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[VACC] Repost with Link - Myths about density, bicycling rate, and more

Interesting stuff on the VACC discussion list:

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The key to this item was a graph that apparently doesn't display properly on some email lists.  So here is a link where you can see it clearly, along with the balance of Hembrow's article:



Some interesting analysis from David Hembrow.  This may be of particular importance in Vancouver, where something of a stampede towards density outside of the city core seems to be in the offing.

It may be that there is a minimum, but fairly low, level of density that is necessary both for cycling and transit.  However once that basic level is reached it is not at all clear that increasing the density pays any dividends at all.  So before we destroy too many communities in the course of

'densifying and greening' the city we might want to step back and make sure that the basis of these actions is really valid.  And that we are not just being seduced by the sweet songs of Developers and their 'Fellow Travelers'.




If you are concerned about cycling throughout the Lower Mainland please join the VACC.  Go to for details.



Apologies for all the Facebonk links in this. There are too many for me to quickly manually fix them all. If you don't use that thing all the info is also available on the main velopalooza calender or just Google the locations. Write a comment if you have any confusion or questions.

VanCycle is offering one free ticket to the Velopalooza FUN Raiser with every tune up at VanCycle... and here is some other exciting news...

Velopalooza BIKE WASH

March 19th 2011

2065 E. 7th Ave (in lane)


Is your bike covered in winter muck and mud? Got squeaks and creaks? Want someone else to deal with it? Come on out to the Velopalooza bike wash and let us give your VELO some LOVE.

We'll wash and lube your bike, plus give it a thorough mechanical inspection.

This event is rain or shine (we'll set up tents).

All work is done by donation in support of VELOPALOOZA

See the Facebook Page for more details.

bike wash march 19th

Thanks to MEC for their donations to the BIKE WASH.
Thank you also to VanCycle who will be providing mechanical inspections.

Velopalooza FUN Raiser!

March 26th @ the WISE

Velopalooza FUN Raiser @ the WISE Hall March 26th
Fundraiser for the second annual Velopalooza bicycle festival features performances by LOUISE BURNS, Mode Moderne, Petroleum By-Product, and T. Nile. Check out the FaceBook event page for more details.

Tix $12 in advance and $15 at the door!
Advance tickets can be purchased through our website
Doors @ 8pm Music @ 9pm

Other upcoming rides/events

Join Velopalooza for a fun cherry blossom bike ride. Meet under the cherry trees at Devonian Park(Georgia at Denman) at 11am.
We'll tour the blossoms and end at McLean Park (Keefer St. and Hawks Ave.) for a potluck picnic and BIKEWASH.
Can't make the ride? Go to or to download maps for self-guided tours. (after March 23rd)
Bike the Blossoms April 16th 2011
And stay tuned to our website and join our NEW Facebook Page for details on these upcoming rides and events:
Spirit Fish Ride MAY 7th 2011
Bike Wash MAY 28th 2011
VELOPALOOZA Kickoff @ the Waldorf on JUNE 3rd 2011
VELOPALOOZA Finale @ Car Free Day on JUNE 19th 2011
You can post your own bike rides and events on our calendar at


Volunteers are what make VELOPALOOZA happen!

We have the following opportunities for volunteers:

BIKE WASHES (April 16th and May 28th)

We need volunteers to hang posters and hand out flyers, wash bikes, take donations, lube and mechanically inspect bikes.


We need volunteers to hang posters and hand out flyers, and to work with our events committee at the guided blossom ride.

VELOPALOOZA KICKOFF @ The Waldorf June 3rd

We need volunteers to hang posters and hand out flyers. We will also need volunteers for the night of the event.


We need volunteers to help Velopalooza get funding and in-kind donations from sponsors.

If you would like to help create BIKE FUN please contact

If you would like to sponsor VELOPALOOZA please contact

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Friday April 22: Join the Wave Against the Pave! >>

Calling all residents, students, parents, elders, streamkeepers, treeplanters, guerilla gardeners, blockaders, rebels, climate defenders, farmers and freeway fighters!

JOIN THE WAVE AGAINST THE PAVE! Friday   April 22 @ 2 pm (Mother Earth Day/Good Friday)

As chainsaws roar and bulldozers get set to roll on the controversial $2 billion South Fraser Perimeter Road freeway (SFPR), join local residents and community groups to stand up for climate justice!

Last October, hundreds of people dug up the freeway construction site in Surrey with shovels and wheelbarrows, and in December we used sand from the SFPR to build a dike blocking the provincial cabinet offices. Now it's time to step up the campaign of mass direct action against climate crime. We need to turn up the heat, in order to turn down the heat.

WHAT & WHEN: Mass Direct Action against Climate Crime, beginning at 2 pm on Friday April 22 (Mother Earth Day). Actions may continue over multiple days on this long weekend and beyond. Like our previous actions, it will be non-disruptive to area residents, even as we disrupt continuation of the South Fraser Perimeter Road freeway (SFPR). There will be a variety of ways people can get involved and demonstrate their support, including roles with little or no legal risk. All are welcome to participate.

WHERE: Meet at Annieville Supermarket, 10996 River Road, Delta. (Take the 640 bus from Scott Road Skytrain or Ladner Exchange)

Come to a pre-action Teach-in! Join us for presentations, action planning, skill sharing and legal info:

  • DELTA: Saturday March 19, 1-4 pm, Ladner United Church, 4960 48 Ave
  • VANCOUVER: Saturday March 26, 1-4 pm, Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 E. 1st Ave
  • SURREY: Saturday April 9, 1-4 pm, Kwantlen University, Room D-128 (Fir Building), 12666 72 Ave

WHO: This is an initiative of climate justice activists from, local Council of Canadians chapters, the Critical Criminology Working Group and others. We welcome your involvement in the planning process, especially at a teach-in before the action (see above). We seek endorsements and input from other organizations, and your help in mobilizing your friends, neighbours, community groups or affinity group to join us!

WHY: Now under legal challenge in federal court, the estimated $2 billion proposed SFPR freeway would greatly increase greenhouse gas emissions, pave invaluable farmland, scar the banks of the Fraser River, pollute elementary school playgrounds, and damage indigenous heritage sites. This freeway is an irresponsible waste of public money, and many similar projects have been stopped before. The SFPR has already been "downgraded" due to lack of funds, and dubbed a "white elephant" in the mainstream press. We will emphasize the need to shift resources from climate crimes like freeways to public transit, and to protect communities from flooding and other effects of global warming.

CONTACT: Send endorsements and questions to or call 604,877,1223, and visit us at

Let's kick off a hot summer of resistance! >> (formerly

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Choir / bike flashmob Central Station Brussels

from the World Carfree News #84 - March 2011

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