Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monday nite!: Dia De Los Muertos Ride by The Cretins

Come out this Monday nite on a bike ride to honor life and death.

Free face paints by a professional face paint artist.

Tour our city where we live our lives and bury our dead.

Stolen Bike Alert: White Milwaukee Bruiser

Please keep your eyes out for our buddy's white Milwaukee Brusier which was stolen last Friday in SD. The fixed gear bike had purple trim, a black rear wheel on a Velocity rim, a front wheel on a Sun rim, and Demolition cranks.

The bike was stolen by a 16-20 year old male in the Loma Portal area off Midway Dr. My buddy parked it briefly in the doorway of a liquor store when the perpetrator ran up, grabbed it, hopped on, and rode off.


Please email any leads to BicControl[at]gmail[com]. Thanks.

UPDATE: This bike has been recovered! Alleged thief has been arrested!

Bunnyhops For Breast Cancer Rained Out, Postponed 'til Nov. 21

If you woke up in SD yesterday morning before 10:30am you would've noticed that it was pouring. As a result, the Bunnyhops For Breast Cancer Benefit trick comp and alleycat have been postponed and rescheduled for November 21. See you then.

UPDATE: The event has been changed from Nov. 20 to the Nov. 21 so it wont conflict w/ an event in LA.

This is gonna be amazing!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Biggest Bike Weekend All Year Continues w/ CM Tonite + More

This is got to be the biggest bike weekend in SD all year; 5 straight days of killer bike events.

Last nite The Cretins' 5th Annual Halloween Ride was a smash.

Tonite is Halloween Critical Mass! It usually turns out to be one the most fun rides all year. Riders, please keep the ride fun, positive, and peaceful. CM is a celebration of the bicycle. If you chose to exploit the mass by using it as a medium for your aggressive, violent (when not in self-defense) tendencies, stop coming out. There isn't a single veteran SD Critical Mass rider who would disagree w/ that statement.

CM didn't just magically turn into a huge, popular, fun event. 5 years ago to the day, SDCM had 35 riders. Tonite there will be an estimated 1,000+ people. How do you think it got like that when other free monthly and weekly rides faded out? The answer is because a group of dedicated bike advocates put their time and energy into the ride to make it fun, creative, positive, and different every time. So don't ruin the ride for those who worked hard to make it awesome.

Two years ago to the day the following statement, The Importance of Communication and Diffusing Conflict @ SDCM, was written and handed out by veteran CM riders to hundreds of riders at the fountain. The ideas expressed here are still valuable and pertinent:

The Importance of Communication & Diffusing Conflict at SDCM

October 31 Halloween 2008 San Diego Critical Mass Riders,

Some of us ride San Diego Critical Mass to celebrate sustainability, to exercise energy independence, to practice solutions to global warming, to be healthy, to make friends, to restore civic life to public streets normally dominated by speeding automobiles, to make a statement, or to enjoy the landscape of San Diego. But one overarching goal that we can all agree on is our celebration of Fun, via the Bicycle.

To keep SD Critical Mass rides fun, we can all work on the following:

-Communicate: Communication is our most vital asset. See something you don't or do approve of? Then make a comment. Communicate to that person or persons. This is the people's ride. It's up to all Critical Mass riders to do their part and contribute their two cents, in person, at the ride. Don't be complacent to something you don't agree with. Now is the time for self-regulation. Speak up. If you have a voice, use it, positively.

-Dealing with Impatient Motorists: Most motorists that drive by Critical Mass smile or cheer in support of the awe-inspiring bike ride. Many of them think, "I want to be with them on a bike right now!" However, there are a small minority of motorists who are bent on an inflated ego and who subscribe to the Culture of Immediacy school-of-thought which places their immediate priorities far above the well-being and livelihood of other human beings. The Culture of Immediacy is why the majority of freeway-using motorists regularly speed above the speed limit on neighborhood streets.

If you (unintentionally) slow down a motorist w/ a dangerously inflated ego, then many motorists will take this personally, and will occasionally get Road Rage, and may act violently towards you. Any cyclist who rides on the streets, or even any motorist who drives on the freeways, will tell you that Road Rage is real and scary. Road Rage is a facet of auto-dependency and American culture which sociologists, psychologists, police officers, or any user of a public street, for that matter, are well aware of.

As everyday bike riders, and as Critical Mass riders, we need to remember that Road Rage exists.

If you see a motorist that looks impatient or frustrated try talking to that person in a polite manner. Say, "Thank you for waiting. We'll be out of your way shortly."

Motorists like to see that someone on the ride is concerned about them waiting. If they're determined to drive through the group, and they start to act irate, then it's usually best not to challenge them, but to let them through. At that point, you (the corker) should step up your game, and communicate to other cyclists. Warn them that the motorist is determined to drive through the flow of cyclists despite our safety. Warn the cyclists, "Look out! Be careful! This person is determined to drive through!"

If we do this, then we can reduce the likeliness that a bicyclist will get hit or ran over by a motorist; something which no cyclist deserves. Period.

In the streets, you earn respect by practicing it. Share the road.

Have fun tonight! Celebrate! Be spooky. To prevent something too scary from happening, show respect for other human beings around you. By practicing respect, even those who aren't on the ride can have fun, too.

See you tonite!

Other rad events this weekend include tomorrow's Bunnyhops For Breast Cancer by Fast Pace Zine, the Veloswap Meet this Sunday at the Velodrome, and The Cretins' Day of the Dead Ride this Monday (flier up tomorrow).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

This Thursday!: 5th Annual CRETINS Halloween Ride!

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It's time! The 5th Annual Cretins Halloween ride is finally upon us!

Ride meets at Gala Foods in South Park at 7pm this Thursday, Oct. 28.!

Pinata smashing, pumpkin bowling, dodgeball, and a performance by Satan's Dance Party!

Flier by Color Deco.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Follow Up: The Fight For Bike Infrastructure Funding

According to an email from one of my favorite people in SD--Kathy Keehan, Bike Coalition Executive Director--there has been some progress in the fight for bike infrastructure $.

Apparently, there was some constructive discussion amongst decision makers at a big SANDAG (SAN Diego Association of Governments) meeting yesterday.

But the battle isn't over.

Here's Kathy's email synopsis of the meeting yesterday and a follow up to the previous blog entry Urgent Action Needed: Your Phone is a Mic--Help Fight for $ for Bike Infrastructure:

Thanks! We're on our way but we're not done yet...

Hi all,

THANK you to everyone who called or emailed SANDAG this week! I heard comments from several members of the board that they heard from their local constituents, and they were definitely paying attention today.

The SANDAG meeting went fairly well today – thanks to Jim, Hans, Nicole, Nick(?), plus support from Move San Diego, Walk San Diego, Sustainable San Diego, and others. Thank you all for being there! It was terrific that all the people who stood up to speak today supported dramatically increasing the amount of money spent on bicycling and walking.

The good news is that staff claims they will be ‘fully funding’ the bicycle and pedestrian program. The bad news is that they carefully did not establish what ‘fully funded’ means. It could mean that they are fully funding the regional bike plan. That would be nice, but that’s only $430 million. We just don’t know yet. It’s almost certainly not 3%, though, so we’ve got more work to do.

The other good news is that many of the board members spoke up questioning staff about the bicycle and pedestrian program. We definitely got their attention, and they want to do the right thing. I’m hopeful that if staff gives them the option to spend significantly on bicycle and pedestrian programs, they will vote to do so. We’ll be working on getting a meeting with staff to clarify what ‘fully funded’ means next week, and we’ll be counting on you all to make some noise leading up to the November 12th Transportation Committee meeting, where they will be deciding on their ‘preferred alternative’. We need the preferred alternative to include significant money for bicycling and walking, and we’ll be trying our best to make that happen in the next three weeks.

For right now, we’ll be holding off on asking you to call or email your representatives again until we find out more about the staff recommendation. Thank you for reaching out! It made a difference. One board member actually said to me ‘ok, I get it! They can stop calling me now!’ So rest your dialing and typing fingers, but be ready for another big push in the next couple of weeks.



Kathy Keehan

Executive Director

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition

740 13th St, Suite 502

San Diego, CA 92101


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Urgent Action Needed: Your Phone is a Mic--Help Fight for $ for Bike Infrastructure!

Tell your local representatives that more of the same freeways-first, active-transportation-last prioritizing will NOT cut it! The following message is from the Bike Coalition and Walk San Diego:

We need your help this week!

One of the things we try to do at the Bicycle Coalition is have input on the Regional Transportation Plan, the document that guides how all the transportation money in the San Diego region will be spent over the next 40 years. It’s updated every four years or so, and it’s time again for the discussion about how those funds will be spent.

SANDAG staff has released the ‘revenue constrained’ plan. This is the plan that actually gets down to the nitty gritty of allocating the amount of money we can reasonably expect to see in the region over the next 40 years. They have determined that $100 to $110 BILLION will be available over those 40 years, and have settled on how to spend all but about $3 to $3.5 billion of that money. Now they’re trying to figure out how to spend that last 3%.

There’s a staff report that outlines four scenarios for spending that 3% - a ‘Transit Emphasis Scenario’, a ‘Rail/Freight Emphasis Scenario’, a ‘Highway Emphasis Scenario’ and a ‘Fusion Scenario’. If you are interested in finding out what is in each scenario, (agenda item 3) is the staff report. It is important to note that under all four scenarios, SANDAG modeling predicts that bike/ped mode share actually decreases from the existing share and the no-build alternatives. That means that in all four of these options, biking and walking will go DOWN rather than up.

We need an ‘Active Transportation/Transportation Demand Management Emphasis Scenario’. 3% of the total transportation budget is not an unreasonable amount to spend on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, programs, and improvements.

But SANDAG won’t even analyze this scenario unless we make some noise. So I’m asking you to make some calls. PLEASE call or email your SANDAG Board representative and ask them to tell SANDAG to include an Active Transportation Emphasis Scenario. Tell them you want SANDAG to spend at least 3% of the transportation dollars on bicyclists and pedestrians.

Here’s who you should call if you live, work, or play in each of the following cities. The first name on the list is the SANDAG Board representative from that city, and the ones with (A) beside them are alternates. Leave a message for one or for all if you can -

City of Carlsbad - 760-434-2820
Hon. Matt Hall, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Bud Lewis, Mayor
(A) Hon. Ann Kulchin, Mayor Pro Tem

City of Chula Vista - 619-691-5044
Hon. Cheryl Cox, Mayor
(A) Hon. Rudy Ramirez, Deputy Mayor
(A) Hon. Steve Castaneda, Councilmember

City of Coronado - 619-522-7320
Hon. Carrie Downey, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Al Ovrom, Mayor Pro Tem
(A) Hon. Michael Woiwode, Councilmember

City of Del Mar - (858) 755-9313
Hon. Crystal Crawford, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Carl Hilliard, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Mark Filanc, Councilmember

City of El Cajon - (619) 441-1788
Hon. Mark Lewis, Mayor
(A) Hon. Jillian Hanson-Cox, Councilmember

City of Encinitas – 760.633.2600
Hon. Jerome Stocks, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Teresa Barth, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Dan Dalager, Mayor

City of Escondido -
Hon. Lori Holt Pfeiler, Mayor
(A) Hon. Sam Abed, Councilmember

City of Imperial Beach – 423- 8300
Hon. Jim Janney, Mayor
(A) Hon. Patricia McCoy, Mayor Pro Tem
(A) Hon. Jim King, Councilmember

City of La Mesa – 619.463.6611
Hon. Art Madrid, Mayor
(A) Hon. Mark Arapostathis, Councilmember
(A) Hon. David Allan, Vice Mayor

City of Lemon Grove – 619.825.3800
Hon. Mary Teresa Sessom, Mayor
(A) Hon. Jerry Jones, Mayor Pro Tem
(A) Hon. Jerry Selby, Councilmember

City of National City – 619.336.4241
Hon. Ron Morrison, Mayor
(A) Vacant
(A) Hon. Rosalie Zarate, Councilmember

City of Oceanside – 760.435.3065
Hon. Jim Wood, Mayor
(A) Hon. Esther Sanchez, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Charles "Chuck" Lowery, Councilmember

City of Poway - (858) 668-4530
Hon. Don Higginson, Mayor
(A) Hon. Jim Cunningham, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Carl Kruse, Deputy Mayor

City of San Diego - (619) 236-6330
Hon. Jerry Sanders, Mayor
(A) Hon. Anthony Young, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Sherri Lightner, Councilmember

Hon. Ben Hueso, Council President 619.236.6688
(A) Hon. Marti Emerald, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Todd Gloria, Councilmember

City of San Marcos - (760) 744-1050
Hon. Jim Desmond, Mayor
(A) Hon. Hal Martin, Vice Mayor
(A) Hon. Rebecca Jones, Councilmember

City of Santee - (619) 258-4100 x114
Hon. Jack Dale, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Hal Ryan, Councilmember
(A) Hon. John Minto, Councilmember

City of Solana Beach - (858) 720-2490
Hon. Lesa Heebner, Deputy Mayor
(A) Hon. Dave Roberts, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Mike Nichols, Councilmember

City of Vista - (760) 639-6130
Hon. Judy Ritter, Mayor Pro Tem
(A) Hon. Bob Campbell, Councilmember
(A) Hon. Steve Gronke, Councilmember

County of San Diego – 619.531.5533
Hon. Pam Slater-Price, Chairwoman
(A) Hon. Greg Cox, Supervisor
(A) Hon. Ron Roberts, Chair Pro Tem

Hon. Bill Horn, Vice Chairman 619.531.5555
(A) Hon. Dianne Jacob, Supervisor



Kathy Keehan

Executive Director

San Diego County Bicycle Coalition

740 13th St, Suite 502

San Diego, CA 92101


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bunnyhops For Breast Cancer Benefit

DIY crafters Fast Pace Zine (from Murrieta and now SD) present a very important event...

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Yes, you read correctly--a frame will be given to the first place winner of the trick comp and a frame for the first place winner of the alley cat race! Damn, FPZ doesn't f*ck around! They got that sponsor pull.

This will event will be goin' off! Not to miss. Notin' like a super fun, ragin' benefit bike event for a good cause. Is there anything better?

P.S. Thomas Bike Shop now has copies of Fast Pace Zine Issue #4. How could you not be down w/ a free zine loaded w/ ill full color photos?

This Sunday: SD Bike Union Fall Haul-In and Picnic

The SD Bike Union is organizing their first, but not last, official community bike event this Sunday.

The Union is composed of some great SD bike advocates including Sky Boyer (Velo Cult owner, creator), Jay Porter (The Linkery and El Take It Easy owner), Thomas Bahde ( contributor), Andrew Woolley (a respected champion of bike justice), and Fred Ollinger (a contributor on forum) for the time being. With a core group of people like this, programs like the Discount Program, and events like this Sunday's picnic, the Union is bound to grow into a great organization.

Flier and official statement below:

The San Diego Bike Union is hosting our first annual Fall Haul-In and Picnic at Trolley Barn Park in University Heights on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17TH @ 2:00pm.

Bring a picnic and lawn games, bring the kids, invite the neighbors!

The idea is to use your bike to transport everything to the park--we’re talking baskets, panniers, racks, backpacks, messenger bags, Xtracycles, cargo bikes, trailers, whatever you have that will turn your bike into a hauling machine--no cars needed!

This is a fun, FREE, and casual event for everyone to enjoy. You don't have to be nuts about bikes to come and enjoy good food, good community, and some fun games.

Folks from San Diego Bike Polo will be on hand to give a demonstration and let people try the sport for themselves.

Representatives from the bike kitchen Bikes del Pueblo will also be on hand to answer basic technical and repair questions.

Matt Lingo Photo Essay: Tecate, Mexico's Kilolibra

Damn! Back-to-back-to-back entries from work by Matt Lingo. Dude's on-hit lately. When your work is this good, what do you expect?:

Matt and Alex made a little trip down to Tecate, Mexico to ride w/ their friends from Kilolibra, who make riding-inspired art and clothing. I love riding bikes in Mexico, from Tijuana to Mexico City. As such, I feel inclined to share this photo essay:


For the complete photo essay from Matt click here. That's where I learned about this live art show organized by Kilolibra this coming Saturday:

Matt Lingo Films SD's DJ Mull

Matt Lingo filmed this playful and fun-to-watch video of San Diego's DJ Mull for one of DJ's new sponsors, Copy. I haven't seen a fixed trick video set to Cake yet, but if anyone can make it happen it's Matt:

Copy presents DJ Mull from Matt Lingo on Vimeo.

I like how DJ hits shit really fast. In addition to speed, DJ makes it look clean.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Leader Catalog by Matt Lingo

These photos by SD's Matt Lingo for the Leader Bikes catalog have been up for a week now but they are most certainly worth sharing here in case you haven't seen them yet. To miss them would be a true loss. I can't think of a photographer who has created more unique photo representations of bicycling than Matt Lingo.

Tyler Johnson and Terrence Patrick. The SD urban history nerd in me loves this. El Cortez hotel looks omnipresent.

Dan Arel on B St.

Tyler Johnson bombing B St.

Matt Spencer in the Barrio.

The San Diego Business Journal wishes.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tom Lamarche Edit for WRAHW

This video made my nite:

WRAHW Welcomes Tom Lamarche from WRAHW on Vimeo.

Hahaha! Yes! Tom Lamarche kills! Holy shit, that last clip had me dying.

Really dug that song. All around, that edit was entertaining as hell. Ups to Torey Thorton for putting that together for WRAHW--the most brutal bike blog in the world.

BIC = Bitches In Control

If you've ever wondered what BIC stands for in Bic Control, it stands for Bitches In Control...psych! It's short for bicycle and is pronounced 'bike control' and sounds like 'mic control,' which is something that we argue cyclists in the U.S. need to enact change.

But I recently learned that BIC also stands for Bitches In Control, a killer riot grrrl street art crew who I think is based in Brooklyn while expanding as far as Berlin:

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So so goood! Check out more here.

Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass

We're winning...

This article for Yahoo News further reaffirms what we--as young people of today--know. Our current generation is undergoing and has undergone a paradigm shift in terms of how we view automobiles and mobility. This article discusses the paradigm shift that questions automobility but it does not discuss the paradigm shift that has embraced bicycles in major cities across the U.S. For that I'd recommend getting your hands on data from your local MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization), or, for a less technical, more fun yet informative read, I'd recommend the excellent book by Jeff Mapes, Pedaling Revolution. In the meantime...:

Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass

The generation gap is a growing, long-term headache for automakers.

By Jim Ostroff

Selling cars to young adults under 30 is proving to be a real challenge for automakers. Unlike their elders, Generation Yers own fewer cars and don’t drive much. They’re likely to see autos as a source of pollution, not as a sex or status symbol.

Motorists aged 21 to 30 now account for 14% of miles driven, down from 21% in 1995...

“It’s a matter of mind-set far more than affordability,” says William Draves, president of Learning Resources Network, an association that studies consumer trends and provides education and training services...

Moreover, in survey after survey, Gen Yers say that they believe cars are damaging to the environment. Even hybrid electric vehicles don’t seem to be changing young consumers’ attitudes much.

Bold emphasis added. The complete version of the article can be found here.