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October 26/06 9:49 am - VeloLove News

Posted by Editor on 10/26/06

VeloLove News - B.C.

Halloween Critical Mass Ride and Roll!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Join fellow scarry bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a costumed ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver. The Halloween ride is one of the most fun Critical Mass rides of the year! 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!

And of course, decorated bicycles, trailers, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters and sound systems, drums, trailers, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged. A VeloWeen afterparty starts 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, #3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

Some photo's from the last ride:

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:


Friday, October 27

It's the season for trick or treating and we have quite the treat for you: VeloWeen. Fun, crazyness, dancing and more. Everybody who arrives with Critical Mass in costume gets a free beer!

The lineup:
Phatty Phatty and The Roaches. (Band)
Toot-A-Lute (Traveling minstrels)
Timothy Wisdom (DJ)
Megan Rose (Musician)
DJ Bad (DJ)
Corrior (DJ)
Dance Bellys (Dancers)
Ian Patterson (Visuals)
The East Side SLIHCsters (East Side Low Income Housing Coalition)

Where: The Anza Club, #3 West 8th Avenue at the Ontario bike route.
Cost: $5
Time: 8pm to 1:30am

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

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!

Thursday, October 26

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 hosts: Ifny,, and Conrad Schmidt,, 604-537-2044.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio needs to hear from you! If you have a bike related event or announcement, phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487) during the show!

Web site:
Blog spot:
Listen live over the Internet:
You can also listen to the MP3 podcast masscast of past week's pedal revolutionary show! Goto for instructions. For any probs/questions give ifny a heads up.

Midnight Mass Bike Ride

Thursday, October 26

That's right kids, midnight mass is this week -- with costumes all around!

Get your wings & your tutus, your ray guns and witch hats, exercise your wit and your fine sense of fashion (or just of the absurd) -- mix it all up and throw in a couple of wheels and some bike lights and get your ass to the Midnight MassQuerade.

As usual, meet 11:45 pm at Grandview Park (Commercial Drive at Charles St.) with the ghost train rolling at the creepy, scary, hour of midnight. Bring your bike lights, your friends, your costumes, & your thermoses full of hot refreshment!
More photos at

Canadian Troops Out of Afghanistan Rally and March

Saturday, October 28

It's the day after Critical Mass, and in the afternoon prior to OCB's party... and you've got a busy social calendar... So what's this invitation all about? It's STREET ACTION organized by in downtown Vancouver, joining thousands in cities and towns across Canada, to bring Canadian troops home from Afghanistan. Rumor has it that "Bikes Not Bombs" has been invited to lead the march. Who's "Bikes Not Bombs?" Well, it's you & me and all self-propelled people who have hopes to bring an end to 'oily wars' as soon as possible...

Gather 12:00 Noon at Waterfront Station (Canada Place at the foot of Howe Street). March at 1:00pm followed by a rally, 2:00pm, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia Street side).

Tom Childs is looking for extra hands on the morning of the 28th, prior to the march, to help rig the famous BIKES NOT BOMBS banner (thanks to Redsara) at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It's a big mural-like banner, and Tom will be packing ropes and the banner. Email Tom if you are able to meet sometime in the late morning of the 28th at or give Tom a call at 604 524-9316. Maybe breakfast first and then rig the banner.

For more information, visit

Parade of the Lost Souls

Saturday, October 28

We know full well the opportunities we look for to buzz around in beast-free streets... Well, after a one-year hiatus, and out of necessity and full-on love of barricades, the Public Dreams Society is closing down Commercial Drive to all oil burnin, steel crushin traffic for the Parade of the Lost Souls, Saturday, October 28 from 6 to 10pm! Fantastic! Oooh! Barricades are sexy... (and barricaders are even sexier!)

The theme this year is: Peeking Through the Veil... a Celebration of the Cycle of Life.

The procession begins at the all weather field at William and Cotton where altars, shrines, fire dancers and an ancestral dome prepare you for your journey. Then, musical guides appear, beckoning you to travel down the river that flows to the other side. The journey ends in Grandview Park where fire keepers illuminate your psyche and we are all filled with the delight of life as we dance, dance, dance in the street!!!

Bikers bringin it in...

Andrea Curtis is looking for folks on bikes -- how funky the ride, how fab the costume is up to you -- to take donation buckets and milk the Underworld for their petty cash. The Society needs this money to cover expenses, to keep it all rolling, and to keep motor vehicals out. Whatever you pull in, the Society offers you 10% as extra incentive and a bit of love. If you can help, contact Andrea at, or at 604.317.4129.

For more information, visit

Our Community Bikes (OCB) Halloween Party!

Saturday, October 28, 2005

This Halloween will be Our Community Bikes' ( 13th birthday! So join us for this shaker (and on-the-sly fundraising party for Maya Pedal) with costumes and dancing and drinks and such -- like we always do. The party kicks off at about 9 pm, so there's lots of time to get dressed up, hit the Parade of Lost Souls, grab some grub, reapply your makeup, and come on by:

3283 Main Street (just north of 17th Ave), 604.879.2453. Look for lots of bikes!

Many will attest that last year's OCB Halloween party was definitely one of the year's best, where the kegs ran dry early, costumes were saucy and hilarious, and people dressed as video game systems or the Intertidal zone danced up a storm on the workbenches all night long.

Call for Submissions

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