Vancouver Critical Mass

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Yes, we ride the last Friday of every month!

27.10.11

Halloween Occupy Vancouver Critical Mass Ride and Roll


Friday, October 28

This is one of the most fun rides of the year!

Hallowe'en and Occupy Vancouver [mic check!] theme this month. Also, hey, it's the City Election which does matter, so you'll probably meet some prospective city officials :-) Bikes are a very hot issue this time around...

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for this leisurely and spirited celebratory ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver! 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! Costumes and decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters, sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged!

After the ride is an after party at the Commercial Drive Legion, 2205 Commercial Drive.

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.

What's Critical Mass and how do I participate?

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.

The ride stays together for safety and fun. If you are at the front of the ride, stop if you are approaching a red light. But continue as a group if the lights change red while passing though an intersection.

You will see participants at the front peel off to block motorized traffic from entering the Mass. That's called "corking". Corkers keep the ride safe and allow the Mass to pass though intersections where the lights have turned red. Thank them for corking!

Never cork alone. Join lone corkers, and for intersections there should be six or more corkers. And remember, do not cork oncoming traffic in opposing lanes.

If you're at the front, please don't speed or take narrow roadways or paths. It stretches the ride out and makes life harder for corkers, riders, and those waiting for the Mass to pass. Be aware of the ride's slower participants, and keep a slower pace. If the Mass has thinned out or has broken into more than one group, which happens following hills or where the street has becomes more lanes, the front should wait at green lights for the group to "mass up".

Don't stay on any given street for very long, so that public transit can pass. And always let emergency vehicles through. Please don't ride on sidewalks or in opposing traffic lanes.

The ride is a celebration, and an alcohol/drug free event. Take absolute responsibility for your actions and show motorists a better way to travel. A way which is more equitable, efficient, fun and socially responsible than the car. There's no need to be unfriendly or argue with motorists -- our sheer numbers tell the story. Look after each other, speak up, and ride with confidence.

Who decides where we go?

You do! Some rides have a destination that may be suggested at the start of the ride, but the route is always decided by the riders in the front. If you have an idea where the ride should go, move to the front and participate with others in a group decision. Remember to make it fun and interesting, and that Critical Mass has no leaders.

A special note to those at the front: It becomes unsafe for those in the rear if the Mass strrrreeeetches out, there are big gaps, or the body of the Mass looses it's tail. If the front can no longer see the rear, or the Mass has just passed through a "choke point" -- stop at an intersection where there's room for the entire Mass to completely bunch up again (and where the front of the ride can see the rear again).

Download the flyer!

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For more information:

vancouvercm.blogspot.com

Critical Mass Vancouver on Facebook:

facebook.com/group.php?gid=2227461980

Worldwide details may be found at:

critical-mass.info
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass
criticalmass.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_rides

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at Flickr.com:

flickr.com/groups/vancriticalmass

Facebook Event:

facebook.com/event.php?eid=303420299672398

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Post-Ride Witches and Warlocks Ball:

2205 Commercial Drive

Witches, Warlocks and all other halloween critters our time is almost here. Friday August 28th the festivities of Halloween begin. Enter the realm of the the infamous and oh so delightfully sinful 3rd annual witches and warlocks cauldron ball. Burlesque, DJ's, Sin, Bands and dancing on one of the few wood sprung dance floors in Vancouver.

Dress code: Witches, Warlocks, Incubuses and all other Halloween critters. or if you want you can come dressed as food (anybody not in costume)


Cost:$10 (Damn fine lineup for only $10)

FREE if you arrive after the Halloween critical mass ride(8pm->10pm)
for more info or to purchase tickets visit revelrysociety.org

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1 Comments:

  • At 10:53 pm, October 31, 2011, Blogger Media Mentions said…

    On the topic of Occupy Vancouver, I can’t help but think that at this point in time is when it either dies or takes off, but that’s really just my opinion. Although I did find a post worth sharing not too long ago, so if you’re into a bit more info/opinion, here’s an article I can recommend (linkage if you’re interested in a peek: http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/showlink.aspx?bookmarkid=AGGNELWDFRS6&preview=article&linkid=eec93925-dc6c-4e7e-a931-8516ac55dbd9&pdaffid=ZVFwBG5jk4Kvl9OaBJc5%2bg%3d%3d Cheers!

     

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