Vancouver Critical Mass

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Clitoral Mass

I posted about the Clitoral Mass here ( There's also a photo. What a great ride! Thanks, Kari.

- Malcolm


Last Mass of Summer Friday 26


This Friday, Today
August 26 2005
Da Critical Mass Bike Ride
And Rollerblade, Skate, Wheel, Walk, Street Party
Meet 5-5:30pm Depart 6pm
From Vancouver Arte Gallery Georgia St
Downtown Vancouver
Ride To Be Free. Free Ride.

THE LAST RIDE OF THE SUMMER. come on out for a relaxing fun party
in your city streets. a comfortable ride for all riding sensibilities,
enjoy a safer riding experience with less cars, as we temporarily displace
the automobile and imagine a healthier city. rain or shine - forecast:
shiny rolling fun!

NO DECIDED upon costume theme, though costumes are always fun and encouraged. suggestions include: mythical creatures, gods and goddesses, puppies and kittens, fruits and vegetables, blue sky ride [a theme we've often advocated for september rides which never seems to work because of the september rain], mohawks, raised central head-hair planar unit, parkas, no pants, ride in circles [how big? circles are inevitable], everybody dresses up like couriers, bloodbath [shocking CARnage], burrard street bike lanes, no highway through east vancouver, september 22 car free day, support the striking telus/cbc workers, semi-formal cotillion, naked sockeye theme - your guess is as good as mine.

>>> LOOK OUT FOR FREE BREAKFAST on the bikeroute on friday morning, stop and help out promote the cm ride or donate food. made possible mostly by members of

>>> PLEASE HURRY UP with the bike lane on burrard street bridge. it is not yet a done deal and needs lots of support. sadly, steadfast cyclist city councillor peter ladner, [who even rode in the 2000+4 wheels cm ride among other achievements] is caving into backroom corporate pressure instead of the city's grassroots 'powerful cycling lobby'. he currently says he is against the long needed improvement [it's been 12 years]. but he can't ride with that! it's stupid to cling to outmoded automobile-only facilities 30 years into global warming with a looming oil crisis and repeated proof that human powered cities work better. [email peter!] this is not radical change peter, bike lanes replacing very few car lanes is the bare minimum. do you want to remain a solitary cyclist? or do you wish there was a mass every day!? cars take more space to carry less people, slower. you know the deal, you've ridden in this city. we need to change things now, because right now, bikes are considered second class road users, even despite reality

>>> HEY FINALLY, on thursday, september 22, 2005, vancouver will join 1,500 other cities and 100 million people worldwide in celebration of car free day. from noon to 8:00 pm, people of all ages will be walking, jogging, skating, cycling, scootering, taking transit or ride-sharing to hip, historic gastown for a fun, friendly festival. water street and 1 block of carrall street will be closed to vehicles and transformed into a traffic-free streetscape with music, performances and displays that celebrate the healthy and affordable ways people in our community can move around.

>>> there have been TONS OF FUN rides this summer. many were announceed on the the vancouver cm blog and you can read about them in the archives. don't forget to post your photos, or link your photos there, so that everyone can share in the reminiscing you can either post in a comment or post your own feature
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>>> TUNE IN and listen to the pedal revolutionary radio program on citr 101.9fm [or online] on alternating thursdays from 5-6pm. now hosted by your excellent host conradical with many excellent insightful interviews on bike related culture and politics in this city.

breakfast on the bikeways Friday AM

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Friday - tomorrow!

At the intersection of two fabulous bikeways:
Cypress Street and 7th Ave.

We're meeting at 7:15 at Cypress and 7th.
We've got coffee and pastries and we'd love to have more folks to hang out, greet cyclists, promote the Critical Mass and generally add to the party atmosphere.

Come out and meet us tomorrow morning bright and early!

Bring CM flyers, stickers or other fun stuff to give away.
Cheers, Amy


Little 100 Sunday

A very silly little bike race. Registration at noon, race at 1pm.
This is a team sport

Event Details:
Little 100, 3rd Annual,
high noon, August 21, 2005
strathcona park oval
Info: 778 - 772 and 3987


Clitoral Mass A.19

last time we had an all-female mass

was four years ago during bikesummer

it's been way too long

to HONOUR ALL of us,
and the full moon,

we are having a:

"clitoral mass" [the Lunar Cycle]

! women of all ages and stages are welcomed !

  • when: FRIDAY 19 AUGUST, meet at 5:30 pm for socialising and announcements wheel at 6 pm into the streets
  • where: LIONNESS and fountain side [northeast] of the vancouver art gallery, georgia and howe/hornby sts
  • who: ALL FEMALE and female-identifying cyclists, bladers, boarders --- anything self-propelled on wheels
we'll do a "matriarchal mass" through the vancouver streets in the style of critical mass, and then join up with any and all male celebrants for an:

. o O o .

"AFTERMASS" [with the boy groupies]
7:30ish PM onwards
on the beach adjacent to the jericho sailing centre
at the foot of discovery st
cycle the "seaside route" along the water
men & women & in-between, no carbon-burning vehicles please
relaxed seaside celebration, bring sharable snacks and beverages
suggestions: yummy fruit, fair trade chocolate, vino...
less garbage is good, b.y.o. mug, etc.
[jericho sailing centre also has a licensed,
'casual' restaurant open 'til 10]
PLEASE CIRCULATE to any and all fab females you know in the greater vancouver area, and invite any charming bicycle-boys to meet us on the beach

  1. More Information
  2. Print this Poster and Propagate!

cheers and gears,


6th Annual Wholesome Undy!

Wholesome Undie Rides Sunday, August 14

VANCOUVER, BC -- On Sunday, August 14, in celebration of the departure of the Molson Indy from Vancouver, the sixth annual Wholesome Undie "Victory Ride" will take to the streets of Vancouver with the rallying cry: "less gas, more ass!".

Please gather for the Wholesome Undie at 12 noon at the gazebo in Creek Side Park, just south of Science World (Quebec and Terminal), there will be a media briefing at 12:30 p.m. Racers will tune their machines and do final race inspections. At 1:00 p.m. the team of Undie Riders will roll through the streets. The ride will occupy the roadway, not blocking traffic because... WE ARE TRAFFIC.

Slow Sexy and Smart, the Wholesome Undie features riders on bicycles, skateboards, and rollerbladers -- dressed in their undies!

The Wholesome Undie got rid of the Molson Indy with its fearsome undie power. Apparently, the motorized mega-event was so scared of our underwear they'd rather leave town than see us in it. By revealing the beauty of their natural assets, Undie riders hope to stiffen resistance (lubricate opposition?) to the Province's highway expansion plans. Now, it's time to get rid of the proposed Highway 1 freeway expansion -- the Gateway Project -- No motorway through East Van!

Undie racers will re-claim the streets with their elegant, inexpensive, human-powered vehicles. Instead of the roar of combustion engines, they will serenade the city with bells, songs and raps, and the whisper of fine lingerie. The Undie won't cause any pollution, since Undie racers emit only natural gas. Undie vehicles don't go as fast, but they go in style.

The winner will be presented the fabulous and coveted Undie D-Cup by race officials.

The Wholesome Undie encourages people to get back to basics, and reminds this region that STREETS ARE FOR PEOPLE, NOT CARS. Wholesome Undie riders say "Gentlemen, Stop Your Engines!"

Download, Print and Propagate and Undy Poster
-These things Travels by Word of Mouth, People Power
contact the Undie Race Committee Spokespersons:
pictures of past years rides:


Bikesexual Movie Night Monday!!!

[From the EVPC]

To all our self-propelled friends,

A bunch of us just made a movie we think you might really like.

It's called Made in Secret: The Story of the East Van Porn Collective. Obviously, it's not entirely about bikes, but because all of us love bikes so freaking much, we tried to cram as many as possible into the story.

The story is basically about a group of arty, punky, bike-riding, anarcho-feminist rabble-rousers from East Van who decide to make their own sexy little movies to combat the patriarchial, hetero-normative, exploitive crap cranked out by Hollywood and the porn industry. They are in the process of making their latest movie--BIKESEXUAL--when a documentary filmmaker starts to make a film about *them*.

Okay, it's actually a little more complicated than that... but it's funny, it's sexy, it's political, it's genre-bending, and it's finally playing in our beloved home--Vancouver! We've had such amazing receptions at festivals around the world, but we're even more excited to finally be able to share it with folks back home.

So, we hope you'll come. It would mean a lot to us if you did. And if you know anyone else who might be interested, we would absolutely love it if you would help us spread the word. We keep meeting the coolest people through friends telling friends telling friends.

Hope to see you there!

O o . Please help spread the word:
Made in Secret is coming to Vancouver August 8th . o O

  • Made in Secret: The Story of the East Van Porn Collective
  • 7:00 PM, August 8th at Tinseltown
  • Vancouver Queer Film Fest

Made in Secret is an engaging, inspiring and deliciously perplexing labour of love, made over the course of three years by a group of friends who wanted to make a documentary about their local anarcho-feminist porn collective. The only problem was, that collective didn't exist. And so, in order to make the film, they actually became the anarcho-feminist porn collective that they so passionately wanted to document. So is the resulting film a documentary? A fictional drama? Even the collective doesn't know anymore. And ultimately, it doesn't matter, because the movie isn't about what happened or what didn't happen -- It's about what's possible. And the possibilities are huge, transcending the quest for egalitarian porn and touching at the very heart of how we engage with others and with the world around us.

  • For ticket and screening information, please see the festival website