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March 16/07 10:26 am - Velolove News

Posted by Editor on 03/16/07

Velolove News - B.C.

Note: These are new announcements - see Daily News March 13/07 10:00 am EDT for other event announcements for this week.

Call For Bike Shorts!

It's that time of year to turn your thoughts to making a GREAT (short) bike movie. Bike Shorts: International Cycling Cinema (aka Bike Movie Night) is coming up on its fourth straight year and it needs your film-making prowess to make it happen. The rules and regs are:

1. Movies must be bike-themed or bike-ish in some fairly obvious way.
2. They must be short: 2 min., 5 min., 8 min., and 20 min. only if it's really interesting.
3. It's easier if the movies are in digital media (like DVD or mini-DV). But if your art calls out for film, we'll work with you.
4. Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2007.
5. The perks and benefits of participation are many (if somewhat obscure).

Here's the website: featuring the shorts from previous years.

Suggestions for films made by others or you'd like to see are also welcome.

For more information, and for submissions and suggestions, contact Tannis Braithwaite at

!!Freak Bike Sundays!!

Starting Sunday, March 18

Race Minis, Choppers, Utility Bikes, Trailers or Chariots.
Got an idea we will give it a shot, maybe.

Every Sunday Afternoon between 12-4 pm or til whenever.
194 West 3rd Avenue (alley entrance).

Some materials readily available. Welding and consumable donations sought and accepted graciously. Hourly rate applicable/negotiable.

For details, phone 604-875-8679

Watch for special edition return of Closer to Heaven.
If a tall bike won't get you closer to heaven, Maitlands welds will ;-)

Clean Air Commute Stop Windup

Wednesday, March 21

Amanda & Corinne invite you to welcome the arrival of spring during your morning commute with cappuccinos, lattes, espresso & muffins (bring your own travel mug) and warm cheer at the Clean Air Commute Stop Windup!

This Wednesday anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.
Place: 511 Union Street (at Jackson) on the Adanac bike route.

Cost is FREE for cyclists & walkers. By donation for drivers. Proceeds go to BEST (Better Environmentally Sound Transportation) at For more info or to RSVP, email

Brakes Workshop -- Bike Mechanics for Women (boys welcome too!)

Wednesday, March 21

A class is to teach you all you need to know about your brakes (Rim Brakes only. For Disc brakes please contact us directly to set up a future course). You'll learn what the different rim brake systems are, how to know when your brake pads are starting to wear out, how to replace them and set them properly, how to change your cables and housing (and when and why you would need to do that!), how to set your brake levers, and lots of other useful brake info!

The goal of Jett Grrl is to empower you on your bike; your brakes are one of the most essential and this class aims to give you the confidence to fix them yourself and keep them in good working order all the time. Classes are for all types of riders with all levels of mechanical ability, taught in a relaxed, friendly, non-intimidating environment.

Location: 1925 Adanac Street, BACK door (thru lane on right)
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Fee: $40.00

Questions? Call 604-255-5097, email or check out

Bike Fix and Skill Share

Wednesday, March 21

Missing the smell of molten metal? The sweet sizzle of vaporizing steel? The sirens song of the angle grinder?

Come to the Wednesday bike fixing/skills share night at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 194 West 3rd (alley entrance). Open to all Pedal volunteers -- if you aren't one already we'll make you one. Expect to join the bike polo folk truing wheels and building mallets.

Stand time is by donation, $5 per hour suggested.
A small stock of used parts available for rummaging futilely through.

Brought to you by the miracle of unemployment with Sailor Neale, Jim H and Maitland Wright present. For details, phone 604-875-8679

Intro to Bike Mechanics for Women

Thursday, March 27

Empowering women one bike at a time! Jett Grrl Bike Studio offers intro classes, covering flat fix, drivetrain maintenance, and basic brake adjustments. Advanced classes offered as well, plus a full service repair shop. All classes are hands on, 5 people max, w/ detailed written handout provided. Cost is $40/class.

Boys are welcome too :o)

Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Place: 1925 Adanac Street near Victoria Drive (back door)

Check out for more details and to sign-up. Or call 604-255-5097 / email to reserve a space.

Preparing for the Third Wave of Cyclists

Wednesday, 28 March

In Vancouver, cycling for transportation has grown slowly over the past 20 years to a respectable level. To create a new wave of cycling growth, new cycling infrastructure design is needed. Speakers Jack Becker (VACC), Hans Groen (VACC) and Gordon Price (SFU) discuss North American and European innovations at this lecture at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

7:00-9:00 pm. Free.

Reservations required: 604.291.5100 or

Gateway Mass Rally

Saturday, March 31

Rally for Sustainable Transportation, for Wildlife Protection, for Agricultural Protection, for Neighbourhood Preservation, for Democratic Process.

2:00-5:00 pm
East Delta Community Hall, 10379 Ladner Trunk Road, Delta (Between Highway 99 and Burns Bog)

Speakers include Rafe Mair
Gord Price, Livable Region Coalition
Representative, BC Liberal Government (invited!)
Adriane Carr, Green Party of Canada
David Chudnovsky, NDP Transportation Critic
Jim Houlahan, CAW local 111 (Bus Drivers)
Donna Passmore, Gateway 30 Network

For more information, contact Susan Jones, 604-943-6406 or Donna Passmore, 604-536-2790

VACC Vancouver/UBC Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 4 (our March meeting is in April due to the SFU lecture above)

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. (with a pub stop afterward)
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,


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