Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tomorrow nite!: Tijuana's Paseo de Todos aka Everyone's Ride

Aside from the all the violence obsessively reported in the San Diego media, there are actually many amazing, important, and (unreported) progressive events taking place in Tijuana. For example, this Friday a very purposeful yet fun bike event--Paseo de Todos--will be taking place. Here's more info from my buddy:

Riders of Tijuana/San Diego

The fourth Paseo de TODOS (everyone's ride) will be taking place this friday, in which TODOS (every) bicycle group in Tijuana will be coming together to give each other strength to be able to peacefully change the way in which society perceives human mobility and transportation.

We will unite so that together we can look after the common good and to make a meaningful presence as a single collective. In general, bicyclists are upset because the measures of a government who claims to be in favor of the bicycle/biciclysts have not been taken in order to benefit the bicyclist, since the two bike paths from Tijuana (zona río y rosas magallón) are impossible to access via bicycles. The pseudo governmental support of such facilities is only used as a political scapegoat.

In the inauguration of the Rosas Magallón sports center, the mayor Jorge Ramos declared: "Today we are planting the seed of hope; today we are investing in making sports a tool that can allow us to keep our children and our young ones from the wrong path." However, without access for pedestrians or bicyclists, it is impossible and very unsafe to access these bike paths unless it is with the use of a vehicle. Children and young people are not able to drive.

The petitions that we have on our first phase are as follows:
A revision to the Rules of Transit.
A restructuring of the Public Transport system so that it is more efficient and not a headache for everyone (it seems impossible in our city, but if we do not unite we will be victims of this all of our lives)
Signaling/Signs that foster respect to the Pedestrian and the Bicyclist.

We believe that if we provide with more security to the urban bicyclist and the pedestrian, society will be even more trustful of riding bicycles more often, which will result in the reduction of traffic in the neighborhoods as well as downtown It is almost unbelievable that in a two-block stretch people have to drive a vehicle (for example: going to the store to get milk).
We invite you to be part of modernization and re-culturization of our city.
This is a world movement.
In Mexico it takes place in DF, Guadalajara, Puebla, Queretaro, Celaya, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Morelia.
In Baja California it takes place in Ensenada and Tijuana.
Friday August 6, 2010. 8pm. Plaza Santa Cecilia (The large Arch right at the end of revolución, near the pedestrian crossing.)

Ride Details & Suggestions:

-Make sure that your bicycle is in good running condition.
-Bring patches and our tubes in order to fix a flat.
-Get together with friends and or family members to assist the ride.
-Involve yourself and join us as a volunteer.

-Use lights and reflectors on your body or your bicycle.
-Always ride on the indicated lane, try to yield to the vehicles whenever necessary.
-Help out during intersections, supporting the volunteers, remember that the Paseo es de TODOS (it is everyone's ride)
-Follow instructions of volunteers and law enforcement.
-Maintain order and respect towards motorists, pedestrians and other bicyclists.
-Avoid screaming things that could offend the integrity of others.
-Avoid littering.
-Avoid consuming drugs and alcohol during the ride.
-Pay attention while crossing intersections.
-Be responsible for minors that are riding and their education, or tell your mom/dad to take care of you.
-Remember that you are the only one responsible of your safety to transit the street and taking care of others helps you become a part of a harmonious society.
-Enjoy the ride.

Take advantage of the experience that you gained during the ride and share it with other bicyclists.

-This ride is fun and festive, violent attitudes are not welcome.
-The motorist is a potential and explain to him that this is el Paseo de TODOS (everyone's ride) and thank him for waiting

It's great to see an event taking place in Tijuana that combines direct purposeful action, well-thought-out advocacy goals w/ clear objectives, and never forgets the importance of fun. If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong.

This Saturday: Tour De Fat at Balboa Park

This Saturday Tour De Fat--the traveling bike carnival sponsored by New Belgium--is coming to San Diego. At Balboa Park (6th & Laurel) from 10am to 4pm, the day will be packed w/ bike parades, car funeral processions, and performances. Beer will most certainly be served.

Here's the schedule:
  • 9:00 a.m. - Bike Parade Registration
  • 10:00 a.m. - Bike Parade
  • 11:00 a.m. Performances Begin
  • 1:30 p.m. - Funeral procession for the car belonging to the Car-for-Bike Trade volunteer
  • 3:30 p.m. - Car-for-Bike Trade Celebration
  • 4:00 p.m. - Curtain Closes
Come out, ride some crazy mutant bikes, and have some bevvies. A significant portion of SD Tour De Fat will benefit the SD Mountain Biking Association the SD County Bike Coalition. SDCBC is a non-profit who works hard to improve bicycling conditions for all cyclists throughout the county. So come support!

More info:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tomorrow: SD Bike Polo to Play Match In Between Horse Polo

So punk gettin' on this bill! Can't believe I'm seeing what I'm seeing. Awesome.

Right f*cking now!: Benefit Race/Party for Local Messenger, Willy

From Bryan:

This Sat. meet at the balboa fountain @ 6pm, race starts @ 7pm SHARP!!!

Bring $5, bag, lock, pen, and optional map if you need it.

Afterparty with awards, trackstand, beer, etc. at Space 4 art. Hosted by GS Cicleria. No admission to the afterparty unless you register to race.

This is a benefit to help pay for Downtown Wet-Willie's $20,000 uninsured medical bills, 100% of race donation fees go directly to his bill!!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tomorrow: Chula Vista Bike Plan Public Workshop

Help fix Chula.

Tomorrow (Sept. 22) you can play a huge role in doing so! The City of CV is holding a Bicycle Plan Public Workshop and you're invited. City staff and urban planners will be present to take notes of your suggestions to include in the Master Plan. Your comments help (1) define what will get done and will (2) determine what projects get priority in getting complete first.

The meeting is being held from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Heritage Elementary School, 1450 Santa Lucia Road.

Help shape our urban future by making Chula a better place to ride a bike.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tomorrow! PARK(ing) Day to be celebrated at vacant Peason Ford lot

International PARK(ing) Day is happening tomorrow, September 16, and livable streets advocates will be meeting at the giant vacant parking lot (Fairmount & El Cajon Blvd.) formerly occupied by a Ford dealership in City Heights from noon to 5pm. A few more organizations are spearheading PARK(ing) Day events throughout different parts of SD.

The El Cajon Blvd. Business Improvement Association and the International Rescue Committee are taking the lead on PARK(ing) Day in City Heights this year by transforming the vacant unused lot into a park for people accompanied by plants, sustainable furniture, and a BBQ party. Feel free to bring some grillables. If you don't have any to bring, some will be provided. The only requirement for free grub is that you must be a human being, and not a car.

PARK(ing) Day is about taking back public space for people, rather than the space being designated for the exclusive use of temporary automobile storage.

One reason why City Heights was chosen is because it's one of the most dense neighborhoods in San Diego, yet remains one of the most park deficient.

Last year was the first-known official PARK(ing) Day celebration in San Diego. In an optimistic sign for livable streets advocates in this extremely auto-centric city, the SD Union Tribune published a photo of SD (PARK)ing Day on their front page last year.

9/17 update:

SD PARK(ing) Day 2010 in action. People in Little Italy turn a space normally used by an unoccupied sitting automobile into a mini-park; all while feeding the meter.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Calling all working class bike jerks---L.A. is on the phone

According to one of my favorite Missing Persons songs, 'Nobody walks in L.A.'...I've realized that this is because they're all riding bikes...Okay, well some are. Actually, lots are!

L.A.'s bike community is booming. And this weekend people from bike communities in Phoenix, Bay Area, SAN DIEGO and more are visiting L.A. for a couple of reasons.

1. The POLO-Q Labor Day BBQ/friendly invite is goin' down Saturday and Sunday from 3-8pm each day. Ponder your memories of laborious toil and then raise your mallets in the air for polo unity and celebration!:

Act! 11455 Magnolia Blvd. I'll be there along w/ the core SD polo kids.

The other reason (#2) some SD heads are makin' the trip to LA is for the Bike Film Festival!

Which reminds me, the SD Bike Film Festival is goin' down next week/weekend, September 9-12! Don't miss it.

And while I'm in L.A. this weekend I'm gonna see what's up w/ the Fuck Yeah Festival. Hopefully I'll get to see San Diego's 90s hardcore band Unbroken and !!!, one of my favorite bands for live shows and for riding music.

Put simply, LA is goin' off.

Next weekend, however, it's all about SD.