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Church of Pointless Consumerism

No holiday season is complete without the righteous word!
Apologies if it's old news; please circulate otherwise!
~ CHristine :-)

The Church of Pointless Consumerism has rolled into town! The much anticipated hilarious, satirical, musical theatre extravaganza produced by the movers and shakers of the Work Less Party has set a date. The gospel and fervor will be spreading through December 15th, 16th and 17th 2006 at the Cambrian Hall in Vancouver (215 E 17th at Main), show at 8pm. Advance tickets ($10-$15 sliding scale) are available at the Veggie Resource Centre, 2250 Commercial Drive or online at

Traveling evangelist, Peter Proffet the Prophet of Profit, along with his gospel choir are fully prepared to storm the city of Vancouver with the good words of Consumerism, Production, and more, more, MORE! The message will stir the congregation of faithful customers, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee of conversion for the * gasp * skeptics among us.

With wild sing-a-long musical numbers, dance routines and faith healing, The Church of Pointless Consumerism comes in a sexy package of enlightening, entertaining, down-home religious rejuvenation. The Work Less Party proudly stages the sarcastic musical performance this shopping season, a christmas pageant that will have viewers on the edge of their pews. Praise Money!

The show will be followed at 9:30 by the 'End of the world after party'. Tickets $5 at the door. Come dressed up in what you were wearing when the planet exploded.
Those who don't
Want to change,
Let them sleep.


Velolove Announcements!

  • . Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue Median Open House
  • . Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
  • . Basic Bike Repair Workshop
  • . BEST Open House
  • . Free Black-tie Bicycle Tuneups
  • . Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
  • . Pedal Galactic
  • . Midnight Mass Bike Ride
  • . Harmonizer Momentum Party!


Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue Median Open House
Friday, December 1

The city is hosting an open house next Friday to talk about a proposed bike-permeable median on Ontario Street at 2nd Avenue. The purpose of this median is to reduce vehicular traffic on the cross-town Ontario Street bikeway/greenway. You are invited to a public open house to further discuss this proposal:

3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Southeast False Creek/Olympic Village Project Office
1800 Spyglass Place

The Project Office is located under the south end of the Cambie Bridge at the seawall. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this proposal, please feel free to contact either Wali Memon, Strategic Transportation Planning Branch, wali.memon@.@vancouver>ca , Phone: 604.871.6849 or Michael Naylor, SEFC Project Planner, michael.naylor@.@vancouver>ca , Phone: 604.871.6168


Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, December 7

And every other Thursday, from 5:00 to 6:00pm, on CiTR 101.9 FM

News about bike civic politics, chopper bikes, legal issues, bike maintenance, culture, fun and of course Critical Mass! Call during the show!

You can also listen to the MP3 masscast of last week's pedal revolutionary show! Go to for instructions. For any probs/questions give ifny at iamlachance@.@gmail>com a heads up.


Basic Bike Repair Workshop
Thursday, December 7

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE, email learn@.@pedalpower>org, or visit


BEST Open House
Friday, December 8, 2006

Come by and visit Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) at their open house.

From 4 to 7 pm
At the BEST offices at suite 822, 510 West Hastings, Vancouver

For more information contact Deanne LaRocque at deanne@.@best>bc>ca or 604=669=2860.

Free Black-tie Bicycle Tuneups
Saturday, December 9

Please inform everyone that there will be free bike tune ups offered at the Cooperative Auto Network's sustainable transportation open house on December 9, 2006 from 1pm to 4pm at the Oakridge Centre (West 41st Avenue at Cambie Street) mall's auditorium. There will also be fun activities for kids as well as information booths by civic organizations at this event, about diverse topics, including balcony composting.

Anybody can bring their bike for a minor tune up. (Parts, if necessary, will not be included in this free service.)

This black-tie bike tune up service will be performed by Steve Sutherland, a master mechanic, and proprietor of the Atomic Bike Shop in uptown Vancouver.

Event information: 604=739=7717. Tuneups contact: Atomic Bike Shop 604=714=0158


Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women
Wednesday, December 13

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $30/class

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out for more details. Call 604=255=5097, or email jett_grrl@.@hotmail to reserve a space in one of the workshops.


Pedal Galactic
Wednesday evening, December 13

Esoteric bike culture with the fossilosopher! Share some fossilosophical meditations for the deeply bikey on a cosmological date

Bikey friends and neighbours are invited into the bike church.
RSVP with foss@.@vcn>bc>ca for the address of Dec 13 gathering.


Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, December 14

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Pack some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and start thinking of tasty ways to make booze hot -- the next midnight ride is the 2nd Thursday of the month.

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

The Midnight Mass Bike Ride happens on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. So mark your calendars, tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

Harmonizer Momentum Party!
Saturday, December 16

Celebrate Momentum Magazine's 25th issue with the debut performance of CLANCY"S ANGELS, a post-modern rock gospel supergroup.

December 16th
Anza Club, 3 west 8th Avenue at the Ontario Bike Route
8pm till 2am

The evening features a performance by the all-woman bicycle dance sensation, the B:C:CLETTES, and the REVOLUTIONISTS will rock out at the end of the night with their booty-boggling quadruple DJ action.

Don't miss this chance to boogie down with your bikey homies!

Plus... win mouth watering raffle prizes from Norco, Chrome, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Denman Island Chocolates and Terra Breads...

For more information, contact Amy at self-propelled@.@telus>net or 604=669=9850. Poster:


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

A reminder that there's an idling complaints hotline at 604-257-2404 where you can phone-in licence plate numbers of offenders. The City is not giving out tickets yet -- but are gathering data and the Hotline welcomes information on idlers. Better to make a quick phone call than suffer a coronary from Eco Rage!

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. However, fines were not to be imposed until January, 2006 -- a six month period. 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 a year.

For more information, visit the website at


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You Never Bike Alone Movie Premiere!

Feature-length Documentary Glimpses Future Vancouver

You Never Bike Alone is a feature length documentary by ICYCLE.CA Film Productions, looking at the ways in which cyclists are building critical mass in Vancouver.

Venue - Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway (at Commercial), next to the Skytrain station, B-line and other bus routes.
Doors - 1:30pm, film starts 2:00pm, Sunday 26th November
Tickets - $8 at the door (advance tickets available at bike events)

A new documentary premiering on 26th November reveals Vancouver in a new light. Drawing on footage filmed in the city over the course of the last decade and through interviews with people from all backgrounds, feature-length documentary You Never Bike Alone captures the fun, the road rage, the camaraderie, and the freakiness of riding a bike in Vancouver.

You Never Bike Alone charts the history of Vancouver's Critical Mass rides from the early “Tame the Lions” rides, that helped bring about better bike facilities on the Lions Gate Bridge, to the wild spectacle of Vancouver's freak bike collective and the World Naked Bike Ride in more
recent times.

As well as a humourous and entertaining look at cycling in the city, it looks at the implications of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels and asks are we up to the challenge of making a truly liveable city.

Find out more at You Never Bike Alone


Nov24 Massycle Criticism

Let's gather for critical mass this month. Even in the dark drizzle. We
cycle all year and not only on nice days. Because cycling makes every day nice.

But we also have to fight for the right to bike. Because cars do kill
people. And they choke our blue skies. And they are so very expensive to
live besides.


It's not only about biking. Or being an outsider or extreme. Our outside
planet is not exclusive. We should not be afraid to just stand in the
middle of a street.

We need to get together and talk and work out our differences. Otherwise
blind, ignorant forces advocating money and nothing else
will keep increasing this car culture. As is already happening.


There is an important party afterwards. To build momentum for the
opposition and the positive vision of the future that stands against the
"already decided" plan to expand/lengthen/twin the freeways into vancouver.
The gateway strip of asphalt that is not the way or free ($4billion of your dollars for gateway!)


there is also some important knowledge on view. the story of critical mass
in vancouver. you never bike alone movie premiere!
feature-length documentary glimpses future vancouver:


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Pps support the pedal revolutionary radio show on citr 101.9fm !


A highway-busting PARTY

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ATTN: is now live! Please visit the site and subscribe to get in the loop about highway-busting parties, events and actions to come.

Celebrate the beginning of the end of the highway by shakin' your ass to the pavement-poppin' beats at the first
Dance Party

Presented by Velofusion and the Work Less Party :: a benefit for

Friday Nov. 24
The Anza Club (8th & Ontario)
doors at 8:30
$10 ... or $5 if your arrive with the Critical Mass


- Ned Jacobs vs. The Falcon
- Weeping Willow: some jazzy thing
- Barricade Burlesque with Little Woo
- Tspoon The Masala Mixa w/ BPM and the Sugar Dhols:
An east/west odyssey fusing funk, dancehall, hip hop, reggaeton, and bhangra
with hints of breaks and D+B. With heavyweights BPM on the mic (Rup Sidhu and Nadia Chaney),
Tspoon the masala mixa behind the tablas and the decks and the notorious Sugar Dhols
manning the big drums. Dance floor panic!
- Miss Bliss: (Big Bass Theory, VFMF)

ALSO! Josh's veg deliciousness (for early-comers), make-yer-own
buttons, rabble-rousing, and hot bike action.

Did you know the BC Govt. wants to spend $4.5 billion on yet another
harebrained road-expansion scheme, which will just end up as tons
more smoking gridlock in our lovely city? Crazy but true! Those
dinosaur brains are at it again.

But the good news's NOT a done deal. We can stop this
madness, and we will...but it will require a lot of PARTYING. Are you
up for it?
Friday Nov. 24 marks the first party to celebrate the beginning of
the end of the highway.


[and yes we would love a few people to person the door and the if you're into it]


Pedal Revolutionary Radio Show needs your $upport

Until the end of this Friday, CiTR is having its first-ever funding drive (er, ride?).

Please support your hardworking neighbourhood radio bikers. Your donations will mean new equipment for the station, socks for the orphans, & will send a clear message to CiTR that our show has actual real humans listening out there who love bikes.

Our show has been around for 6 years now. It's time to give us some sugar!

But how, you ask? Until the end of Friday Nov. 24th, we can take Visa, Mastercard, check, money order or CASH, the tuber of all evil. We'll take all the evil you can spare.

Phone: 604.822.8648 or 604.822.1242 between 10am-8pm.

Online: Log onto our secure site at

In Person: head to Critical Mass, Fri Nov. 24at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia St. side). Between 5:30-6pm I'll be by the stairs on the red mini bike with the gorilla banana seat. You can also drop by CiTR between now & Friday, 10am-8pm #233-6138 SUB Blvd., Students Union Building on the UBC campus.

We never axed you for nuthin before. Except for your ears, & those just get you into trouble anyway. Help us bring you the love, all six of you. Hi mom.


Bob Alstead will be joining us in the studio. We like Bob. He's the director of You Never Bike Alone, the feature documentary about Vancouver's bike scene, struggles & all-around hotness. It premieres this Sunday, Nov. 26, 2pm at the Rio (1660 E. Broadway at Commercial). We gots tickets to give away on-air.

"You've seen them taking back the streets - a flowing mass of self-propelled humanity on bikes, boards, and blades. Riding in Critical Mass, the World Naked Bike Ride, the Wholesome Undie, on freak bikes, on mini bikes. Riding for the planet, riding for themselves. Cycling's sub-culture is surfacing. But are city planners driving its people in the opposite direction? Find out who's winning the struggle to shape the future face of Vancouver in the 80-minute documentary You Never Bike Alone."

Check out his website at

Check out ours at

And ride like it's goin outta style.



Tim Harvey, zero-emissions world traveller

Homecoming Ride - Sunday, November 12, 2006
10 am - Science World
finishing at 12 noon - Planetarium at Vanier Park

On Sunday, November 12th, join zero-emissions traveller Tim Harvey when he completes a round-the-world endurance expedition, cycling into Vancouver after 893 days away from home.

Friends, supporters and the public are invited to meet Harvey at 10 a.m. outside Vancouver's Science World for a two-hour ride around the seawall – rain or shine – finishing outside the Planetarium in Vanier Park at 12 noon, where the press is invited to speak with Harvey.

Since departing Vancouver on June 1st, 2004, Harvey has shared his story through newspaper and magazine writing, radio, television and the internet in Canada and throughout the world, in a tireless effort to promote low-emission lifestyles as a solution to climate change. Canadians know Harvey best from frequent interviews on CBC Radio’s As It Happens and travel dispatches written for the Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun. Watch CBC-TV profile on Tim.

“To be arriving home after such an arduous journey – and so many close brushes with death – gives me a sense of achievement and also an immense feeling of relief,” Harvey said. “A string of frightening incidents early in the journey honed my survival skills so I could make it home alive. I feel so lucky to be here now.”

More information: kathy -at- harbourpublishing -dot- com or check out Tim's website.


Fwd: Port Mann/Highway 1 Project Draft Terms of Reference

As usual, this is simply a formality. It would be good to write letters and generally make a big public fuss about this, however you think best. Note the funny disclaimer at the end, as if getting on the Online Gateway Survey email list is private or something. Can we please have George Bush and these highway building monsters in jail please already. Ever notice the weather?


To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
November 8, 2006                                                                File: 42000-30/9406A

To Whom It May Concern:

This email is to inform you the Port Mann/Highway 1 Project draft Terms of Reference (TOR) will be available for public comment beginning on November 9, 2006.   The formal 30-day public comment period on the draft TOR will run from November 9 to December 8, 2006.

The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to construct improvements to the Highway 1 corridor and the Port Mann Bridge, which includes widening of the highway, twinning the Port Mann Bridge, upgrading interchanges and improving access and safety on Highway 1, from McGill Street in Vancouver to 216th Street in Langley. Generally, one additional lane in each direction is planned from McGill Street to the Port Mann Bridge. Two additional lanes are also planned in each direction from the Port Mann Bridge to 200th Street in Langley.

Proposed improvements also include extension of HOV lanes, transit and commercial vehicle priority access to highway on/off-ramps, improvements to the cycling network and a toll on the Port Mann Bridge.

The purpose of the draft TOR is to identify what the Ministry of Transportation must include in its application for an environmental assessment certificate. After taking working group public comments into consideration, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) will finalize the TOR and issue them to the Ministry of Transportation.

The project is subject to review under British Columbia s Environmental Assessment Act, S.B.C. 2002, c.43 and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate will be developed in accordance with the requirements of the final TOR. The review of the application by the EAO will include a comment period to gather public and stakeholder feedback on the contents of the application.  This is expected to take place in spring 2007.

The draft TOR and further information about the process is available at  The draft TOR will be available on the EAO website November 9, 2006.

For more information about the Port Mann Highway 1 Project and other Gateway Program projects, please visit the Program website at: or call the Program information line at: (604) 456-2420.

Yours truly,
Garry Dawson

Senior Project Director, Port Mann / Highway 1

This e-mail is intended solely for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged information. Any review, dissemination, copying, printing or other use of this e-mail by persons or entities other than the addressee is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete the material from any computer.