a petition for a crosswalk on Fraser and 14th
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!
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:
www.facebook.com/YVR.WNBR (like us!)
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/561854150529148
#velopalooza #wnbr #yvrwnbr
Fwd: Last chance to support Graham!
From: Graham Anderson
Date: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 6:22 PM
Subject: Last chance to support Graham!
Origins of the Portland Naked Bike Ride
From 26:40 to 30:00
I could add/correct a few things but it's awesome that nostalgia.
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
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...)
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.
Fwd: [BIKEHUB] 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
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
Date: Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 8:44 AM
Published by Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., 1987
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