

On the last Friday of every month, the velo people of Vancouver (that means the bike lovers) assemble 5:30pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery for Critical Mass — a showcase of bike love and a statement about biking and sustainability. They ride around, raising awareness which culminates at the ANZA Club for one of the craziest bicycle afterparties in the city. With entertainment and acts of all sorts, Velofusion is a dose of East Van Community, Activism and Spirit.

ANZA Club, 8th Avenue at the Ontario bike route 8:00 pm till late.

Bands and Performers: DJ Timothy Wisdom, E-Spliff and the East Van Crew, DJ Corrior, Mr M and the All Nighters

To celebrate Spring, entrance will be free for everybody who arrives with the Critical Mass bike ride. Otherwise $10.

http://www.pedalfusion.org/veloAPRIL.jpg

For more information, visit http://www.pedalfusion.org

Roberts Creek Critical Mass & Bike Film Night
Friday April 27 2007

Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast (14km from the Langdale-Horseshoe Bay ferry)

WHAT??

Critical Mass Sunshine Coast style. Come participate and make the April Critical Mass in Roberts Creek AWESOME. Ride is at 5:30pm. Following Critical Mass is…

::: Bike Film Night ::: At the Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek Cara Fisher and Martin Prestage from Lifecycle present a fun filled evening for all featuring a series of short bike films for your amusement and entertainment. 7:00-8:30pm family hour flicks, after dark films 8:30-10pm. Never before screened films from all over North America!!

Accommodation — Nearby and very affordable accommodation for Vancouver bikers is available at Up the Creek Backpackers B&B, http://www.upthecreek.ca

Tickets — Roberts Creek Health Store or call Martin P. at 604-885-0384. In Vancouver through Cara Fisher at thefishiest@resist.ca or 604-319-2102. $6 adult, $3 child, $15 family of four or more.

Critical Mass ++
Ride leaves Spin Cycle, Gibsons at 4:30pm
On the Edge Bike Shop, Sechelt at 4:30pm
All meeting at Roberts Creek School 5:00-5:30pm. Casual bike ride for all ages!

Pitch-In Canada Clean-up
Saturday, April 28

It’s time for the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s (VACC’s ) 7th annual PITCH-IN CANADA clean-up event. Working under the motto of “you never know whose flat tire you may be preventing,” the VACC will be cleaning up part of the Trans Canada Trail near the Second Narrows Bridge this year. We hope you can join us.

TIME: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
MEETING PLACE: Tom & Jerry’s Restaurant, 2828 East Hastings (at Kaslo) on the Sunrise Bike Route
WHAT TO BRING: gloves, any clean-up type tools you have (brooms, shovels, etc.), snacks, water, a friend…

Luis and Rachel Goddyn have kindly invited us all to their home nearby for snacks at the end of our clean-up mission.

Contact Bonnie at volunteer@vacc.bc.ca for details.For more information, vist http://vacc.bc.ca/

East Van Forum: Beyond Gateway
Saturday, April 28

Grandview-Woodlands Area Council presents: Beyond Gateway – Climate Change and real alternatives to Highway Expansion.

The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac1:00 to 3:00 pm

Free admission – music – guest speakers – traffic sign painting – creating solutions!

Email Mike Carr at mcarra@sfu.ca for more inforamtion.

GVRD Tour: New Westminster Quay
Sunday, April 29

It’s a ride to the New Westminster Quay for lunch. We’ll eat in the food court but you can bring a lunch if you don’t want to buy one.

Meet in front of the main entrance to Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver. The ride *leaves* at 10:00am (sharp) so you must be at Science World earlier than this.

We’ll take a somewhat unusual route to get there via North Burnaby and the Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail. Total trip distance is 70km. If 40km is your maximum range, come anyway and return riding the SkyTrain boarding at Columbia Station after lunch. It will bring you right back to Science World.

For more information, visit http://bike.meetup.com/145/calendar/5591088/

Riding To Break The Cycle Sendoff Party
Monday, April 30

An evening of appreciation for all Agents Of Change supporters and volunteers. Featuring inspirational speakers, music, tasty tapas and more, this is the official farewell for the intrepid group of cyclists who will be riding from Vancouver, BC, to Tijuana, Mexico to raise money for microcredit.

Balthazar Restaurant
1215 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
http://www.balthazarvancouver.com

Agents of Change (AOC) is a non-profit dedicated to fostering social involvement among youth and seeks sustainable solutions to global poverty and inequity. Agents of Change intends to use the energy and enthusiasm generated by projects to inspire youth to take a leading role in making both their communities and their planet a better place.

For more information, email gaby.blackburn@agentsofchange.ca or call 604-833-6902.

http://www.agentsofchange.ca/events/

End of the Automobile Sustainability Cafe
Monday, April 30

Will we ever live in a car-free society? This session will question the effectiveness (or
ineffectiveness) of transit on commuter behavior, the role of the consumer choice on “The Invisible Hand” the Regulator’s effect on mitigating emissions, and what real strategies might exist to achieve emission-free transit.

White Rock Central Library
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Moderator: Shawn McLaughlin.

Shawn McLaughlin is the Business Development Manager for the New Car Dealers Association of BC. With previous experience developing sustainable micro-economies in rural Asia, Shawn now works with the Association’s Members for the establishment of a sustainability platform. This session is one of the forums planned for 30 Days of Sustainability.

Velolicious Potluck
Wednesday, May 2

Continuing chitter-chatter on upcoming VELO DECO pre-bike month decorating workshops/BBQ par-tay to happen May 26/27.

6:30pm Meeting & Talking (We’re gonna start the meeting on time!)
Christine’s fun-house1907A Kitchener (NE corner of Kitchener and Victoria)

We also will continue to discuss all things Bee, & zine/online content. If you want to chime in, or just hang out & listen, join us! Please bring food to share if you can, preferably veggie/vegan friendly. As always, fresh faces welcome!

For more information, visit http://bicyclebee.blogspot.com

VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 2

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

Please note the change in date to May 2nd (not the last Wednesday in April).

6:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, vancouver@vacc.bc.ca

http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver

Rod’s Wednesday Cruiser Ride
Wednesday, May 2

Rod’s World Famous Wednesday Cruiser Ride. Meetup at the Pat’s Pub, 403 East Hastings Street, for 7:00pm. Bring your bikes inside, there’s plenty of room! And roll out at around 8:00pm.

This is a regular ride the first Wednesday of the month.

For more information, contact Rod Kirkham at rod@cruiserkirkham.com or 604-767-9079. http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/rods-wednesday-ride

Riding To Break The Cycle
Thursday, May 3

Agents Of Change presents Riding To Break The Cycle. Bring your bicycle and join us for a mass ride as we peddle through downtown Vancouver to draw attention to our cause before our group continues on a 3000 mile bicycle ride from Vancouver, BC, to Tijuana, Mexico to raise money for microcredit to help people in struggling communities to raise them selves out of peverty.

Meet 12 Noon, ride at 12:30pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
Wear green to support Agents Of Change and microcredit initiatives!

Agents of Change (AOC) is a non-profit dedicated to fostering social involvement among youth and seeks sustainable solutions to global poverty and inequity. Agents of Change intends to use the energy and enthusiasm generated by projects to inspire youth to take a leading role in making both their communities and their planet a better place.

For more information, email
gaby.blackburn@agentsofchange.ca or call 604-833-6902.

http://www.agentsofchange.ca/events/
http://www.agentsofchange.ca/projects/riding-to-break-the-cycle/about-the-ride/

Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, May 3

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit http://www.pedalpower.org

Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
Tuesday, May 8

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $40/class.

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Place: 243A Union Street

Check out http://www.jettgrrl.com for more details and to sign-up. Or call 604-255-5097 / email jett_grrl@hotmail to reserve a space.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, May 10

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, May 10

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is tonight, the night before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass
http://bikescape.blogspot.com/2007/03/hybrid-shmybrid.html

May Moustache Manditory Madness Cruiser Ride
Saturday, May 12

Dig out that cheesy stick-on moustache, pull out the eyeliner pen, grow it out whatever but you gotta have a ‘s tash! Meet 12pm Noon for breakfast at The Cambie Pub (the corner of Cambie and Cordova), then ride all afternoon.

For more information, contact Rick at 604-435-3960
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/may-moustache-manditory-madness/view

Bike to Work Week
Register today!

Now recruiting — Workplace Champions (aka Team Leaders)

Bike to work week is May 28 to June 3. Take the initiative at your workplace to encourage your co-workers to register and bike to work during BTWW. Encourage your company to become an Employer Partner. And if you have a tent and some people power, we can guide you on how to build a commuter station in your community.

We need volunteers. If you have some time and enthusiasm to share we would love to hear from you.

Visit http://www.vacc.bc.ca/biketowork and follow the step-by-step guide to make Bike to Work Week a success. It’s easy, and it’s free. The first fifty people to register a team in the Lower Mainland will get a free Bike to Work Week T-shirt!

For more information, contact Mia Kohout, VACC Bike to Work Week Program Director, at 778-833-3773 or biketowork@vacc.bc.ca

Weekly and Ongoing Events and Announcements

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets.

Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there.
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley. http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion -ˆ Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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Call For Bike Shorts!

It’s that time of year to turn your thoughts to making a GREAT (short) bike movie. Bike Shorts: International Cycling Cinema (aka Bike Movie Night) is coming up on its fourth straight year and it needs your film-making prowess to make it happen. The rules and regs are:

1. Movies must be bike-themed or bike-ish in some fairly obvious way.
2. They must be short: 2 min., 5 min., 8 min., and 20 min. only if it’s really interesting.
3. It’s easier if the movies are in digital media (like DVD or mini-DV). But if your art calls out for film, we’ll work with you.
4. Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2007.
5. The perks and benefits of participation are many (if somewhat obscure).

Shorts from previous years are at http://bikeshorts.blogspot.com/. Suggestions for films made by others or you’d like to see are also welcome. For more information, and for submissions and suggestions, contact Tannis Braithwaite at tannis.braithwaite@gmail.com

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out www.fixedvancouver.com/ to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders — all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca


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Velolove Announcements!

April 20, 2007 – Here’s the latest news from Velolove for upcoming April events – Last Call for Bike Month Events for Flyer – EastVan Bike Polo Tournament – Earth Day Vancouver Celebration – Work Less Party Spring Carnival – Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women – Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio! – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Critical Mass Ride and Roll – Velofusion Party – Roberts Creek Critical Mass & Bike Film Night – Pitch-In Canada Clean-up – East Van Forum: Beyond Gateway – End of the Automobile Sustainability Cafe

Check these out:

http://atlistserv.goforgreen.ca
www.alternet.org/story/50049
www.bikesummer.org/CanRAND.html
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAOHhV1EFe4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIfrVrcrWyM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxBM67WG4nM
www.pdxk.com/crankmychain/2006/10/cycle-denmark-johnny-stardust.html

Last Call for Bike Month Events for Flyer

If you haven’t done so already, please send the details of any bicycle related events you are planning for June 2007 so they can be included in BEST’s (the Better Environmentally Sound Transportation’s ) June Bike Month/Going Active flyer.

You can check out what is planned so far at www.best.bc.ca/programsAndServices/bike_month (Not all the events are up there yet)

Send to Richard Campbell at campbell@cs.sfu.ca or call 604-669-2860


Bike Polo Tournament
Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22

Last Riders of the aPOLOclypse… EastVan Bike Polo’s first ever invitational tournament starting 1:00 pm at Grandview Park. The event will be T.R.A.C.K — a game of trackstand HORSE. Come check it out.

www.bikepolo.ca
www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx


Earth Day Vancouver Celebration
Saturday, April 21

Join this global party for the planet by taking part in this year’s Earth Day Vancouver Celebration. This free family-oriented event will have tons of fun eco-friendly activities for kids and adults and you’ll be able to help restore Jericho Beach Park at the same time! We expect record crowds to converge on Jericho Park for a day of celebration, restoration, and hands-on participation. Come be part of it all!

11am to 5pm
Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver (4th Avenue between Alma and Discovery Street)

Shake it up at the Earth Day Stage with performances by Big Bass Theory, Bhangra/Celtic fusion from Delhi to Dublin, First Nations rhythms by the Eagle Song Dancers, and more. For more information, visit www.evergreen.ca/en/involved/ed_2007.html


Work Less Party Spring Carnival
Saturday, April 21

Twice a year the Work Less Party throws the biggest craziest party in Vancouver: The Work Less Party PARTY! Given our reputation for big talent, booty shakin, and massive debauchery, we have only one option: Throw a party bigger and crazier than ever before. Costumes, paint, booty, and big opportunities for surprise guests to take the stage with mind blowing costumes and very hot body painting/performances.

Performing at the show are: They Shoot Horses Don’t They (Band), Kitchen (Band), Carnival Band, DJ Timothy Wisdom, Tspoon the Masala Mixer (DJ from Beats Without Boarders), Brakes (Dance group)

Japanese Center, 486 Alexander Street
Saturday, April 21st
Doors open at 8pm
Body art competition starts at 9pm

There is $800 in prizes for the body painting/performance competition. If you are an artist and/or performer there is still time to register.
Competition to be judged by a super fab and unbiased panel of professionals. For more info on the competition please visit
www.worklessparty.org/party/party.htm

There will also be a Kissing Booth hosted by the hotties from the Brakes, a Spanking Booth hosted by the Church of Pointless Consumerism, and rad homemade fashion bits form BC:Clettes — T-shirts, patches, pj’s , cuffs, and wonderful surprises.

Come to the Work Less Party Saturday, April 21, and dance, laugh, and have a good time. The first 5 cyclists get in free. There will be
secure bicycle parking at the back of the building in the courtyard. Just knock on the door and somebody will let you in.

Advance tickets are available at:
The Vegetarian Resource Center, 2250 Commercial
Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main
Or online at www.worklessparty.org/party/party.htm

Tickets at the door: $8 if you come in costume, $13 otherwise
Go wild, go nuts, any outrageous costume will do. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Watch the promo video at www.worklessparty.org/party/party.htm

For more information please call Conrad at 604-537-2044 or email conrad@ragtagproductions.net


Earth Day
Sunday, April 22

www.calendar-updates.com/info/holidays/canada/earth.aspx

Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is one of the largest, most celebrated, environmental events worldwide.

More than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity.

First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated as the birth of the modern environmental movement. On April 22, 1970, Arbor Day activities were modified to emphasize the critical importance of the environment and to make the American public aware of the destruction of the earth’s natural preserves. The sponsors of Earth Day hoped to start an environmental movement that would alter industrial practices and human consumption.

Earth Day is a powerful catalyst for change. The first Earth Day, spearheaded by Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and Harvard University student Denis Hayes, involved teach-ins that addressed decades of environmental pollution. It was observed by twenty million Americans, most of them students. The event inspired the US Congress to pass clean air and water acts, and establish the Environmental Protection Agency to research and monitor environmental issues and enforce environmental laws.


Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
Wednesday, April 25

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $40/class.

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out www.jettgrrl.com for more details and to sign-up. Or call 604-255-5097 / email jett_grrl@hotmail to reserve a space.


Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, April 26

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site: www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, April 26

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is tonight, the night before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass
http://bikescape.blogspot.com/2007/03/hybrid-shmybrid.html


Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, April 27, 2007

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver!

Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Illuminated and decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

After the ride is a party starting 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
www.velolove.bc.ca
http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:
www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/pool/


Velofusion
Friday, April 27

On the last Friday of every month, the velo people of Vancouver (that means the bike lovers) assemble 5:30pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery for Critical Mass — a showcase of bike love and a statement about biking and sustainability. They ride around, raising awareness which culminates at the ANZA Club for one of the craziest bicycle afterparties in the city. With entertainment and acts of all sorts, Velofusion is a dose of East Van Community, Activism and Spirit.

ANZA Club, 8th Avenue at the Ontario bike route
8:00 pm till late.

DJ Timothy Wisdom is always on hand as this is one of his favourite events each month. Nothing in the dance community works better than combining high energy music with passion and meaning. The result is fun in it’s best form: honest, true and free.


Roberts Creek Critical Mass & Bike Film Night
Friday April 27 2007

Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast (14km from the Langdale-Horseshoe Bay fery)

WHAT??

Critical Mass Sunshine Coast style. Come participate and make the April
Critical Mass in Roberts Creek AWESOME. Ride is at 5:30pm. Following
Critical Mass is…

::: Bike Film Night ::: At the Gumboot Cafe in Roberts Creek

Cara Fisher and Martin Prestage from Lifecycle present a fun filled evening for all featuring a series of short bike films for your amusement and entertainment. 7:00-8:30pm family hour flicks, after dark films 8:30-10pm. Never before screened films from all over North America!!

Accomdation — Nearby and very affordable accomodation for Vancouver bikers is available at Up the Creek Backpackers B&B, www.upthecreek.ca

Tickets — Roberts Creek Health Store or call Martin P. at 604-885-0384. In Vancouver through Cara Fisher at thefishiest@resist.ca or 604-319-2102. $6 adult, $3 child, $15 family of four or more.

Critical Mass ++
Ride leaves Spin Cycle, Gibsons at 4:30pm
On the Edge Bike Shop, Sechelt at 4:30pm
All meeting at Roberts Creek School 5:00-5:30pm. Casual bike ride for all ages!


Pitch-In Canada Clean-up
Saturday, April 28

It’s time for the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s (VACC’s ) 7th annual PITCH-IN CANADA clean-up event. Working under the motto of “you never know whose flat tire you may be preventing,” the VACC will be cleaning up part of the Trans Canada Trail near the Second Narrows Bridge this year. We hope you can join us.

TIME: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
MEETING PLACE: Tom & Jerry’s Restaurant, 2828 East Hastings (at Kaslo) on the Sunrise Bike Route
WHAT TO BRING: gloves, any clean-up type tools you have (brooms, shovels, etc.), snacks, water, a friend…

Luis and Rachel Goddyn have kindly invited us all to their home nearby for snacks at the end of our clean-up mission.

Contact Bonnie at volunteer@vacc.bc.ca for details.
For more information, vist http://vacc.bc.ca/


East Van Forum: Beyond Gateway
Saturday, April 28

Grandview-Woodlands Area Council presents: Beyond Gateway ˆ Climate Change and real alternatives to Highway Expansion.

The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Free admission – music – guest speakers – traffic sign painting – creating solutions!

Email Mike Carr at mcarra@sfu.ca for more inforamtion.


End of the Automobile Sustainability Cafe
Monday, April 30

Will we ever live in a car-free society? This session will question the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of transit on commuter behavior, the role of the consumer choice on “The Invisible Hand” the Regulator’s effect on mitigating emissions, and what real strategies might exist to achieve emission-free transit.

White Rock Central Library
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Moderator: Shawn McLaughlin.

Shawn McLaughlin is the Business Development Manager for the New Car Dealers Association of BC. With previous experience developing sustainable micro-economies in rural Asia, Shawn now works with the Association’s Members for the establishment of a sustainability platform. This session is one of the forums planned for 30 Days of Sustainability.


Bike to Work Week
Register today!

Now recruiting — Workplace Champions (aka Team Leaders)

Bike to work week is May 28 to June 3. Take the initiative at your workplace to encourage your co-workers to register and bike to work during BTWW. Encourage your company to become an Employer Partner. And if you have a tent and some people power, we can guide you on how to build a commuter station in your community.

We need volunteers. If you have some time and enthusiasm to share we would love to hear from you.

Visit www.vacc.bc.ca/biketowork and follow the step-by-step guide to make Bike to Work Week a success. It’s easy, and it’s free. The first fifty people to register a team in the Lower Mainland will get a free Bike to Work Week T-shirt!

For more information, contact Mia Kohout, VACC Bike to Work Week Program Director, at 778-833-3773 or biketowork@vacc.bc.ca


WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Mini Bike Mondays. Random Monday night rides of the Mini Bike Army. See http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com for details.

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets.

Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there.
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

www.bikepolo.ca
www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley. http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion -ˆ Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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Call For Bike Shorts!

It’s that time of year to turn your thoughts to making a GREAT (short) bike movie. Bike Shorts: International Cycling Cinema (aka Bike Movie Night) is coming up on its fourth straight year and it needs your film-making prowess to make it happen. The rules and regs are:

1. Movies must be bike-themed or bike-ish in some fairly obvious way.
2. They must be short: 2 min., 5 min., 8 min., and 20 min. only if it’s really interesting.
3. It’s easier if the movies are in digital media (like DVD or mini-DV). But if your art calls out for film, we’ll work with you.
4. Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2007.
5. The perks and benefits of participation are many (if somewhat obscure).

Shorts from previous years are at http://bikeshorts.blogspot.com/. Suggestions for films made by others or you’d like to see are also welcome. For more information, and for submissions and suggestions, contact Tannis Braithwaite at tannis.braithwaite@gmail.com

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out www.fixedvancouver.com/ to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders — all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca


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Velolove Announcements

March 23, 2007 – Here is the latest from Velolove: Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition AGM – Inaugural Surrey Critical Mass – Skytrain to Surrey Critical Mass – Bicycle CARcass III – Preparing for the Third Wave of Cyclists – Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio! – Vancouver Critical Mass Ride and Roll – Velofusion! – Stop The Gateway Rally – VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Weekly and Ongoing Events and Announcements.

Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition AGM Saturday, March 24

The VACC’s AGM is taking place on Saturday, 24 March 2007 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the North Surrey Recreation Centre (10275 – 135 Street, meeting room #2). Guest speakers are Jack Becker and John Fair, VACC members who rode from Vancouver to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2006 ProWalk/ProBike conference.

All are welcome but you must be a VACC member to vote for the board of directors.

Critical massers are welcome to attend and those participating in the inaugural Surrey Critical Mass can attend that after the meeting.

For more information, visit http://www.vacc.bc.ca or contact Bonnie Fenton at blfenton@lightspeed.ca

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Inaugural Surrey Critical Mass Saturday, March 24

Speak out against the gateway project and assert the presence of a bike community in Surrey!

The date and time is set for 3:30pm on Saturday March 24, rain or shine, meeting in the plaza outside the Central City tower (the big tower at the Surrey Central Skytrain station). There is a VACC meeting that ends at 3pm just across the street in the North Surrey Recreation Centre building.

http://www.velolove.bc.ca/SurreyCMPoster01.pdf http://www.velolove.bc.ca/SurreyCMPoster02.pdf http://www.velolove.bc.ca/SurreyCMFlyerSINGLE-SIDED.pdf http://www.velolove.bc.ca/SurreyCMFlyerDOUBLE-SIDED.pdf

Planning and promotion is taking place on the new Surrey Critical Mass email list. If you’d like to join, or if you live in Surrey, please email mailto:surrey-request@lists.velolove.bc.ca?subject=subscribe . You can also signup online at http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/surrey

Posters and handouts also at http://surreycriticalmass.blogspot.com

Download and circulate/put-up Surrey Critical Mass posters and handouts!

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Skytrain to Surrey Critical Mass Saturday, March 24

Can’t ride all the way to Surrey but want to participate in Critical Mass? Take the Skytrain!

The Expo line starts at Vancouver’s Waterfront Station and is a 38 minute ride to the Surrey Central station (the start of the Surrey Critical Mass). On Saturday, there’s an Expo train every 6-8 min. There’s no additional charge to take your bike on Skytrain, and cyclists can load and unload at all stops across the system.

In other cities, for special bicycle events, more than two bicycles are allowed on commuter trains providing it’s done in a safe and orderly manner, and is respectful of other transit users. They board one car of one commuter train.

To do this, we call on cyclists who can ride to downtown Vancouver to meet at Vancouver’s Waterfront Skytrain Station at 2:45pm. From there, we’ll board the rear car of an Expo line train. Along the line we encourage others who will be boarding at other Skytrain stations to board the rear car of that same train just after these times:

2:55pm Waterfront Station 3:01pm Main Street Station 3:07pm Broadway/Commercial Drive Station 3:16pm Metrotown Station 3:27pm Columbia Station 3:33pm Surrey Central Station

For other stations, go to http://www.translink.bc.ca/Transportation_Services/SkyTrain/ and click your station on the map to determine what time we’d pass your station.

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*~~Bicycle CARcass III~~* Sunday, March 25

An Afternoon of Bike Sportage & Funtasy in the Republic of East Vancouver.

Sunday, March 25 2oo7, 1:00 pee emm at Strathcona Park (on Venables, 4 blocks East of Clark)

Roster to include: ~ The Whip-Lash ~ The Tubes of Despair ~ ~ The Excalibur Challenge ~ The Foot-Down Derby ~ ~ The Blind Race ~ Capture the Grub ~ ~ The End of the World as You Glue It ~ ~ The Panty Race ~ The Ecar Ytnap ~ ~ The Balloon Smack-Down ~ ~ Silliness ~ Contusions ~

And of course… *~The Bicycle CARcass~* bikes + rugby = nine-one-one

Free, Vegan-friendly, Kids welcome. Costumes encouraged. Open to Fighters, Lovers & Spectators. Any ol’ bike will do. Wear armour or die. And maybe bring duct tape.

For more information, go to http://bicyclecarcass.blogspot.com

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Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women Tuesday, March 27

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $40/class.

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out http://www.jettgrrl.com for more details and to sign-up. Or call 604-255-5097 / email jett_grrl@hotmail to reserve a space.

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Preparing for the Third Wave of Cyclists Wednesday, 28 March

In Vancouver, cycling for transportation has grown slowly over the past 20 years to a respectable level. To create a new wave of cycling growth, new cycling infrastructure design is needed. Speakers Jack Becker (VACC), Hans Groen (VACC) and Gordon Price (SFU) discuss North American and European innovations at this lecture at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

7:00-9:00 pm. Free.

Reservations required: 604.291.5100 or cs_hc@sfu.ca. http://upcoming.org/event/143063/

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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio! Thursday, March 29

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

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Vancouver Critical Mass Ride and Roll Friday, March 30, 2007

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver!

Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Illuminated and decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

After the ride is a party starting 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information: http://www.velolove.bc.ca http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at: http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/pool/

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Velofusion! Friday, March 30, 2007

A money and bootyshaker for the Church of Pointless Consumerism ROAD SHOW on Friday, March 30.

8pm at the Anza Club (West 8th at the Ontario bike route)

Every last Friday of the month, this party milks the high energy and cyclin spirit of Critical Massers wheelin in off a fine demonstration of a good use of city streets. This month on the bill: Uber Glamorous Celebrity Peter Proffet the Prophet of Profit and Rich n’Sexy Ivana Spendmore hosting an evening of movin, groovin talent. Maria in the Shower: presents World Permiere of Orestese: the Musical; Bicycle Burlesque; Tea (tay-ah) (a somehow smokey, whatsay kinetic pop. wow); Fuzz Cats (formerly UFOMP); (superfamous and talented) DJ Lady Ra (from Beats Without Boarders); and closin er down with geniuses DJ Timothy Wizdom and MC Baba Brinkman. Sound by magic man behind the music: Mr. Garth!

These crazy cats are notorious for keepin the beer flowin and dancing dancing dancing! Vat a Show!

Tix $10 ($5 if you arrive with Critical Mass)

http://www.pedalfusion.org Info: Andrea Curtis <orangeandorange@gmail.com>

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Stop The Gateway Rally Saturday, March 31

Rally for Sustainable Transportation, for Wildlife Protection, for Agricultural Protection, for Neighbourhood Preservation, for Democratic Process.

2:00-5:00 pm East Delta Community Hall, 10379 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta (Between Highway 99 and Burns Bog)

Speakers include Rafe Mair Gord Price, Livable Region Coalition Representative, BC Liberal Government (invited!) Adriane Carr, Green Party of Canada David Chudnovsky, NDP Transportation Critic Jim Houlahan, CAW local 111 (Bus Drivers) Donna Passmore, Gateway 30 Network

For more information, contact Susan Jones, 604-943-6406 or Donna Passmore, 604-536-2790

http://www.velolove.bc.ca/stop_gateway_rally.html http://www.velolove.bc.ca/stop_gateway_rally.pdf

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VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting Wednesday, April 4 (our March meeting is in April due to the SFU lecture above)

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

6:30-8:30 p.m. (with a pub stop afterward) Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, vancouver@vacc.bc.ca

http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver

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Basic Bike Repair Workshop Thursday, April 5

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit http://www.pedalpower.org

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Midnight Mass Bike Ride Thursday, April 12

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is tonight, the night before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos: http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass http://bikescape.blogspot.com/2007/03/hybrid-shmybrid.html

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WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets.

Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there. http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/12/ShowForum.aspx http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/1591.aspx

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or http://www.vancruisers.ca http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley. http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/1678/choprv6.jpg

Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. For details, phone 604-875-8679.

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion — Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now. Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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Call For Bike Shorts!

It’s that time of year to turn your thoughts to making a GREAT (short) bike movie. Bike Shorts: International Cycling Cinema (aka Bike Movie Night) is coming up on its fourth straight year and it needs your film-making prowess to make it happen. The rules and regs are:

1. Movies must be bike-themed or bike-ish in some fairly obvious way. 2. They must be short: 2 min., 5 min., 8 min., and 20 min. only if it’s really interesting. 3. It’s easier if the movies are in digital media (like DVD or mini-DV). But if your art calls out for film, we’ll work with you. 4. Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2007. 5. The perks and benefits of participation are many (if somewhat obscure).

Shorts from previous years are at http://bikeshorts.blogspot.com/. Suggestions for films made by others or you’d like to see are also welcome. For more information, and for submissions and suggestions, contact Tannis Braithwaite at tannis.braithwaite@gmail.com

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out http://www.fixedvancouver.com/ to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders — all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.







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Velolove Announcements!

March 18, 2007 – Here’s the latest news from Velolove: Call For Bike Shorts! – Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio! – Join the VACC in the Celtic Fest Parade! – Freak Bike Sundays – Clean Air Commute Stop Windup – Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting – Brakes Workshop — Bike Mechanics for Women (boys welcome too!) – Bike Fix and Skill Share – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition AGM – Inaugural Surrey Critical Mass – Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women – Preparing for the Third Wave of Cyclists – Gateway Mass Rally – VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting

Check these out:
www.epicvancouver.com
www.ebikes.ca/projects.shtml
www.carfree.com/cft/i045.html
www.aboutmyplanet.com/environment/bamboo-bikes
www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/399/442/1952/2/2/0/


Call For Bike Shorts!

It’s that time of year to turn your thoughts to making a GREAT (short) bike movie. Bike Shorts: International Cycling Cinema (aka Bike Movie Night) is coming up on its fourth straight year and it needs your film-making prowess to make it happen. The rules and regs are:

1. Movies must be bike-themed or bike-ish in some fairly obvious way.
2. They must be short: 2 min., 5 min., 8 min., and 20 min. only if it’s really interesting.
3. It’s easier if the movies are in digital media (like DVD or mini-DV). But if your art calls out for film, we’ll work with you.
4. Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2007.
5. The perks and benefits of participation are many (if somewhat obscure).

Here’s the website: http://bikeshorts.blogspot.com featuring the shorts from previous years.

Suggestions for films made by others or you’d like to see are also welcome.

For more information, and for submissions and suggestions, contact Tannis Braithwaite at tannis.braithwaite@gmail.com


Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, March 15 (tonight)

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site: www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


Join the VACC in the Celtic Fest Parade!
Sunday, March 18

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) would like to invite everyone to join us in the Celtic Fest Parade on Sunday, March 18, from about 10:00am for a couple of hours through downtown Vancouver. This parade is a lot of fun and you get to show off the joys of cycling to a huge and appreciative crowd. The VACC “float” entails all of us (kids more than welcome) riding our usual or less usual bicycles with the theme of: you can do everything by bike.

Last year we had a couple on tandem in full wedding regalia with child in tow, suited “office types” with briefcases, shoppers with baguettes and cheese, a gardener with gardening tools and flowers following, a mom with a double trail-a bike with 2 kids in tow, a high-bike, a low-bike, and lots of cyclists in green for St. Paddy’s . The fun will continue with a post-parade gathering at the Wolf and Hound on West Broadway (again, kids welcome).

Participation is free for VACC members and there is a $2 non-members insurance charge for others (or you can become a member and help keep Vancouver area cycling growing). Please spread the word and let us know if you can make it or if you need more information. All are welcome.

Hope to see you there,
Lisa Slakov, 604-732-5803, lslakov@telus.net

Celtic Fest Parade — www.celticfestvancouver.com/parade.html
VACC — http://vacc.bc.ca


!!Freak Bike Sundays!!
Starting Sunday, March 18

Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots.
Got an idea we will give it a shot, maybe.

Every Sunday Afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever.
194 West 3rd Avenue (alley entrance).

Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously.
Hourly rate applicable/negotiable.

For details, phone 604-875-8679

Watch for special edition return of Closer to Heaven.
If a tall bike won’t get you closer to heaven, Maitlands welds will 😉


Clean Air Commute Stop Windup
Wednesday, March 21

Amanda & Corinne invite you to welcome the arrival of spring during your morning commute with cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer at the Clean Air Commute Stop Windup!

This Wednesday anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.
Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adanac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at www.best.bc.ca . For more info or to RSVP, email amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com


Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 21

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in Committee Room 2 (on the third floor) at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at 604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle


Brakes Workshop — Bike Mechanics for Women (boys welcome too!)
Wednesday, March 21

A class is to teach you all you need to know about your brakes (Rim Brakes only. For Disc brakes please contact us directly to set up a future course). You’ll learn what the different rim brake systems are, how to know when your brake pads are starting to wear out, how to replace them and set them properly, how to change your cables and housing (and when and why you would need to do that!), how to set your brake levers, and lots of other useful brake info!

The goal of Jett Grrl is to empower you on your bike; your brakes are one of the most essential and this class aims to give you the confidence to fix them yourself and keep them in good working order all the time. Classes are for all types of riders with all levels of mechanical ability, taught in a relaxed, friendly, non-intimidating environment.

Location: 1925 Adanac Street, BACK door (thru lane on right)
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Fee: $40.00

Questions? Call 604-255-5097, email jett_grrl(at)hotmail.com or check out www.jettgrrl.com


Bike Fix and Skill Share
Wednesday, March 21

Missing the smell of molten metal? The sweet sizzle of vaporizing steel? The sirens song of the angle grinder?

Come to the Wednesday bike fixing/skills share night at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets.

Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested.
A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through.

Brought to you by the miracle of unemployment with Sailor Neale, Jim H and Maitland Wright present. For details, phone 604-875-8679


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, March 22

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is tonight, the night before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass
http://bikescape.blogspot.com/2007/03/hybrid-shmybrid.html


Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition AGM
Saturday, March 24

The VACC’s AGM is taking place on Saturday, 24 March 2007 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the North Surrey Recreation Centre (10275 – 135 Street, meeting room #2). Guest speakers are Jack Becker and John Fair, VACC members who rode from Vancouver to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2006 ProWalk/ProBike conference.

All are welcome but you must be a VACC member to vote for the board of directors.

Critical massers are welcome to attend and those participating in the inaugrual Surrey Critical Mass can attend that after the meeting.

For more information, visit www.vacc.bc.ca or contact Bonnie Fenton at blfenton@lightspeed.ca


Inaugural Surrey Critical Mass
Saturday, March 24

Speak out against the gateway project and assert the presence of a bike community in Surrey!

The date and time is set for 3:30pm on Saturday March 24, rain or shine, meeting in the plaza outside the Central City tower (the big tower at Surrey Central Skytrain). There is a VACC meeting that ends at 3pm just across the street in the North Surrey Recreation Centre building.

Planning and promotion is taking place on the new Surrey Critical Mass email list! If you’d like to join, or if you live in Surrey, please email mailto:surrey-request@lists.velolove.bc.ca?subject=subscribe . You can also signup online at http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/surrey

And check this cool site and graphics by Rhiannon:
http://surreycriticalmass.blogspot.com

Download and circulate/put-up Surrey Critical Mass posters and handouts!


Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
Thursday, March 27

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $40/class.

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out www.jettgrrl.com for more details and to sign-up. Or call 604-255-5097 / email jett_grrl@hotmail to reserve a space.


Preparing for the Third Wave of Cyclists
Wednesday, 28 March

In Vancouver, cycling for transportation has grown slowly over the past 20 years to a respectable level. To create a new wave of cycling growth, new cycling infrastructure design is needed. Speakers Jack Becker (VACC), Hans Groen (VACC) and Gordon Price (SFU) discuss North American and European innovations at this lecture at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

7:00-9:00 pm. Free.

Reservations required: 604.291.5100 or cs_hc@sfu.ca.
http://upcoming.org/event/143063/


Gateway Mass Rally
Saturday, March 31

Rally for Sustainable Transportation, for Wildlife Protection, for Agricultural Protection, for Neighbourhood Preservation, for Democratic Process.

2:00-5:00 pm
East Delta Community Hall, 10379 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta (Between Highway 99 and Burns Bog)

Speakers include Rafe Mair
Gord Price, Livable Region Coalition
Representative, BC Liberal Government (invited!)
Adriane Carr, Green Party of Canada
David Chudnovsky, NDP Transportation Critic
Jim Houlahan, CAW local 111 (Bus Drivers)
Donna Passmore, Gateway 30 Network

For more information, contact Susan Jones, 604-943-6406 or Donna Passmore, 604-536-2790

www.velolove.bc.ca/stop_gateway_rally.html
www.velolove.bc.ca/stop_gateway_rally.pdf


VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 4 (our March meeting is in April due to the SFU lecture above)

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

6:30-8:30 p.m. (with a pub stop afterward)
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, vancouver@vacc.bc.ca

www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver


WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Clean Air Commute Stop. Amanda & Corinne invite you to stop by during your morning commute for cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer Wednesdays anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. until the last one (where we welcome the arrival of spring!) on March 21. Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adanac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at www.best.bc.ca . Info or to RSVP: amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday bike fixing/skills share nights at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Usually from 6.30 until 9pm or so. Mostly it’s the bike polo folk coming in to build mallets and true wheels. Stand time by donation and some stock of used parts that sometimes has what you need. For details, phone 604-875-8679

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot, maybe. Every Sunday Afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. 194 West 3rd Avenue (alley entrance).

Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously.
Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. For details, phone 604-875-8679

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion -ˆ Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out www.fixedvancouver.com/ to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders — all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca

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March 18, 2007 – Here’s the latest news from Velolove: Call For Bike Shorts! – Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio! – Join the VACC in the Celtic Fest Parade! – Freak Bike Sundays – Clean Air Commute Stop Windup – Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting – Brakes Workshop — Bike Mechanics for Women (boys welcome too!) – Bike Fix and Skill Share – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition AGM – Inaugural Surrey Critical Mass – Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women – Preparing for the Third Wave of Cyclists – Gateway Mass Rally – VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting

Check these out:
www.epicvancouver.com
www.ebikes.ca/projects.shtml
www.carfree.com/cft/i045.html
www.aboutmyplanet.com/environment/bamboo-bikes
www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/399/442/1952/2/2/0/


Call For Bike Shorts!

It’s that time of year to turn your thoughts to making a GREAT (short) bike movie. Bike Shorts: International Cycling Cinema (aka Bike Movie Night) is coming up on its fourth straight year and it needs your film-making prowess to make it happen. The rules and regs are:

1. Movies must be bike-themed or bike-ish in some fairly obvious way.
2. They must be short: 2 min., 5 min., 8 min., and 20 min. only if it’s really interesting.
3. It’s easier if the movies are in digital media (like DVD or mini-DV). But if your art calls out for film, we’ll work with you.
4. Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2007.
5. The perks and benefits of participation are many (if somewhat obscure).

Here’s the website: http://bikeshorts.blogspot.com featuring the shorts from previous years.

Suggestions for films made by others or you’d like to see are also welcome.

For more information, and for submissions and suggestions, contact Tannis Braithwaite at tannis.braithwaite@gmail.com


Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, March 15 (tonight)

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site: www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


Join the VACC in the Celtic Fest Parade!
Sunday, March 18

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) would like to invite everyone to join us in the Celtic Fest Parade on Sunday, March 18, from about 10:00am for a couple of hours through downtown Vancouver. This parade is a lot of fun and you get to show off the joys of cycling to a huge and appreciative crowd. The VACC “float” entails all of us (kids more than welcome) riding our usual or less usual bicycles with the theme of: you can do everything by bike.

Last year we had a couple on tandem in full wedding regalia with child in tow, suited “office types” with briefcases, shoppers with baguettes and cheese, a gardener with gardening tools and flowers following, a mom with a double trail-a bike with 2 kids in tow, a high-bike, a low-bike, and lots of cyclists in green for St. Paddy’s . The fun will continue with a post-parade gathering at the Wolf and Hound on West Broadway (again, kids welcome).

Participation is free for VACC members and there is a $2 non-members insurance charge for others (or you can become a member and help keep Vancouver area cycling growing). Please spread the word and let us know if you can make it or if you need more information. All are welcome.

Hope to see you there,
Lisa Slakov, 604-732-5803, lslakov@telus.net

Celtic Fest Parade — www.celticfestvancouver.com/parade.html
VACC — http://vacc.bc.ca


!!Freak Bike Sundays!!
Starting Sunday, March 18

Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots.
Got an idea we will give it a shot, maybe.

Every Sunday Afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever.
194 West 3rd Avenue (alley entrance).

Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously.
Hourly rate applicable/negotiable.

For details, phone 604-875-8679

Watch for special edition return of Closer to Heaven.
If a tall bike won’t get you closer to heaven, Maitlands welds will 😉


Clean Air Commute Stop Windup
Wednesday, March 21

Amanda & Corinne invite you to welcome the arrival of spring during your morning commute with cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer at the Clean Air Commute Stop Windup!

This Wednesday anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.
Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adanac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at www.best.bc.ca . For more info or to RSVP, email amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com


Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 21

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in Committee Room 2 (on the third floor) at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at 604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle


Brakes Workshop — Bike Mechanics for Women (boys welcome too!)
Wednesday, March 21

A class is to teach you all you need to know about your brakes (Rim Brakes only. For Disc brakes please contact us directly to set up a future course). You’ll learn what the different rim brake systems are, how to know when your brake pads are starting to wear out, how to replace them and set them properly, how to change your cables and housing (and when and why you would need to do that!), how to set your brake levers, and lots of other useful brake info!

The goal of Jett Grrl is to empower you on your bike; your brakes are one of the most essential and this class aims to give you the confidence to fix them yourself and keep them in good working order all the time. Classes are for all types of riders with all levels of mechanical ability, taught in a relaxed, friendly, non-intimidating environment.

Location: 1925 Adanac Street, BACK door (thru lane on right)
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Fee: $40.00

Questions? Call 604-255-5097, email jett_grrl(at)hotmail.com or check out www.jettgrrl.com


Bike Fix and Skill Share
Wednesday, March 21

Missing the smell of molten metal? The sweet sizzle of vaporizing steel? The sirens song of the angle grinder?

Come to the Wednesday bike fixing/skills share night at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers — if you aren’t one already we’ll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets.

Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested.
A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through.

Brought to you by the miracle of unemployment with Sailor Neale, Jim H and Maitland Wright present. For details, phone 604-875-8679


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, March 22

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is tonight, the night before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass
http://bikescape.blogspot.com/2007/03/hybrid-shmybrid.html


Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition AGM
Saturday, March 24

The VACC’s AGM is taking place on Saturday, 24 March 2007 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the North Surrey Recreation Centre (10275 – 135 Street, meeting room #2). Guest speakers are Jack Becker and John Fair, VACC members who rode from Vancouver to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2006 ProWalk/ProBike conference.

All are welcome but you must be a VACC member to vote for the board of directors.

Critical massers are welcome to attend and those participating in the inaugrual Surrey Critical Mass can attend that after the meeting.

For more information, visit www.vacc.bc.ca or contact Bonnie Fenton at blfenton@lightspeed.ca


Inaugural Surrey Critical Mass
Saturday, March 24

Speak out against the gateway project and assert the presence of a bike community in Surrey!

The date and time is set for 3:30pm on Saturday March 24, rain or shine, meeting in the plaza outside the Central City tower (the big tower at Surrey Central Skytrain). There is a VACC meeting that ends at 3pm just across the street in the North Surrey Recreation Centre building.

Planning and promotion is taking place on the new Surrey Critical Mass email list! If you’d like to join, or if you live in Surrey, please email mailto:surrey-request@lists.velolove.bc.ca?subject=subscribe . You can also signup online at http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/surrey

And check this cool site and graphics by Rhiannon:
http://surreycriticalmass.blogspot.com

Download and circulate/put-up Surrey Critical Mass posters and handouts!


Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
Thursday, March 27

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $40/class.

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out www.jettgrrl.com for more details and to sign-up. Or call 604-255-5097 / email jett_grrl@hotmail to reserve a space.


Preparing for the Third Wave of Cyclists
Wednesday, 28 March

In Vancouver, cycling for transportation has grown slowly over the past 20 years to a respectable level. To create a new wave of cycling growth, new cycling infrastructure design is needed. Speakers Jack Becker (VACC), Hans Groen (VACC) and Gordon Price (SFU) discuss North American and European innovations at this lecture at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

7:00-9:00 pm. Free.

Reservations required: 604.291.5100 or cs_hc@sfu.ca.
http://upcoming.org/event/143063/


Gateway Mass Rally
Saturday, March 31

Rally for Sustainable Transportation, for Wildlife Protection, for Agricultural Protection, for Neighbourhood Preservation, for Democratic Process.

2:00-5:00 pm
East Delta Community Hall, 10379 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta (Between Highway 99 and Burns Bog)

Speakers include Rafe Mair
Gord Price, Livable Region Coalition
Representative, BC Liberal Government (invited!)
Adriane Carr, Green Party of Canada
David Chudnovsky, NDP Transportation Critic
Jim Houlahan, CAW local 111 (Bus Drivers)
Donna Passmore, Gateway 30 Network

For more information, contact Susan Jones, 604-943-6406 or Donna Passmore, 604-536-2790

www.velolove.bc.ca/stop_gateway_rally.html
www.velolove.bc.ca/stop_gateway_rally.pdf


VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 4 (our March meeting is in April due to the SFU lecture above)

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

6:30-8:30 p.m. (with a pub stop afterward)
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, vancouver@vacc.bc.ca

www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver


WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Clean Air Commute Stop. Amanda & Corinne invite you to stop by during your morning commute for cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer Wednesdays anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. until the last one (where we welcome the arrival of spring!) on March 21. Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adanac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at www.best.bc.ca . Info or to RSVP: amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday bike fixing/skills share nights at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Usually from 6.30 until 9pm or so. Mostly it’s the bike polo folk coming in to build mallets and true wheels. Stand time by donation and some stock of used parts that sometimes has what you need. For details, phone 604-875-8679

——————————————————-

Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot, maybe. Every Sunday Afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. 194 West 3rd Avenue (alley entrance).

Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously.
Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. For details, phone 604-875-8679

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Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion -ˆ Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion — they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge — which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here: www.leg.bc.ca/mla/3-1-1.htm), with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at david.chudnovsky.mla@leg.bc.ca , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you’re able. Just something simple is all that’s needed — expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out www.fixedvancouver.com/ to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders — all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca

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Velolove Announcements

March 13, 2007 – Here is the latest from Velolove: Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion – Charge Up the Opposition – Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride – Bike Bee Planning Potluck – Car-Free Drive Days Organizer Meeting – Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio – Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women – Global Day of Action Against War – Bikes Not Bombs: Fight climate change, not wars for oil – BC Randonneurs 2007 Spring Social – Join the VACC in the Celtic Fest Parade – Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition AGM – Inaugural Surrey Critical Mass – Weekly And Ongoing Events And Announcements.

Car-Free Drive Days Organizer Meeting
Wednesday, March 14

The secret is OUT! There will be 3 Car-Free Drive Days this summer (June 17, July 22, Aug 19)! And what’s more, we have community organizers interning with us whose aim it is to initiate Car-Free Days in other commercial/residential neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver… This is all about spreading the meme of beating car-dependence and strengthening community. It’s working!

If you are interested in initiating a Car-Free day in your hood, climb aboard.

Email Carmen Mills at carmen@emeraldcity.bc.ca if you want to join our crew in any capacity!


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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, March 15

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


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Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
Wednesday, March 15

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $40/class.

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out http://www.jettgrrl.com for more details. Call 604-255-5097, or email jett_grrl@hotmail to reserve a space in one of the workshops.


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Global Day of Action Against War and Occupation
Saturday, March 17

On this weekend marking the 4th anniversary of the Iraq War, join tens of thousands across the country in sending a loud message to Ottawa: Fight climate change, not wars for oil! Bring the troops home from Afghanistan. March and rally with thousands to say: “Canada out of Afghanistan, into Kyoto!”

Gather: 12:30pm at English Bay (Denman & Davie)
March: 1:00pm
Rally: 2:00pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia & Hornby)

Featuring:
-Francisco Juarez, Canada’s first Afghanistan war resister
-Colleen McCrory of the Valhalla Wilderness Society
-Onesimo Hidalgo, co-director of the Center for Economic Research and Social Action in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
-Great live music by Headwater (http://www.headwaterband.com), Ndidi Cascade and Deanna, and the Carnival Band…

March 17 is a pan-Canadian Day of Action. To find events in other cities, check out the Canadian Peace Alliance listings:
http://www.acp-cpa.ca/en/M172007Events.htm

StopWar.ca is a broad-based coalition with over 160 endorsing organizations. For more information, email contact@stopwar.ca


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Bikes Not Bombs: Fight climate change, not wars for oil
Saturday, March 17

Hey all of you beautiful, peace lovin’ bikers out there,

Tom Childs will be bring the giant BIKES NOT BOMBS banner out to the March 17 rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It looked grand rigged from the big tree east of the lions at the last major ant-war demo back in October. Anyone willing to lend a hand rigging the banner are asked to be at the Vancouver Art Gallery at around 1:00pm that day. There will be a couple of thermos bottles of tea and coffee.

Peace and velolove,
Tom Childs, childst@douglas.bc.ca, 604-524-9316


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BC Randonneurs 2007 Spring Social
Saturday, March 17

Snacks, Cash bar. Everyone’s welcome, (yes you… again !) and only $5!

7:00 p.m.
Moose’s Down Under Restaurant (http://www.moosesdownunder.com), 830 West Pender Street near Hornby, Vancouver

For more information, visit http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca


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Join the VACC in the Celtic Fest Parade!
Sunday, March 18

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) would like to invite everyone to join us in the Celtic Fest Parade on Sunday, March 18, from about 10:00am for a couple of hours through downtown Vancouver. This parade is a lot of fun and you get to show off the joys of cycling to a huge and appreciative crowd. The VACC “float” entails all of us (kids more than welcome) riding our usual or less usual bicycles with the theme of: you can do everything by bike.

Last year we had a couple on tandem in full wedding regalia with child in tow, suited “office types” with briefcases, shoppers with baguettes and cheese, a gardener with gardening tools and flowers following, a mom with a double trail-a bike with 2 kids in tow, a high-bike, a low-bike, and lots of cyclists in green for St. Paddy’s . The fun will continue with a post-parade gathering at the Wolf and Hound on West Broadway (again, kids welcome).

Participation is free for VACC members and there is a $2 non-members insurance charge for others (or you can become a member and help keep Vancouver area cycling growing). Please spread the word and let us know if you can make it or if you need more information. All are welcome.

Hope to see you there,
Lisa Slakov, 604-732-5803, lslakov@telus.net

Celtic Fest Parade — http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/parade.html
VACC — http://vacc.bc.ca


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Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 21

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in Committee Room 2 (on the third floor) at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at 604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle


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Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, March 22

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is tonight, the night before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


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Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition AGM
Saturday, March 24

The VACC’s AGM is taking place on Saturday, 24 March 2007 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the North Surrey Recreation Centre (10275 – 135 Street, meeting room #2). Guest speakers are Jack Becker and John Fair, VACC members who rode from Vancouver to Madison, Wisconsin for the 2006 ProWalk/ProBike conference.

All are welcome but you must be a VACC member to vote for the board of directors.

Critical massers are welcome to attend and those participating in the inaugrual Surrey Critical Mass can attend that after the meeting.

For more information, visit http://www.vacc.bc.ca or contact Bonnie Fenton at blfenton@lightspeed.ca


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Inaugural Surrey Critical Mass
Saturday, March 24

Speak out against the gateway project and assert the presence of a bike community in Surrey!

The date and time is set for 3:30pm on Saturday March 24, rain or shine, meeting in the plaza outside the Central City tower (the big tower at Surrey Central Skytrain). There is a VACC meeting that ends at 3pm just across the street in the North Surrey Recreation Centre building.

Planning and promotion is taking place on the new Surrey Critical Mass email list! If you’d like to join, or if you live in Surrey, please email mailto:surrey-request@lists.velolove.bc.ca?subject=subscribe . You can also signup online at http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/surrey

And check this cool site and graphics by Rhiannon:
http://surreycriticalmass.blogspot.com

Download and circulate/put-up Surrey Critical Mass posters and handouts!


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WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Clean Air Commute Stop. Amanda & Corinne invite you to stop by during your morning commute for cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer Wednesdays anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. until the last one (where we welcome the arrival of spring!) on March 21. Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adnac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at http://www.best.bc.ca . Info or to RSVP: amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday bike fixing/skills share nights at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Usually from 6.30 until 9pm or so. Mostly it’s the bike polo folk coming in to build mallets and true wheels. Stand time by donation and some stock of used parts that sometimes has what you need.

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or http://www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at 604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out http://www.fixedvancouver.com/ to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders — all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.





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Velolove Announcements!

February 14, 2007 – Here are the latest news announcements from Velolove: BikeSummer! Announcement – Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio – Love Your Bike Wash – VACC Assessment Ride – Seventh Annual Bicycle Film Festival: Call For Entries – Vancouver Bike Show EXPO – Global Warming, Vancouver, And You – Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue – Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting – Midnight Mass Bike Ride – Critical Mass Ride and Roll – WNBR Premiere Celebration Party – St Valentines Day Massacre: Alleycat – VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting – Filmed By Bike: Call For Entries – World Naked Bike Ride – The Movie.

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BikeSummer! Announcement
Wednesday, February 14

This year’s theme for BikeSummer! is: “Celebrate Freedom: VeloFreedom!”

Visit http://bikesummer.org/ for a surprise event
announcement coming this Valentine’s Day…

Feel free to share; see you this summer.

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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, February 15

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes,
legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and
of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny,
iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt,
ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from
you! If you have a bike related event or
announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com
or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR
(604-822-2487).

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


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Love Your Bike Wash
Thursday, February 15

Wash off the grime, and make your ride shine.
Join Momentum magazine at 7:00pm for a simple
bike cleaning social night at Bikes on the Drive,
1320 Commercial Drive. All supplies provided by
Bikes on the Drive.

For more information, call 604-669-9850.


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VACC Assessment Ride
Saturday, 17 February, 2007

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) in
Vancouver occasionally hosts assessment rides of
the local bicycle network and provides input to
the city. With your help, the VACC assesses
cycling conditions with the intention of
providing the city with constructive feedback
from a cyclistís perspective.

The rides are open to all and are at a moderate
pace with plenty of stops along the way. Come and
join us! (And don’t forget your helmet.)

Next ride is Stanley Park
Time: 9:00 am for coffee, departure 9:30 am
Meet at Bojangles (corner of Robson and Denman in the West End)

For more information, visit http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver


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Seventh Annual Bicycle Film Festival: Call For Entries
Deadline: Saturday, February 17

We are looking for films with a strong theme or
character of bicycles. This includes all mediums
and styles such as animation, experimental,
narrative, documentary and music videos.

The BFF is held in over 10 cities around the
world including Toronto, Tokyo, New York City,
Los Angeles, Paris and London. In 2006 the BFF
was attended by over 35,000 people.

It is a celebration through film, art and music.
The BFF has been fortunate to have included the
works of well known artists including Jonas
Mekas, Michel Gondry, Mike Mills and Jorgen Leth.
We showcase the emerging artist as well. The Bike
Film Fest looks to be a lot of fun in 2007.

For more info and the entry form go to: http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com


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Vancouver Bike Show EXPO
Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

Whether it’s mountain biking, road, or BMX,
you’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with the
pros, and ride away with great deals on bikes,
gear & apparel at the 2007 Vancouver Bike Expo.

BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd
Saturday, February 17th: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, February 18th: 10am – 5pm

One of the best new features for the 2007 show
will be the NSMBA bike/gear swap, which has
become the largest bike/gear swap in Western
Canada! The 2007 swap will take place on the
event floor during show hours. The best news is
that all money raised will go to the NSMBA who
maintain trails of all types on the North Shore!
Also new for the 2007 show will be a showcase of
Unicycle Hockey by Vancouverís own world champion
Kris Holm and professional autograph sessions
with Canadaís top riders!

For general show information please contact Dave Cox at dcox@nationalevent.com
For exhibitor/sponsorship information, interview
and photo opportunities, or press passes to the
event, please contact Richard Juryn at
604-983-2215 or richard@shoreevents.com

http://www.outdooradventureshow.ca/vancouver/themes_zones/bike_expo.html


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Global Warming, Vancouver, And You
Monday, February 19

A Public Forum with Dr. Fred Bass and an action-focused discussion.

7:00 PM at Our Town Cafe, 245 East Broadway (just
east of Main, north side of Broadway)

Dr. Fred Bass is committed to action on global
warming and social justice. He served as a
Vancouver City Councillor from 1999 to 2005 and
is a regular participant of Critical Mass. He
plans to run for mayor in 2008.

In this interactive forum, Fred will ask you for
your ideas and offer some of his ideas on what
citizens and City Hall should be doing about
global warming.

See http://drfredbass.ca for more information.


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Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue
Wednesday, February 21

The GVRD and Vancouver Board of Trade invites you
to the next of the Future of The Region
Sustainability Dialogues Wednesday, February
21st, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch will be
served from 11:30-12:00) at the Wosk Centre for
Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Building on the success of its 2006 Future of the
Region Sustainability Dialogue Series, the
Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) is
partnering with Chambers of Commerce and Boards
of Trade across Greater Vancouver to launch an
expanded program of dialogues for 2007.
(www.gvrd.bc.ca/sustainability)

Through this series of high profile debates and
discussions, we hope to help shape the future of
our region. Focusing on Fit/Fat City, this
session, titled ìAre We Tipping the Scalesî, will
examine how we will succeed in meeting health and
wellness challenges. Fit/Fat City builds on the
success of our earlier regional dialogues, and
will feature the following distinguished
panelists:
* Roland Guasparini, Chief Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health Authority
* Diane Clement, Chef, Author, Lifestyle Lecturer and Olympian
* Doug Clement, Sports Medicine pioneer, Educator and Olympian
* Larry Frank, Bombardier Chair in Sustainable
Transportation, UBC School of Community and
Regional Planning
* Faye Wightman, President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation

While Greater Vancouver has earned its reputation
as one of the most livable places in the world,
now, as we shift our focus to the longer term
sustainability of our region, some of the
challenges we face and opportunities available to
us are crying out for attention. New and
innovative approaches to regional issues and
attention to the growing impacts and
opportunities of globalization are fundamental if
we are to sustain those things that make our
region special. Therefore, your opinions and
participation at these sessions are vitally
welcome and important.

Please respond at
http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/regionaldialog/registration.asp
to register for the February 21st, event. (As
seating is limited, confirmation of your
participation will follow under a separate email.)


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Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 21

On the third Wednesday of every month (except
August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee
meets 5:30pm in Committee Room 2 (on the third
floor) at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at
Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the
city of Vancouver and advises City Council on
those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the
committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at
604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle


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Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, February 22

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At
night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike
lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage —
the next midnight ride is Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive
at Charles Street — across from the Havana and
Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of
every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your
bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


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Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, February 23

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for
a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through
the streets of Vancouver. Meet at the Vancouver
Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between
5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00
p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow!
Illuminated and decorated bicycles, trailers,
costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers,
gettoblasters & sound systems, drums, and wildly
modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

After the ride is a party starting 8:00 p.m. at
the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike
Route.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north
east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30
p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art
Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30
p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial
Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art
Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a
grassroots reclamation of public space — on the
last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists
and other self-propelled people to move safely
and comfortably through city streets in a
car-free space. Non-polluting forms of
transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/pool/


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WNBR Premiere Celebration Party
Friday, February 23

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) has finally been
turned into a movie: “Indecent Exposure to Cars
— The Story of the World Naked Bike Ride”, and
the movie premiere celebration will be February
23rd at the ANZA club (3 West 8th Avenue at the
Ontario bike route).

There will be dancing, music, dancing,
creativity, more dancing, and lots of bicycles!

Doors 8:00pm
Cost: $5 with Critical Mass, $10 otherwise

Advance tickets can be purchased from:
Veggie Resource Center, 2250 Commercial Drive
OCB (Our Community bikes), 3283 Main Street

To view the trailer of the movie, visit
http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/movie/movie.htm

For more information, contact Conrad Schmidt at
vancouver@worldnakedride.org , 604-215-9395
Or visit http://www.pedalfusion.org


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St Valentines Day Massacre: Alleycat
Saturday, February 24

http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/195.aspx
http://www.fyxomatosis.com/images/news/SVDM%20Alleycat.png
http://www.fearlessgearless.com/event/2007/01/st-valentines-day-massacre-alleycat

2:00pm at Hotspot (Carrall & Expo)
$7.00 to race

Put on by last years winner (and Speed Freaks
champion) Trevor D. Rumours of some nice (and
different) prizes. Info: all.tasty@gmail.com


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VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 28

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come
meet and work with other cyclists to help improve
cycling facilities. Your active participation can
make a real difference. Lend your voice and your
support and get involved.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W.
10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of
Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These
monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and
non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items
that you would like to have on the agenda,
contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744,
vancouver@vacc.bc.ca

http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver


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Filmed By Bike: Call For Entries
Deadline: Thrusday, March 1

The West Coast’s largest festival of bike-themed
film shorts, is open for entries.

The festival will be three days at the Clinton
Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon in April,
2007. There is no fee to enter and the festival
features films from around the world.

For more info visit
http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com or contact
info@filmedbybike.org, 971.221.7228


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World Naked Bike Ride — The Movie
Friday March 2 to Thursday March 8

The World Naked Bike Ride has finally been turned
into a movie: “Indecent Exposure to Cars — The
Story of the World Naked Bike Ride”. It will
premiere Friday March 2 at the Rio Theater (1660
East Broadway at Commercial in Vancouver) and
will run until March 8. Show times are 7:15pm.
To view the trailer of this fun and engaging
documentary, please visit
http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/movie/movie.htm

The movie premiere celebration will be February 23rd at the ANZA club.

Advance tickets can be purchased from:
Veggie Resource Center, 2250 Commercial Drive
OCB (Our Community bikes), 3283 Main Street

For more information, contact Conrad Schmidt at
vancouver@worldnakedride.org or 604-215-9395.


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WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science
World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info
heyfixie@gmail.com
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Clean Air Commute Stop. Amanda &
Corinne invite you to stop by during your morning
commute for cappuccinos, lattes, espresso &
muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm
cheer every Wednesday anytime between 7:30 and
8:30 a.m. until the winter ends. Place: 511 Union
Street (at Jackson) on the Adnac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation
for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better
Environmentally Sound Transportation) at
http://www.best.bc.ca . Info or to RSVP:
amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to
Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC
(if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on
West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west
side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday bike fixing/skills share nights at
Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd
(alley entrance). Usually from 6.30 until 9pm or
so. Mostly it’s the bike polo folk coming in to
build mallets and true wheels. Stand time by
donation and some stock of used parts that
sometimes has what you need.

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet
7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t
stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your
weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or
http://www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment
Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet
9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus.
Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes
around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or
crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the
coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till
about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT
vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action
every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview
Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad
weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or
send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your
own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is
a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied
(though if you get hooked, as many of us have,
you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls
for the Canadian Federal Government to create
cycling related tax incentives. Please consider
signing the petition and passing this on to your
friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during
the initial days following a storm, they should
be cleared or at least receive cursory salting.
If not, contact your city or municipality
engineering department. If you live in Vancouver,
contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch
of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or
cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike
paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor
and council know that. For Vancouver, send an
email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact
individual councillors at
http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints
hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in
licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is
not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering
data and the Hotline welcomes information on
idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than
suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously
passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution.
Drivers who leave a car running for more than
three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine
doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car
running. However, fines were not to be imposed
until January, 2006 — a six month period. The
District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw
against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket
anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North
Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a
year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet
awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about
online?

Come check out http://www.fixedvancouver.com/ to
chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all
over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post
about it and get people to join you! Or talk
about how the last ride went and share some of
your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders
— all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca





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Velolove Announcements

February 9, 2007 – Here is the latest from Velolove: Midnight Mass Bike Ride, Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride, Winterbee! — Bicycle Bee Workshop Weekend, Stop The Highway Party!, You Never Bike Alone, Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio, Love Your Bike Wash, VACC Assessment Ride, Seventh Annual Bicycle Film Festival: Call For Entries, Vancouver Bike Show EXPO, Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue, Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting, St Valentines Day Massacre, Alleycat Filmed By Bike: Call For Entries.

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, February 8, Tonight!

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At
night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike
lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage —
the next midnight ride is Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive
at Charles Street — across from the Havana and
Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of
every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your
bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos: http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


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Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, February 9

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver’s
freak art bike collective invites you to ride
with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation
riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455
Quebec Street) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit http://www.mcthree.ca
Blog spot: http://mcthree.blogspot.com


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Winterbee — Bicycle Bee Workshop Weekend Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11

Like bikes? Winter weather whipping your trusty steed? Whip winter back with WINTERBEE! 794 East 21st Ave (one block east of Fraser)

Workshops include brakes/cables, fixing flats, anti-theft strategies. Bike laundry: clean filthy drivetrains over hot tea & conversation. Etch your bike to foil thieves. Winterwear forums, skill-shares & more. By donation.

Vegan lunch, snacks, hot tea/coffee is provided; more snacks are welcome! Some tools available; bring what you can. All workshops/meals by donation; no one turned away for lack of cashola. Childcare/ASL interpretation available with pre-registration. We aim to create a warm, welcoming, safe space for people & bikes.

Saturday Feb 10 Schedule

11:00 – Gathering/Best Snacks
12:00 – Diagnostics
1:00 – Brakes
2:00 – Lunch
2:30 – Bike Laundry (We will all be inspired to
clean and fix our bikes together, yes!)
4:30 – DIY with the Recyclistas
5:00 – Winter Wear
5:45 – Anti-Theft Techniques
6:30 – Clean-up

We will then toddle over to the Stop the Highway
Party at the Waldorf http://www.gatewaysucks.org/

Sunday Feb 11 Schedule

11:00 – Gathering/Best Snacks
12:00 – How to Fix a Flat
1:00 – Brakes
2:00 – Lunch
2:30 – Bike Laundry including DIY Diagnostics
4:00 – Physics of Cycling
5:00 – Closing Circle
6:00 – Clean-up

The bike etcher will be available all weekend.
Mark your bike with i.d. numbers to make your
bike traceable, or maybe just put little hearts
or snowflakes, or TLF…

More info and updates: http://bicyclebee.blogspot.com
or email bicyclebee AT gmail DOT com

Photos from the last bee: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72108828@N00/sets/72157594363538965/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/babybloc/sets/72157594341033409/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosshj/sets/72157594453599417/


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Stop The Highway Party
Saturday, February 10
Featuring two rooms full of East Van’s hottest freaks, stoked to shake the foundations.

At the fabulous Waldorf, 1489 East Hastings, 1 block east of Clark. Doors 8:30pm (til 2am) * $15 at door * $12 in advance at gatewaysucks.org or the Vegetarian Resource Centre, 2250 Commercial Drive.

In the POLYNESIAN ROOM – crunching the concrete with

* ALL PURPOSE – 7-piece freeflyin funkadelica
* Timothy Wisdom – allout dancefloor mayhem
* Language Arts – art/folk/jazzhop stylins
* DJ Corrior – block party breaks
* Your Little Pony – takin’ it OFF

In the WAHINI ROOM – smoothin’ it down with

* Mazeguider – chill-side techno
* Nomadic Noize – global gypsy grooves
* Tarran the Tailor – e.van eclectic
* Mind of a Snail – shadow theatre
* Dawn & Ryan – jugglymagicshow
* Cornerstone – acapella roots liberation
* Sunskript (Rup Sidhu) – live-loopin-beatboxin fun

Plus make-yer-own SUPERHERO CAPE! and HOCKEY. And more.

DID YOU KNOW the BC Government wants to blast more freeways through our city? Crazy but true. But it’s NOT a done deal. We can stop this madness. Say NO to highway-building — come out and shake your ass.

To find out about The Gateway Project visit http://www.gatewaysucks.org To see video of the last Stop the Highway Party
visit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj1odM7DEH4&eurl=
Questions? info@gatewaysucks.org

http://www.gatewaysucks.org/saturday-february-10


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You Never Bike Alone
Sunday, February 11

ICYCLE.CA Productions and Moving Pictures present an encore screening of You Never Bike Alone — a feature length documentary about how cyclists in Vancouver are building critical mass and changing the face of the city! This showing will be followed by a special Question & Answer session with filmmaker Bob Alstead and former Vancouver City Councillor and urban planning consultant Gordon Price (aka “the cycling councillor”).

Time: Sunday 11th February, 2pm (doors open 1pm) Venue: Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, downtown Vancouver Tickets: $8 ($6 for Moving Pictures members)

Drawing on footage shot over the last decade, and interviews with cyclists of every hue, it shows how Vancouver’s cycling community has grown in strength and stature. You Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver’s Critical Mass rides from the early Tame the Lions rides, that helped bring about better bike facilities on the Lions Gate Bridge, to the wild spectacle of Vancouver’s freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride.

As well as extensive coverage of Vancouver’s vibrant bike scene, it looks at the implications for cyclists of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels.http://www.movingpictures.ca/
http://www.youneverbikealone.com/

For more information email Bob Alstead at robert@iofilm.ca


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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, February 15

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes,
legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and
of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny,
iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt,
ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from
you! If you have a bike related event or
announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com
or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR
(604-822-2487).

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


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Love Your Bike Wash
Thursday, February 15

Wash off the grime, and make your ride shine.
Join Momentum magazine at 7:00pm for a simple
bike cleaning social night at Bikes on the Drive,
1320 Commercail Drive. All supplies provided by
Bikes on the Drive.

For more information, call 604-669-9850.


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VACC Assessment Ride
Saturday, 17 February, 2007

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) in
Vancouver occasionally hosts assessment rides of
the local bicycle network and provides input to
the city. With your help, the VACC assesses
cycling conditions with the intention of
providing the city with constructive feedback
from a cyclistís perspective.

The rides are open to all and are at a moderate
pace with plenty of stops along the way. Come and
join us! (And don’t forget your helmet.)

Next ride is Stanley Park
Time: 9:00 am for coffee, departure 9:30 am
Meet at Bojangles (corner of Robson and Denman in the West End)

For more information, visit http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver


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Seventh Annual Bicycle Film Festival: Call For Entries
Deadline: Saturday, February 17

We are looking for films with a strong theme or
character of bicycles. This includes all mediums
and styles such as animation, experimental,
narrative, documentary and music videos.

The BFF is held in over 10 cities around the
world including Toronto, Tokyo, New York City,
Los Angeles, Paris and London. In 2006 the BFF
was attended by over 35,000 people.

It is a celebration through film, art and music.
The BFF has been fortunate to have included the
works of well known artists including Jonas
Mekas, Michel Gondry, Mike Mills and Jorgen Leth.
We showcase the emerging artist as well. The Bike
Film Fest looks to be a lot of fun in 2007.

For more info and the entry form go to: http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com


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Vancouver Bike Show EXPO
Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

Whether it’s mountain biking, road, or BMX,
you’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with the
pros, and ride away with great deals on bikes,
gear & apparel at the 2007 Vancouver Bike Expo.

BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd
Saturday, February 17th: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, February 18th: 10am – 5pm

One of the best new features for the 2007 show
will be the NSMBA bike/gear swap, which has
become the largest bike/gear swap in Western
Canada! The 2007 swap will take place on the
event floor during show hours. The best news is
that all money raised will go to the NSMBA who
maintain trails of all types on the North Shore!
Also new for the 2007 show will be a showcase of
Unicycle Hockey by Vancouverís own world champion
Kris Holm and professional autograph sessions
with Canadaís top riders!

For general show information please contact Dave Cox at dcox@nationalevent.com For exhibitor/sponsorship information, interview
and photo opportunities, or press passes to the
event, please contact Richard Juryn at
604-983-2215 or richard@shoreevents.com

http://www.outdooradventureshow.ca/vancouver/themes_zones/bike_expo.html


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Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue Wednesday, February 21

The GVRD and Vancouver Board of Trade invites you to the next of the Future of The Region Sustainability Dialogues Wednesday, February 21st, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch will be served from 11:30-12:00) at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Building on the success of its 2006 Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue Series, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) is partnering with Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade across Greater Vancouver to launch an expanded program of dialogues for 2007. (www.gvrd.bc.ca/sustainability)

Through this series of high profile debates and discussions, we hope to help shape the future of our region. Focusing on Fit/Fat City, this session, titled ìAre We Tipping the Scalesî, will examine how we will succeed in meeting health and wellness challenges. Fit/Fat City builds on the success of our earlier regional dialogues, and will feature the following distinguished panellists:

* Roland Guasparini, Chief Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health Authority
* Diane Clement, Chef, Author, Lifestyle Lecturer and Olympian
* Doug Clement, Sports Medicine pioneer, Educator and Olympian
* Larry Frank, Bombardier Chair in Sustainable
Transportation, UBC School of Community and
Regional Planning
* Faye Wightman, President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation

While Greater Vancouver has earned its reputation
as one of the most livable places in the world,
now, as we shift our focus to the longer term
sustainability of our region, some of the
challenges we face and opportunities available to
us are crying out for attention. New and
innovative approaches to regional issues and
attention to the growing impacts and
opportunities of globalization are fundamental if
we are to sustain those things that make our
region special. Therefore, your opinions and
participation at these sessions are vitally
welcome and important.

Please respond at
http://www.gvrd.bc.ca/regionaldialog/registration.asp
to register for the February 21st, event. (As
seating is limited, confirmation of your
participation will follow under a separate
e-mail.)


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Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 21

On the third Wednesday of every month (except
August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee
meets 5:30pm in the Strathcona Room at Vancouver
City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address
cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver
and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the
committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at
604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle


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St Valentines Day Massacre: Alleycat
Saturday, February 24

http://www.fyxomatosis.com/images/news/SVDM%20Alleycat.png
http://www.fearlessgearless.com/event/2007/01/st-valentines-day-massacre-alleycat

2pm at Hotspot (Carrall & Expo)
$7.00 to race

Put on by last years winner (and Speed Freaks
champion) Trevor D. Rumours of some nice (and
different) prizes. Info: all.tasty@gmail.com


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Filmed By Bike: Call For Entries
Deadline: Thrusday, March 1

The West Coast’s largest festival of bike-themed
film shorts, is open for entries.

The festival will be three days at the Clinton
Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon in April,
2007. There is no fee to enter and the festival
features films from around the world.

For more info visit
http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com or contact
info@filmedbybike.org, 971.221.7228


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WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science
World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info
heyfixie@gmail.com http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/fixedvancouver/

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Wednesday Clean Air Commute Stop. Amanda &
Corinne invite you to stop by during your morning
commute for cappuccinos, lattes, espresso &
muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm
cheer every Wednesday anytime between 7:30 and
8:30 a.m. until the winter ends. Place: 511 Union
Street (at Jackson) on the Adnac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation
for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better
Environmentally Sound Transportation) at
http://www.best.bc.ca . Info or to RSVP:
amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to
Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC
(if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on
West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west
side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday bike fixing/skills share nights at
Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd
(alley entrance). Usually from 6.30 until 9pm or
so. Mostly it’s the bike polo folk coming in to
build mallets and true wheels. Stand time by
donation and some stock of used parts that
sometimes has what you need.

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet
7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won’t
stay past 8:00pm so don’t be late! Get your
weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or
http://www.vancruisers.ca http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment
Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet
9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus.
Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or
http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes
around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or
crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the
coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till
about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT
vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action
every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview
Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad
weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or
send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your
own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is
a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied
(though if you get hooked, as many of us have,
you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls
for the Canadian Federal Government to create
cycling related tax incentives. Please consider
signing the petition and passing this on to your
friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during
the initial days following a storm, they should
be cleared or at least receive cursory salting.
If not, contact your city or municipality
engineering department. If you live in Vancouver,
contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch
of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or
cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike
paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor
and council know that. For Vancouver, send an
email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact
individual councillors at
http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints
hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in
licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is
not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering
data and the Hotline welcomes information on
idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than
suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously
passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution.
Drivers who leave a car running for more than
three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine
doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car
running. However, fines were not to be imposed
until January, 2006 — a six month period. The
District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw
against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket
anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North
Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a
year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet
awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about
online?

Come check out http://www.fixedvancouver.com/ to
chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all
over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post
about it and get people to join you! Or talk
about how the last ride went and share some of
your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders
— all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.





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VeloLove Announcements

February 2, 2007 – Here is the latest from Velolove: Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race, Bikes Inside — A Winter Bike Party!, Reverend Niko’s Cruiser Ride, Winterbee Planning Meeting, Bikebee Super Sign Making Party, Midnight Mass Bike Ride, VACC Assessment Ride, St Valentines Day Massacre: Alleycat.

Operation: M.E.O.W. — Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race
Saturday, February 3

Get ready for Action! Adventure! Excitement! Midnight Mass & the Mini Bike Army bring you the second installment of Vancouver’s greatest export: the Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race!

This race will have a military theme. This race will have a Cash Grand Prize. This race will have a prize for ‘best dressed’ (bike &/or rider – interpret this yourself). This race will end at Saturday night’s BIKES INSIDE party (do. not. miss. this. party.)

This race will blow your miniloving minds. Report to Victory Square park (Cambie & Hastings) at 17:30 for participation. Operation begins at 18:30 hours, sharp.

http://alley-kitten.blogspot.com for more details.
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/207.aspx

The last race:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anavrin/sets/72157594298016120/show/
http://alley-kitten.blogspot.com/2006/08/what-do-you-get-when-you-cross-fastest.html


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Bikes Inside — A Winter Bike Party!
Saturday, February 3

Cold Outside. Hot Bikes Inside. Two Rooms of Hot Biker Action.

Bands, DJs, Dancing
Starting at 8pm, til Late.
108 West 1st Avenue, back alley entrance

The Vancouver Premiere of Victorias VeloVixens.
Performances by Brakes and special guests.
Performances by KaBlammo, Brakes, with special guests Little Woo and select B:C:Clettes
DJs Thomas Cunningham, Micheal Red, Robin Banks, DJ Danger

Mini Bike Mayhem and Fixed Gear Competitions, Exhibitions of skill and daring. Jousting, Derby, Whiplash, Foot down, Track Stand, Kissing Contest, Hottest Mount and Smoothest Dismount. Prizes and adulation for all competitors. R&B Brewing in full Effect.

Sliding scale entrance by donation, $5-$20 depending on ability to pay.
Bicycle not necessary for entrance.

For more info check http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/

http://fearlessgearless.com/files/images/bikes-inside-flyer-side-a.jpg
http://fearlessgearless.com/files/images/bikes-inside-flyer-side-b.jpg

— Day Of Events —

Indoor Bike Polo tournament. Unless it’s stellar sunny we’ll be at our regular location the Grandview tennis courts. http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo

Operation: M.E.O.W. Alley Kitten by the Mini Bike Army
http://alley-kitten.blogspot.com


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Reverend Niko’s Cruiser Ride
Sunday, February 4

On the first Sunday of the month meet 12pm for breakfast at The Cambie Pub (Cambie & Cordova), then ride all afternoon. The ride usually leaves around 1:30 pm. Route is variable.

http://www.vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/reverend-nicos-first-sunday-of-the-month-ride
For more information, contact Nico at 604-837-9556 or nicodcruiser@hotmail.com


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Winterbee Planning Meeting
Monday, February 5

Our last potluck meeting before Winterbee is at Jane & Rusl’s , 283 East 45th at Main. There’s also a sign-making
party Wednesday, February 7 at Billy Bob’s , 505 Jackson Street (buzz #333).

For more info visit http://bicyclebee.blogspot.com

Why the heck is it called a bee anyhoo? Visit http://bicyclebee.blogspot.com/2006/09/why-bike-bee.html


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Bikebee Super Sign Making Party
Wednesday, February 7

Not a pot luck, but snacks/wine ok!

6:00 pm
At Billybob’s Cherry Tree House, 505 Jackson St (in Strathcona, near Main & the Adanac bikeroute).

All are welcome! (even if we don’t know you or your favourite colour.)

For more info visit http://bicyclebee.blogspot.com


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Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, February 8

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


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Winterbee — Bicycle Bee Workshop Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11

Like bikes? Winter weather whipping your trusty steed? Whip winter back with WINTERBEE!
794 East 21st Ave (one block east of Fraser)

Workshops include brakes/cables, fixing flats, anti-theft strategies. Bike laundry: clean filthy drivetrains over hot tea & conversation. Etch your bike to foil thieves. Winterwear forums, skill-shares & more. By donation.

Vegan lunch, snacks, hot tea/coffee is provided; more snacks are welcome! Some tools available; bring what you can. All workshops/meals by donation; no one turned away for lack of cashola. Childcare/ASL interpretation available with pre-registration. We aim to create a warm, welcoming, safe space for people & bikes.

Saturday Feb 10 Schedule

11:00 – Gathering/Best Snacks
12:00 – Diagnostics
1:00 – Brakes
2:00 – Lunch
2:30 – Bike Laundry (We will all be inspired to clean and fix our bikes together, yes!)
4:30 – DIY with the Recyclistas
5:00 – Winter Wear
5:45 – Anti-Theft Techniques
6:30 – Clean-up

We will then toddle over to the Stop the Highway Party at the Waldorf http://www.gatewaysucks.org/

Sunday Feb 11 Schedule

11:00 – Gathering/Best Snacks
12:00 – How to Fix a Flat
1:00 – Brakes
2:00 – Lunch
2:30 – Bike Laundry including DIY Diagnostics
4:00 – Physics of Cycling
5:00 – Closing Circle
6:00 – Clean-up

The bike etcher will be available all weekend. Mark your bike with i.d. numbers to make your bike traceable, or maybe just put little hearts or snowflakes, or TLF…

More info and updates: http://bicyclebee.blogspot.com
or email bicyclebee AT gmail DOT com

Photos from the last bee:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/72108828@N00/sets/72157594363538965/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/babybloc/sets/72157594341033409/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosshj/sets/72157594453599417/


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Stop The Highway Party
Saturday, February 10

Featuring two rooms full of East Van’s hottest freaks, stoked to shake the foundations.

At the fabulous Waldorf, 1489 East Hastings, 1 block east of Clark.
Doors 8:30pm (til 2am) * $15 at door * $12 in advance at gatewaysucks.org
or the Vegetarian Resource Centre, 2250 Commercial Drive.

In the POLYNESIAN ROOM – crunching the concrete with

* ALL PURPOSE – 7-piece freeflyin funkadelica
* Timothy Wisdom – allout dancefloor mayhem
* Language Arts – art/folk/jazzhop stylins
* DJ Corrior – block party breaks
* Your Little Pony – takin’ it OFF

In the WAHINI ROOM – smoothin’ it down with

* Mazeguider – chill-side techno
* Nomadic Noize – global gypsy grooves
* Tarran the Tailor – e.van eclectic
* Mind of a Snail – shadow theatre
* Dawn & Ryan – jugglymagicshow
* Cornerstone – acapella roots liberation
* Sunskript (Rup Sidhu) – live-loopin-beatboxin fun

Plus make-yer-own SUPERHERO CAPE! and HOCKEY. And more.

DID YOU KNOW the BC Government wants to blast more freeways through our city? Crazy but true. But it’s NOT a done deal. We can stop this madness. Say NO to highway-building — come out and shake your ass.

To find out about The Gateway Project visit http://www.gatewaysucks.org
To see video of the last Stop the Highway Party visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj1odM7DEH4&eurl=
Questions? info@gatewaysucks.org

http://www.gatewaysucks.org/saturday-february-10


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You Never Bike Alone
Sunday, February 11

ICYCLE.CA Productions and Moving Pictures present an encore screening of You Never Bike Alone — a feature length documentary about how cyclists in Vancouver are building critical mass and changing the face of the city! This showing will be followed by a special Question & Answer session with filmmaker Bob Alstead and former Vancouver City Councillor and urban planning consultant Gordon Price (aka “the cycling councillor”).

Time: Sunday 11th February, 2pm (doors open 1pm)
Venue: Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, downtown Vancouver
Tickets: $8 ($6 for Moving Pictures members)

Drawing on footage shot over the last decade, and interviews with cyclists of every hue, it shows how Vancouver’s cycling community has grown in strength and stature. You Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver’s Critical Mass rides from the early Tame the Lions rides, that helped bring about better bike facilities on the Lions Gate Bridge, to the wild spectacle of Vancouver’s freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride.

As well as extensive coverage of Vancouver’s vibrant bike scene, it looks at the implications for cyclists of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels.

http://www.movingpictures.ca/
http://www.youneverbikealone.com/

For more information email Bob Alstead at robert@iofilm.ca


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VACC Assessment Ride
Saturday, 17 February, 2007

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) in Vancouver occasionally hosts assessment rides of the local bicycle network and provides input to the city. With your help, the VACC assesses cycling conditions with the intention of providing the city with constructive feedback from a cyclist’s perspective.

The rides are open to all and are at a moderate pace with plenty of stops along the way. Come and join us! (And don’t forget your helmet.)

Next ride is Stanley Park
Time: 9:00 am for coffee, departure 9:30 am
Meet at Bojangles (corner of Robson and Denman in the West End)

For more information, visit http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver


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Seventh Annual Bicycle Film Festival: Call For Entries
Deadline: Saturday, February 17

We are looking for films with a strong theme or character of bicycles. This includes all mediums and styles such as animation, experimental, narrative, documentary and music videos.

The BFF is held in over 10 cities around the world including Toronto, Tokyo, New York City, Los Angeles, Paris and London. In 2006 the BFF was attended by over 35,000 people.

It is a celebration through film, art and music. The BFF has been fortunate to have included the works of well known artists including Jonas Mekas, Michel Gondry, Mike Mills and Jorgen Leth. We showcase the emerging artist as well. The Bike Film Fest looks to be a lot of fun in 2007.

For more info and the entry form go to: http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com


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Vancouver Bike Show EXPO
Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

Whether it’s mountain biking, road, or BMX, you’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with the pros, and ride away with great deals on bikes, gear & apparel at the 2007 Vancouver Bike Expo.

BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd
Saturday, February 17th: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, February 18th: 10am – 5pm

One of the best new features for the 2007 show will be the NSMBA bike/gear swap, which has become the largest bike/gear swap in Western Canada! The 2007 swap will take place on the event floor during show hours. The best news is that all money raised will go to the NSMBA who maintain trails of all types on the North Shore! Also new for the 2007 show will be a showcase of Unicycle Hockey by Vancouver’s own world champion Kris Holm and professional autograph sessions with Canada’s top riders!

For general show information please contact Dave Cox at dcox@nationalevent.com
For exhibitor/sponsorship information, interview and photo opportunities, or press passes to the event, please contact Richard Juryn at 604-983-2215 or richard@shoreevents.com

http://www.outdooradventureshow.ca/vancouver/themes_zones/bike_expo.html


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St Valentines Day Massacre: Alleycat
Saturday, February 24

http://www.fyxomatosis.com/images/news/SVDM%20Alleycat.png
http://www.fearlessgearless.com/event/2007/01/st-valentines-day-massacre-alleycat

2pm at Hotspot (Carrall & Expo)
$7.00 to race

Put on by last years winner (and Speed Freaks champion) Trevor D. Rumours of some nice (and different) prizes. Info: all.tasty@gmail.com


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WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Weekly Fixie Ride. Now every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Meet at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street).
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx

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Wednesday Clean Air Commute Stop. Amanda & Corinne invite you to stop by during your morning commute for cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer every Wednesday anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. until the winter ends. Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adnac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at http://www.best.bc.ca . Info or to RSVP: amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday bike fixing/skills share nights at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Usually from 6.30 until 9pm or so. Mostly it’s the bike polo folk coming in to build mallets and true wheels. Stand time by donation and some stock of used parts that sometimes has what you need.

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Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout at 7:30pm. We won’t stay past 8:00 so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or http://www.vancruisers.ca
http://vancruisers.ca/Members/bhughes/events/friday-ride-2007-02-02

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Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eastvanbikepolo
http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. However, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 — a six month period. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.idlefree.ca

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Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out http://www.fixedvancouver.com/ to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders — all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

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Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca






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VeloLove Announcements

January 24, 2007 – Here’s the latest news from Velolove: VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting, Bikes Inside Organizing Meeting, Midnight Mass Bike Ride, Critical Mass Ride and Roll, Velofusion — Rock The Jailhouse Party, You Never Bike Alone , Gelato on the Drive Ride, Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio, Basic Bike Repair Workshop, Operation: M.E.O.W. Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race, Bikes Inside — A Winter Bike Party!, Winterbee — Bicycle Bee Workshop Weekend, Stop The Highway Party #2, Vancouver Bike Show EXPO:

VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting Wednesday, January 24

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, vancouver@vacc.bc.ca

http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver

!Bikes Inside! Organizing Meeting Wednesday, January 24

Everyone who wants to organize and help out at the !!Bikes Inside!! Winter Bike Party for February 3 is welcome at this Wednesday’s bike fixing night at Pedal Metal Studios and the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Volunteers are needed in all areas including Door, Bar, Sound and Lighting, Competitor wrangling/first aid, and Ringmaster.

So come down, hangout, and have a chat with discussions at 7:30pm or so for about 1/2 hour or as long as it takes.

Midnight Mass Bike Ride Thursday, January 25

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is today, Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos: http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass

Critical Mass Ride and Roll Friday, January 26

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver — the first Critical Mass ride of the new year!

Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Illuminated and decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters & sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged. After the ride is a Velofusion party starting 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information: http://www.velolove.bc.ca http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at: http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com: http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/pool/

Velofusion — Rock The Jailhouse Party Friday, January 26

Party for justice at the Rock the Jailhouse Party, a pre-trial benefit for environmental activist Betty Krawczyk.

The all-star line-up includes bands Phatty Phatty and the Roaches and Mr. M and the All Nighters, DJ Timothy Wisdom, Little Woo and Marni Norwich.

The event will be held Friday January 26th at 8 p.m. at the Anza Club (3 West 8th Ave.) Cost: $5 with Critical Mass, $10 otherwise.

For more information please visit http://www.pedalfusion.org

Velofusion, a celebration of dancing, music, dancing, creativity, dancing and lots of bicycles.

You Never Bike Alone Saturday, January 27

If you found yourself caught in a snow drift before the November screening of You Never Bike Alone – good news. You Never Bike Alone has been selected to play at the Moving Pictures Film Festival this coming Saturday at Tinsel Town cinema, Vancouver.

You Never Bike Alone, a feature-length documentary by Bob Alstead of ICYCLE.CA Film Productions, looks at how Vancouver’s cyclists are creating critical mass and changing the face of the city!

Cinemark Tinseltown Cinemas, 88 West Pender Street (3rd Floor) 7:00 pm, Saturday, January 27 Tickets $9 at the door (advance tickets available)

Drawing on footage shot over the last decade, and interviews with cyclists of every hue, it shows how Vancouver’s cycling community has grown in strength and stature. You Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver’s Critical Mass rides from the early Tame the Lions rides, that helped bring about better bike facilities on the Lions Gate Bridge, to the wild spectacle of Vancouver’s freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride.

As well as extensive coverage of Vancouver’s vibrant bike scene, it looks at the implications for cyclists of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels.

http://www.movingpictures.ca/ http://www.youneverbikealone.com/

For more information email Bob Alstead at robert@iofilm.ca

Gelato on the Drive Ride Sunday, January 28

Meet at the bike sculpture at the southeast corner of Queen Elizabeth Park (Ontario St and 37th Ave) at 10:45am and start riding at 11 am. We’ll head east along 37th until Gladstone where we’ll turn north making our way past Trout Lake onto the Lakewood route.

Our destination this time will be Gelato Time (1110 Commercial Drive, across from Grandview Park), which was selected in 2005 by the Georgia Straight as having the best chocolate ice cream in Vancouver. For our return trip we’ll head south along Woodland and turn west on 10th until Ontario St. where we’ll head south again to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Bring some cash for a gelato ice cream. Dress warmly. Don’t forget your gloves.

http://bike.meetup.com/145/calendar/5417322/

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio! Thursday, February 1

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

Basic Bike Repair Workshop Thursday, February 1

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit http://www.pedalpower.org

Women’s Ride Saturday, February 3

A ride on the 1 Saturday of every month for women only. Men can come but they must dress up like women. The ride ends at a fun destination (the beach in the Summer). Maybe a gathering at someones house or for a pint at the brickhouse. Of course, men who are not dressed up are welcome to join us at the final destination because we love you too.

Spread the word. The first ride will be Feb. 3rd.

If anyone has any imput on ride locations, themes, times and meeting points that would be cool. http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/67.aspx

Operation: M.E.O.W. — Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race Saturday, February 3

Get ready for Action! Adventure! Excitement! Midnight Mass & the Mini Bike Army bring you the second installment of Vancouver’s greatest export: the Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race!

This race will have a military theme. This race will have a Cash Grand Prize. This race will have a prize for ‘best dressed’ (bike &/or rider – interpret this yourself). This race will end at Saturday night’s BIKES INSIDE party (do. not. miss. this. party.)

This race will blow your miniloving minds.

http://alley-kitten.blogspot.com for more details. http://alley-kitten.blogspot.com/2006/08/what-do-you-get-when-you-cross-fastest.html http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/207.aspx

Bikes Inside — A Winter Bike Party! Saturday, February 3

Cold Outside. Hot Bikes Inside. Two Rooms of Hot Biker Action.

Bands, DJs, Dancing — Starting at 8pm, til Late.

The Vancouver Premiere of Victorias VeloVixens. Performances by Brakes and special guests.

Mini Bike Mayhem and Fixed Gear Competitions, Exhibitions of skill and daring. Jousting, Derby, Whiplash, Foot down, Track Stand, Kissing Contest Hottest Mount and Smoothest Dismount. Prizes and adulation for all competitors. Storm Brewing in full Effect.

For more info check http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/ and http://www.mcthree.ca

— Day Of Events —

Indoor Bike Polo Tournament (mallets provided, fresh meat encouraged)

Operation: M.E.O.W. Alley Kitten by the Mini Bike Army http://minibikearmy.blogspot.com/

Sliding scale entrance by donation, $5-$20 depending on ability to pay. Bicycle not necessary for entrance.

Winterbee — Bicycle Bee Workshop Weekend Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11

Like bikes? Winter weather whipping your trusty steed? Whip winter back with WINTERBEE!

794 East 21st Ave (one block east of Fraser)

Workshops include brakes/cables, fixing flats, anti-theft strategies. Bike laundry: clean filthy drivetrains over hot tea & conversation. Etch your bike to foil thieves. Winterwear forums, skill-shares & more. By donation.

More info and updates: http://bicyclebee.blogspot.com or email bicyclebee AT gmail DOT com

Photos from the last bee: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72108828@N00/sets/72157594363538965/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/babybloc/sets/72157594341033409/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosshj/sets/72157594453599417/

Stop The Highway Party #2 Saturday, February 10

At The Waldorf (Hastings & Clark)

Momentum is growing quickly to stop that crazy highway project dead in its tracks…and the PARTY is the medium!

Our last Stop the Highway Party at the Anza was a rager…check the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj1odM7DEH4&eurl=

This time we’ve got BOTH TIKI ROOMS DOWNSTAIRS at the fabulous Waldorf to play in…so break out your muumuu and coconut oil. Expect performances, subversions, DIY art, and loads of FUNK supplied by ALL PURPOSE, TIMOTHY WISDOM, and more, TBA.

Come party where the highway ends…someday you’ll tell yer grandkids you did.

To find out more about the Gateway Project and how we will stop it, visit: http;//www.gatewaysucks.org

For more info, or if you would like to PLAY or CONTRIBUTE something on the we-love-our-community tip, email info@gatewaysucks.org

http://www.gatewaysucks.org/saturday-february-10

Vancouver Bike Show EXPO Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

Whether it’s mountain biking, road, or BMX, you’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with the pros, and ride away with great deals on bikes, gear & apparel at the 2007 Vancouver Bike Expo.

BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd Saturday, February 17th: 10am – 7pm Sunday, February 18th: 10am – 5pm

One of the best new features for the 2007 show will be the NSMBA bike/gear swap, which has become the largest bike/gear swap in Western Canada! The 2007 swap will take place on the event floor during show hours. The best news is that all money raised will go to the NSMBA who maintain trails of all types on the North Shore! Also new for the 2007 show will be a showcase of Unicycle Hockey by Vancouver’s own world champion Kris Holm and professional autograph sessions with Canada’s top riders!

For exhibitor/sponsorship information, interview and photo opportunities, or press passes to the event, please contact Richard Juryn at 604 983.2215 or richard@shoreevents.com

WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Wednesday Clean Air Commute Stop. Amanda & Corinne invite you to stop by during your morning commute for cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer every Wednesday anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. until the winter ends. Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adnac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at http://www.best.bc.ca . Info or to RSVP: amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com

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Weekly Fixie ride. Now every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Meet at the Science World gazebo. http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/3/ShowForum.aspx

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Friday Weekly Cruiser Ride. Meet up at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout at 7:30. We won’t stay past 8:00 so don’t be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: bryn@vancruisers.ca or http://www.vancruisers.ca

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Sunday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tenis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first, or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one — the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you’ll likely want to build your own).

http://www.myspace.com/vanbikepolo http://fixedvancouver.com/Forums/forums/thread/194.aspx

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Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun’s on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Wednesday bike fixing/skills share nites at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Usually from 6.30 until 9pm or so. Mostly it is the bike polo folk coming in to build mallets and true wheels. Stand time by donation and some stock of used parts that sometimes has what you need.

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Saturday Morning Trails to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT vbc.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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Saturday Leisure Rides following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT vcn.bc.ca or http://vbc.bc.ca/upcomingrides.shtml

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

http://www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

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Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. However, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 — a six month period. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.





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Velolove Announcements!

January 18, 2007 – Here is the latest from Velolove – Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!, Science World to Steveston Bike Ride, Bike Bee Potluck Planning Meeting, VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting, Midnight Mass Bike Ride, Critical Mass Ride and Roll, Velofusion — Rock The Jailhouse Party, You Never Bike Alone Movie, Basic Bike Repair Workshop, Operation: M.E.O.W. Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race, Bikes Inside — A Winter Bike Party!, Stop The Highway Party #2, Vancouver Bike Show EXPO.

Check these out:
here
and here

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, January 18, Today

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site, click here
Blog spot, clikck here
Listen live over the Internet here here

Urbane Cyclist Article Deadline
Friday, January 19

It’s time for another quarterly edition of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s newsletter The Urbane Cyclist! This edition the focus will be Safety and Crime Prevention.

This is your chance to let everyone know what’s happening (or not happening!) in your community.

Please send articles of about 300-400 words on cycling advocacy and related items to newsletter@vacc.bc.ca no later than Friday, January 19th 2007, for inclusion in the next newsletter expected out mid to late February.

The purpose of the newsletter is to share information regarding anything related to cycling: facility improvements (or the converse), cycling tips, education. Ideas and opinions are welcome.

If you have any questions regarding an article or comments on the newsletter please contact me at the email below.

Leslie Love
Editor, The Urbane Cyclist
newsletter@vacc.bc.ca

Science World to Steveston Bike Ride
Sunday, January 21

We will ride out to Steveston for lunch via the scenic Richmond West Dike trail which is (hard-packed) gravel and flat. Round trip will be about 60km. A general description of this type of ride can be found by clicking here.

Meet in front of the main entrance to Science World (1455 Quebec Street) at 9:45am for a 10:00am (sharp) departure.

We will head south from Science World along Ontario Street in case anyone wants to meet up with us along the way – say at Queen Elizabeth Park or Marine Drive. Click here to contact if you want to do this to ensure we look out for you.

For more information, visit:
here
or here

Bike Bee Potluck Planning Meeting
Sunday, January 21

Planning for the winter Bike Bee — Winterbee, Saturday & Sunday, Feb 10-11 — is underway and as usual there will be planning potluck meetings to get the groove on. The next planning meeting is an afternoon bee brunche on Sunday, Jan 21, 2:00pm! 2 is lucky! 2 is for wheels!

Spartacus Books, 319 West Hastings, 2nd floor
Website click here
Bring your bike upstairs!

The Winterbee will be nice & small & friendly — like a wet kitty on the back porch. Our focus will be basic winter maintenance since many of us are riding around with filthy drivetrains and little slivers of brake pads. There will also be some seminar/craft oriented workshops (e.g. anti-theft). And we’ll be offering an etcher to mark identifying numbers on your bike in case it gets stolen (courtesy of the VPD).

Check here for updates.

You can also join the discuss list if you would like to be more involved in the planning discussions. And of course you’re welcome to hang out with us at the potluck meetings!

VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 24

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, e-mail: vancouver@vacc.bc.ca, website click here.

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, January 25

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage — the next midnight ride is today, Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
Blogspot, click here
More photos click here

Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, January 26

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver — the first Critical Mass ride of the new year!

Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Illuminated and decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters & sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged. After the ride is a Velofusion party starting 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
Visit here
or here
or e-mail: velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found by visiting here or here.

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com by clicking here.

Velofusion – Rock The Jailhouse Party
Friday, January 26

Party for justice at the Rock the Jailhouse Party, a pre-trial benefit for environmental activist Betty Krawczyk.

The all-star line-up includes bands Phatty Phatty and the Roaches and Mr. M and the All Nighters, DJTimothy Wisdom, Little Woo and Marni Norwich.

The event will be held Friday January 26th at 8 p.m. at the Anza Club (3 West 8th Ave.)
Cost: $5 with Critical Mass, $10 otherwise.

For more information please visit here.

Velofusion, a celebration of dancing, music, dancing, creativity, dancing and lots of bicycles.


You Never Bike Alone
Saturday, January 27

You Never Bike Alone is a feature length documentary by Bob Alstead of ICYCLE.CA Film Productions, about how cyclists in Vancouver are building critical mass and changing the face of the city!

Cinemark Tinseltown Cinemas, 88 West Pender Street (3rd Floor) 7:00 pm, Saturday, January 27 Tickets $9 at the door (advance tickets available).

Drawing on footage shot over the last decade, and interviews with cyclists of every hue, it shows how Vancouver’s cycling community has grown in strength and stature. You Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver’s Critical Mass rides from the early Tame the Lions rides, that helped bring about better bike facilities on the Lions Gate Bridge, to the wild spectacle of Vancouver’s freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride.

As well as extensive coverage of Vancouver’s vibrant bike scene, it looks at the implications for cyclists of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels.

This showing is part of the 2007 Moving Pictures Vancouver Canadian Film Festival and Tour.

Click here and here for more.

For more information email Bob Alstead at
robert@iofilm.ca

Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, February 1

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit here.

Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race
Saturday, February 3

Get ready for Action! Adventure! Excitement! Midnight Mass & the Mini Bike Army bring you the second installment of Vancouver’s greatest export: the Alley Kitten Mini Bike Race!

This race will have a military theme. This race will have a Cash Grand Prize. This race will have a prize for ‘best dressed’ (bike &/or rider – interpret this yourself). This race will end at Saturday night’s BIKES INSIDE party (do. not. miss. this. party.)

This race will blow your miniloving minds. Click here for more details or have a look here.

Bikes Inside — A Winter Bike Party!
Saturday, February 3

Cold Outside. Hot Bikes Inside. Two Rooms of Hot Biker Action. Bands, DJs, Dancing — Starting at 8pm, til Late.

The Vancouver Premiere of Victorias VeloVixens. Performances by Brakes and special guests.

Mini Bike Mayhem and Fixed Gear Competitions, Exhibitions of skill and daring. Jousting, Derby, Whiplash, Foot down, Track Stand, Kissing Contest Hottest Mount and Smoothest Dismount. Prizes and adulation for all competitors. Storm Brewing in full Effect.

For more info check here and here.

— Day Of Events —

Indoor Bike Polo Tournament (mallets provided, fresh meat encouraged).

Operation: M.E.O.W. Alley Kitten by the Mini Bike Army, click here.

Sliding scale entrance by donation, $5-$20 depending on ability to pay. Bicycle not necessary for entrance.

Stop The Highway Party #2
Saturday, February 10

At The Waldorf (Hastings & Clark). Momentum is growing quickly to stop that crazy highway project dead in its tracks…and the PARTY is the medium!

Our last Stop the Highway Party at the Anza was a rager…check the video here.

This time we’ve got BOTH TIKI ROOMS DOWNSTAIRS at the fabulous Waldorf to play in…so break out your muumuu and coconut oil. Expect performances, subversions, DIY art, and loads of FUNK supplied by ALL PURPOSE, TIMOTHY WISDOM, and more, TBA.

Come party where the highway ends…someday you’ll tell yer grandkids you did.

To find out more about the Gateway Project and how we will stop it, visit http://www.gatewaysucks.org>here.

For more info, or if you would like to PLAY or CONTRIBUTE something on the we-love-our-community tip, email info@gatewaysucks.org.

Vancouver Bike Show EXPO
Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

Whether it’s mountain biking, road, or BMX, you’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with the pros, and ride away with great deals on bikes, gear & apparel at the 2007 Vancouver Bike Expo.

BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd
Saturday, February 17th: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, February 18th: 10am – 5pm

One of the best new features for the 2007 show will be the NSMBA bike/gear swap, which has become the largest bike/gear swap in Western Canada! The 2007 swap will take place on the event floor during show hours. The best news is that all money raised will go to the NSMBA who maintain trails of all types on the North Shore! Also new for the 2007 show will be a showcase of Unicycle Hockey by Vancouver’s own world champion Kris Holm and professional autograph sessions with Canada’s top riders!

For exhibitor/sponsorship information, interview and photo opportunities, or press passes to the event, please contact Richard Juryn at 604 983.2215 or richard@shoreevents.com

WEEKLY AND ONGOING EVENTS

Clean Air Commute Stop

In honour of your steadfastness during this stormy season, Amanda & Corinne invite you to stop by our place during your morning commute for some espresso, nosh, and warm cheer.

When: Every Wednesday, anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. (We’ll start January 17th and go until the winter ends.)
Where: Our place – 511 Union St. (at Jackson) on the Adnac bike route.
What: Cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug)
Cost: FREE for Cyclists & Walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) click here.

Please RSVP to amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com for January 17th so that we know how busy we baristas will be. Feel free to pass this invitation along. See you then!

EastVan Bike Polo

Vancouver’s emerging urban polo league. We meet Saturdays at 2pm on the tenis courts of Grandview Park.

We supply the mallets (though, you are of course welcome to make your own), you BYOB(ike)B(eer) – don’t bring your prettiest steed though… things sometimes get a little rough out there. Click here for more.

On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists. Find it here.

Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or
cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors here.

Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. However, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 — a six month period. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website here.

Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out the website here to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders – all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver? Are you planning bike related events or have announcements? Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit here
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca

Critical Mass Vancouver vancouver@velolove.bc.ca, website here.
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Velolove Announcements!

January 6, 2007 (Vancouver, B.C.) – Here’s the latest news from Velolove – Comet McNaught Ride, Midnight Mass Bike Ride, Bike Bee Potluck Planning Meeting, Momentum Bicycalendar Listings Deadline, Clean Air Commute Stop, Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio, VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting, Vancouver Bike Show EXPO.

Check out these links:
http://www.bikeforest.com/tread/index.php
http://www.pedestrians.org/episodes/index.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tmi2sS5Xyi0&eurl=
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-3890651144803648751&q=bicycle+safety

Comet McNaught Ride

Thursday, January 11

It’s been a long time since a naked eye comet was visible in Vancouver so here’s a rare chance to see one. It looks like Comet McNaught may put on a half decent show.

Thursday is likely the best day to have a chance to see it — given the fact that the comet is
getting closer and closer to the sun and that Thursday appears to be the day most likely to
have a cloudless evening sky. I know the timing is awkward, but seeing a comet can be quite a moving experience so it’s well worth the effort.

We’ll meet at Science World (1455 Quebec Street) and bike out to Second Beach in Stanley Park to get an unobstructed, fairly dark view of the southwestern horizon. The comet should be visible close to where the sun sets once the sky darkens.

Meet at 4:15pm for a 4:30pm (sharp) departure. Dress VERY, VERY warmly. If all goes well, we will be standing around in the cold for at least half an hour. If people want, we can stop somewhere on the way back for warm refreshments. I will bring a pair of binoculars that people can use but if you have a pair of your own, please bring them along as well.

Seeing the comet on Thursday is not guaranteed. A single misplaced wisp of cloud could spoil the view.

For more information click:
here
or here

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, January 11

This Thursday is the next midnight mass bike ride. Don’t let all of this extreme weather we’ve been having lately hold you back — the forecast is for clear and cold (so maybe put on some extra wool socks, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage). If anything, this unpredictable weather should be bringing home to all of us just how much we need to ride more and drive less.

So grab your lights, your friends, and your mittens on strings. Pack up something warm to drink. And start thinking of places you’d like to ride to. As usual, we meet 11:45 pm at
Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight!

For more information and videos click:
here
or here for more photos.

Bike Bee Potluck Planning Meeting
Sunday, January 14

Planning for the winter Bike Bee — Winterbee, Saturday & Sunday, Feb 10-11 — is underway and as usual there will be planning potluck meetings to get the groove on. The next two planning meetings will be afternoon bee brunches with the first on Sunday, Jan 11, 2:00pm! 2 is lucky! 2 is for wheels! (Yes the time was changed, it’s now 2!).

Spartacus Books, 319 West Hastings, 2nd floor
Bring your bike upstairs!

The Winterbee will be nice & small & friendly, like a wet kitty on the back porch. Our focus will be basic winter maintenance, since many of us are riding around with filthy drivetrains & little slivers of brake pads. There will also be some seminar/craft oriented workshops (e.g. anti-theft). And we’ll be offering an etcher to mark identifying numbers on your bike in case it gets stolen (courtesy of the VPD).

Check here for updates.

You can also join the discuss list if you would like to be more involved in the planning
discussions. And of course you’re welcome to hang out with us at the potluck meetings!

Momentum Bicycalendar Listings Deadline
Monday, January 15

MOMENTUM — a unique magazine for self-propelled people — is distributed FREE throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Victoria and the Sunshine coast through libraries, community centres, bike and outdoors stores and cafés. Your listing reaches 40,000 readers!

Rides! Meetings! Discussions! Events!

So list your event in MOMENTUM’s February/March Bicycalendar! Send your FREE cycling or self-propelled event listings to: bicycalendar@gmail.com

Please follow this format when submitting your listing:

————–
Name of event
location (ie Vancouver , Victoria )
date & time
max. 25 word description (may include meeting
location; description may be edited due to space
constraints)
contact info
————–

Priority is given to cycling-related events and also to those which are free or inexpensive.

For more information, contact Laura Bucci, MOMENTUM’s Bicycalendar Editor, at
bicycalendar@gmail.com or 604-669-9850. http://www.momentumplanet.ca

Clean Air Commute Stop

Starting Wednessday, January 17

In honour of your steadfastness during this stormy season, Amanda & Corinne invite you to stop by our place during your morning commute for some espresso, nosh, and warm cheer.

When: Every Wednesday, anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. (We’ll start January 17th and go until the winter ends.)
Where: Our place – 511 Union St. (at Jackson) on the Adnac bike route.
What: Cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug)
Cost: FREE for Cyclists & Walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at http://www.best.bc.ca.

Please RSVP to amanda_pitre-hayes@vancity.com for January 17th so that we know how busy we baristas will be. Feel free to pass this invitation along. See you then!

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio
Thursday, January 18

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Click http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio>here to view the web site.
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Click here to listen live over the Internet.

VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 24

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Avenue Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, vancouver@vacc.bc.ca or visit here.

Vancouver Bike Show EXPO
Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

Whether it’s mountain biking, road, or BMX, you’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with the pros, and ride away with great deals on bikes, gear & apparel at the 2007 Vancouver Bike Expo.

BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd, Saturday, February 17th: 10am – 7pm, Sunday, February 18th: 10am – 5pm

One of the best new features for the 2007 show will be the NSMBA bike/gear swap, which has become the largest bike/gear swap in Western Canada! The 2007 swap will take place on the event floor during show hours. The best news is that all money raised will go to the NSMBA who maintain trails of all types on the North Shore! Also new for the 2007 show will be a showcase of Unicycle Hockey by Vancouver’s own world champion Kris Holm and professional autograph sessions with Canada’s top riders!

For exhibitor/sponsorship information, interview and photo opportunities, or press passes to the event, please contact Richard Juryn at 604 983.2215 or richard@shoreevents.com

Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Click here to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name, it isn’t just for fixie riders – all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit here
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca

Critical Mass Vancouver vancouver@velolove.bc.ca http://www.velolove.bc.ca

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Velolove Announcements!

January 6, 2007 (Vancouver, B.C.) – Here’s the latest news from Velolove – Midnight Mass Bike Ride Margaret, Charles Chopper Collective Ride, Vancouver Bicycle, Advisory Committee Meeting, Urbane Cyclist Article Deadline, You Never Bike Alone Movie

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, January 11

Bundle up, dig up some bike lights, bring somethin’ hot to drink, and come to the first Midnight Mass Bike Ride of 2007!

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight

The Midnight Mass Bike Ride happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every monthSo mark your calendars, tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass

Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, January 12

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver’s freak art bike collective invites you to ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit http://www.mcthree.ca
Blog spot: http://mcthree.blogspot.com

Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 17

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in the Strathcona Room at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues

Guests are welcomeIf you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at 604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle

Urbane Cyclist Article Deadline
Friday, January 19

It’s time for another quarterly edition of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s newsletter The Urbane Cyclist! This edition the focus will be Safety and Crime Prevention

This is your chance to let everyone know what’s happening (or not happening!) in your communityPlease send articles of about 300-400 words on cycling advocacy and related items to newsletter@vacc.bc.ca no later than Friday, January 19th 2007, for inclusion in the next newsletter expected out mid to late February.

The purpose of the newsletter is to share information regarding anything related to cycling: facility improvements (or the converse), cycling tips, educationIdeas and opinions are welcome

If you have any questions regarding an article or comments on the newsletter please contact me at the email below.

Leslie Love
Editor, The Urbane Cyclist
newsletter@vacc.bc.ca

You Never Bike Alone
Saturday, January 27

You Never Bike Alone is a feature length documentary by Bob Alstead of ICYCLE.CA Film Productions, about how cyclists in Vancouver are building critical mass and changing the face of the city!

Cinemark Tinseltown Cinemas, 88 West Pender Street (3rd Floor)
7:00 pm, Saturday, January 27
Tickets $9 at the door (advance tickets available)

Drawing on footage shot over the last decade, and interviews with cyclists of every hue, it shows how Vancouver’s cycling community has grown in strength and statureYou Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver’s Critical Mass rides from the early Tame the Lions rides, that helped bring about better bike facilities on the Lions Gate Bridge, to the wild spectacle of Vancouver’s freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride.

As well as extensive coverage of Vancouver’s vibrant bike scene, it looks at the implications for cyclists of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels.

This showing is part of the 2007 Moving Pictures Vancouver Canadian Film Festival and Tour.

www.movingpictures.ca/
www.youneverbikealone.com/

For more information email Bob Alstead at robert@iofilm.ca

Critical and Midnight Masses
Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out http://www.fixedvancouver.com/ to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the cityWant to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn’t just for fixie riders – all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentivesPlease consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offendersThe City is not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlersBetter to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollutionDrivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car runningHowever, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 — a six month periodThe District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fineThe City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver? Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join click here, or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca











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Velolove Announcements!

December 28, 2006 (Vancouver, B.C.) – Here’s the latest news from Velolove – VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting, Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!, Basic Bike Repair Workshop.

VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 3

This is the December meeting rescheduled. If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (the 10th Ave. Bike Route just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744, e-mail vancouver@vacc.bc.ca or visit here.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, January 4

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site here.
Blog spot here.
Listen live over the Internet here.

Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, January 4

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm – 9:30pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453),
email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit here.

Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver? Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit here or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca.

Critical Mass Vancouver
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Velolove Announcements!

December 22, 2006 — Here’s the latest news from Velolove – Pedal Bike Radio!, Midnight Bike Ride, Solstice Critical Mass Ride and Velofusion Party, and more…

Check these out:
You Tube
Specialized holiday greeting
Velolove.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, December 21 (tonight)

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site here.
Blog spot here.
Listen live over the Internet here.

13th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
One festival, six neighbourhoods
Friday, December 22, 2006

The dance of sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Honouring many cultural traditions, the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the longest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, live music, dancing – and skating!

On December 22nd, 6:00 – 10:00 pm, come celebrate the return of the sun with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in six Vancouver neighbourhoods. These six little festivals are community-based and reflect the unique nature of each neighbourhood. Intimate and accessible, each invites participation and each holds special attractions.

West End processions leave from West End and Coal Harbour Community Centers.

Yaletown processions leave from Emery Barnes Park, Cooperís Park, and the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.

Granville Island processions start at Leg-In-Boot Square, the Market Courtyard on Granville Island and at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (see Last-minute Lanterns). These 3 processions converge on Granville Island and are greeted by the traditional torch-lit Song Of Welcome by the Vancouver Morris Men. The Carnival Band and the Rhythm Spirit Drummers join forces to lead everyone over to the hill where once again and back by popular demand, a spectacular fire sculpture and fire performance will light the darkest night.

Strathcona and Chinatown processions start at the Strathcona Community Centre and Science World.

The East Side – Commercial Drive procession starts with at festival by the Secret Lantern Society at the Britannia Community Centre.

Wherever you wind up, we hope you feel connected to your community and to the universal spirit of celebration!

For more information visit www.secretlantern.org

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, December 28

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot — the next midnight ride is the Thursday before Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The Midnight Mass Bike Ride happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. So mark your calendars, tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

Visit here.
More photos are here.

Solstice Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, December 29, 2006

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver celebrating Winter Solstice and the last ride of 1006!

Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Illuminated and decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters and sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged. After the ride is a Velofusion party starting 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information visit here.

Worldwide details may be found here or here.

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com here.

Velofusion Critical Mass Party
Friday, December 29, 2006

The Velofusion Critical Mass afterparty is going to be hot hot HOT — so brave the cold with cause and clever constructions all! CR Avery (and more) will be playing at the Anza for y’all after Mass. Plus DJ’s , pizza, movies, performances and dancing!

Where: The Anza Club, #3 West 8th Avenue at the Ontario bike route.
Cost: $5 if you arrive with Critical Mass, $10 otherwise
Time: 8pm to 1:30am

This is part of the Velofusion community fund raiser project. All money raised goes back into supporting community projects.

Check out the November party on YouTube here.

For more information please visit www.pedalfusion.org or contact Conrad at ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists here.

Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. However, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 — a six month period. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website here.

Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit here; Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca

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December 15, 2006 (Vancouver, B.C.) — Dearest Bikers, Arters, and Enjoyers of fresh and healthy Culture! There are three great events happening this weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia.

C O – E X I S T
New Paintings by RedSara viewable until Dec 20th,
at the Foundation, Main and 7th.
Open noon til 1am everyday.

The paintings are also NOW viewable ONLINE at
S a r a R o s s . c o m
Go to Galleries, then to CO-EXIST.

There are 7 paintings unsold (of 23).
And 5 of the remaining 7 are really good, and ok…
2 of them are not so good… but that’s a pretty good ratio!
$150 each, cash, credit, debit all OK at the Foundation.

B : C : C l e t t e s Performance
This Saturday Night, Dec 16th
at the Momentum Magazine Fundraiser.
We are on at 9:30pm sharp, doors at 8
AND at the show promises to be DAZZLING!!!

more info party: http://momentumplanet.ca/?q=node/207
more info B:C:Clettes: http://www.myspace.com/bcclettes

B i k e C r a f t F a i r
Sunday, Dec 17th Noon til 5pm at Spartacus Books
319 West Hastings Street, second floor.

This is a special craft event, where beautifully hand-made items like tool bags, seat covers, arm warmers, and reflective doodads are all made spectacular, celebrating the art of bikes and bike riders.

Over a dozen artisans assembled for your inspiration. TELL YOUR MOMS!!! (Great holiday gifts for those bike-obsessed kids)

more info BikeCraft: www.bikecraft.blogspot.com/

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Velolove Announcements

December 8, 2006 — Here’s the lastest news and events for December from Velolove.

Bike Route Remains unplowed?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a snowstorm, they should now be cleared or at least have received cursory salting. If not, contact the City of Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or at cycling@vancouver.ca

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. You can send an email to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca or contact individual councillors at http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/councilmembers.htm

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BEST Open House
Friday, December 8, 2006

Come by and visit Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) at their open house.

From 4 to 7 pm
At the BEST offices at suite 822, 510 West Hastings, Vancouver

For more information contact Deanne LaRocque at deanne@best.bc.ca or 604-669-2860.
www.best.bc.ca

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Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, December 8

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver’s freak art bike collective invites you to ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit www.mcthree.ca
Blog spot: http://mcthree.blogspot.com

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Premiere of Bke-ish Movie “Monkey Warfare”
Friday, December 8

Monkey Warfare, a film partly inspired by the Vancouver bike scene, opens this weekend in our city. (Starring Don McKellar & Tracy Wright.) You won’t see your buddies on-screen, but you’ll be entertained….

The Pedal Revolutionary show featured an interview with the film’s director, Vancouver ex-pat Reg Harkema. He was accompanied by actor Cindy Wolfe & man-about-town (and Velolove contributor) Flick Harrison. Bike theft confessionals, Molotov cocktails & revenge fantasies. The things that made college radio alla rage!

The film opens December 8 at Empire Theatres (855 Granville St).
http://pedalrev.blogspot.com/2006/12/thurs-dec-7-2oo6-monkey-word-fare.html

www.monkeywarfare.com

flick’s site: http://zeroforconduct.blogspot.com/

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Free Black-tie Bicycle Tuneups
Saturday, December 9

Please inform everyone that there will be free bike tune ups offered at the Cooperative Auto Network’s sustainable transportation open house on December 9, 2006 from 1pm to 4pm at the Oakridge Centre (West 41st Avenue at Cambie Street) mall’s auditorium. There will also be fun activities for kids as well as information booths by civic organizations at this event, about diverse topics, including balcony composting.

Anybody can bring their bike for a minor tune up. (Parts, if necessary, will not be included in this free service.)

This black-tie bike tune up service will be performed by Steve Sutherland, a master mechanic, and proprietor of the Atomic Bike Shop in uptown Vancouver.

Event information: 604-739-7717. Tuneups contact: Atomic Bike Shop 604-714-0158

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Climate Change Rally
Sunday, December 10

You are all invited to the first of a series of community-driven events aimed at increasing awareness of the urgency of climate change and to demand deep reductions in our country’s GHG emissions. Our first focus: outrage over the BC government’s decision to start messing around with obsolete coal-fired power plants. What * were * they * thinking?

Say “No Coal For Christmas!” in Premier Campbellís Riding!

The problem is serious, but the atmosphere will be festive and family-oriented when concerned citizens meet in Gordon Campbellís Point Grey riding to protest plans for coal fired power plants in BC.

11 am, Sunday December 10 at Kits Beach in Vancouver.

Music, hot chocolate, games, speakers, face painting and a “climate dinosaur” awards ceremony are all planned. Itís hoped Santa will show
up in his zero emission sleigh to lend support and help banish the Grinch. The group will also be announcing the winner of their first “Climate Dinosaur” award at the event.

For more information contact Donald Gordon, 604.732.1374, emailfordonald@yahoo.ca or Quincy Young, 604.732.3477, qryoung@telus.net

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Bike Bee Potluck Meeting
Sunday, December 10

Yesss more talking with your mouth full! Yummy goodness cozy style. All are welcome a’course!

5:30 pee emm
1843 William (at Commercial Drive)
That’s rob & adam & jackie’s house

For more information, email bicyclebee@gmail.com or visit http://bicyclebee.blogspot.com

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Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
Wednesday, December 13

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $30/class

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out www.jettgrrl.com for more details. Call 604-255-5097, or email jett_grrl@hotmail to reserve a space in one of the workshops.

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Pedal Galactic
Wednesday evening, December 13

Esoteric bike culture with the fossilosopher! Share some fossilosophical meditations for the deeply bikey on a cosmological date http://people.tribe.net/fossilosopher/blog/b5e9fd1c-64f8-4c70-b568-f56758da17e1

Bikey friends and neighbours are invited into the bike church. RSVP with foss@vcn.bc.ca for the address of Dec 13 gathering.

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Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, December 14

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot — the next midnight ride is the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The Midnight Mass Bike Ride happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. So mark your calendars, tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass

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Harmonizer Momentum Party!
Saturday, December 16

Celebrate Momentum Magazine’s 25th issue with the debut performance of CLANCY”S ANGELS, a post-modern rock gospel supergroup.

December 16th
Anza Club, 3 west 8th Avenue at the Ontario Bike Route 8pm till 2am

The evening features a performance by the all-woman bicycle dance sensation,
the B:C:CLETTES, and the REVOLUTIONISTS will rock out at the end of the night with their booty-boggling quadruple DJ action.

Don’t miss this chance to boogie down with your bikey homies!

Plus… win mouth watering raffle prizes from Norco, Chrome, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Denman Island Chocolates and Terra Breads…

For more information, contact Amy at self-propelled@telus.net or 604-669-9850. www.momentumplanet.ca

Poster: www.velolove.bc.ca/harmonizer_poster.pdf

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BikeCraft Call Out
Sunday, December 17

S.G. Sahulka & C.G.N. Fisher present a craft event celebrating the art of bikes and bike riders.

Spartacus Books, 319 West Hastings Street
12 – 5pm

Do you want to be a part of the action? Send your name and contact inforamtion, what you make (description), and the space you need (i.e. table, wall space, hanging, creative displays) to xxbikecraftxx@gmail.com

We will be charging participants $10 for space in the craft event. Al this money will go to Spartacus Books, a non-profit, volunteer and collectively run bookstore and resource centre. We will also be collecting donations of warm clothing, food, and blankets, to be shared between the Anti-Poverty Committee and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

Please let us know if you want in by Wednesday, December 13.

For more information, visit http://bikecraft.blogspot.com

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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, December 21

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, email pedalrevolutionary@gmail.com or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site: www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

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On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html


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Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. However, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 — a six month period. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

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Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

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Velolove Announcements

December 1, 2006 – Here is the latest news for upcoming Velolove events and activities.

– Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue Median Open House
– BikeFilm Night Party: Free Brewskies and Freedom
– Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
– Basic Bike Repair Workshop
– BEST Open House
– Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
– Free Black-tie Bicycle Tuneups
– Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
– Pedal Galactic
– Midnight Mass Bike Ride
– Harmonizer Momentum Party!

Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue Median Open House
Friday, December 1

The city is hosting an open house next Friday to talk about a proposed bike-permeable median on Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue. The purpose of this median is to reduce vehicular traffic on the cross-town Ontario Street bikeway/greenway. You are invited to a public open house to further discuss this proposal:

3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Southeast False Creek/Olympic Village Project Office
1800 Spyglass Place

The Project Office is located under the south end of the Cambie Bridge at the seawall.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this proposal, please feel free to contact either Wali Memon, Strategic Transportation Planning Branch, wali.memon@vancouver.ca , Phone: 604.871.6849 or Michael Naylor, SEFC Project Planner, michael.naylor@vancouver.ca , Phone: 604.871.6168
www. vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transport/

BikeFilm Night Party: Free Brewskies and Freedom
Friday, December 1

If you aren’t heading to Victoria this weekend and don’t have anything better planned, please feel welcome to attend my freedom celebration.

Bike movies and tunes, snacks and beverages served from 6pm on…

5116 Main Street,
Vancouver

For more information, contact Donald at bothfeet@vcn.bc.ca

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, December 7

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: www.pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

You can also listen to the MP3 masscast of last week’s pedal revolutionary show! Go to pedalrev.blogspot.com for instructions. For any probs/questions give ifny at iamlachance@gmail.com a heads up.

Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, December 7

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email learn@pedalpower.org, or visit: www.pedalpower.org

BEST Open House
Friday, December 8, 2006

Come by and visit Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) at their open house.

From 4 to 7 pm
At the BEST offices at suite 822, 510 West Hastings, Vancouver

For more information contact Deanne LaRocque at deanne@best.bc.ca or 604-669-2860.
www.best.bc.ca
www.velolove.bc.ca/xmas_card2006.jpg

Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, December 8

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver’s freak art bike collective invites you to ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit:www.mcthree.ca
Blog spot: www.mcthree.blogspot.com

Free Black-tie Bicycle Tuneups
Saturday, December 9

Please inform everyone that there will be free bike tune ups offered at the Cooperative Auto Network’s sustainable transportation open house on December 9, 2006 from 1pm to 4pm at the Oakridge Centre (West 41st Avenue at Cambie Street) mall’s auditorium. There will also be fun activities for kids as well as information booths by civic organizations at this event, about diverse topics, including balcony composting.

Anybody can bring their bike for a minor tune up. (Parts, if necessary, will not be included in this free service.)

This black-tie bike tune up service will be performed by Steve Sutherland, a master mechanic, and proprietor of the Atomic Bike Shop in uptown Vancouver.

Event information: 604-739-7717. Tuneups contact: Atomic Bike Shop 604-714-0158

Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
Wednesday, December 13

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $30/class

Boys are welcome too!

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out www.jettgrrl.com for more details. Call 604-255-5097, or email jett_grrl@hotmail to reserve a space in one of the workshops.


Pedal Galactic
Wednesday evening, December 13

Esoteric bike culture with the fossilosopher! Share some fossilosophical meditations for the deeply bikey on a
cosmological date www.people.tribe.net/fossilosopher/blog/b5e9fd1c-64f8-4c70-b568-f56758da17e1

Bikey friends and neighbours are invited into the bike church.
RSVP with foss@vcn.bc.ca for the address of Dec 13 gathering.

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, December 14

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot — the next midnight ride is the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The Midnight Mass Bike Ride happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. So mark your calendars, tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at: www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass

Harmonizer Momentum Party!
Saturday, December 16

Celebrate Momentum Magazine’s 25th issue with the debut performance of CLANCY”S ANGELS, a post-modern rock gospel supergroup.

December 16th
Anza Club, 3 west 8th Avenue at the Ontario Bike Route
8pm till 2am

The evening features a performance by the all-woman bicycle dance sensation, the B:C:CLETTES, and the REVOLUTIONISTS will rock out at the end of the night with their booty-boggling quadruple DJ action.

Don’t miss this chance to boogie down with your bikey homies!

Plus… win mouth watering raffle prizes from Norco, Chrome, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Denman Island Chocolates and Terra Breads…

For more information, contact Amy at self-propelled@telus.net or 604-669-9850; www.momentumplanet.ca

Poster: www.velolove.bc.ca/harmonizer_poster.pdf

On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. However, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 – a six month period. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at: www.idlefree.ca

Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
www.lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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Velolove Announcements

November 24, 2006 – Here is the latest news for upcoming Velolove events and activities.

– Tax Incentives for Cycling Petition
– Highway-Busting Buy Nothing Critical Mass
– Highway-Busting Party!
– You Never Bike Alone Film Premiere
– Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue Median Open House
– Pedal Play New Phone Number
– Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.

www.gopetition.com/online/10170.html

Highway-Busting Buy Nothing Critical Mass
Friday, November 24

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver recognizing Buy Nothing Day (Saturday, November 24). Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters and sound systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged. A Highway-Busting afterparty starts 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, #3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

The Buy Nothing Highway-Busting Critical Mass is in support of Buy Nothing Day (www.adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd/) a day to challenge yourself, your family, and your friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life — and is the beginning of the end of the Provincial Government’s plans to double the Port Mann Bridge and dump increased motor vehicle traffic in the streets of Vancouver

www.cche.vcn.bc.ca

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space – on the last Friday of the month – which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
www.velolove.bc.ca
www.vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca


Worldwide details may be found at:
www.criticalmassrides.info or www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:
www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/pool

Highway-Busting Party!
Friday, November 24

Celebrate the beginning of the end of the highway by shakin’ your ass to the pavement-poppin’ beats at the first STOP THE HIGHWAY Dance Party.
Presented by Velofusion and the Work Less Party: a benefit for www.gatewaysucks.org

The Anza Club (8th & Ontario)
doors at 8:30 pm
$10 … or $5 if your arrive with the Critical Mass

FEATURING

– Ned Jacobs vs. The Falcon
– Weeping Willow: some jazzy thing
– Barricade Burlesque with Little Woo
– Tspoon The Masala Mixa w/ BPM and the Sugar Dhols:
An east/west odyssey fusing funk, dancehall, hip hop, reggaeton, and bhangra with hints of breaks and D+B. With heavyweights BPM on the mic (Rup Sidhu and Nadia Chaney),Tspoon the masala mixa behind the tablas and the decks and the notorious Sugar Dhols manning the big drums. Dance floor panic!
– Miss Bliss: (Big Bass Theory, VFMF) deep:dark:durty:dance:world:dub:beats

ALSO! Josh’s veg deliciousness (for early-comers), make-yer-own buttons, rabble-rousing, and hot bike action.

Did you know the BC Government wants to spend $4.5 billion on yet another harebrained road-expansion scheme, which will just end up as tons more smoking gridlock in our lovely city? Crazy but true! Those dinosaur brains are at it again.

But the good news is…it’s NOT a done deal. We can stop this madness, and we will…but it will require a lot of PARTYING. Are you
up for it? Friday November 24 marks the first party to celebrate the beginning of the end of the highway.

Information: www.gatewaysucks.org or info@gatewaysucks.org

You Never Bike Alone
Hot new bike film premiers Sunday, November 26

You Never Bike Alone is a feature length documentary by Bob Alstead of ICYCLE.CA Film Productions, looking at the ways in which cyclists are building critical mass in Vancouver!

Venue Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway (at Commercial), next to the Skytrain station, B-line, and other bus routes.
Doors 1:30pm, film starts 2:00pm, Sunday 26th November
Tickets $8 at the door (advance tickets available at bike events)

Drawing on footage shot over the last decade, and interviews with cyclists of every hue, it shows how Vancouver’s cycling community has grown in strength and stature. You Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver’s Critical Mass rides from the early Tame the Lions rides, that helped bring about better bike facilities on the Lions Gate Bridge, to the wild spectacle of Vancouver’s freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride.

As well as extensive coverage of Vancouver’s vibrant bike scene, it looks at the implications for cyclists of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels.

Video trailer and clips at www.youneverbikealone.com/movie/3/Video+Clips

For more information visit:www.youneverbikealone.com or email robert@iofilm.ca

Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue Median Open House
Friday, December 1

The city is hosting an open house next Friday to talk about a proposed bike-permeable median on Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue. The purpose of this median is to reduce vehicular traffic on the cross-town Ontario Street bikeway/greenway. You are invited to a public open house to further discuss this proposal:

3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Southeast False Creek/Olympic Village Project Office
1800 Spyglass Place

The Project Office is located under the south end of the Cambie Bridge at the seawall. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this proposal, please feel free to contact either Wali Memon, Strategic Transportation Planning Branch, wali.memon@vancouver.ca
Phone: 604.871.6849 or Michael Naylor, SEFC Project Planner, michael.naylor@vancouver.ca; Phone: 604.871.6168

www.vancouver.ca/engsvcs/transport

Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

A reminder that there’s an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is not giving out tickets yet — but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. However, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 — a six month period. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for a year.

For more information, visit the website at www.idlefree.ca

Pedal Play has a new phone number and it’s 604-875-8679. 916-BIKE is no more…sigh

Pedal Play’s mailing address is 3283 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3M6
And the email remains pedalplay@pedalpower.org

For more information, visit www.pedalpower.org

Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
www. lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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Velolove Announcements!

November 8, 2006 — Here is the latest news for Velolove events and activities for the month of November.

. First Annual CYCLE-OKE!
. Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
. Midnight Mass Bike Ride
. Stop Cooking The Planet Breakfast
. Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
. Ride To Promote Green Transportation
. Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
. Buy Nothing Day 2006
. You Never Bike Alone Film Premier
. Bicycle Repair Workshops


Jett Grrl: Bicycle Repair Workshops For Women
[boys welcome too]
Wednesday, November 8 (tonight!)

Empowering women one bike at a time! Intro classes cover flat fix,
drivetrain maintenance, basic brake adjusts, and bike assessment. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. Wednesday November 8 and Monday November 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door).

Cost $30.

For more information or to book a class call 604-255-5097, email
jett_grrl@hotmail.com, or visit http://www.jettgrrl.com/workshop4.html


First Annual CYCLE-OKE!
Wednesday, November 8 (tonight!)

You’re invited to the first annual CYCLE-OKE! — an evening of karaoke for cyclists and all reasonable hand-drawn facsimiles. Witness bad Laserdisc video accompaniment and off-key harmonies belted out by Vancouver’s finest fixie riders, road rats, bike-inspired dance troupe members, and more! Be there, or may your wheels be square.

WHAT: CYCLE-OKE! Karaoke night for self-propelled peeps
WHERE: 3917 Main Street (Main and 23rd) at the ANAF Club (no hats or
helmets on inside!)
WHEN: Wednesday, November 8th, 8pm until later
WEATHER FORECAST: Definitely not raining (as we’ll be inside!)

*If you want to sing, the DJ advises you be there before 8:30pm to sign up!*
*If you don’t want to be turned away, the club manager advises you get in
before 9:30pm!*

Little flyer here: http://www.rhiannoncoppin.com/CYCLE-OKE.jpg



Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, November 9

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

You can also listen to the MP3 masscast of last week’s pedal revolutionary show! Go to pedalrev.blogspot.com for instructions. For any probs/questions give ifny at iamlachance@gmail.com a heads up.



Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, November 9

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email
learn@pedalpower.org, or visit http://www.pedalpower.org



Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, November 9

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights — the next midnight ride is this Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information visit http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com or email midnightsimon((at))gmail.com Photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass



Stop Cooking The Planet
Friday, November 10

Join SPEC bright and early this upcoming Friday for a ride around the Arbutus Club and breakfast to “Stop Cooking The Planet! Better Transit – Not Freeways”

When: 7:00 am

Where: 2001 Nanton Avenue (on the #16 & #25 bus routes — just south of Arbutus Street and W. King Edward Avenue)

The BC Liberal Party is holding a “Wake Up Breakfast” with Minister of Transportation Kevin Falcon, who will be speaking on his plans to expand Highway 1 and twin the Port Mann Bridge. It is time that the BC Liberals woke up to the inconvenient truth: highway expansions are one of the main reasons that greenhouse gas pollution is increasing — causing the climate crisis. Let’s tell the BC Liberals to Stop Cooking the Planet!

SPEC, the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, will be cooking breakfast outside the Liberal Party gathering, while Kevin Falcon discusses his plans to cook the planet inside. Bring your own cup and plate!

For more information, visit http://www.spec.bc.ca , phone 604 736 7732, or email info@spec.bc.ca Or visit Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion at http://www.stophighwayexpansion.ca



Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, November 10

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver’s freak art bike collective invites you to ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit http://www.mcthree.ca
Blog spot: http://mcthree.blogspot.com

Ride To Promote Green Transportation
Sunday, November 12

Join Vancouver adventurer and zero-emissions traveller Tim Harvey as he completes a round-the-world endurance expedition when he cycles into Vancouver after 893 days away from home for a two-hour community ride that starts at Science World on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.

Since departing Vancouver on June 1st, 2004, Harvey has shared his story through newspaper and magazine writing, radio, television and the Internet in Canada and throughout the world, in a tireless effort to promote low-emission lifestyles as a solution to climate change. Canadians know Harvey best from frequent interviews on CBC Radio’s As It Happens and travel dispatches written for the Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun. Harvey’s many and at times dangerous adventures through the Arctic, across the Atlantic by rowboat, and cycling in Mexico will be reported in full in his upcoming book. The ride is on rain or shine, and will finishing outside the Planetarium in Vanier Park at 12 noon.
For more information, visit http://www.vancouvertovancouver.com



List your event in MOMENTUM’s December/January Bicycalendar
Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 13

MOMENTUM, a unique magazine for self-propelled people, is distributed FREE throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Victoria, and the Sunshine coast through libraries, community centres, bike and outdoors stores, and cafés. Your listing reaches 40,000 readers! Rides! Meetings! Discussions! Events!

Send your FREE cycling or self-propelled event listings to:
bicycalendar@gmail.com
Please follow this format when submitting your listing:

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Name of event, location (ie Vancouver, Victoria), date & time, max. 25 word description (may include meeting location; description may be edited due to space constraints) contact info
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Priority is given to cycling-related events and also to those which are
free or inexpensive.

For more information, contact Laura Bucci, Bicycalendar Editor, email bicycalendar@gmail.com, phone 604-669-9850, or visit http://www.momentumplanet.ca

Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 15

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in the Strathcona Room at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

The agenda is on the City’s web site at http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle/documents/20061115.pdf

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at 604-871-6399 or nicole.ludwig@vancouver.ca

For more info, see http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle



Buy Nothing Day 2006
Friday, November 25 (same day as Critical Mass!)

It’s a day where you challenge yourself and others to switch off from shopping and tune into life for 24 hours. Celebrated as a holiday by some, a street party by others — anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY!

The challenge is to try simple living for a day, spend time with family and friends — rather than spend money on them. People make a pact with themselves to take a break from shopping as a personal experiment or public statement and the best thing is — it’s free!

Buy Nothing Day exposes the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries — only 20% of the world population — are consuming over 80% of the earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, unfair distribution of wealth, and of course global warming.

As consumers we need to question the products we buy and challenge the companies who produce them. What are the true risks to the environment and developing countries? The argument is broad and deep, and while it continues we should be looking for simple solutions. Buy Nothing Day is a good place to start.

Of course, Buy Nothing Day isn’t about changing your lifestyle for just one day — it’s hoped that it will be a lasting relationship. Maybe a life changing experience. Make a commitment to consuming less, recycling more, and challenging companies to clean up and be fair. The supermarket or shopping mall might offer choice, but this shouldn’t be at the cost of the environment or developing countries.

For more information, visit http://adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd/

And coming soon… http://www.buynothingchristmas.org , http://adbusters.org/metas/eco/bnd/xmas.php



You Never Bike Alone
Hot new bike film premiers Sunday, November 26

You Never Bike Alone is a feature length documentary by Bob Alstead of ICYCLE.CA Film Productions, looking at the ways in which cyclists are building critical mass in Vancouver.

Venue Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway (at Commercial), next to the Skytrain station, B-line and other bus routes. Doors 1:30pm, film starts 2:00pm, Sunday 26th November Tickets $8 at the door (advance tickets available at bike events) Drawing on footage shot over the last decade, and interviews with cyclists of every hue, it shows how Vancouver’s cycling community has grown in strength and stature. You Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver’s Critical Mass rides from the early Tame the Lions rides, that helped bring about better bike facilities on the Lions Gate Bridge, to the wild spectacle of Vancouver’s freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride.

As well as extensive coverage of Vancouver’s vibrant bike scene, it looks at the implications for cyclists of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels.

Video trailer and clips at
http://www.youneverbikealone.com/movie/3/Video+Clips
For more information visit http://www.youneverbikealone.com or email robert@iofilm.ca

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Velolove Announcements!

September 27, 2006 — Here is the latest news from Velolove.

. Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio
. Midnight Mass Bike Ride
. Critical Mass Ride & Roll
. Velo Fusion Critical Mass After Party
. Velo Fusion Underwear Bike Ride

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, September 28

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

You can also listen to the MP3 masscast of last week’s pedal revolutionary show! Go to pedalrev.blogspot.com for instructions. For any probs/questions give ifny <iamlachance@gmail.com> a heads up.


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, September 28

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights — the next midnight ride is this Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass

For Immediate Release

Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, September 29

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver. Celebrating our public space, meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain or shine. Decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, noisemakers, sound systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged. Velo Fusion after party starts 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, #3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
http://vancouvercm.blogspot.com
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/pool/


Velo Fusion & Underwear Bike Ride
Friday, September 29

A celebration of dancing, music, creativity, and underwear bike rides.

Bands and Performers:
Tspoon the Masala Mixer
Art of Beats (102.7 fm)
Armstrong Jr (Music and Dance)
Jack Fruit (Band)
Underwear Bike Ride !!! (first 50 participants get a free beer)
Ian Patterson (Visuals)

Movies (8pm – 9pm)
Molotov cocktail (Flick)
A cycling odyssey (Conrad)

Dance party (9pm – 1:30am)

Cost $2 If you arrive with critical mass
$5 otherwise

Where: Anza Club #3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route

What: Velo Fusion is a community fun and fund raiser project. Any money raised will go back to supporting community and bike related projects. For a list of projects funded so far please visit http://www.pedalfusion.org


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Velolove Announcements!

August 4, 2006 — Here are the upcoming events from Velolove”¦

. Wreck Beach Bare Buns Run/Walk
. Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Festival
. Midnight Mass Bike Ride
. Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
. MS Vancouver Scenic Bike Tour
. Abbotsford Critical Mass
. Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
. Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!


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Wreck Beach Bare Buns Run/Walk
Sunday, August 6

Ride your bike to run bare or shy at Wreck Beach!

The tenth annual 5K Bare Buns Fun Run/Walk is August 6 at 10:00 a.m. on Wreck Beach (Trail 6, registration starts at 8:30 a.m.), featuring body painting and awards for every age category and finisher. You can run then be on your way for the noon Vancouver Pride festivities. Registration fees are $25 adult, $20 for youth under 16 or seniors over 55, and includes a T-shirt or tank top.

Proceeds go toward the Wreck Beach Preservation Society whose mandate is to preserve Wreck Beach in as natural a state as possible.

To register or for more information, call 604-876-3909, email beachgirl@look.ca, or visit http://www.wreckbeach.org/bb_run.html


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Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Festival
Sunday, August 6

Parade 12 Noon to 2:00pm
Festival 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The Vancouver Pride Society & Vancity Present the 28th annual Vancouver Pride Parade starting at Denman and Robson Streets. Ride your bike and celebrate the vibrant life and diversity of the Vancouver queer community, Vancouver’s Pride & Joy. The parade will start on Denman at Robson Street, making its way down along Beach Avenue and then end at Pacific & Thurlow. With over 130 floats and 185,000 spectators, this is the largest parade this side of Canada!

Those who liked the Carnival Band that played before last month’s Critical Mass and at Velo Fusion can catch them again on the float of Vancouver’s Co-Op Radio, CFRO 102.7 FM, a non-commercial, co-operatively-owned, listener-supported, community radio station.

And rumor has it that DAFF — Dinosaurs Against Fossil Fuels (http://bikesexual.org/dinos/) will bite car culture at the pride parade. If it’s a hot sunny day and you’re watching the parade, please bring extra water and keep dinos cool by dumping water on their backs!

Keep the celebrations going after the parade by taking in over 110 booths and one of the biggest out door stages in the city. Food, retail, community groups, sampling vendors, a kids zone and a youth zone. No one goes away empty handed from this party!

For more information, visit http://www.vancouverpride.ca/


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Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, August 10

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Bring your wheels, your lights, your friends, and your knowledge of the city — and get your ass to the midnight mass!

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The Midnight Mass Bike Ride happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. So mark your calendars, tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

Oh, and a big P.S. — Spread the word. The second midnight ride of August, on the 24th, will be an UNDERWEAR RIDE!

http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


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Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, August 11

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver’s freak art bike collective invites you to ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit http://www.mcthree.ca
Blog spot: http://mcthree.blogspot.com


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MS Vancouver Scenic Bike Tour
Sunday, August 13

Part of a national fundraising bike tour across Canada between June and September, bike from Science World to UBC and back in support of the MS Society of Canada. Start Time is 8:00 a.m. at Creekside Park (Science World, 355 Quebec & Terminal).

Guided by Vancouver’s safe and scenic bike routes, the tour first winds along the sea and out to discover UBC’s Organic Farm. Then return via Kitsilano (30 km) or ride on (60 km) to Queen Elizabeth Park where sweeping panoramic city views await. Next, the tour is culture-bound through historic Chinatown and Gastown. Then back to Creekside via the scenic Stanley Park seawall where acoustic entertainment and a BBQ feast (prepared by the Terminal City Club) awaits at the finish line.

The route is fully supported with route marshals, tour leaders, and bike maintenance. Registration $10 and $100 in pledges.

Info and pledge sheets available at 1-800-268-7582 or http://www.mssociety.ca/bc/bike_van.htm


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Abbotsford Critical Mass
Wednesday, August 16

Abbotsford’s critical mass ride is growing — 26 last time and hoping for 50 this time — on Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Bike Shop on Ware Street.

The more people that come out the better for cycling awareness. Spread the word! Pass on this email!

For the August 16 ride we invite the Abbotsford Police Bike Squad and local dignitaries to ride with us as an opportunity to show their support for cycling as recreation and as a safe alternative for Abbotsford residents to commute to work. The important message is we are not anti-car but pro-bike. Cycling is a great way to promote an active lifestyle and improve health, air quality, community relationships and tourism.

However, we do need the infrastructure to make it safe and accessible. With Abbotsford’s present growth rate, now is the time to make it happen. Let’s help get Abbotsford on the map as a bicycle friendly,
environmentally sensitive, community.

Please join this grassroots ride to make a difference! For more information about Critical Mass rides, please check these links:

Vancouver’s Critical Mass pictures, wow! (scroll down once on the page): http://www.velolove.bc.ca
Worldwide rides: http://www.critical-mass.org/ and a description in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass


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Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 16, 2006

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in the Strathcona Room at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Laura Kazakoff in advance at 604-871-6353 or laura.kazakoff@vancouver.ca.

For more info, see http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle


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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, August 17

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Your hosts: Ifny, iamlachance@gmail.com, and Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

You can also listen to the MP3 masscast of last week’s pedal revolutionary show! Go to pedalrev.blogspot.com for instructions. For any probs/questions give ifny <iamlachance@gmail.com> a heads up.


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Bikely.com

OK, this is cool. Go to http://www.bikely.com , type “Vancouver” in the “Find a route” box, then click “Search”.

The Bikely.com website allows you to share your bicycle route tips with others, by drawing a route using Google Maps. It’s very well put together.

For a more indepth review of Bikely.com, visit http://spacing.ca/wire/?p=1009


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Flickr.com

Upload / View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com

http://www.flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass/pool/


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VeloLove Announcements

June 9, 2006 – Here is the latest from VeloLove:

June is Bike Month!

Visit http://calendar.best.bc.ca to find out all that’s happening! There are events all over Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. The events in this digest below are just a small sample of the many bike events happening in June!

And it’s not too late to add your bike event to the calendar. Just click “Add New Entry” at the bottom of any calendar page, or visit http://calendar.best.bc.ca/edit_entry.php


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Margaret Charles Chopper Showcase Ride
Tonight, Friday, June 9

Join Vancouver’s art-bike collective members on a ride showcasing their talents. Featuring performances along the way by the fabulous B:C:Clettes, the world premiere of Vancouver’s own all boy bicycle dance crew known as “Brakes,” and the Fossilosopher.

All welcome.

Starts 6:30-7:00pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street) and rides until 10:00pm.

For more information, visit http://www.mcthree.ca
Blog spot: http://mcthree.blogspot.com


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World Naked Bike Ride
Saturday, June 10

On June 10th, 2006, cities across the world will experience the naked joy of the worlds largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture in the history of humanity. It is time to stop indecent exposure to automobile emissions and to celebrate the power and individuality of our bodies! Naked Bicycle People Power!

The Vancouver ride starts 1:00 pm at Sunset Beach (corner of Beach and Bute).

The Work Less Party and Art-topia will be organizing a body painting party starting at 10:00 am. The body painting venue is small so please register early for body painting. Signup at http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/

There will be a party at the ride’s destination hosted by NIFTY (http://www.niftynude.org).

For more information:
http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org http://wnbr.virishi.net/index.php?title=Vancouver

Poster at http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/canada/vancouverposter.pdf
Flyers at http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/canada/vancouverflyer.pdf


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Electric Moon Bananas Full Moon Ride
Saturday, June 10

June Moon Cycle Electric Moon Bananas?

On the Saturday nearest the full moon, the Electric Moon Bananas ride! Starting at Union and Hawks Street, between 10 and 11 pm.

http://www.electricmoonbananas.ca
Photos at http://www.flickr.com/groups/emb/pool
To join the list to be notified of rides, email rcyeske-gmail-com


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Bike Wash!
Sunday, June 11

Come and get your bike washed at the Science World Gazebo between 11:00am-2:00pm on Sunday, June 11. A fundraiser for the Big Fix 2006 Ride. The ride from Davis, California to Boston that’s a fundraiser for histiocytosis research.

Info: jramp@interchange.ubc.ca or 604-255-7201
or http://www.fixhistio.org


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Momentum Magazine’s Who’s Who Barbeque
Sunday, June 11

Join Momentum and a host of local self-propelled luminaries, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, at Ceperly Park (Near Second Beach) in Stanley Park. Feast on a delicious summertime barbeque! Frisbee, shuttlecock, dancing and other amusements.

For more information, call 604-669-9850


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Bike Shorts: International Cycling Cinema (aka Bike Movie Night) Tuesday, June 13

(Please note that the Bike Month flyer has the incorrect date! The Bike Film Night is indeed Tuesday, June 13!!!)

Friends and Relatives of Bicycle Films Everywhere, Bike Movie Night is ready to roll. Check the website for film listings: http://bikeshorts.blogspot.com

The deets are: Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street — between Davie and Helmcken). Volunteers needed at 6:30pm, Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30. $10 gets you in.

Hope to see you all there!


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Return to Dance Like Hell
Thursday, June 15

DJ Micheal Cantelon and My Self, MC Malcolm van Delst, have secured up Andy’s 3rd Floor Studio, 120 E. Cordova, Thursday, June 15, 2006, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

As a Lady what Bikes A Lot, I get a Sore Back Some Time. And this, I never like. However, By Throwing My Self Around in Some Wild Abandons, I correct those Sore Back and Can Bike Around Even More! Perhaps U experience some Same Problem and would like some Similar Cure? Yes, there is also some Meditation 2 Throwing a Body Around, Listening 2 those Limb and letting Them Lead (without Hitting the Guy BSide U.)

My Brazillian friend, Mia, who Trained in Yoga and Dancing in India, says she will do Some Yoga/Stretch Warm Up/Down 2 help us Limber up. She says I should tell U 2 bring a Yoga Mat if you have One. If you don’t Have One bring some Cushioning, like a Towel or a Folded Sheet. And… she’ll Implement some Aikido Movements as well! Then, it will b Micheal’s Electro-House Selections.

Oh yes, there is much Secure, Indoor Bike Parking in the Building! Donations 2 help cover space rental will b requested, but not required. So Please come.

For more information, contact Malcolm at 604-872-6267 or m8vandelst@telus.net


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Stanley Park Bike Festival
Saturday, June 17

Set at Brockton Point in one of Canada’s most magnificent urban parks, the Stanley Park Bike Festival is a mix of riding, racing, playing, learning, art — and just plain fun for recreation, nature and sports enthusiasts throughout the Lower Mainland.

On June 17th, 2006, Brockton Point is the place to be for excitement, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages!

All the recreational events are FREE at the Stanley Park Bike Festival so come down, bring the kids and have a great time.

For more information, visit http://www.stanleyparkbikefest.ca/


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Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival
Sunday, June 18 (Fathers Day)

Last year’s first-ever Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival gave around 24,000 people a glimpse of urban paradise: One glorious free-for-all street party thrown BY the people, FOR the people. It’s time once again to reclaim our streets — FOR FUN.

Come party in the street — East Van style! Free of charge. Free of boring corporate stuff. Free of cars. Vancouver’s coolest grass-roots party with 4 performance stages, East Van Chopperfest, tons of babies and dogs, and merry mayhem guaranteed.

The Drive, between Venables and 1st Avenue, Noon to 6pm. Childrens’ Bicycle Decorating at 9:30am and Parade at 11am from Kitchener St. and Salsbury Dr., near Victoria Park.

We need lots of helpers, join our crew! email info@commercialdrivefestival.org, phone 604-688-4228, or visit http://www.commercialdrivefestival.org


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EastVan ChopperFest
Sunday, June 18

The Notorious EastVan ChopperFest can be found again this year at the CarFree Commercial Drive Festival. Try out all the crazy bikes, dance to pedal-powered music, check the show’n’s hine, have a TANK-ride, do some tricks, or quench your thirst on Pedal-Powered Smoothies.

Coordinated by PedalPlay. Volunteers Welcome.
Noon – 6:00pm
Commercial Drive and Kitchener Street

For more information, visit http://www.pedalpower.org


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UN World Urban Forum
June 21-25, 2005

In June 2006, delegates from around the world will be in Vancouver for the United Nations’ World Urban Forum to discuss future of the world’s cities and urban environments. And thanks to Earth: the World Urban Festival, the role of art, culture, music and dance in shaping and defining our cities and our urban experiences will be at the centre of the discussion.

Earth: the World Urban Festival is the UNESCO-designated official arts and culture festival of the World Urban Forum. The World Urban Festival will bring artists from around the globe to Vancouver to share their stories and experiences, and help build awareness of the role of art in creating livable, sustainable and vibrant cities. The World Urban Festival will transform an industrial site at the Great Northern Way Campus into a once in a lifetime celebration of international theatre, dance, music and visual arts. There will be entertainment, performances, hands-on activities, exhibitions, food, beer gardens, late-night events, street theatre and a marketplace. Access to the festival site is free, and tickets for events in the big tents can be purchased at Festival Box Office.

For more information, visit http://www.worldurbanfestival.com/


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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, June 22

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Bike Month and Critical Mass! Your
host: Conrad Schmidt, ninemonkeys@blaze.ca, 604-537-2044

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio
Blog spot: http://pedalrev.blogspot.com
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


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PEDAL society Annual General Meeting
Thrusday, June 22

**** 7:30 pm** @ OCB (**Main** and 17th)*
*all current members are welcome*
*come out, learn about PEDAL,*
*vote for the Board of Directors “¦*
*libations to follow*

For more information, visit http://www.pedalpower.org


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Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, June 22

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot — the next midnight ride is tonight, Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The goal is to make this happen on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. So mark your calendars, tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


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World Peace Forum
June 23-28, Vancouver, BC

The World Peace Forum 2006 is an international gathering of individuals, groups and civic governments from cities and communities to envision a living culture of peace and sustainability in our lifetimes. The success of this event depends on all of us. We can work together in the journey to peace!

Events and venues will be in and aroud UBC.

For more information, phone 604-687-3223, email admin@worldpeaceforum.ca, or visit http://www.worldpeaceforum.ca


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The Critical Crawl
Sunday, June 25

To all of you out there that want to see the North shore in a new way get you ass on your bike — join us to drink beer and ride fast bikes.

The Critical Crawl will be taking place Sunday Jun 25 from Horseshoe bay to Deep Cove stopping at all the pubs along the way including the Queens Cross pub which located at the top of lonsdale. This ride inspired by ‘The Crawl’, by Spirit of the west, a song about this exact trip, yet again made better now that it will be accomplished by cyclists. This is a long ride and we all looking to have a quick ride, so not for novices.

We will meet in East Vancouver at McSpadden park (Victoria Drive at East
4th) gathering around 12 Noon to ride together to Horseshoe Bay.

For those coming from other locations can meet us at the Troller at 2:00pm to depart at 2:30pm.

For more information, please contact Timothy Wyatt at td_wyatt@canoemail.com


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2000+6 Wheels Massive Ride.
Friday, June 30

Least year 1200+ cyclists, rollerbladers, skateboards, and other forms of human powered transportation participated in the biggest Critical Mass ride ever for Vancouver. This year’s Critically Massive 2000+6 Wheels Ride to mark the end of Bike Month may top that!

Prepare now and bring everyone you know to make this the BIGGEST RIDE EVER!





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Velolove Announcements

May 11, 2006 – Here is the latest from Velolove:

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, May 11

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass. Your host: Conrad Schmidt <ninemonkeys@blaze.ca>, 604-537-2044

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio/
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


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Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, May 11

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot — the next midnight ride is today, Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The goal is to make this happen on the 2nd and 4th or last Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


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June Critical Mass Planning Meeting
Friday, May 12

Any and all Vancouver area folks interested in helping to plan and promote the BIGGEST and BEST Bike Month Critical Mass ever, join up with other cycle strategisers at 6:00 pm in the shade of the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street).


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Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, May 12

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver’s freak art bike collective invites you to ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit http://www.mcthree.ca


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Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 17

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in the Strathcona Room at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Laura Kazakoff in advance at 604-871-6353 or laura.kazakoff@vancouver.ca.

For more info, see http://www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle


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Human-Powered Expedition Reaches Vancouver
Saturday, May 20

Colin Angus and his human-powered expedition around the world plan on cycling into Vancouver on May 20th and will complete their journey at the totem pole in front of the maritime museum where they began two years previously.

For those that want to show their support for green transportation, come join the team on your bikes, rollerblades, etc. at the Museum of Anthropology at U.B.C. and journey the final six kilometres of this round-the-world odyssey.

Julie and Colin will be reaching the totem pole in front of the Maritime Museum near Kitsilano Beach at 11:00 am, and welcome anyone who wishes to share the final moments of the expedition with them. For more details please go to www.expeditionplanetearth.com/homecoming.html.


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Pirate Critical Mass Ride
Friday, May 26

Aie Maties!

‘Tiz the Pirate Critical Mass ’tis month, ta month before the month they call Bike Month! Good pirates will be ridin’ the streets O’Vancouver! Yarrrrr…

Come festooned in pirate gear for all to see! Bring flute or drum or any noisey thin’ you can muster t’inspire the imaginatin’. Not just ye bicycles but all those who sail under their own wind are welcome abord — be that skateboards, wheelchairs, rollerskates, or as it’may. We set out rain or shine so ye best come prepared!

Avast Ye Scurvy Dogs!
We Arn’t Blockn’ Traffick!
We AARRRRRRRRRRRRR Traffick!!!

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org


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Velo Fusion Dance Party
Friday, May 26

Velo Fusion, a celebration of Vancouver’s vibrant bicycle community. Bike Movies, Bicycle Burlesque, Dubfreque, DJ’s , Dancing and more Dancing.

The Anza Club, 3 West 8th Avenue at the Ontario Bike Route.
7:30 – 9 pm Bike Movies, 9pm – 2am Bands, Performers and lots of dancing!

This event is a 100% fundraiser for the World Naked Bike Ride

For more information, visit http://www.pedalfusion.org
Cost $6.00


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Free Cycling Skills Courses
May-July, 2006

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s FREE commuter cycling skills courses are starting. If you’ve ever thought about using your bike for transportation but felt uncertain about it, this may be the course for you. Classes are one day long and are being held in Burnaby, Langley Township, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver. The first course starts May 6, 2006.

Go to http://www.vacc.bc.ca/bikeskills for dates and locations or to register.

Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested.
For more information, please contact Bonnie Fenton <blfenton@lightspeed.ca>


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Also Coming up…

June is Bike Month! (http://calendar.best.bc.ca/month.php?year=2006&month=06)
World Naked Bike Ride, June 10 (http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org)
Commercial Drive Festival, June 18 (http://www.commercialdrivefestival.org)
Critical Massive 2006 Wheels Ride, June 30








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Velolove Announcements

April 28, 2006 – Here is the latest news from Velolove:

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, April 27

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike
maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass. Your host:
Conrad Schmidt <ninemonkeys@blaze.ca>, 604-537-2044

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a
bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487)
during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio/
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19

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BEST AGM
Thursday, April 27

Better Environmentally Sound Transportation’s (BEST’s ) Annual General
Meeting is tonight, April 27, 6:00 pm, at MEC’s Head Office, 149 W
4th Ave between Columbia and Manitoba Streets.

BEST champions clean air, safer neighbourhoods, and environmentally
friendly transportation choices. They offer innovative programs to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, and to inform
people about the environmental, health and community issues
surrounding transportation. They encourage and motivate people to
cycle, walk, carpool, and use public transit more often. Please
support BEST’s work!

For more information, phone BEST at 604-639-2665


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Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, April 27

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm
socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to
make booze hot — the next midnight ride is today, Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street
— across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The goal is to make this happen on the 2nd and 4th or last Thursday
of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving
friends, and hope to see you there!

http://www.midnight-mass.blogspot.com
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass


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Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, April 28

The Last Friday of this Month
Critical Mass Roll them Rocks

5:30pm Gather 6pm Ride Together
Bicycle, Skate, Stroll, Push, Pull, Play
Leave from Vancouver Art Gallery, destination? Velo Fusion
Costumes, Commuter, Public Space Celebration

Protestation vs. Highway Expansion Bluff Blowing up?
NO, there is alternatives: “Cars are NOT the Future!”

Ride together, Ride Strong:
Plan for building up the June 30th Critical Massive
last year 1200+ riders… 20,000 +6 Wheels Ride?
Let’s agree on planning meeting at this April Ride

Post-Ride Dance Party
Velo Fusion, a celebration of Vancouver’s vibrant bicycle community. Bike
Movies, Bicycle Burlesque, Dubfreque, Bands, Dj’s , Improv, Dancing
and more Dancing.
7:30 – 9 pm Bike Movies…
9pm – 2am (Lots of craziness)
3 west 8th: The Anza club
Cost $6.oo 100% Fundraiser for
much needed Momentum Magazine.
www.pedalfusion.org


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Velo Fusion Dance Party
Friday, April 28

Velo Fusion, a celebration of Vancouver’s vibrant bicycle community.
Bike Movies, Bicycle Burlesque, Dubfreque, DJ’s , Dancing and more
Dancing.

The Anza Club, 3 West 8th Avenue at the Ontario Bike Route.
7:30 – 9 pm Bike Movies, 9pm – 2am Bands, Performers and lots of dancing:

Dubfreque (Band)
Timothy Wisdom (DJ)
Shaboobie Boobarella (Burlesque)
Malaika Millions (Burlesque and MC)
Adrain Something Something (Burlesque)
Your Little Pony (Crazy Improv)
Tangerine Smile (Crazy Improv)

This event is a 100% fundraiser for Momentum Magazine
(http://www.momentumplanet.ca)

For more information, visit http://www.pedalfusion.org
Cost $6.00


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Flash Mob Byobubble Party
Saturday April 29

Ride your bike if you go… 🙂

–Flash Mob!!! BYOBubbles Party–
{TELL EVERYONE AND REPOST & FORWARD EVERYWHERE TO EVERYONE!!!}
{Just use the Netiquette of BCC in you mass e-mails.}

That’s Right the second Official Flash Mob, from FlashMob Vancouver
(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FlashMob-Vancouver) is about to happen.
We anticipate a MUCH larger crowd of people ALL blowing bubbles.
Big, Small, tiny, many.
Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere!!!

-Art Gallery (South Side Steps)-
Saturday April 29 at 3pm (exactly – synchronize to Transit time) not
a minute sooner or later, (Rain or Shine).
{If there is too much Rain we will meet under Robson Square (Skate Rink)}
Come from all directions and be nowhere in sight beforehand, be inconspicuous.
Then (at 3pm sharp) let the tens of thousands of Bubbles Float
through the City.
At 3:10 exactly disperse, leave entirely, don’t linger, be gone from sight!!!
If you want to Re-group meet at 3:30 on the other side
(North/Fountain side) of the Art Gallery to chat, blow more bubbles,
take pictures etc.
Bring Your Own Bubble stuff!

-Homemade Bubbles- (measurements are not absolute – see what works for you!)
1/4 cup dish detergent
2 cups water
2 Tbsp glycerine (to thicken; alternates include sugar, corn syrup)
Mix gently, test, and go forth!

Bubbling gear: straws, spools, twisted wire, squeeze bottles, funnel,
hands, string, plastic 6-pack holders, tin cans…
Mmmmmmmmmmmm….. bubbles! :o)


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VACC Pitch-In Clean-up
Saturday, 29 April

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s 6th annual PITCH-IN CANADA
clean-up is coming soon. Working under the motto “you never know
whose flat tire you may be preventing,” the VACC is focusing on the
Tri-Cities this year by cleaning up the trail along the Mary Hill
Bypass.

TIME: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
MEETING PLACE: Mary Hill and Shaughnessy Parking lot (see directions below)
WHAT TO BRING: gloves, any clean-up type tools you have (brooms,
shovels,etc.), snacks, water, a friend…

Please contact Bonnie Fenton at volunteer@vacc.bc.ca with questions
or to let us know if you can join us. The more, the merrier.

FROM BRAID SKYTRAIN STATION: Head south across the railroad tracks on
Braid Street. Go over the wooden, one way bridge and continue south
where the route turns into United Blvd. Continue straight along
United Blvd, under the Port Mann Bridge and turn right on Mary Hill.
Ride over the Coquitlam River and turn right on Shaughnessy. There is
a parking lot immediately on your left at the corner of Mary Hill and
Shaugnessy.


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Free Cycling Skills Courses
May-July, 2006

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition’s FREE commuter cycling skills
courses are starting. If you’ve ever thought about using your bike
for transportation but felt uncertain about it, this may be the
course for you. Classes are one day long and are being held in
Burnaby, Langley Township, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port
Moody, Richmond, Surrey, and Vancouver. The first course starts May
6, 2006.

Go to http://www.vacc.bc.ca/bikeskills for dates and locations or to register.

Please pass this message on to anyone you think might be interested.
For more information, please contact Bonnie Fenton <blfenton@lightspeed.ca>







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Velolove Announcements

March 29, 2006 – Here is the latest from Velolove:

Public Forum on Vancouver Freeway Expansion
Tuesday, March 28

http://www.planetfriendly.net/calendar/item.php?id=4550

Help decide the future of your community! The BC government wants to spend $1.5 to 2.5 billion to expand Highway 1 from Langley into Vancouver and twin the Port Mann Bridge. It’s time to consider Greater Vancouver’s future and look at all the alternatives.

What: Public forum on Highway 1 Expansion
Where: Croatian Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Admission: Free

INVITED PANEL:
Minister Kevin Falcon, Vancouver Councillors David Cadman (confirmed), Peter Ladner (confirmed) and Tim Stevenson (confirmed), Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan (confirmed), Surrey Mayor Diane Watts and Delta Mayor (GVRD Chair) Lois Jackson.

The Croatian Centre is a 5 to 7 minute walk south from the Broadway SkyTrain Station, and is on the #20 bus route. There is ample parking at the Centre.

For more information and media inquiries, contact:
Deming Smith, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), 604-669-2860
David Fields, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), 604-722-4775
Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation, 604-732-4228
Ivan Bulic, COPE, 604-255-0400

The Gateway forum is co-sponsored by SPEC, BEST, The David Suzuki Foundation, Western Canada Wilderness Committee, the Livable Region Coalition (LRC), Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion, and COPE.


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Gateway Project Public Open House –
Wednesday March 29

Roundhouse Community Centre, Great Hall, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Gateway Project involves twinning the Port Mann Bridge, expanding Highway 1, and building new bridges and highways to move more goods through the Vancouver region. Expanding in this way will only lead to bigger gridlock in the future.

You are urged to attend this meeting and oppose this multi-billion dollar project. In this project’s place ask for investments in public transit and in smart-growth land use planning to decrease traffic demand and achieve the vision of the Vancouver Liveable Region plan.

A rally is also planned for this meeting.

For more information on the Gateway Project, visit:
http://www.stophighwayexpansion.ca
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/gateway/presentations/portmann-hwy1-feb2006/2499-290B-FEB_PortMann_OH.pdf


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Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) Vancouver Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 29

If you ride your bike in Vancouver, come to our monthly meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities in Vancouver. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved. New participants are always welcome.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 West 10th Ave
(just east of Granville Street on the 10th Ave Bikeway)

For more information, or if you wish to have an item added to the agenda, please contact:
Jack Becker, hjehbecker@novus-tele.net
http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver


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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, March 30

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass. Your host: Conrad Schmidt <ninemonkeys@blaze.ca>, 604-537-2044

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio/
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


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Fossil Fools Day Celebrated At UBC
Friday, March 31

Location: Street corner in front of Bookstore
Time: 11:00am

UBC Fossil Fools Day events will be happening on Friday, March 31, 2006, outside the UBC Bookstore from 11am to 3pm. Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Please pass this announcement along to anyone else you know who may be interested.

The UBC event will have FOUR main elements:

* Education: alternative energy technologies, information tables
* What Individuals Can Do: steps that individuals can take to reduce their energy consumption
* Signing the Clean Energy Charter of Rights and Freedoms & the Sustainability Pledge : The Charter is being signed by students on campuses across Canada and will be sent in to the new federal Parliament to tell the Federal Government that they need a plan for dealing with climate change & the Sustainability Pledge is a great way to make a personal commitment to being more sustainable!
* Mock Oil Addiction Intervention with one of Canada’s top Oil Addicts: this will be a fun dramatized presentation

For more information or to volunteer:

Brad White (white.bd@gmail.com)
Jeca Glor-Bell (jeca.glorbell@gmail.com)
Alan Ilicic (alan.ilicic@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca)
Colleen Brown (cbrownrenewables@yahoo.com)


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Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, March 31, 2006

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver. Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, noisemakers, sound systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

Following Critical Mass is Pedal Fusion: http://www.pedalfusion.org/. A celebration of Vancouver’s vibrant bicycle culture at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th Ave at the Ontario bike route, featuring bands, DJs, dancing, movies, bike art and much more.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org


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Pedal Fusion
Friday, March 31

Here it is again. The last event was a wild crazy sold out success. Lets do it again!

A celebration of Vancouver’s vibrant bicycle culture.
Bands, Dj’s , Movies, Bike Art and much more.

Bands and Performers: WerdAMouth, Timothy Wisdom, Nomadic Noize, Your Little Pony, Little Woo, Tangerine Smile, Burlesque Boy

Where: Anza club (3 West 8th)
When: March 31, after Critical Mass
7:30 pm to 1:30 am

Cost: $6 includes a free beer if you arrive with Critical Mass.
Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Fundraiser for the Moby Community Garden Project

Pedal Fusion it a once a month party and fundraiser after Critical Mass for who ever needs a fundraiser!

Click here to view flyer:
http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/pedalfusion/pedalfusion.jpg


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Fossil Fools Day
Saturday, April 1

Who is your biggest Fossil Fool?
Harper? Klein? Bush? Pick one and take action today.

Register at: http://jumpstartford.com/action/fossil_fools_day/
Or: http://www.energyaction.net/main/index.php?module=phatform&PHAT_MAN_OP=view&PHPWS_MAN_ITEMS[]=9

Admitting you have a problem is always the first step in breaking an addiction. Luckily, US President Bush has taken that first step by admitting that America is addicted to oil. Unfortunately, Bush, Harper and scores of other politicians and corporate CEOs have stopped right there and are exhibiting the classic signs of an addict: denial, aggression, avoidance, and shifting the blame.

In fact, the very next day after Bush’s State of the Union Address, in which he admitted our oil addiction, his energy secretary explained that when Mr. Bush pledged to reduce [oil] imports from the Middle East, “he didn’t mean it literally.”

It’s time to STOP THE ADDICTION and on Saturday April 1st we hope you will join with thousands of activists around the world in the 3rd Annual Fossil Fools Day to do just that. Fossil Fools Day is a day where citizens unite to say no to the oil pushers and demand a break from our addiction to — an addiction that threatens our environment, our economy, our health, our sports, our workforce, and leads to war and conflict around the world.

Global Exchange, Energy Action, Code Pink, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Rainforest Action Network, the Ruckus Society and others are jumpstarting North America’s to take action to push to real solutions that will kick our dirty habit and put us on a path to a clean energy future.

What You Can Do:
. Adopt a Ford Dealer Near You!
Adopt-a-Dealer action kit or get more ideas about how you can organize your local dealership at http://jumpstartford.com/action/download_materials/
. Hold your own Oil Addicts Anonymous Meeting!
Download action resources at http://jumpstartford.com/action/download_materials/
. Pass a Green Fleet Resolution On Your Campus or Community!
Download a Green Fleets action kit at http://jumpstartford.com/action/greenfleets_resolution/
. Host an Intervention for a Fossil Fool/Oil Addict
Find resources & register your action: http://www.energyaction.net
. Tell Ford to Stop Biggering

For more information, contact Mike at 415-558-9490 or mike@globalexchange.org





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Velolove Announcements

March 23, 2006 – Here is the latest news from Velolove:

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, March 23, 2006

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot — the next midnight ride is today, Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The goal is to make this happen on the 2nd and 4th or last Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

New photos from the last ride are now up — see them, as always, at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass
For more information, visit http://groups.myspace.com/vancitybikes
Or http://bc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/8215/


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Gateway Project Public Open House –
Saturday March 25,

Hastings Community Centre Auditorium, 3096 East Hastings St., Vancouver
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Gateway Project involves twinning the Port Mann Bridge, expanding the Highway 1 freeway, and building new bridges and highways to move more goods through the Vancouver region. Expanding in this way will only lead to bigger gridlock in the future.

You are urged to attend this meeting and oppose this multi-billion dollar project. In this project’s place ask for investments in public transit and in smart-growth land use planning to decrease traffic demand and achieve the vision of the Vancouver Liveable Region plan.

For more information on the Gateway Project, visit:
http://www.stophighwayexpansion.ca


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Flash Mob Pillow Fight Club
Saturday, March 25

OK, this is a bit off topic, so ride your bike there!

>From Flash Mob Tribe: http://tribes.tribe.net/flashmobvancouver

’tis official. It’s gonna happen and we want YOU there! Here are the deets below. Keep fully updated by joining the flash mob yahoogroup or keep yer eyes peeled on the Flash Mob Tribe!

Let the Feather’s Fly Folks!!!

March 25th is the Day the earth will stand still. The clouds will part showering us with light…. OK at least we will beat the stuffing out of each others pillows… So get you’re phone books and email lists out. This isn’t just about a few of us hitting each other with pillows. This is a culture jamming statement and for that, all you have to do is think about the relevance of culture jamming.

So let’s make legends happen.

The Pillow Fight Club
March 25th
Vancouver Art Gallery

Any time before 3 pm people gather around the Art Gallery.
Pillows hidden (Bags of all kinds)
In front, behind across the street in the coffee shops… in an inconspicuous manner.
Just before 3 we make our way to the South Side of the Art Gallery (Robson Square) where the steps are.
At 3 pm exactly (According to the Giant Building Clock Downtown) Pillows OUT!!!!
I think it would look cool if we all came out of nowhere all of a sudden.

Wam-bam thank you mam until 3:15 and we split…

**Rules of Pillow Fight Club!**
Don’t hit anyone without a pillow—unless they want to be hit
Don’t Hit anyone with a camera
Bring a feather pillow!
Tell Everyone!

See video from SF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwWPywVlpug
And photos at: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/02/15/BAGCJH8EI11.DTL


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Bike! Bike!! Bike!!! Party!!!
PedalPlay and Pedal Depot Fundraiser Party
Saturday, March 25

On March 25 PedalPlay will be hosting another legendary Bike Party. You may remember last years spring Bike! Party. Well this spring we are amping it up with all the races, performances, djs and dancing that you have come to expect. This Bike party will include the World Premiere of the B:C:Clettes an all girl all bike dance troupe.

DJ’s : Hussy, Micheal Red and Box o Noise
Performance: Sprockettes (from Portland), B:C:Clettes (from Vancouver),
Fixie Tricks, Stunts, and more…..

$5-20
8:30 pm – 1:30 am

New location – 194 W. 3rd (backdoor)
pedalplay@pedalpower.org or 604.916.BIKE for deets or to volunteer


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Public Forum on Vancouver Freeway Expansion
Tuesday, March 28

Help decide the future of your community! The BC government wants to spend $1.5 to 2.5 billion to expand Highway 1 from Langley into Vancouver and twin the Port Mann Bridge. It’s time to consider Greater Vancouver’s future and look at all the alternatives.

What: Public forum on Highway 1 Expansion
Where: Croatian Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Admission: Free

INVITED PANEL:
Minister Kevin Falcon, Vancouver Councillors David Cadman (confirmed), Peter Ladner (confirmed) and Tim Stevenson (confirmed), Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan (confirmed), Surrey Mayor Diane Watts and Delta Mayor (GVRD Chair) Lois Jackson.

The Croatian Centre is a 5 to 7 minute walk south from the Broadway SkyTrain Station, and is on the #20 bus route. There is ample parking at the Centre.

For more information and media inquiries, contact:
Deming Smith, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST), 604-669-2860
David Fields, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), 604-722-4775
Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation, 604-732-4228
Ivan Bulic, COPE, 604-255-0400

The Gateway forum is co-sponsored by SPEC, BEST, The David Suzuki Foundation, Western Canada Wilderness Committee, the Livable Region Coalition (LRC), Citizens Concerned with Highway Expansion, and COPE.


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Gateway Project Public Open House –
Vancouver, , Roundhouse Community Centre, Great Hall,
181 Roundhouse Mews, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Gateway Project Public Open House –
Wednesday March 29

Roundhouse Community Centre, Great Hall, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Gateway Project involves twinning the Port Mann Bridge, expanding the Highway 1 freeway, and building new bridges and highways to move more goods through the Vancouver region. Expanding in this way will only lead to bigger gridlock in the future.

You are urged to attend this meeting and oppose this multi-billion dollar project. In this project’s place ask for investments in public transit and in smart-growth land use planning to decrease traffic demand and achieve the vision of the Vancouver Liveable Region plan.

For more information on the Gateway Project, visit:
http://www.stophighwayexpansion.ca


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Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) Vancouver Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 29

If you ride your bike in Vancouver, come to our monthly meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities in Vancouver. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved. New participants are always welcome.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 West 10th Ave
(just east of Granville Street on the 10th Ave Bikeway)

For more information, or if you wish to have an item added to the agenda, please contact:
Jack Becker, hjehbecker@novus-tele.net
http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver


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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, March 30

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass. Your host: Conrad Schmidt <ninemonkeys@blaze.ca>, 604-537-2044

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio/
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


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Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, March 31, 2006

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver. Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. — and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, noisemakers, sound systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

Following Critical Mass is Pedal Fusion: http://www.pedalfusion.org/. A celebration of Vancouver’s vibrant bicycle culture at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th Ave at the Ontario bike route, featuring bands, DJs, dancing, movies, bike art and much more.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org


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Pedal Fusion
Friday, March 31

Here it is again. The last event was a wild crazy sold out success. Lets do it again!

A celebration of Vancouver’s vibrant bicycle culture.
Bands, Dj’s , Movies, Bike Art and much more.

Bands and Performers: WerdAMouth, Timothy Wisdom, Nomadic Noize, Your Little Pony, Little Woo, Tangerine Smile, Burlesque Boy

Where: Anza club (3 West 8th)
When: March 31, after Critical Mass
7:30 pm to 1:30 am

Cost: $6 includes a free beer if you arrive with Critical Mass.
Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Fundraiser for the Moby Community Garden Project

Pedal Fusion it a once a month party and fundraiser after Critical Mass for who ever needs a fundraiser!

Click here to view flyer:
http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org/pedalfusion/pedalfusion.jpg


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This is your last opportunity to list your event in Momentum’s Bicycalendar for April/May.

Momentum is distributed for free throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, Victoria and the Sunshine coast through libraries, community
centres, bike and outdoors stores and caf̩s Рyour listing reaches approximately 40,000 sets of eyes.

Rides! meetings! discussions! performances! art!
Please send your bicycling/self-propelled events listings no later than tomorrow (Thursday March 23) to: self-propelled@telus.net.

Please follow this format:

————–

Name of event
location
time
max. 50 word description
contact info

————–

Priority is given to free or inexpensive events

MOMENTUM ­ The Magazine for Self-propelled People

Email self-propelled@telus.net
Phone 604-669-9850
Fax 604-669-9870
Mail #214-425 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6E3

http://www.momentumplanet.ca





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Velolove Announcements!

February 14, 2006 — Here is a summary of the upcoming Velolove events:

Velolove Announcements!

– The 6th Annual People’s Prom
– CLCO Meeting To Hear Public Delegations
– Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
– Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio
– St. Valentines Alleycat
– VACC 8th Annual General Meeting
– Canada Line North Cambie Area Open House
– Traffic and Vancouver: Approaches, Solutions, and Futures Event
– March 18 Day of Action


1) The 6th Annual People’s Prom
Tuesday, February 14

Get your crinoline ready, cuz East Van’s antidote to Valentine’s day is
back in full force. That’s right kids, it’s time once again for the
People’s Prom!

The People’s Prom, in case you’ve missed it in past years, is the prom you never had in high school. It’s cheap, it’s fun and it’s a radical Valentine’s day event where all proceeds raised goes into the People’s Trust Fund, which is used to fund individuals and groups doing grassroots creative resistance or direct action work.

The dirty details:

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
8pm to 1am sharp! the Grandview Legion, 2205 Commercial Drive

dj sensual moves
the attourney
dj busy b
and featuring east van’s rawkin’ 80’s cover band Crucial Taunt
hosted by the always lovely Cookie la Whore

Tix: $7 in advance, buy them early, they sell out fast!
available at: the People’s Co-op Bookstore: 1991 Commercial Drive
Our Community Bikes: 3283 Main Street
Spartacus Books (risen from the ashes!): 319 W Hastings Street

19+
MANDATORY PROM GEAR! We’re not kidding.
Get there early cuz we fill up fast.

all proceeds going to creative resistance efforts; more details to be
announced at the people’s prom.

www.peoplesprom.resist.ca

Love & Rage,
The People’s Prom
peoplesprom@resist.ca


2)CLCO Board Meeting To Hear Public Delegations
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The directors of the Canada Line Rapid Transit Inc. (“CLCO”) will hear from Public Delegations at their next meeting on February 15, 2006.

The “Canada Line” is the new name for the now being constructed RAV (Richmond-Airport-Vancouver) SkyTrain rapid transit line.

Where: Richmond City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1, W.H. Anderson Room, 2nd Floor
Meeting begins 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Doors open at 8:50 AM)

Delegations must register in advance of the meeting. To register please visit www.canadaline.ca/uploads/NewsReleases/News59.pdf

For more information, or to be added or removed from the Canada Line distribution list, please contact info@canadaline.ca or call (604) 608-0200 for construction information, or call (604) 484-6700 for project information.


3) Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in the Strathcona Room at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you’d like to speak to the committee, please contact Laura Kazakoff in advance at 604-871-6353 or laura.kazakoff@vancouver.ca.

For more info, see www.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/civicagencies/bicycle


4) Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, February 16

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass. Your host: Conrad Schmidt <ninemonkeys@blaze.ca>, 604-537-2044

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio/
Listen live over the Internet: www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


5) St. Valentines Alleycat
Saturday, February 18

Bring lock, bag, pen, and your true love. Open to all cycling romantics.

$10 to ride.
Starts 2:00 pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery


6) VACC 8th Annual General Meeting
Sunday, February 19, 2006

VACC (the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) hopes you can join them for their AGM this Sunday. Members and non-members are welcome however you must be a VACC member in good standing to vote in the board election.

Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion. Entrance is at BACK of building, the room is upstairs. Plenty of indoor bike parking.
Address: 2702 Norland Ave. (corner of Douglas) Burnaby (5 minutes SW of Holdom Skytrain station)

Guest Speaker: Gwendal Castellan
Topic: The Antipodes Expedition: Cycling the Americas from the Antarctic to the Arctic

The Antipodes Expedition is a project started by Gwendal Castellan, who decided to share his dream of cycling half way across the world and in two hemispheres with as many youth as possible. The expedition started on January 15th 2004 in Ushuaia, Argentina with a Tandem three cyclists and finished in Inuvik in the North West Territories on September 1st 2005 with six cyclists and covered 30,000 km.

For more information, call 604-878-2222 or email info@vacc.bc.ca.


7) Canada Line North Cambie Area Open House
Tuesday February 21, 2006

The Canada Line Project is inviting the public to participate in the next phase of community consultation for the Canada Line ˜ the Detailed Design Consultation for stations.

You are invited to attend an open house to learn more about the North Cambie section of the Canada Line, including station character and design and to provide your comments. This section includes stations at False Creek South and Broadway/City Hall in Vancouver. In addition, the City of Vancouver will be seeking your input into station precinct planning which addresses neighbourhood improvements including parking, traffic, and pedestrian and bike access.

Time: 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Holiday Inn (Ballroom), 711 West Broadway, Vancouver

Station design consultation will have four steps. An initial series of public open houses will be followed by meetings with Urban Design Panels from the Cities of Richmond and Vancouver. Input from the public open houses and the Urban Design Panels will help guide further station design work undertaken by the Canada Line”šs design teams. The results of this detailed design work will be presented to the public in a second round of open houses, followed by final presentations to the Development Permit Boards in Richmond and Vancouver. The initial series of open houses will also seek your comments on key relationships between the station and the surrounding neighbourhood. Public input will be used by the City of Vancouver to develop a refined precinct plan to be showcased in the second round of open houses.

For further information about the open house contact (604) 608-0200 or visit www.canadaline.ca


8) Sauder School of Business Alumni Relations
“Traffic and Vancouver: Approaches, Solutions, and Futures”
Monday, March 6, 2006

Join Sauder School of Business faculty members Joseph (Yossi) Berechman and David Gillen, as well as Clive Rock of TransLink as they discuss
transportation issues in Vancouver, lessons and cautions from abroad.

Join us for this great opportunity to network, reconnect and socialize with Sauder Alumni and Guests!

Time: Reception (Foyer), 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Presentation, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Venue: UBC Robson Square, Room C100, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
Ticket price: This is a free event
Registration: RSVP Online

Questions? Phone: 604-822-8399 or email: alumni@sauder.ubc.ca


9) March 18 Day of Action
Saturday, March 18

Please circulate widely:

**Note the start time of 11:30a.m. at Peace Flame Park for the march

Saturday, March 18: Mark your calendar!

Join with thousands in Vancouver, and millions around the world, to say ‘War
No More’, marking the third anniversary of the illegal war on Iraq.

Gather at 11:30a.m. at Peace Flame Park (south end of Burrard Street Bridge)

Rally at 1:00p.m. at Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia and Howe), with music,
speakers and special guests, including:

Jinny Sims, President, British Columbia Teachers Federation
Patrick Elie, Haitian political activist
Kyle Snyder, U.S. war resister
Jef Keighley, World Peace Forum Vancouver 2006

Posters and leaflets are available for download at
www.StopWar.ca

Check the website for frequent updates and new information about the March
18 day of action, in Vancouver and around the world.

*Pass this notice on to friends, family, neighbours and co-workers!

www.stopwar.ca
contact@stopwar.ca


Want to talk about bicycle issues and Critical Mass in Vancouver?
Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

For more information or to join, visit:
http://lists.velolove.bc.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
Or email vancouver@velolove.bc.ca





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Velolove Announcements!

February 9, 2006 – Here is the latest Velolove news:

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, February 9

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot — the next midnight ride is today, Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The goal is to make this happen on the 2nd and 4th or last Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

New photos from the last ride are now up — see them, as always, at http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass
For more information, visit http://groups.myspace.com/vancitybikes
Or http://bc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/8215/


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Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, February 10, 2006

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver’s freak art bike collective invites you to ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit http://www.mcthree.ca


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Slow and Sexy Self-Propelled Social
Friday, February 10, 2006

Come One, Come All to the Momentum Slow and Sexy Self–Propelled Social
at Lugz Coffee Lounge – 2525 Main Street
show up around 8:30 p.m.

Admission is by Donation

There will be a Cash Bar and the Usual Edibles
Music and visuals by Agent Humble
All your Friends will be there.

For more info, contact Tannis Braithwaite at tannis.braithwaite@gmail.com


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The 6th Annual People’s Prom
Tuesday, February 14

Get your crinoline ready, cuz East Van’s antidote to Valentine’s day is
back in full force. That’s right kids, it’s time once again for the
People’s Prom!

The People’s Prom, in case you’ve missed it in past years, is the prom you
never had in high school. It’s cheap, it’s fun and it’s a radical
Valentine’s day event where all proceeds raised goes into the People’s
Trust Fund, which is used to fund individuals and groups doing grassroots
creative resistance or direct action work.

The dirty details:

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
8pm to 1am sharp!
the Grandview Legion
2205 Commercial Drive

dj sensual moves
the attourney
dj busy b
and featuring east van’s rawkin’ 80’s cover band Crucial Taunt
hosted by the always lovely Cookie la Whore

Tix: $7 in advance, buy them early, they sell out fast!
available at:
the People’s Co-op Bookstore: 1991 Commercial Drive
Our Community Bikes: 3283 Main Street
Spartacus Books (risen from the ashes!): 319 W Hastings Street

19+
MANDATORY PROM GEAR! We’re not kidding.
Get there early cuz we fill up fast.

all proceeds going to creative resistance efforts; more details to be
announced at the people’s prom.

http://peoplesprom.resist.ca

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And don’t just GO to The Prom – BE THE PROM.

:::volunteer:::

We need humans for:
. postering – they don’t put themselves up
. set up – create the space
. clean up – help us get our damage deposit back
. chaperones – keep the peace, secure the vibe, make sure couples are
dancing one balloon-width apart
. the bar – pour drinks, take money, serving it right preferred
. the kissing booth – kiss people, break hearts, kissing it right required
. spin the bottle – new this year, a giant spin the bottle game!
. door – greet the kids, take their money
. coat check – be the first to glimpse the unveiling of hot prom outfits

For your time, you will get free entrance and a special gift. you can
volunteer as long as you like in as many areas as you like, but we need
you to commit to at least 1 hour. We will be having a volunteers meeting
on Monday Feb 13th at 8:30 that you need to attend, and where you’ll get
your ticket.

TO SIGN UP:

Fill out the volunteer form on the prom website at
http://peoplesprom.resist.ca/volunteer.html

THANK YOU!!!!
See you on the 14th!

Love & Rage,
The People’s Prom
peoplesprom@resist.ca


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Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, February 16

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass. Your host: Conrad Schmidt <ninemonkeys@blaze.ca>, 604-537-2044

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio/
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


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March 18 Day of Action
Saturday, March 18

Please circulate widely:

**Note the start time of 11:30a.m. at Peace Flame Park for the march

Saturday, March 18: Mark your calendar!

Join with thousands in Vancouver, and millions around the world, to say ‘War
No More’, marking the third anniversary of the illegal war on Iraq.

Gather at 11:30a.m. at Peace Flame Park (south end of Burrard Street Bridge)

Rally at 1:00p.m. at Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia and Howe), with music,
speakers and special guests, including:

Jinny Sims, President, British Columbia Teachers Federation
Patrick Elie, Haitian political activist
Kyle Snyder, U.S. war resister
Jef Keighley, World Peace Forum Vancouver 2006

Posters and leaflets are available for download at www.StopWar.ca.

Check the website for frequent updates and new information about the March
18 day of action, in Vancouver and around the world.

*Pass this notice on to friends, family, neighbours and co-workers!

http://www.stopwar.ca
contact@stopwar.ca


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Are you planning bike related events or have announcements?

Join the Velolove discussion list!

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Velolove Announcements

December 18, 2005 – Here are the latest Velolove announcements:

Electric Moon Bananas Ride
Saturday, December 17

Once a month, the Electric Moon Bananas rides the Saturday closest to the full moon! This month’s ride is Saturday, December 17.

Meet 10:30 pm at the park at Union and Hawks, and roll by 11:00 pm.

The Electric Moon Bananas have a mailing list, so if anyone is interested in being notified of future rides, contact Ryan Yeske, rcyeske@gmail.com

http://www.electricmoonbananas.ca/

Annual Christmas Light Ride
Sunday, December 18

This is your invitation to the second annual Tour du Xmass Lights.
Come meet 6:00pm on the Cambie Street Bridge in the middle of the east sidewalk.

This is a leisurely ride through east van checking out some nice streets, ending with snacks, hot beverages and a walk/ ride down a special street.

Dress warmly and feel free to bring hot drinks and snacks to share.

For more info email thefishiest@resist.ca


Burrard Bridge Lane Reallocation Special Meeting
Tuesday, December 20

You are urged to sign up to speak to Vancouver City Council at the special meeting they’ve scheduled to decide on the Burrard Bridge lane reallocation. Given that Sam Sullivan and the NPA campaigned on reversing the trial, it’s going to be challenging, but we’re hoping that if this council hears the arguments that were presented to the last one, they’ll also see the logic of going ahead with the trial.

MEETING TIME: Tuesday, 20 December, 9:30 am
PLACE: Council chambers
TO SIGN UP: send an email to diane.clairmont@vancouver.ca (by Monday noon)

If you aren’t able to attend, please send your thoughts to mayorandcouncil@vancouver.ca by Monday, December 19, so they know how many people support the lane reallocation.

Below are a few ideas you may want to use in your letters, followed by the motion approved by council in July for your reference.

For more information, please contact Bonnie Fenton <blfenton@lightspeed.ca>
Or join BEST’s trans-action email list at http://groups.googlegroups.com/group/trans-action

– On September 13 of this year, Council unanimously moved “THAT full public consultation, including a Special council meeting where any member of the public can speak, be undertaken once the plans for the pilot lane closure are finalized, and that after this consultation, Council have final approval on implementation of the pilot lane closure.”

– It’s not fiscally prudent to spend $13 to $20+ million of our tax dollars on widening if lane closure will suffice.

– The city has committed to a goal of 10% of trips in the city by bicycle by 2010.

– Trips across Burrard and Granville Bridges haven’t increased in 10 years.

– The Granville Bridge (about 500 meters away) is underutilized with 8 lanes and takes about half the number of cars daily as Burrard.

– The City of Vancouver Downtown Transportation Plan (on page 8) states that “Over the next 20 years … commuter trips on foot and bike are expected to double. Car and truck trips are expected to stay the same.”

– Lane reallocation would demonstrate leadership on the issue of sustainability and would serve as an excellent showcase for the 2006 World Urban Forum.

– According to the staff report on the Burrard Bridge Bicycle Lane Trials (http://www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/960709/a7.htm), travel behaviour within the corridor was modified in two ways:
1. On an average weekday, there were 870 additional cyclists (39% increase) and a decrease of 8800 car occupants (9% decrease).
2. Delays were reduced from 20 minutes early in the week to a few minutes later in the week.

City Council Burrard Bridge Decision (19 July 2005)

THAT the Committee recommend to Council

A. THAT Council direct staff to launch the initial phases of the Burrard Bridge outside sidewalk widening process now and, simultaneously, do a full and well prepared one-year assessment of the two-lane re-allocation option, including an evaluation of whether or not to continue the two-lane re-allocation option at six and twelve months. The work would proceed in two phases as described below.

PHASE ONE:
1. Advance the design to the final design stage, and staff report back on a recommended consultant team for undertaking the final design of outward widening of the Burrard Bridge sidewalk with and without “pinch points” and on funding requirements.

2. Negotiate additional easements and/or rights-of-way with the Province of British Columbia and the Squamish Nation.

3. Do the full assessment of the two-lane re-allocation option by initiating the closure of the two curb lanes in mid-April 2006 after preparation that includes:
· Design of supportive temporary modifications to the north and south ends of the Burrard Bridge to be implemented in April 2006;
· Planning of transit changes and HOV lanes to be implemented by April 2006;
· A focused communication campaign to alert automobiles and trucks to alternative routes in preparation for the April 2006 changes;
· Intensive promotion of cycling and walking across the Bridge, focused on a mid-April 2006 launch, utilizing the social marketing strategies, consultants, and data of the Climate Change Action Plan.

4. Evaluate the two-lane re-allocation option, including traffic (automobile, bicycle, pedestrian) counts on both the Granville and Burrard Bridges, at baseline, and at regular intervals after April 2006 launch. The first evaluation period would end in mid-October (with a report in December, 2006). The second evaluation period would end in mid-April 2007 (with a report in June 2007).

PHASE TWO:
Council direct staff to proceed with outside widening if either assessment of the two-lane re-allocation option (the six-month assessment in December, 2006, or the 12-month assessment in June, 2007) finds that the two-lane re-allocation strategy should be abandoned.

B. THAT staff report back on the viability of HOV lanes on Burrard Bridge and allowing commercial vehicles in those HOV lanes.
CARRIED

(Councillor Green opposed Part A. 1 and Phase Two)
(Councillor Sullivan opposed Part A. 3 and 4 and Phase Two)

12th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Produced by the Secret Lantern Society
Artistic Director Naomi Singer

Wednesday, December 21, 2005
6:00 – 10:00 pm

The dance of sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Express yourself and prepare for winter solstice with Lantern-making and Drumming Workshops throughout December.

On December 21st come celebrate the return of the sun with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in six Vancouver neighbourhoods. Honouring many cultural traditions, the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the longest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, live music, dancing – and skating!

This year we will be featuring the emerging art of Lantern Dance as an environmentally friendly alternative to the fire dance and fire sculptures traditionally presented. We hope you will both support this decision and enjoy the more subtle rhythms and ephemeral beauty of the dancing lanterns.

The festivities reflect the unique nature of each neighbourhood and each holds special attractions. Wherever you wind up, we hope you feel connected to your community and to the universal spirit of celebration!

http://www.secretlantern.org

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, December 22

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass. Your host: Conrad Schmidt <ninemonkeys@blaze.ca>, 604-537-2044

Web site: http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/radio/
Listen live over the Internet: http://www.citr.ca/default.asp?id=19&mnu=19


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, December 22

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? We’re trying to get as many people as are interested to start a semi-regular midnight bike ride, and that includes _you_. Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot — the next midnight ride is this Thursday.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street — across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The goal is to make this happen on the 2nd and 4th or last Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For photos of the last ride, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightmass
For more information, visit http://groups.myspace.com/vancitybikes
Or http://bc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/8215/

Solstice Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, December 30, 2005

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver celebrating Winter Solstice. Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain, shine, or snow! Decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, noisemakers, sound systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information:
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
velolove@velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Submit your Bikeboy/Bikegirl ads!

Whether you’re looking for riding companions, your soulmate, folks with similar passions and interests, or someone to help warm the sleeping bag when you’re snow-camping…

This only takes a moment and it’s lots of fun!

Send FREE classified ads of approximately 25 words or less + your contact info to Momentum Magazine at self-propelled@telus.net

We’re happy to help you hook up!!

Web: http://www.momentumplanet.ca

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Amy Walker
amyrides@telus.net
604-255-9689





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Velolove Announcements!

June 10, 2005 — Here’s some information on upcoming Velolove events.

1. Bike Month is here!
2. MC3 Ride
3. World Naked Bike Ride
4. MAXeMOM Party
5. MOMENTUM Post Natal Meeting
6. Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival
7. Notorious EastVan Chopper Festival
8. June Critical Mass: 2000+5 Wheel Ride
9. July 1 Ride To Chilliwack

Bike Month is here!!!
Check out the online Bike Month Calendar at:
http://calendar.best.bc.ca
To submit an entry to the calendar go to http://calendar.best.bc.ca/edit_entry.php or click on the plus sign on the day you want to add the event. It’s a moderated calendar so events will not be displayed until they are approved which could take a couple of days.

Friday, June 10
Margaret Charles Chopper Collective (MC3) Ride
Vancouver’s freak art bike collective invites you to take a ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of velomutation riders starting at 6:30pm at the Science World gazebo, 1455 Quebec St, and featuring new choppers built at PedelPlay’s boneyard. ALL WELCOME
http://www.mcthree.ca

Saturday, June 11
The World Naked Bike, the craziest and most fun’est of all the events on the planet earth will be happening June 11th. Naked and colour clad cyclists will be challenging conformity in cities across the World.

Amsterdam, Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, London, Spain, Montreal, Belgium and countless others will be streaking through news headlines and making life on this planet a lot more colourful.

The World Naked Bike ride is a protest against car culture. It’s time to put a stop to the indecent exposure of people and the planet to cars and the pollution they create. According the United Nations close to a million species of plants and animals could disappear from the face of the earth in the next 50 years as a
result of green house gasses being released primarily from cars.

Unless we change direction we are likely to land up were we are heading.

The Vancouver ride starts 3 pm at Sunset Beach (Beach Avenue at Bute). The theme for Vancouver is masquerade.
After party at Open Studios, 252 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (see below)

The World Naked Bike Ride is an international celebration of the power and individuality of our bodies as well as a protest against oil dependency. All cyclists, roller bladers, joggers and skate boarders are invited to attend. The dress code is bare as you dare. The decision as to how naked participants are is determined by ride participants.
For more information and other start locations: http://www.worldnakedbikeride.org

Saturday, June 11
MAXeMOM Party
Come celebrate the re-launch of MOMENTUM Magazine at Open Studios, 252 East 1st Avenue with DJ Goulash, Corrior, Taal Mala and Sven Torpedo.

Featuring pedal-powered cocktails, performance by Luxotica and fabulous bike-themed visuals by Marriane Bos and Rena del Pieve Gobbi.
Doors at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $12.00 (available at Bikes on the Drive).
This party is co-sponsored by BikeBox and will also celebrate the launch of Max de Druck Swiss-made bike trailers.
http://www.momentumplanet.ca/party.htm

Sunday June 12
Please join us for a MOMENTUM Magazine post natal content meeting.

4:00 pm at Amy’s house.
Light, healthy munchies will be provided.

These meetings are a great source of feedback, brilliant brain-storming, inspiration and fun. Come and participate in the making of MOMENTUM!
Please RSVP at self-propelled@telus.net or 604-255-9689.
Thanks, you rock!
Amy

Sunday, June 19
Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival
Noon to 6 pm

Rumours that we plan to rip up the Drive and plant it are unsubstantiated, although it is true that all of the jackhammers at A&B Tool Rental have been mysteriously reserved for that day. Please bring seeds.

Details at: http://www.commercialdrivefestival.org
This Fest is gonna be off the hook. We’ve got 8 blocks of Car-Free Drive, 4 stages, are expecting gazillions of people, and WE NEED HELP!
If there’s anything specific you would like to do or have experience in or resources to offer, such as…
-event organization
-artist
-roving performer
-graphics or promotion
-community outreach
-creative visualizer
-sign-maker
-art-jammer
-video or still photo documentation
-liaison with merchants or organizations
-on-site volunteer (info, security, donation-gathering, marshalling, setup/teardown, etc.)…
OR you “just wanna help”, please e-mail info@commercialdrivefestival.org for, yes, info… or to offer your gifts.
In joy!
Carmen and the crew

Sunday, June 19
This year, the notorious EastVan Chopper Fest (4th Annual) is happening in conjunction with the Car-Free Commercial Drive Festival.
The Drive will be closed to car and bus traffic between First Ave and Venables for the entire afternoon… for a big community party in the street! PedalPlay is presenting the EastVan Chopper Fest as part of the event, with support from the Margaret Charles Chopper Collective.
http://www.pedalpower.org and http://www.mcthree.ca

If you haven’t been to an EastVan Chopper Fest before, chopper riders from Vancouver and beyond bring their bikes out for people to ride. Watch spectators get drawn into the action, wobbling and laughing their way down the street on wonky and stylish wheels. Kids and people of all ages love this event! Also featured is the PedalPowered Sound system and PedalPowered fresh fruit smoothies.

We are looking for about 2 dozen volunteers who want to be involved. Volunteers need to agree to one two-hour shift, sometime between noon and 6 pm on June 19th. Volunteer jobs are, greeting people, helping with bikes and bike maintenance, making fresh fruit pedal-powered smoothies, encouraging people to ride the bikes which power the sound system.

Volunteer rewards (aside from being involved in this showcase of positive bike culture):
Cheap pedalpower T-shirts (black with option of sleeveless), yummy smoothies on June 19th, and an after party for festival organizers and volunteers.
To volunteer, please contact RedSara at redsara@redsara.ca

Friday, June 24
2000 + 5 WHEEL RIDE
beat the heat,
treat yourself
to a party in the street!
Meet 5-5:30pm leave 6pm-ish
Georgia St. side. Vancouver art gallery downtown
(on the side w/ the lions)
Free. a gigantic rolling street party, the biggest in Vancouver
ever. yes, we need over 1000 riders. on Friday, June 24th, 2000+5, meet 5:30pm at the Vancouver art gallery, Georgia St. side, downtown. 1002.5bicycles, 501.25 skateboards, 240.5 rollerblades, 250.625 rollerskates, 501.25 wheelchairs, 668.3 tricycles, 2005 unicycles, 6015 cycleboats, 1496 chopper bikes, 60 million BC dinosaurs against fossil fuels, 777 pedal powered couches… all human power welcome, bring all your friends.
bring your family. enjoy safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together.

Finish of June bike month right, we ARE traffic!!!
velolove@vancouver.indymedia.org
http://www.velolove.bc.ca
Post ride picnic at sunset beach after the ride. bring food, refreshment a
blanket…

Friday, July 1st
(First Friday Of The Month)
RIDE TO CHILLIWACK FOR CRITICAL MASS!
11am, 5 Corners, Downtown Chilliwack
Inaugural Chilliwack Mass Ride And Roll
Stan Freyman Memorial Ride On Canada Day Fun

Ride To Chilliwack From Vancouver:
Gather At 8am, For 9am Departure Breakfast
At Bons Restaurant (Broadway At Nanaimo)
Thursday, June 30th
SOME OF US WILL RIDE ALL THE WAY from Vancouver to Chilliwack on Thursday June 30th. this 100km ride will be no tea party – but tea will be served – over the course of the ~8hr ride. *note* that a support fossil burning dinosaur pace car will be able to pack some of your gear (the ride meeting place will be Bons restaurant, NOT Trout Lake as previously announced)

For those who don’t want to ride all the way to Chilliwack, you can
take skytrain as far as braid station, the westcoastexpress in the evening as far as mission, or the #701 bus to maple ridge and ride the rest of the way. Greyhound buses also travel to Chilliwack and they’ll carry yourbike (for $$$ 604-482-8747)

RIDERS headed out to Chilliwack are welcome to camp at the Freyman’s farm, 5 acres just outside of Chilliwack (9670 Armstrong). we will provide food and drink on the evening of the 30th – otherwise folks are on their own (self sufficient camping with access to shower and a toilet)

ON FRIDAY, we will gather at 11 am in Chilliwack. we’ll meet at the
5-corners downtown, the intersection of Young and Yale, in front of the courthouse clock. We’ll ride through the town! after the ride people are welcome to remain at the farm for the rest of the weekend and to hike, swim, canoe and hang around.

This first ride is in honour of STAN FREYMAN, a local Chilliwack residentwho passed away in January. Stan was an inspiration to all self-propelledtravellers. After he retired, Stan became concerned about global climatechange and made changes to his lifestyle. He sold his s.u.v. and bought amore fuel efficient car, rode his bike all over Chilliwack and took thebus for long trips. He dreamed of a Chilliwack critical mass ride. Stan was living proof that it is never too late to change. With this ride we honour his commitment to life long learning and his efforts to improve the world in simple and practical ways.
please be sure to RSVP for the Vancouver Ride:
wackmass@gmail.com
OR phone Liz at (604) 873-3877






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Velolove Announcements

September 23, 2004 – Here are some upcoming Velolove events: Harvest Moon
Critical Mass Ride and Roll, Friday, September 24, 2004. Join fellow
bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited Harvest Moon
ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver. Dress as farmers,
scarecrows, and decorate your bikes with horn’s of plenty.

Meet rain or shine at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side
between 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. Decorated
bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, squirt guns, noisemakers, sound
systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly
encouraged.

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student
Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art
Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park,
1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Granville Island Riders meet 4:30 p.m. north of the North Building of
Emily Carr School, next to the picnic table. Email Rusl at
spam@bikesexual.org for details.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of
public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists
and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through
city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation
are promoted.

For more information:
velolove@vancouver.indymedia.org
http://www.monkeywrenchcafe.org/cm
http://www.velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at:
http://criticalmassrides.info or
<http://www.critical-mass.org>http://www.critical-mass.org

– Saturday, September 25, 2004

PedalPlay proudly presents
V e l o M u t a t i o n
– 7pm – 1am

at PedalPlay Metal Studios,
1132 Powell St (entrance on Franklin St.)

What is V e l o M u t a t i o n ? Nine unbelievable and hilarious
pedal-driven art objects will be performing from 7pm – 9pm, this Saturday
night.
Party to follow featuring live music by Salmon Arm, DJs (including
Corrior!), and Multi-media Installations.





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Velolove Announcements

March 12, 2004 – Long time bicycle and social activist Tooker Gomberg, which many in Vancouver have met, recently died in Halifax. Memorials across the country have been planned. For more information, visit: http://alberta.indymedia.org/news/2004/03/9169.php

Fetish Ride Tomorrow

Just a quick announcement that the fetish ride to Sin City Fetish Night (http://www.gothic.bc.ca/venue/Sin+City) is happening tomorrow. I haven't heard back from the Sin City organizers about the door list so make sure to grab yourself a door pass for a $3 discount at the door. Cover is $7 with the pass.

Passes are at either: – Cabbages and Kinx at Hastings and Cambie – New World Designs at Cordova and Cambie – Womyns ware

We are meeting at Conrad's apartment: 1688 East 4th Avenue, apt 410 8pm on Saturday, March 13, 2004

So let your underwear ride on the handle bars and so the city your fine assets and we'll mark the first fetish ride of the year with a bang! Jenni <peppi_jenni@yahoo.ca>

March Pedal Plays Chopper Building Workshop

Yo choppers and freak bike riders to be…we can warm our toes by the welder and inhale the sweet perfume of vapourizing metal. We provide the tools and technicians. You provide a semi-complete bike and other parts you can scrounge. Bring your craziest ideas and we will make it work!

Cost (sliding scale) is $75 to $300, space is limited, pre-registration is a must.

To book a space in the March Pedal Plays Chopper Building Workshop or to receive more information, email pedalplay@pedalpower.org or phone Jim H at 604-875-8455. http://www.pedalpower.org

Sunday, March 14

Vancouver Bicycle Club Early St. Patricks Day (Leisure)

The ride: Ride around Stanley Park and back to Kits to raise a few in honour of St. Patricks Day. Meet: At Maxs Deli at 10 AM. Distance: Approximately 40 km.

Contact: Mark F. <vbc@canada.com> http://www.vbc.bc.ca/nltr.shtml#sched

Vancouver Bicycle Club Urban Circle (Medium)

The ride: Ride through Vancouver and Burnaby, over the Queensborough Bridge, and return via River Road. Bring snacks for the rest area on River Road as lunch will be at the end of the ride. Meet: At Maxs Deli at 10 AM. Distance: Approximately 60 km.

Contact: Carmon C. <c.currie@telus.net> http://www.vbc.bc.ca/nltr.shtml#sched

Tuesday, March 16

Vancouver Rapid Transit (RAV) Virtual Open House

Recently the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) made a submission to the RAVCO Board calling for a cycling friendly RAV line with bike feeder networks to the stations, cycling friendly and efficient bicycle flow into and through the stations, a car per train designed to accommodate bicycles, unrestricted access to the trains including time of day and number of bicycles per train, and a bike path on the new Fraser River crossing.

Please get your support in for a cycling friendly line and support the VACC submissions by attending one of the open houses and letting your voice be heard. The next open house is:

Tuesday, March 16 Mall Display at Pacific Centre (upper level adjacent to Le Chateau) in downtown Vancouver

For more information, phone 604-484-7287 (RAVP) email, ravpconsultation@ravp.ca or visit http://www.ravprapidtransit.com/en/public_open_house.php

Saturday, March 20th

Rally and March on the one-year anniversary of the war on Iraq featuring Noam Chomsky, more speakers, and live music.

Gather: 11:00am at Peace Flame Park (south end of Burrard Bridge) Rally: 1:00pm at Sunset Beach (off Beach Ave at Bute)

Join this international day of action to say no to war and occupation, and yes to peace and justice. Last year, record numbers marched against the illegal and unjust war on Iraq. On March 20th, be part of demonstrating that the world still says no to war.

Organized by the StopWar.ca Coalition. To get involved, or for more information on March 20 and other activities, email: contact@stopwar.ca or call 604-737-1299 http://www.stopwar.ca

Sunday, March 21

Vancouver Bicycle Club Fraser River Ride (Medium)

The ride: Ride on Oak and King Edward to the Cypress bike route and head south to Richmond. Follow bike routes and trails completely around Richmond and then east on River Road to the Queensborough Bridge. Cross the bridge and ride on BC Parkway to New Westminster Quay for lunch. Return on BC Parkway to Central Park an on Midtown route back to Maxs. Hybrid or road bike with wider tires is recommended for trails. Meet: At Max's Deli at 10 AM. Distance: Approximately 90 km.

Contact: James <jamesvbc@yahoo.ca> http://www.vbc.bc.ca/nltr.shtml#sched

Friday, March 26th, 2004

Go Green Choices Spring Seminar: Starting a Bicycle User Group (BUG)

Friday, March 26th, 2004 2:30 — 4:30 pm Vancouver Community College Downtown Campus 250 West Pender Street, Room 206

Starting a Bicycle User Group (BUG) at your workplace can help to create a more bike–friendly workplace. BUGS are about pedaling influence — as a group you: * have a louder voice when asking for better bike facilities * raise the profile of cycling and “˜normalise’ the image of cycle-commuting * can provide inspiration for others who want to give cycling a whirl

Join Go Green Choices for this fun and interactive seminar and learn how to get rolling on a BUG for your workplace. The session will cover: * How to start a Bicycle User Group (BUG) * Maintaining your BUG * Action Plan/Timelines * Resources

Facilitator, Angela Sealy, designed and coordinated the Go Green program at BC Housing for 9 years. She has hands-on experience in establishing a working Bicycle User Group. Additionally, Angela has over 12 years of counseling experience and for the past four years has been leading organizations through change, board of directors training/development and team building. She now operates her business, Westcoast Facilitators Group, full time and is a member of BC Association of Facilitators.

Please RSVP by calling 604-689-4467

Bikes Not Bombs Mass Ride and Roll

On Friday, March 26, 2004, join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited roll and ride through the streets of Vancouver supporting peace. Meet rain, shine, or snow at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. Bring colorful and festive articles of peace. Decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, noisemakers, sound systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

UBC riders meet 4-4:30 p.m. in front of the Student Union Building or at the UBC Bike Kitchen for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery, phone 604-827-7333 for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview park on Commercial Drive for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Granville Island Riders meet 4:30 p.m. north of the North Building of Emily Carr School, next to the picnic table. Email Rusl at spam@bikesexual.org for details.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space — on the last Friday of the month — which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

For more information: velolove@vancouver.indymedia.org, 604-734-1734, http://www.monkeywrenchcafe.org/cm http://www.velolove.bc.ca

Worldwide details may be found at: http://criticalmassrides.info or http://www.critical-mass.org

Free Blinkie Batteries For Vancouver Cyclists

At the Friday, March 26, Critical Mass and on Saturday, March 27

Many cyclists are injured simply because they do not have blinking lights. Until supplies last, cyclists can get free batteries for their blinkies by dropping off their dead alkaline batteries in exchange for revived batteries.

Friday, March 26, 5:00pm-6:00pm Critical Mass, Vancouver Art Gallery

Saturday, March 27, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Main Street Café, 2616 Main at Broadway,

Info: batterystoreprogram@yahoo.com

Batteries revived by Battery Restore Program should pass every model of battery testers sold by Radio Shack. Please bring in, and drop off, all your dead, non-leaking, alkaline batteries!

Saturday & Sunday, March 27-28

The Galloping Goose (MTB) Vancouver Bicycle Club Tour

The Galloping Goose is a trip on an abandoned railway line. We will take the ferry to Swartz Bay on Saturday morning and start riding from there. The approximate distance on each day is 80 km. Day 1 is rolling but no serious hills. Day 2 is mostly flat. We will stay overnight in Sooke at the Sunny Shores. Accommodation is shared and there are cooking facilities in the cabins. There is also a good diner in Sooke.

Tour rating: Not rated Shared accommodation in a motel. Max group size determined by group leader. Approx $30.

Contact: Berni Koppe <bk03@smartt.com> Deadline: Due by March 13th

More tour rides at: http://www.vbc.bc.ca/vbctours.shtml

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) Vancouver Committee Meeting

If you ride your bike in Vancouver, come to our monthly meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities in Vancouver. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved. New participants are always welcome.

If you wish to have an item added to the agenda, please send it to hjehbecker@novus-tele.net

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 West 10th Ave (just east of Granville Street)

For more information contact Jack Becker <hjehbecker@novus-tele.net> http://www.vacc.bc.ca/vancouver

Saturday, June 12, 2004

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR)

For more information: http://www.worldnakedride.org

Volunteer Designer/Artist Wanted

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) is placing an ad in the Bike Month flyer being put out by BEST (http://www.best.bc.ca) again this year. The VACC is looking for one of our supporters/members/volunteers who would like to take on the challenge of designing an ad for us. The deadline for this is mid-April, but we'd love to hear from you right away if you think you'd be interested in taking this on.

If you would like to volunteer or have questions, feel free to contact: Bonnie <blfenton@lightspeed.ca>

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Every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass. Your Hosts: Chain Breaker Jane, DJ Helmut Hair, and Riff Sailor.

For more information: spam@bikesexual.org, http://www.monkeywrenchcafe.org/cm/radio Listen live over the Internet: http://www.ams.ubc.ca/citr/live.htm





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