Browse Month by June 2009
Advocacy, Film/video

Take back the street, with the symphony. That’s classy.

A more fine arts focus on reclaiming the streets. A little break; a 10 minute hiccup in the morning commute. The drivers way back in line probably had no idea what was going on, but the pedestrians got a treat, and the cars in front waited patiently, hopefully sipping their coffee and listening to a bit of the symphony.

What a neat concept. This video is from 2006; it’s very creative, and impromptu music in the street is a fun way to show a more refined, respectable crowd that appreciates traffic calming. Enjoy.

Advocacy, Events, Media

VEER: Seattle screening 6/25

Veer, the Movie

Exclusive Seattle movie premier: a benefit for the Major Taylor Project

Thursday, June 25
6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Columbia City Cinema
4816 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
$10 advance tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door, provided that we don’t sell out!

  • Fun bike culture panel talk between shows at 8:30 p.m. Hosted by Dave Hiller with Filmmaker Greg Fredette & special guests.
  • Secure bike corral parking next door at Washington Federal Savings. $3 donation, open 5:30 – 11 p.m.
  • Pre and post show happy hour libations and raffle at Lottie’s Lounge (no host)

Veer explores America’s fast-growing bicycling culture by profiling five people whose lives are inextricably tied to bicycling and the bike-centric social groups they belong to. The film follows these characters over the course of a year, offering a behind-the-scenes look at their personal struggles and triumphs. Veer examines what it means to be part of a community, and how social movements are formed. The film is narrated by Mathew Modine, renowned actor and bicycle advocate.

These special shows benefit the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Major Taylor Project.

Taken from the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation site

Events, GO MEANS GO events

67 people forego sleep to ride their bikes!

As this is being written- it’s been just over 12 hours since the 1st Annual Summer Solstice Scavenger Hunt came to a close at Louisa Boren Park in Seattle. As small groups of riders rolled in around 5am, the breakfast buffet was being set up, bringing the all night ride to a close. Hot coffee and orange juice greeted the 50+ finishing riders as they rolled in- zombie eyed and smiling. Having completed a night of riding through the city streets, the crowd was hungry, tired, and a little delirious.

The ride started atop Kite Hill at Gasworks Park, people gathering after the Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade. As we showed up to hand out spoke cards and ride books, we were pleasantly surprised by over 20 more people that wanted to take part in the ride. I, for one, was not expecting such an amazing turnout. With the threat of rain showers, combined with the idea of riding one’s bike ALL through the night, I was impressed and thankful for the 42 that pre registered. The addition of 25 more people was a surprising, but welcome occurrence.

The sunset took place at 9:11pm, and the riders started (mostly slowly) working on the collection of around 100 items on the list. In order to collect everything on the list, people would need to collect one item every four minutes. Nobody collected all the items. Lots of people looked through the book, asked questions regarding the stops, some being time sensitive, other not.

The time sensitive meetups were designed to keep everybody going throughout the night. There was a midnight meetup at Myrtle Edwards park, where some fairly large mortar based fireworks were launched, and a 3am meetup at Winchell’s donuts, where everyone got their fill of donuts and coffee. The parking lot was taken over by bikes, people wandering through the crowd, scarfing maple bars, kruellers (Ginger gave me my first, and I thank her for that,) and chocolate covered sprinkled donuts. The coffee flowed freely, and the stop gave everybody a much needed boost to get them through the final hours.

At the finish, individuals and teams counted their points, and the highest scores were recounted to be confirmed. TEAM FOUR LOKO came in first with 408 points, and took home the trophy. Others found some of the more obscure items, such as a pic of David Hasselhoff, american flags of multiple sizes. Another fantastic part of this event, is the fact that over 150 cans of food were collected, to be donated to the University Food Bank. A win-win situation, canned food counting as points in the hunt.

The interesting and easily overlooked part of this scavenger hunt, is that it took place from 9:11pm until 5:11am. This adds another element of difficulty, and relies on the resourcefulness of the participants. A honey packet may easily be found at four o’clock in the afternoon, but at 4 in the morning… a little more difficult.

I can’t thank Melissa and Amy F. enough for their work in preparing the food for the breakfast, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, vegan and omnivore alike. Amy F. took care of the tofu scrambler and some of the potatoes, as well as heading up the meetup at Myrtle Edwards Park. Somehow, Melissa managed to prepare an incredible amount of food in our tiny kitchen, all on time, and tasting amazing. This is what came through our kitchen last night between 9pm and 4am, all but a little bit consumed Saturday:

  • 30 pounds of potatoes
  • 120 eggs
  • 6 pounds sausage
  • 5 bulbs of garlic
  • 100 cups of coffee (in the industrial coffee maker that takes 100 minutes!)
  • 2 1/2 pounds of sour cream
  • 1/2 gallon salsa
  • 1 pound of cheese

Thanks goes out to Lighthouse Roasters, for supplying coffee grounds for the breakfast.

There are some pics up HERE. If you have any other photos, please join the Go means go group, and post them there!

GO MEANS GO will continue to bring bike events to you, some competitive, like the upcoming Tour de Watertower

Some not so much, like this one. Also, Art Velo is coming up, and if you are interested in submitting art work, please do so by August 5th.

On a much sadder note, there was a death at Carkeek Park last night at around 9pm. A park-goer (not participating in this event) was hit by a train while walking on the tracks at the park. We unfortunately found this out as Carkeek was a stop, and was closed, becoming a police scene. My condolences to the family.

Film/video, Media

Ryan loves Knog

Knog was the title sponsor of this years Westside Invite, held in Seattle. They hooked up some pretty great prizes, and through their sponsorship, there are a lot more riders on Seattle streets being seen by drivers. So, a big thanks goes out to them for that. And a big thanks goes out to them for their new commercial series, which I first saw on Urban Velo… of course.
Oh, and this just in… SEX SELLS. Or so I’ve heard.

Check more out at KNOG TV


Check me out on Craigslist

I grew up listening to Wierd Al. Most of the songs that he redid, I prefer to the originals. I don’t have much nerd in me, but in that little corner of my heart, Wierd Al is the DJ. With classics like “Fat”, “I think I’m a clone now”, “Amish Paradise”, and more recently “White and Nerdy”, how could you NOT be a fan?

My mom took me to see UHF on opening day. She took me out of school to see it. I really wanted to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but it was sold out, so we saw UHF instead. I think I’m a better man for it. TMNT was pretty over rated, but UHF…. changed my life. I sat there in the theater with my mom, eating buttered popcorn and drinking sugary soda, laughing hysterically at the thought of Ghandi, ordering a steak and blowing people away with a machine gun. Weird Al might be one of the few people on this earth that would laugh at my jokes. Well, truth be told, he probably wouldn’t think they were funny either.

I just saw this today, after making my daily wanderings through the Craigslist forest. I usually stay on the well marked trails and paths, but I know that there are dark corners where evil creatures lurk, and you can meet some unsavory characters in those woods. Untrustworthy people, that would, as they say, “sell their mother for the right price.” They may also give you their styrofoam peanuts, if you bring your own bag.

Events, Races

Global Gutz: Worldwide Bicycle Courier Race

In Seattle 1pm. 6/20

Messengers Only

Free Admission

Register at noon, Race at 1pm.  If any messenger race is going to start on time, this would likely be it.

The idea of Global Gutz is to have a live traffic bicycle courier race in lots of cities all over the world, starting simultaneously, e.g. at 1 p.m. in San Francisco, and 4 p.m. in New York, etc. and held over a given distance and a given amount of checkpoints in an effort to try to make race conditions as equal as possible for everyone. This way we can have a world wide competition without spending a lot of money for traveling somewhere. Everyone will just be racing in their hometown knowing that in various cities around the world there are messengers racing with or against them, and the first male and female competitors to finish will be the lucky winners.

More info: HERE

It looks like 2002 was the last time a Seattle rider made it into the top 100.  Let’s go SEATTLE!



BMX Bandits

I really like the gear these kids are rockin. It’s full on “weekender” gear.  If you haven’t seen BMX Bandits, you are missing out.  Not because it’s well done, or the tricks are amazing, or that there is a great plot that wasn’t done before or hasn’t been done since, but simply because it is Nicole Kidman’s first starring role in a feature length film.  You can’t tell by the voice over in this clip, but it’s Australian.

Maybe we can do another screening of it soon?