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February 15/07 9:22 am - VeloLove Announcements

Posted by Editoress on 02/15/07

BikeSummer! Announcement
Wednesday, February 14

This year's theme for BikeSummer! is: "Celebrate Freedom: VeloFreedom!"

Visit for a surprise event announcement coming this Valentine's Day...

Feel free to share; see you this summer.

Pedal Revolutionary Bike Radio!
Thursday, February 15

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, email or during the show phone 604-UBC-CiTR (604-822-2487).

Web site:
Blog spot:
Listen live over the Internet:

Love Your Bike Wash
Thursday, February 15

Wash off the grime, and make your ride shine. Join Momentum magazine at 7:00pm for a simple bike cleaning social night at Bikes on the Drive, 1320 Commercial Drive. All supplies provided by Bikes on the Drive.

For more information, call 604-669-9850.

VACC Assessment Ride
Saturday, 17 February, 2007

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) in Vancouver occasionally hosts assessment rides of the local bicycle network and provides input to the city. With your help, the VACC assesses cycling conditions with the intention of providing the city with constructive feedback from a cyclist’s perspective.

The rides are open to all and are at a moderate pace with plenty of stops along the way. Come and join us! (And don't forget your helmet.)

Next ride is Stanley Park
Time: 9:00 am for coffee, departure 9:30 am
Meet at Bojangles (corner of Robson and Denman in the West End)

For more information, visit

Seventh Annual Bicycle Film Festival: Call For Entries
Deadline: Saturday, February 17

We are looking for films with a strong theme or character of bicycles. This includes all mediums and styles such as animation, experimental, narrative, documentary and music videos.

The BFF is held in over 10 cities around the world including Toronto, Tokyo, New York City, Los Angeles, Paris and London. In 2006 the BFF was attended by over 35,000 people.

It is a celebration through film, art and music. The BFF has been fortunate to have included the works of well known artists including Jonas Mekas, Michel Gondry, Mike Mills and Jorgen Leth. We showcase the emerging artist as well. The Bike Film Fest looks to be a lot of fun in 2007.

For more info and the entry form go to:

Vancouver Bike Show EXPO
Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

Whether it's mountain biking, road, or BMX, you'll have the opportunity to talk shop with the pros, and ride away with great deals on bikes, gear & apparel at the 2007 Vancouver Bike Expo.

BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Blvd
Saturday, February 17th: 10am - 7pm
Sunday, February 18th: 10am - 5pm

One of the best new features for the 2007 show will be the NSMBA bike/gear swap, which has become the largest bike/gear swap in Western Canada! The 2007 swap will take place on the event floor during show hours. The best news is that all money raised will go to the NSMBA who maintain trails of all types on the North Shore! Also new for the 2007 show will be a showcase of Unicycle Hockey by Vancouver’s own world champion Kris Holm and professional autograph sessions with Canada’s top riders!

For general show information please contact Dave Cox at
For exhibitor/sponsorship information, interview and photo opportunities, or press passes to the event, please contact Richard Juryn at 604-983-2215 or

Global Warming, Vancouver, And You
Monday, February 19

A Public Forum with Dr. Fred Bass and an action-focused discussion.

7:00 PM at Our Town Cafe, 245 East Broadway (just east of Main, north side of Broadway)

Dr. Fred Bass is committed to action on global warming and social justice. He served as a Vancouver City Councillor from 1999 to 2005 and is a regular participant of Critical Mass. He plans to run for mayor in 2008.

In this interactive forum, Fred will ask you for your ideas and offer some of his ideas on what citizens and City Hall should be doing about global warming.

See for more information.

Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue
Wednesday, February 21

The GVRD and Vancouver Board of Trade invites you to the next of the Future of The Region Sustainability Dialogues Wednesday, February 21st, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (lunch will be served from 11:30-12:00) at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Building on the success of its 2006 Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue Series, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) is partnering with Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade across Greater Vancouver to launch an expanded program of dialogues for 2007. (

Through this series of high profile debates and discussions, we hope to help shape the future of our region. Focusing on Fit/Fat City, this session, titled “Are We Tipping the Scales”, will examine how we will succeed in meeting health and wellness challenges. Fit/Fat City builds on the success of our earlier regional dialogues, and will feature the following distinguished panelists:
• Roland Guasparini, Chief Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health Authority
• Diane Clement, Chef, Author, Lifestyle Lecturer and Olympian
• Doug Clement, Sports Medicine pioneer, Educator and Olympian
• Larry Frank, Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning
• Faye Wightman, President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation

While Greater Vancouver has earned its reputation as one of the most livable places in the world, now, as we shift our focus to the longer term sustainability of our region, some of the challenges we face and opportunities available to us are crying out for attention. New and innovative approaches to regional issues and attention to the growing impacts and opportunities of globalization are fundamental if we are to sustain those things that make our region special. Therefore, your opinions and participation at these sessions are vitally welcome and important.

Please respond at to register for the February 21st, event. (As seating is limited, confirmation of your participation will follow under a separate email.)

Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 21

On the third Wednesday of every month (except August) the Vancouver Bicycle Advisory Committee meets 5:30pm in Committee Room 2 (on the third floor) 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

Midnight Mass Bike Ride
Thursday, February 22

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? At night? Wear some warm socks, dig up some bike lights, and pack yourself a nice hot beverage -- the next midnight ride is Thursday.

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

The ride happens the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars. Tell your bike loving friends, and hope to see you there!

For more information and videos:
More photos at

Critical Mass Ride and Roll
Friday, February 23

Join fellow bicyclists, skaters, and bladers for a leisurely and spirited ride and roll through the streets of Vancouver. 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! Illuminated and decorated bicycles, trailers, costumes, signs, flags, noisemakers, gettoblasters & sound systems, drums, and wildly modified bicycles are all highly encouraged.

After the ride is a party starting 8:00 p.m. at the ANZA Club, 3 West 8th at the Ontario Bike Route.

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 target=_blank>

Upload/View Vancouver Critical Mass Photos at

WNBR Premiere Celebration Party
Friday, February 23

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) has finally been turned into a movie: "Indecent Exposure to Cars -- The Story of the World Naked Bike Ride", and the movie premiere celebration will be February 23rd at the ANZA club (3 West 8th Avenue at the Ontario bike route).

There will be dancing, music, dancing, creativity, more dancing, and lots of bicycles!

Doors 8:00pm
Cost: $5 with Critical Mass, $10 otherwise

Advance tickets can be purchased from:
Veggie Resource Center, 2250 Commercial Drive
OCB (Our Community bikes), 3283 Main Street

To view the trailer of the movie, visit

For more information, contact Conrad Schmidt at , 604-215-9395
Or visit

St. Valentines Day Massacre: Alleycat
Saturday, February 24

2:00pm at Hotspot (Carrall & Expo)
$7.00 to race

Put on by last years winner (and Speed Freaks champion) Trevor D. Rumours of some nice (and different) prizes. Info:

VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 28

If you ride your bike in Vancouver or UBC, come meet and work with other cyclists to help improve cycling facilities. 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 (the 10th Avenue Bike Route 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,

Filmed By Bike: Call For Entries
Deadline: Thrusday, March 1

The West Coast's largest festival of bike-themed film shorts, is open for entries.

The festival will be three days at the Clinton Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon in April, 2007. There is no fee to enter and the festival features films from around the world.

For more info visit or contact, 971.221.7228

World Naked Bike Ride - The Movie
Friday March 2 to Thursday March 8

The World Naked Bike Ride has finally been turned into a movie: "Indecent Exposure to Cars -- The Story of the World Naked Bike Ride". It will premiere Friday March 2 at the Rio Theater (1660 East Broadway at Commercial in Vancouver) and will run until March 8. Show times are 7:15pm. To view the trailer of this fun and engaging documentary, please visit

The movie premiere celebration will be February 23rd at the ANZA club.

Advance tickets can be purchased from:
Veggie Resource Center, 2250 Commercial Drive
OCB (Our Community bikes), 3283 Main Street

For more information, contact Conrad Schmidt at or 604-215-9395.



Tuesday Fixie Ride. Meet 7:00 p.m. at the Science World Gazebo (1455 Quebec Street). Info


Wednesday Clean Air Commute Stop. Amanda & Corinne invite you to stop by during your morning commute for cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer every Wednesday anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. until the winter ends. Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adnac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at . Info or to RSVP:


Wednesday Pie Rides around Stanley Park, over to Canada Place, across to Kits, and out around UBC (if desired). Afterwards, a bite at Calhoun's on West Broadway. Meet 5:30 PM at Canada Place (west side). Info: Henry H at hulbert AT or


Wednesday bike fixing/skills share nights at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Usually from 6.30 until 9pm or so. Mostly it's the bike polo folk coming in to build mallets and true wheels. Stand time by donation and some stock of used parts that sometimes has what you need.


Friday Cruiser Ride. Weather permitting, meet 7:30pm at the Lost Lagoon Roundabout. We won't stay past 8:00pm so don't be late! Get your weekend rolling! Info: or target=_blank>


Saturday Morning Trails Ride to the UBC Endowment Lands, Stanley Park, or another destination. Meet 9:45 am at the Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus. Info: Mark F at vbc AT or


Saturday Leisure Ride following bike routes around Vancouver, going to Iona Island or crossing to the North Shore. Meet 10 am by the coffee shop at 6th and Arbutus and ride till about 1:30 pm. Info: Richard W at wardric AT or


Saturday EastVan Bike Polo. Hot bike polo action every Saturday on the tennis courts at Grandview Park around 1:00 pm (we go elsewhere in bad weather, but usually meet at Grandview first or send someone by to grab stragglers). Bring your own bike (but not your pretty one -- the game is a little rough on bikes). Mallets are supplied (though if you get hooked, as many of us have, you'll likely want to build your own).


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.


Bike route remains unplowed or uncleared?

Although bike routes are not a priority during the initial days following a storm, they should be cleared or at least receive cursory salting. If not, contact your city or municipality engineering department. If you live in Vancouver, contact the Neighbourhood Transportation Branch of Engineering Services at 604-871-6070 or

And remember, many European cities keep bike paths clear in the winter. Make sure your mayor and council know that. For Vancouver, send an email to or contact individual councillors at


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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