Vancouver Critical Mass

Mostly event announcements, news, and bicycle related activist opinions...
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Yes, we ride the last Friday of every month!


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.


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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