Vancouver Critical Mass

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Yes, we ride the last Friday of every month!


Sept 30 cyclemasS

Boop be doo
You are inVited to
Critical Mass Rolling
Street Celebration! in The
rain! Or the Sun. It's September
and it's FUN! Meet at the
VAG 'tween Hornby and
Howe. Leave around
6 for a pedal
round town.

time: meet 5 to 5:30 pm, leave 6 pm
date: this last friday
of sept, the 30th
location: meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery [by the fountain]
ride in all the streets

may be.
I was impatient this month so I decided to be creative and minimal with this announcement. So, it probably will rain which means not such a huge mass. But smaller rides are more intimate anyway and it's a good change of pace. Soon enough it will be the October Hallowe'en Critical Mass which will be huge. Test if your costume is waterproof! People in the Southern USA hurricane region cycled through it because cars suck. [How'dja like them gas prices? Comfort and Conveinient anymore?]


velomutation 24th


VeloMutation:::::::Urban Bike Culture
VeloMutation:::::::the hottest Biker Party Vancouver has ever seen!
Saturday September 24th,
8pm til 2am,
at the PedalMetalStudios, 1132 Powell St (enter off Franklin)
Slinding door $5 to $25 ( turned away)
featuring Pink Noise, Channels 3 + 4, plus surprise guests.
Dj Tnt, Dj Bad, Corrior and Micheal Red.

MC3 will host mini bike races, tall bike stunting, relays, and other acts of daring bike skill and stupidity. Custom choppers, tall bikes and mini-bikes will be available for attending bikers to sample… making the contests inclusive and hilarious!

FixedVancouver, a loosely organized group of fixed-gear bike riders, will host contests of technical skill such as skid contests and track stands (balancing while stopped, with and without hands).

Urban Assault, redefiners of use for the city’s architecture, will build an obstacle course allowing riders to leap from warehouse to truck to ground!

Bike Art everywhere... bikers from the Collective present unique interactive bike visions such as the Amazing Pedal-Powered TANK, a pedal powered tower of light, multimedia projections, and courtesy of the Peoples Prom, come try out the famous ‘Makeout Chopper,’ a bicycle really built for two!

Flyers are available from Our Community Bikes. They are under the counter
there.... just ask someone who works there, and take a stack to give out.
Putting them in your local bike shops and coffee shops is also a great
idea. I have already done Main and Broadway, and the bikeshops on Broadway
between Cambie and Main, but that is it.

Promotion is pretty freakin important right now. Word of mouth is the best
way, and it is also really FUN. Promoting this party gives you the
opportunity to chat up ANY HOT BIKER that you see, regardless of whether
they are from a different kind of life/style or if they are just like you.

hope to see y'all at the SWAG session!


SWAG making party (with tea!) bring some IDEAS and come make patches,
articles of clothing, promo material, signs for the party, and other
VELOMUTATION related SWAG. (with tea!)

YOU CAN silkscreen ! embroider ! sew! draw ! stencil make ! or whatever
your little heart desires! If you don't want to make swag or art or
whatever but want to help out with the Party...come to Davids at 7pm and we
will give you a task or job or whatever

when: friday, september 16th @ 4pm- 8pm where- 66 East 15th Ave. ring ring
buzzer: d.grove

please RSVP or JUST SHOW UP. BRING a FRIEND if they wanna help out too.

Mr. David. Charles. Grove.


CAR FREE DAY! --->sept.22

whose streets?

OUR streets.

just one day
12 noon to 8 pm
on thursday, sept
22nd, vancouver, 2005
gas town, downtown ...come

this year is the first year
that we *w*i*l*l* . . . finally join
with 1,500 cities and 100s of millions of people
worldwide for CELEBRATING international car free day.
water street in *gas town* [sic] will be transformed.
into a traffic-free public streetscape with music, picnics,
famous entertainment, activities, exhibits, happy children
couches, tables and chairs.

please help us by spreading the word.
this is our first time.
we need to make it huge.

this is just ONE DAY but it is one of many around the world and many to
come. this is just one day but the journey is one step at a time, one by
one, footsteps falling. soon, after our resounding success draws mass
acclaim, we will expand. imagine a future, one day perhaps not so very far
away, when the streets will be safe and shared by all everywhere in a truly
livable city. an ideal dream that we all share of growth in the streets
instead of fear. we start this year in the centre only, in gas town, but
then again... one day!


care free day schedule: [by area]
  • 11:30ish gather for opening parade [steam clock at cambie & water] please
  • join in
  • 12:00noon car free foot parade led by the carnival band open to all
  • this is your street
  • 12:15 music - carnival band and joey keithley
  • 12:30 opening ceremonies with da mayor larry campbell
  • 1:00 get your body moving artist - alpha yaya diallo
  • 2:00 emerging talents: a chinese song and dance celebration
  • 2:30 sound artist ­ swank
  • 2:50 take it easy: a fashion show for you and dat planet
  • 3:20 artist - sparrow
  • 4:00 artist - catlow
  • 5:00 tony & tina’s bicycle wedding
  • 5:30 consider the journey ­ a blessing for car free day
  • 6:00 arteest - soulstream
  • 7:00 artust - the parallels
  • 8:00 bye bye. bike ride leaves


  • 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 and 5:00 sfu philosopher’s café:
  • vibrant street level discussions on sustainability topics.


  • sustainability information fair
  • car part art exhibit in storyeum
  • bmx free-style zone
  • the “car park” car garden
  • pedalplay’s pedalling zoo
  • academie duello historical swordplay [two performances]
  • climate-friendlier car park -- a fuelish efficienter vehicle display


  • *5:45 pm ­ 9:00 pm. steamworks [375 water st.]green drinks - monthly networking/social event
  • *9:00 pm onward. steamworks,
car free day after party
put on by b.a.l.l.e. BC
[business alliance for local living economies]

*twilight ride ­ slow paced bicycle ride
leaves 8 pm from the main stage


car free day celebrates the social, economic and environmental benefits of reduced car use. it is one of the sustainability initiatives undertaken by the city of vancouver, presented in partnership with better environmentally sound transportation [best] and the gastown business improvement society.[gbis]

for more information,
including getting to the event in car-free style,
call 604.873-->7981 or visit
entertainment, programming & volunteer coordinator tel: Sean Elbe 604.430-->5307
cell: 604.307-->2599 em: seanelbe@@@@hotmail..


Twilight Ride

Car Free Day
Thursday September 22nd, 2005

Join the Twilight Ride, the Finale of Car Free Event

Light up the sky with your decorated bike. Close the Car Free Day celebration in splendor as we explore the streets of Vancouver. Indulge in bike merriment as you connect with new people and places through this slow paced cycling ride.

WHEN TO GET THERE: Thursday, September 22, 2005. Gather at 7:30pm. Ride leaves promptly at 8:00pm (We’ll cycle around for about an hour.)

WHAT TO BRING: Your decorated bike and a blinkie light.

WHERE TO MEET: Meet at the Maple Tree Square (Carroll & Water Streets).

**FREE bike decorating and flag making at Car Free Day from 12pm to 8pm**


Car Free Day Volunteers Needed

A Call for Car Free Day Volunteers!
Car Free Day is looking for you.
We are currently seeking a diverse group of individuals who are enthusiastic about transportation issues and are interested in donating a portion of their time to volunteering for Car Free Day. This is your chance to make a hands-on contribution to an international festival about transportation alternatives!

~We need info booth attendants, traffic flaggers, stage crew, coordinators, set up/strike down crews and others~

  • All Car Free Day Volunteers receive a slick ‘One Day’ T-shirt.
  • Each volunteer will receive a letter acknowledging his or her contribution to the Car Free Day celebration.
  • You will receive detailed instructions about what your duties will be and whom you will be working with.
  • Volunteers will automatically be entered into the prize draws that will be happening all day on the main stage.
  • Lead Volunteers and Special Projects Volunteers will receive a special certificate of participation, a gift package and additional perks throughout the day!
  • You’ll have first crack at all the fun Car Free Day festivities!
If you would like to volunteer, please write our volunteer coordinator, Sean: Car Free Day Street Festival : Thursday Sept 22, Noon to 8 PM, Gastown,


Women's Night Time Bike Ride

Women cyclists please join us on Friday September 16th for a resistance night bike ride in Stanley Park. Following several acts of sexualized violence on women walking and running around the Lost Lagoon area, we're organizing a variety of safe and enjoyable activities in the park at night time - doing all the things we would do in the park at night if it were not for the threat of male violence. Activities include a Full Moon Yoga Class, 4K Run, a nature walk with an astro-physicist, WENLIDO self defense and of course - a women's night bike ride!

Meet at Alberni and Chilco at the Lost Lagoon at 7pm - start riding at 7.30 pm.

Free childcare available. Phone to register.
604.872.8212 more info at
Wear Black to accentuate the night.
[but also bring a blinky light for safety, car drivers are dangerously blind]


Spartacus Party / Walk for Clean Air

***Please send around***

Hey everyone,

Spartacus Books, after 31 years, burnt down in april of 2004... But we are reopening in september, GODDAMN! Thats right, and to celebrate we are having a party:

    • Spartacus Books is Burnin' Down The House!
      Friday, September 9th
      7pm @ the
      Anza Club
    • (Corner of Ontario & Eight Ave)

With performances by:

DJ Party Bangs, DJ Abadie, DJ OhMyGod!!, MC E-Hawk, +others

  • Also :
    Team Makeout will have a kissing booth
    Info tables from a bunch of groups
    The bicycle smoothie machine
    Performance from the Work Less Party

For more info on Spartacus Books go to:
or contact:

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BEST Run for Clean Air
10km Run/5km Walk

  • Sunday, September 11, 2005
    Central Valley Greenway at Burnaby Lake
  • $35 by 6 PM Sept. 10 . $40 day of the run
  • race time: 10 AM sharp
    race day registration: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Join us for a 10km run or 5km walk on a beautiful, flat, green, forested
trail suitable for the whole family as well as the dedicated runner. When
you do, you'll be supporting clean air.

Sign up for the BEST Run for Clean Air today. You'll breathe easier knowing
you are raising awareness about clean-air travel solutions. Participants
will enjoy plenty of great prizes, food, and gifts - plus, you'll just have
lots of fun doing it!

We take for granted the air we breathe. But for thousands of British
Columbians with breathing problems, air quality is a matter of life and
death. Seventy-five per cent of air pollution in the region comes from motor

At Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) we want people to use
the great routes that are coming our way, like the Central Valley Greenway.
When it's finished, cyclists, runners, and walkers will enjoy the Greenway,
which will stretch from Science World past Burnaby Lake to the New
Westminster Quay. That's 22 kilometers of trail!

Run. Walk. Stroll.
Just give it your BEST!

Info and registration: 604-669-->2860
B.E.S.T. website for the run

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