Vancouver Critical Mass

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Yes, we ride the last Friday of every month!



Modified Velolove Announcements!

. BC Budget 2008 Consultation
. Womyn on Wheels
. Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show
. Love Your Bike
. Midnight Mass Bike Ride
. Hallowe'en Critical Mass Ride and Roll
. VeloWeen!
. Parade of the Lost Souls
. Our Community Bikes' Halloween Party


BC Budget 2008 Consultation Deadline Friday 26th

The province is asking for input on the 2008 budget, which they say will be the "green budget". The have a $4.1 billion surplus so they should invest a lot in public transit and cycling. Carbon taxes, tolls on existing roads and bridges, and a freeze on new road construction would be great as well. And of course, twinning the Port Mann bridge and adding more lanes to Highway 1 is contrary to anything "green" as it would not reduce transportation congestion and would increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Please take a couple of minutes and fill out the on-line form at:

For more information, contact Richard Campbell at


Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show
Thursday, October 25

5:00 to 6:00pm, and every other Thursday on CiTR 101.9 fm.

The revolution will not be motorized! Double-plus-good radio waves of bike culture, politics, music, events, bike traffic reports, and voices direct from the front lines.

!!! Now archived for your listening pleasure !!!


The Revolution needs your input! If you have a bike related event or announcement, contact Ifny at or 604-690-7372. During the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).


Love Your Bike
Thursday, October 25

Clean off the grime and get your ride spiffed up before the Midnight Mass
and the Critical Mass! On the last Thursday of every month, join Momentum
and Bikes on the Drive for a free, fun evening of bike cleaning, lubing,
and loving. All supplies provided by Bikes on the Drive.

Time: 7:00 pm ­ 9:00 pm
Location: Bikes on the Drive, 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

For more information, call 604-215-7433 or email


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, October 25

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice beverage -- the next midnight ride is the Thursday before the Hallowe'en Critical Mass.

Meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles Street -- across from the Havana and Turks) and ride at midnight.

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:


Hallowe'en Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, October 26

Boah ha ha ha haaaa!!!!

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver in Hallowe'en costumes! Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. -- and roll and ride at 6:00 p.m. The ride is on rain or shine. Decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are, or course, highly encouraged.

After Critical Mass is VeloWeen at the ANZA Club on the Ontario Bike Route at 8th Avenue.

Pre-rides to Critical Mass:

UBC riders meet at the UBC Bike Hub, on the north east end of the Student Union Building, at 4:30 p.m. for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Phone 604-822-BIKE for details.

East Van riders meet 4:00 p.m., leaving 4:30 p.m., from Grandview Park, 1200-block Commercial Drive, for a group ride to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Celebrated around the world, Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- on the last Friday of the month -- which allows cyclists and other self-propelled people to move safely and comfortably through city streets in a car-free space. Non-polluting forms of transportation are promoted.

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at


Friday, October 26

It's the season for trick or treating and we have quite the treat for you:
VeloWeen. Fun, crazyness, and the liveliest music around. Come and dance the night away in your Critical Mass costumes!

The Carnival Band
Down Low
Your Little Pony
Timothy Wisdom

8pm to 1:30am
The ANZA Club, #3 West 8th Avenue at the Ontario bike route.
$5 if you arrive with Critical Mass, $10 otherwise

This is part of the Velo fusion community fund raiser project. All money raised goes back into supporting community projects. For more information visit


Parade of the Lost Souls
Saturday, October 27

The Public Dreams Society is closing down Commercial Drive to all oil burnin, steel crushin traffic for the Parade of the Lost Souls!

6:30pm - 10:30pm
Starts at the Britannia Oval

The parade began in the all weather field at William and Cotton where altars, shrines, fire dancers and an ancestral dome helped us prepare for our journey. Then, musical guides appeared, beckoning us to travel down the river that flows to the other side. The sounds of the drum gave us courage and guided us along the way. The journey ended in Grandview Park where fire keepers illuminated our psyches and we were filled with the delight of life
as we danced, danced, danced in the street!!!

For more information, visit


Our Community Bikes' Halloween/BDay party
Saturday, October 27

It's that time of the year again. Our Community Bikes' Halloween and (14th !) birthday party. We don't have a DJ lineup yet. We haven't applied for the special events license. Hell, we don't even know where we're going to put all the bikes. But we can guarantee, as in past years, it will be a true shaker -- so bring a costume and get ready to dance where we work.

8 pm and onward into the night!
Our Community Bikes
3283 Main Street (just north of 17th Ave), 604-879-2453
Look for lots of bikes!




Womyn on Wheels
Monday, October 22

Ladies fix your bike night at Our Community Bikes (OCB), the fourth Monday of every month.

3283 Main Street (between 16 and 17th Avenues)
6:30 - 9:30pm
$5-10 dollars

This is a trans-inclusive space.

For more information, phone 604-879-BIKE (2453)


Mini Bike Mondays. Random Monday rides of the Mini Bike Army. Meet noon at the Science World gazebo and go on a mini-bike ride of the seawall and downtown. Ride leaves at 12:30. See for details.


Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info


Team Escape Velocity's World Tuesday Night Championships at UBC. A Vancouver road racing tradition, on a challenging, spectator-friendly course! Every non-rainy Tuesday evening from May 01 to August 28 at 6:00pm. Info:


Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun's on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT or


Wednesday night Pedal Play Bike Fix and Skill Share. 6:30 til 9:30pm at Pedal Metal Studios, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers -- if you aren't one already we'll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets. Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested. A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through. For details, phone 604-875-8679.


Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there.


Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won't stay past 8:00pm so don't be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: or


Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at or


Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at or


Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 2:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one -- the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you'll likely want to build your own).


Freak Bike Sundays. Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots. Got an idea we will give it a shot. Every Sunday afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever. Staffed by Jim and/or Sailor Neale. Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable. 194 w 3rd ave in the alley. For details, phone 604-875-8679.


Sign the Petition:
Better Transit, Not Freeways

If you care about living in one of the most livable cities in North America, now is the time to take action to keep it that way!

The Provincial Government's plan to expand Highway 1 and twin the Port Mann Bridge will result in more air pollution and more danger from increased traffic in neighbourhoods. It will fuel urban sprawl and erode our valuable farmlands. It will cost $2 billion or more and will not solve traffic congestion or lower greenhouse gas emissions. No city has ever built more car roads that ease congestion.

Take action now and sign the "Better Transit, Not Freeways" petition at


Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion -­ Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion -- they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in
opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge -- which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here:, with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at , would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you're able. Just something simple is all that's needed -- expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.


On-line Petition Asking For Cycling Tax Incentives

An on-line petition has been created that calls for the Canadian Federal Government to create cycling related tax incentives. Please consider signing the petition and passing this on to your friends and other lists.


Eco-rage and Idling Hot Line

There's an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage! For issues regarding idling transit busses, in addition to the hotline you can call Translink at
604-953-3040 with your concerns.

In July, 2006, Vancouver City Council unanimously passed an anti-idling bylaw to cut air pollution. Drivers who leave a car running for more than three minutes face a $50 fine and the fine doubles to $100 for anyone caught leaving a car running. As of January, 2007, fines are to be imposed. The District of North Vancouver passed a bylaw against idling in 2000, but has yet to ticket anybody with a $45 fine. The City of North Vancouver has had the bylaw on its books for more than a year.

For more information, visit the website at

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