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November 25/05 10:10 am - News from Velolove

Posted by Editor on 11/25/05

Velolove Announcements

Buy Nothing Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, November 25

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver on Buy Nothing Day. 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, shine, or snow! Decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, noisemakers, sound systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

Buy Nothing Critical Mass is in support of Buy Nothing Day (, a day to challenge yourself, your family, and your friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. People are encouraged make a pact with themselves to take a break from shopping as a personal experiment or public statement and the best thing is -- it's free with NO PURCHASE NECESSARY!

Buy Nothing Day exposes the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. As consumers, we need to question the products we buy and challenge the companies who produce them. What are the true risks to the environment and developing countries? The argument is broad and deep -- while it continues we should be looking for simple solutions. Buy Nothing Day is a good place to start.

And coming soon...

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.

For more information:

Worldwide details may be found at: or

Sustainable Transportation, Land Use and Highways Session
Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Guest speakers Ray Straatsma and Paul Kreuger
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Vancouver City Hall, Strathcona Room, (453 West 12th Ave).

More than half of all the energy we use in the province is consumed for transportation. Transportation gurus Ray Straatsma and Paul Kreuger will deliver a presentation on the sustainability of our transportation planning and infrastructure in the lower mainland. Ray is with the Design Centre for Sustainability at UBC, and was formerly the Policy Director of Better Environmentally Sound Transportation.

Presented by the BC Sustainable Energy Association, join BCSEA for this free information filled evening followed by a workshop on promoting sustainable energy in BC.

For more information, visit

VACC Vancouver Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

If you ride your bike in Vancouver, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities in Vancouver. Your active participation can make a real difference. Lend your voice and your support and get involved.

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver Public Library Firehall Branch, 1455 W. 10th Ave (just east of Granville St.)

New participants are always welcome. These monthly meetings are open to all VACC members and non-members.

For more information, or if you have any items that you would like to have on the agenda, contact Jack Becker at 604-681-5744,

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, December 8

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. Your host: Conrad Schmidt, 604-537-2044

Web site:
Listen live over the Internet:

Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, December 9

On the Second Friday of every month, Vancouver's freak art bike collective invites you to ride with this post-apocalyptic gang of delimitation riders.

Meet 6:30 pm at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street)

For more information, visit


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