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January 6/07 6:08 am - Velolove Announcements

Posted by Editoress on 01/6/07

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, January 11

Bundle up, dig up some bike lights, bring somethin' hot to drink, and come to the first Midnight Mass Bike Ride of 2007!

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!

More photos at

Margaret Charles Chopper Collective Ride
Friday, January 12

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) and ride at 7:00 pm or so.

For more information, visit
Blog spot:

Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 17

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in the Strathcona Room at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th at Cambie) to address cycling-related issues in the city of Vancouver and advises City Council on those issues.

Guests are welcome. If you'd like to speak to the committee, please contact Nicole Ludwig at 604-871-6399 or

For more info, see

Urbane Cyclist Article Deadline
Friday, January 19

It's time for another quarterly edition of the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition's newsletter The Urbane Cyclist! This edition the focus will be Safety and Crime Prevention.

This is your chance to let everyone know what's happening (or not happening!) in your community. Please send articles of about 300-400 words on cycling advocacy and related items to no later than Friday, January 19th 2007, for inclusion in the next newsletter expected out mid to late February.

The purpose of the newsletter is to share information regarding anything related to cycling: facility improvements (or the converse), cycling tips, education. Ideas and opinions are welcome.

If you have any questions regarding an article or comments on the newsletter please contact me at the email below.

Leslie Love
Editor, The Urbane Cyclist

You Never Bike Alone
Saturday, January 27

You Never Bike Alone is a feature length documentary by Bob Alstead of ICYCLE.CA Film Productions, about how cyclists in Vancouver are building critical mass and changing the face of the city!

Cinemark Tinseltown Cinemas, 88 West Pender Street (3rd Floor)
7:00 pm, Saturday, January 27
Tickets $9 at the door (advance tickets available)

Drawing on footage shot over the last decade, and interviews with cyclists of every hue, it shows how Vancouver's cycling community has grown in strength and stature. 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.

As well as extensive coverage of Vancouver's vibrant bike scene, it looks at the implications for cyclists of transportation decisions by politicians at municipal and provincial levels.

This showing is part of the 2007 Moving Pictures Vancouver Canadian Film Festival and Tour.

For more information email Bob Alstead at

Critical and Midnight Masses are places to meet awesome bikers outside of the web, but what about online?

Come check out to chat and mingle with fellow cyclists from all over the city. Want to organize a bike ride? Post about it and get people to join you! Or talk about how the last ride went and share some of your pictures.

Despite the name it isn't just for fixie riders - all bikers (of the pedal variety) are welcome.

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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