Vancouver Critical Mass

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Fwd: [BIKEHUB] Oops: Bike Lanes -- the Contagion Spreads

Here's a very funny re-captioned New Yorker cartoon, which hits the mark for me. 
Many thanks to PriceTags for the find.

Ken Ohrn  |  Cypress Digital  @KenOhrn


Fwd: Oct 4th: ride with us to say no to extreme oil.

Subject: Oct 4th: ride with us to say no to extreme oil.

Join us on October 4th, bring some wheels and ride to celebrate the Arctic with friends and family to be part of the solution!

What: Ice Ride, RSVP on Facebook - 
Where: Connaught Park, 2390 W 10th Avenue
Who: YOU!
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014.
  • 12:00 pm: Pre-ride activities include Arctic-themed costumes, bike decorations, kids activities, and speakers in Connaught Park 
  • 1:00 pm: Ice Ride departs from Connaught Park and we will make our way along the 10th Ave bikeway to Trout Lake 
  • 2:00 pm: Arrive at Trout Lake. 

RSVP here for Ice Ride, so that we know you're coming.

As climate change melts the Arctic, it becomes a big target for the oil industry. Companies are looking for oil using using destructive exploration techniques and want to eventually drill in these icy, northern waters. We are building a global movement to shine a light on what's happening in the Arctic so we can help put a stop to the destruction before it happens. By joining Ice Ride you can be part of this movement, through action!

Ice Rides are happening in communities around the world this Saturday. This is a family-friendly ride that will go at a pace to accommodate everyone who's participating and we will have first aid trained people at the ride, but you are responsible for your own safety.

RSVP here and we'll see you on Saturday!


Earyn Wheatley
West Coast Organizer, Greenpeace Canada

PS. We're also encouraging you to go to solidarity events for Sisters-In-Spirit Vigil organized by The Native Women's Association of Canada. Family members, indigenous community members, and concerned people gather for a vigil on October 4th on Parliament Hill to honour the growing number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. For more information visit:



Fwd: Sweet bikesexual liberation this Friday!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: revphil
Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM
Subject: Sweet bikesexual liberation this Friday!

Dear reader of electronic mail service,  

I haven't seen you around much these days. Seems like I should have a robot that takes parts of my FB posts and some of my Tweets and mixes them into a social media slurry that I could automatically feed you at irregular intervals creating the simulacra of humanity.

But no, some real people are still using email everyday, or so I am told. Perhaps you are one of these aging luddite dinosaurs... er i mean inspiring stalwarts of simple digital communication.

If so you could be reading this email right now! Then you could learn why I sent it to you! Then you could think about it if has meaning in your life! Then you could ponder when the last time you saw me!

Remember how we used to get together to enjoy the good life? Why not take this carefully worded email, trim off the top fluff that was targeting you like a dork-guided e-missile then share it with others because it would make me more popular. ALSO it would make you seem cool by proxy. ALSO these ideas are actually worth sharing. ALSO it might get you laid. Yes, even if you are married.


For those whom haven't been keeping score, I'm a old school bike activist come international sex-positive film curator of Bike Smut. I just concluded a year of bike touring these films across North America and Europe and today Im back in Cascadia.

The world premiere of Bike Smut's new program is Friday night at the Clint St Theater!

I admit it can seem an odd connection to make at first, but thats why it is such an exciting platform to share. We all have different ways of "getting around" and since no one person's way is right for everyone it is crucial we claim our agency to decide how we move our bodies in the streets and between the sheets. That is the beauty of Bike Smut. We host various interpretations on the theme give authentic expressions of the joy and liberation of good sex and good transportation.

Thankfully Michael Anderson did a great article for us a while back on Bike Portland:

We want earnest conversations about the intersections between meaningful parts of our lives. We live in a culture that hides and shames us for just having sexual desires. If we can't talk about it like adults are we actually adults?

  • Bike Smut 8: Come Again
  • Friday, September 12, 2014
  • Clinton Street Theater - 2522 SE Clinton, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • 9pm
  • $7
  • Get Tickets online! Invite others with the offiicial FB event

But that's not all. Before Bike Smut is an encore screening of Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland.  This is the definitive history of transportation activism in Portland! It started as a short film about Critical Mass and quickly I realized it was way too much for me to handle alone. Thankfully Joe Biel stepped up to finish the job... and how! Now its touring all across North America. Expect some lively Q and A to follow.

Before that join the Clinton Street Social Ride. Starting at 5pm they will parade Clinton for a couple hours with joyous voices.

Then after the show join the Midnight Mystery ride. A great place to share your experiences with other consenting adults!

Its all happening this Friday! Share the bike love!

Sept Clinton St Social Ride @ 5
Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland @ 7
World Premiere of Bike Smut 8: Come Again @ 9
MMR @ 11 

These are not easy topics to talk about without context. I hope you will have some great questions for me!

Ill be in Portland for a couple more days after the show before I begin another bike tour of North America. Delivering porn via bicycle! I plan to return to Portland in June 2015. Please come out and say "hi/ bye" or even reply to this email with a "come cook me dinner / entertain my children / clean my gutters" or some other form of encouraging interaction with me in a different setting.

Thanks for your time and intentions. 



Pick your favorite social media disease

WORDS -!/BikeSmut
economic ergonomic elegant efficient erotic 
------- North America will Come Again! --------
--------------------- Bike Smut ----------------------


Midnight Naked Bike Ride

August 30th
Ride at Midnight
(pre-party nearby)
Leave from Trout Lake Beach
Bare as you Dare
End the Summer
With Fun


a petition for a crosswalk on Fraser and 14th

This petition was started by my friend Charlotte, she is very concerned I guess the intersection is really unsafe for little kids

"City of Vancouver: Please create a safe crosswalk for school children at East 14th Ave. and Fraser"
Congratulations! As a community we have collected 147 signatures, in three days, for our our petition.  Each signature sends a letter directly to Mayor Gregor Robertson and his team at City Hall. 
And thanks to those of you who have shared your own experiences trying to cross.  These stories are important for the city to hear.  I have also written to the principals at Nightengale Elementary and Lord Tupper Secondary.  Since starting this petition, I have learned that there have been two recent accidents with pedestrians getting hit at this crosswalk.  This is an urgent situation, and only a matter of time before a child is affected.  If you haven't yet signed, please do.  And also share it with your family, neighbors and business owners nearby. 
It will only take 20 seconds of your time:


World Naked Bike Ride Redux!

After bad weather last Saturday, the Vancouver World Naked Bike Ride is back again this Saturday, June 21! Join tens of thousands of cyclists around the world and experience the exposed joy and participate in the world's largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture!

The ride is bare as you dare, so fear not. All that is needed is a sprinkle of colourful courage. Together we'll spread waves of happiness and contagious smiles across the city. So join us for the most fun event of the year.

Meet Saturday, June 21, 12:00pm Noon at Sunset Beach (near the corner of Beach Avenue and Bute Street) for body painting and performances with the ride itself starting at 2:00pm. A picnic follows the ride, hosted by NIFTY. The ride and all ride activities are free.

Naked bike riding tips:
• Prepare for riding rain or shine!
• If sunny, put on sunscreen!
• You do not have to be fully naked to join the ride.
• Wear shoes!
• If you are shy, the ride will start off clothed. There will be an opportunity to dress down after the start.
• Keep your clothes with you – you never know when you may need them (like... after the ride).
• Decorate your bike! Come with signs and funky hats! Cover your bike seat with fun fur!
• Ride safely and stay together as a group.

Tell your friends and spread the word!!

For more information visit: (like us!)

Facebook event:

#velopalooza #wnbr #yvrwnbr


Fwd: Last chance to support Graham!

Critical Mass is not associated with any particular party. Some riders on Critical Mass forwarded me this to post. We might do the same for any other party. Critical Mass is a venue for politics but people who ride make up their own mind and there is never any "official" position. (because, how could there be anyway?)

That said, Vision is the governing party right now, so attending their nomination is a good way to influence city politics. Same could be said for NPA, COPE, Green.... CEDAR? I don't know all the new parties... post a link in the comments if I've forgotten any, or if you want to invite to anything, or just to generally share your opinion.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Graham Anderson
Date: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM
Subject: Last chance to support Graham!

I'm amazed and grateful for the support I've received in the last few weeks of my campaign. But it's going to be a very tight race, and your vote could make a huge difference!

This is the last day to Join Vision and be eligible to vote for me- the deadline approaching on Tuesday at 4pm (sharp!)

Please, take a minute to join Vision online now. And let me know once you do, so I can follow-up with details on where to vote! Here's the link.

I really appreciate your support!

Graham Anderson


Graham Anderson · Canada
You can also keep up with Graham Anderson on Twitter or Facebook.


Origins of the Portland Naked Bike Ride Afoot Podcast- Epic Pedalpalooza Edition
From 26:40 to 30:00

I could add/correct a few things but it's awesome that nostalgia.

This is basically the same as the original 2002 flyer:
Nostalgia is so powerful that sometimes the old guard will lament the passing of time and say that things have "died off" because it will never be as epic or wonderful as it once was.

Which is silly.

But actually I do like that article about Portland because it gives some interesting history and really is just a call to revitalize and let go of the past - so, not a sad obsession about nostalgia at all really.


Pirate Critical Mass

May has traditionally been the Pirate themed Critical Mass ride. Let's revive that tradition! Dress up as a pirate and ride your bike. Yell ARRRRRR!!!! a lot in public.

An old pirate ride flyer with some graphics ideas:

Also, I've recently learned that over the winter CM died off a bit, some very small rides (just like the good ol' days) Then the April ride was a bit of a shitshow because people weren't sticking together or remembering the traditions so cars got in the middle of the mass. No need to feel bad about that, it happens. But clearly a bit more education and communication is in order.

It's great that new generations of CM are taking over. It's important to remember that the point of CM is to stick together and ride together in a safer way than riding alone. CM is not really a protest in itself, it is it's own direct action means and ending.

Here is a whole bunch of info on ride "rules" from yesteryear:

A few key points:
  • Do not rely on the police to cork for you. It is important for us to be self sufficient. Police have a different agenda than Critical Mass. It's not worthwhile to be antagonistic to police but neither is it to ask them to do our job for us.
  • Corking and sticking together is about keeping the ride positive and safe for everyone. Some idiots think staying together through red lights is to flout the law. The point is not that. Enraging car drivers is not helpful to Critical Mass, we all use cars at some point in our lives. Corking and sticking together is for safety and to speed flow. Though road ragers may be blind to it, we disrupt traffic less when we stick together.
  • We ARE traffic, so we ride in a positive way demonstrating the change we want to see in the world. Protest movements come and go and ride along with the mass, but just riding together is radical and enough.
  • Watch each others back - especially more vulnerable riders (kids, elderly, pedestrian, etc...)
Enjoy it! ;-)

PS Critical Mass is democratic in the most true sense of the word. So if past "rules" need to be changed then change them. Please communicate the change to the other mass riders and keep everyone together with that.