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Fwd: [Velolove-Vancouver] Bicycle Buddha Adventure invitation --> 6 to 8 day community bike ride in May 2014.

Explore the Salish Sea, Sooke and maybe even Salt Spring Island by BICYCLE.   Learn More...

Come ride with us?  An invitation to participate...

in the awesome Bicycle Buddha Adventure 2014
Sunday May 11 to Friday May 16, 2014.

A 6 to 8 day Community Bike Ride that combines:
• mindfulness practice,
• nature connection,
• easy-level bicycle touring,
• community practice,
• exploration + challenge + fun!



Travel by bicycle in gorgeous unfolding spring.

Meet yourself on two wheels and ride free.  This 6 to 8 day ride welcomes people who are new to bicycle touring with manageable distances and lots of snack and stretch breaks.  Regular city riders, as well as those with experience touring are all welcome.  Likely we'll be a group of 8 to 12 riders, rolling as a group.

Bicycle Buddha 2012 campsite near Metchosin, Vancouver Island

Immerse yourself in natural beauty as we ride the shores of the Salish Sea and Sooke.

Living outside is a treat, especially at this fresh new time of year.  We'll practice meditation outside daily, deepening our nature connection.
Sara's foot on pebble beach

Mindfully connect.  Authentically meet the world as it is, as YOU are.

Traveling by bicycle helps us connect directly with both the outside world, and the world within us.  We'll practice riding in noble silence.  Connection and mindfulness can come easily, especially on Vancouver Islands' famous Galloping Goose and Lochside rail-to-trail routes which are mostly car-free.

Bicycle Buddha 2012 camping oceanside

Embrace your journey and challenges within a supportive community. 

Our aim is that we wholeheartedly bring ourselves and offer our gifts, each contributing according to our abilities.  Together we roll in mutual support, sharing meals, skills, laughter, stories, mindfulness practice, and of course… fun!

Bicycle Buddha 2012 at Victoria Zen Centre

Bicycle Buddha participants 2012 at Victoria Zen Centre, feat Kosen Eshu Osho


-About the Organizers Roshin (aka Carmen Mills) and RedSara-

Please read full post HERE for more information.

Contact me with questions and excitements ;-)


Fwd: [BIKEHUB] Time to apply the brakes to traffic mayhem and fatalities

Time to apply the brakes to traffic mayhem and fatalities


Good article by Peter Ladner.  I would add that traffic deaths in Canada are equivalent to the 9-11 disaster, however it repeats year after year.




Dinosaurs Against Fossil Fuels @ Astorinos Sat 15th

Dear Friends of DAFF 

The Lovely Dancing Velocipedosaurs will dance for you 
& I shall be Weedo channeling the Dino Rant
(because they don't have lips)
in a premiere operatic performance with the Carnival Band.
Saturday Night February 15th at Astorino's Banquet Hall.
(I think we will perform about 11:00)

This is at a party to benefit EastVan Kickstand

Come on down to Astorinos on February 15th for a FUN-raising concert featuring live music, DJs, mini-bikes, cash bar, and prizes!

Doors at 8:00 pm - show starts at 9:00, runs 'til 1:00 am or later ;)

$5-10 donation at the door - sliding scale - No one turned away due to lack of funds because we bike you :)


Fwd: [Velolove-Vancouver] Car-Free Little Orphan Annie, comic, 1931

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bruce Triggs
Date: Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Just stumbled on a Sunday comic from 1931.
From: Little Orphan Annie (Vol. One; 1931)
by the politically interesting Harold Gray
Published by Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., 1987

Bruce Triggs, Accordion Noir Radio   (the radio show)   (the book I'm working on)

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Fwd: Edward Hoey

Just wondering, as sane person who cycles (and occasionally drives) around Vancouver, if anyone anywhere has thought about a ride in support of this guy?  Maybe critical mass this Friday can become such a ride?  



Fwd: Organizing a bike ride next Sunday, please join!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Wouter van Eenbergen
Date: Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Subject: Organizing a bike ride next Sunday, please join!

Hi Critical Mess,

I'm organizing a bike ride next sunday (3rd of november)

Feel free to join us!
Its all about Dirk Spits (32, from Amsterdam) who is bicycling for 18 months from the top of Alaska (Prudhoe Bay) to the other end of the world Ushuaia, Argentina. He's in Vancouver this week and we do a short bike ride through downtown. We start at the Tandem Cafe at Heather St and end at the Mosette Caffe at Burrard St.

At Mosette we have a drink together and we tell about this amazing adventure and about why we set up a foundation etc

Check it out on this event page :

Event page on facebook:

check our youtube trailer:

Hope to see you next Sunday 12.00pm Tandem Cafe ! It is going to be fun!


Wouter van Eenbergen
PR & Communications
99%RIDE Foundation


halloween --- eekend

critical mass ride halloween:
dress up, be inclusive, be active, be political, be united
after 5:30pm at the VAG like usual
but you must wear a costume :-)


hallowheel night ride social party
Fri Oct 25 2013 at 09:00 pm
Venue : Mountain View Cemetary


saturday night:
  • parade of lost souls by public dreams
  • all souls night in mountain view cememtary
  • OCB pedal 20th anniversary halloween party (its above Kickstand this year, not at OCB for the first time)

lots more bike fun surely too, write a comment if you want to add more!

Fireworks tip:
if you attach fireworks to the spokes of your wheel aim it out a little so the heat doesn't melt your tire then you get a flat. also, wear safety goggles! Also attach it good so it doesn't fall loose when it is burning.


2004 again


Reconciliation Walk Sunday

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Downtown Vancouver – starting at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza, 4 km

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Start Location: Queen Elizabeth Plaza, W. Georgia at Hamilton
Finish Location: Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd
8:30-9:00 AM Walker Assembly & Entertainment
9:00-10:00 AM Opening Ceremony
10 AM Walk begins
11:00 AM Closing protocol begins
Just Announced! Dr. Bernice A. King to deliver keynote speech at Canada’s first Walk for Reconciliation.
This is history in the making. Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be the keynote speaker at the Walk for Reconciliation on September 22, 2013. Dr. King’s visit marks the 50th anniversary of her father’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech and a pivotal moment in the human rights movement. Read more.


  • To help achieve far-reaching impact that will be felt amongst everyone — all ages, all cultures, all faiths.
  • To demonstrate your commitment to building better relationships to achieve resilient, sustainable communities.
This is the finale event of Reconciliation Week Vancouver 2013!


Fwd: [BikeHUB] Best of Vancouver (Straight Poll): BIKE LANES!!

Reader's Choice:

1.       Bike lanes
2.      Olympic Village
3.      Seawall

There is some of the usual editorial nastiness, as even this edition of the Straight searches for ways to polarize its readers with hot-button negativity.  This despite the Reader's Choices (see above).

From the Editorial Team's Choices:

"And if you disagree with any of the writers' choices in our Best of Vancouver issue, you can make your opinions known at After all, we're still living in a democracy, even if it doesn't seem like it to those who are outraged about bike lanes being rammed into their neighbourhoods without their consent."