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March 20/07 10:14 am - Tour de Pakistan Final, Velolove News

Posted by Editor on 03/20/07

Tour de Pakistan

This will be the final (we hope) update from the Tour de Pakistan. Larry Zimich has provided the final and official GC placings for the 2 Canadians who finished the race (Scott Laliberte was disqualified, as we reported earlier). Matt Usborne was 3rd overall and Larry Zimich 5th. There, it's done ... on to the Tour of Islamabad!

Velolove Announcements - BC

Note: These are new announcements, see previous Velolove announcements in Daily News March 16/07 10:30 am EDT.

Sign Making Party!

Tuesday, March 20

Join merry sign makers at Pol's house, 794 East 21st Ave (one block east of Fraser), on Tuesday night, 7:00pm until 11:30pm, to make signs for the Surrey (this coming Saturday!) and Vancouver Critical Mass rides. "Honk If You Like Bikes", "Abandon Your Cars For Clean Air", "We Are Traffic", etc.

Bring your ideas and your own sign and sign making materials if you have some. Some sign and sign making materials will be provided.

For more information contact Steve at 604-323-0204 or, or Pol at 604-298-4767 or

*~~Bicycle CARcass III~~*

Sunday, March 25

An Afternoon of Bike Sportage & Funtasy in the Republic of East Vancouver.

Sunday, March 25 2007, 1:00 pee emm at Strathcona Park (on Venables, 4 blocks East of Clark)

Roster to include:
~ The Whip-Lash ~ The Tubes of Despair ~
~ The Excalibur Challenge ~ The Foot-Down Derby ~
~ The Blind Race ~ Capture the Grub ~
~ The End of the World as You Glue It ~
~ The Panty Race ~ The Ecar Ytnap ~
~ The Balloon Smack-Down ~
~ Silliness ~ Contusions ~

And of course... *~The Bicycle CARcass~*
bikes + rugby = nine-one-one

Free, Vegan-friendly, Kids welcome. Costumes encouraged. Open to Fighters, Lovers & Spectators.
Any ol' bike will do. Wear armour or die. And maybe bring duct tape.

For more information, go to

Basic Bike Repair Workshop

Thursday, April 5

Offered by PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives), an organization that develops and promotes the use of pedal powered technology, on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The course covers drivetrain maintenance, brake and gear adjustment and flat tire repair. Courses are held at Our Community Bikes, 3283 Main Street near 17th Avenue.

Cost is $40 plus tax. Bring your bike and a snack.

For more info or to register, phone 604-879-BIKE (604-879-2453), email, or visit

Weekly and Ongoing Events

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 Wednesdays anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. until the last one (where we welcome the arrival of spring!) on March 21. 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 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 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. For details, phone 604-875-8679.


Fast Night Thursdays! Every Thursday, 9pm at Grandview Park. Ride fast & hard. See you there.


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


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 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 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).


Freak Bike Sundays. 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 at Pedal Metal Studios & the Depot, 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.


Port Mann & Highway 1 Expansion -ˆ Charge Up the Opposition

As you may know, although the provincial NDP has been raising some good questions regarding the Port Mann Bridge and Highway 1 expansion -- they have not taken a firm position against it, for fear of losing voters in Surrey. This stands in contrast to the strong position they took in opposition to the proposed coal fired power plants in Princeton and Tumbler Ridge -- which they have raised repeatedly, and which seem to be in serious jeopardy now.

Given the increased awareness of climate change issues, there will be an internal debate within the NDP about whether or not to change their position on the Port Mann issue (i.e. To stand up in opposition to the twinning and highway expansion).

Please email your MLA (find contact info here:, with a copy to transportation critic David Chudnovsky at, would be very helpful right now. Please send letters as soon as you're able. Just something simple is all that's needed -- expressing your opposition to the expansion and your wish that the NDP take a strong stand.


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.


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