Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bikes Del Pueblo Video on Bike Drive

The Bikes Del Pueblo collective does great things for San Diego. Every Saturday they're out at the City Heights Farmers' Market fixing working-class peoples' bikes in exchange for donations. At the Veloswap people donated bikes and parts to the International Rescue Committee in partnership w/ Bikes Del Pueblo to help get immigrants and refugees on two wheels. Here is a new video about that project and about their vision for growth:

Bikes Del Pueblo from Brian Hedden on Vimeo.

If you know of anyone w/ a space available on El Cajon Blvd. area in City Heights, please contact them. Thanks.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

CM & CRETINS' Black Friday Ride!

Round up your biggest shopping bags and your most brutal stomping boots this Friday because it's time to SHOP 'TIL YOU KILL!

(Shop 'Till You Kill spokecard by Marcus, circa 2008).

What a better day for a bike ride (or two) than Black Friday, where millions of Americans engage in one of the most questionable and social-Darwinistic days of the year--Get out of the way or you'll get stomped to death...

That's what happened to 43-year-old Wal Mart employee Jimmy Overby who was killed by hundreds of Black Friday shoppers who stomped on his body as they ran to buy things. And a couple years ago two people died in a Black Friday gun battle in Toys-R-Us.

So rather than stressin' yourself by rushing to the mall this Black Friday to replace your whole DVD collection w/ Blu Ray versions, take your bike out and go for a ride around your neighborhood. Invite your family and/or your friends. Ride for fun. Ride for you.

If you live in San Diego join Critical Mass for the highly anticipated Black Friday ride. Meets at 7pm at The Fountain in Balboa Park.

After Critical Mass come back to The Fountain for a special CRETINS' Black Friday ride. THE CRETINS' ride meets at The Fountain at 9pm and departs at 10pm. Route to be determined. What has been determined is that there will be dodgeball after!

Free bike ride, dodgeball, thrills, laughs w/ friends > lines, money burning, bad music, and canned experiences at the mall. Hmm... Your choice.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Recap: Bunnyhops For Breastcancer

Bunnyhops For Breastcancer this past Sunday went off. Despite the rain, kids came out, the tricks were bangin', the alleycat was a rush, and chunk of money was raised. Over $300 was raised and all of it was donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fund breastcancer research.


Bunny Hops for Breast Cancer from Matthew Spencer on Vimeo.

Jakob Santos' 360. Photo/Matt Lingo.

The first event of the day was the alleycat race from Barrio Logan to National City spots and back.

California transportation. This is how we get around.

The route for the alleycat was money. Not too many races go to National City. This one did. Fun racin' in an area that most kids aren't super familiar with.

Up next was the trick comp. Above 3 photos by Matt Lingo.

Josh Boothby keepin' it DIY. Photo by VeloReality.

Jakob Santos. Photo/Lingo.

Matt Spencer. Above and below photo by VeloReality.

Josh Boothby ended up winning the trick comp. He's a nice dude and his riding is super solid. Here's a little edit that Matt Lingo filmed around the time of the Bunnyhops event:

Elevated Engineering presents Josh Boothby from Matt Lingo on Vimeo.

Thanks to Gus and Rocco for making this event happen. Good work!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jingle Jam Alleycat, Next Saturday, December 4

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Drawing by Meg at Sleeping Giant Tattoo. Graphics by Cam.

Organized by 'Zoni! It's his 1st time organizing an alleycat in SD. Should be interesting. Lookin' forward to this.

"Sprawing From Grace": Free Screening @ Velo Cult, Saturday

Velo Cult Bike Shop invites you to a free screening of Sprawling From Grace, a documentary film which examines the consequences of suburbanization. Sounds interesting. Check it out.

Goodbye, Tommy. Adventure boldly.

Our friend Tommy has moved out of SD to travel Southeast Asia by bike. But before his mega bike tour, he's going to be working at a bike shop and also working to help disarm land mines in Vietnam for Clear Path International. Wow! My friends are the most badass people in the world.

Stolen Bike Recovered, Alleged Thief Arrested

Our buddy's Milwaukee Bruiser stolen on Friday, October 29 has been recovered!

The perpetrator allegedly walked in to our mutual friends' bike shop to try to sell the bike for $150. The bike shop employee (who recognized the bike) called the owner and then the cops. The cops showed up and arrested the dude! Bike justice! Never underestimate the San Diego Bike Community.

Previous related Bic Control entry:

Stolen Bike Alert: White Milwaukee Bruiser

Friday, November 19, 2010

This Sunday!: Bunnyhops For Breastcancer is here!

After being rained out in October and rescheduled for Nov. 21, the Bunnyhops For Breastcancer event is finally here this Sunday! I was looking forward to it then and I'm even more excited now:

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This is gonna be a riot! This is has got to be one of the biggest non-monthly DIY bike events to ever happen in San Diego. The amount of sponsors that Rocco and Gus from Fast Pace Zine have pulled for this event is insane. They've been busting their ass for this. Huge props to them in advance.
Also, thanks to Will for the ramps.

There's talk about rain this weekend...but that won't stop us this time. Note the alternate location on the flier in case of rain. Bring your ponchos, boys and girls.

See you Sunday! Spread the word!

Tomorrow!: Bike The Boulevard!

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Stoked to see more local businesses supporting bicycling.

Just noticed that Bike The Boulevard will be having a DIY Bike Light Workshop segment for this event. Haha. Rad. Props to my friend Cairie Rainey for organizing the first-known DIY Bike Light Workshop ever (here and then here). The word is spreading!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Felony Charges Dropped on Rich Hit-and-Run Motorist so they won't Jeopardize His Job

Rich people deserve more rights than poor people. Don't you know this? No, I'm not talking about India's caste system which institutionalized and legalized classism. I'm talking about Vail, Colorado, a place recently characterized by unapologetic rich-privilege and extreme injustice against cyclists.

Martin Joel Erzinger, who manages rich clients' investments at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, was driving his 2010 Mercedes when he allegedly veered onto the side of a highway and struck an innocent cyclist from behind. The cyclist, Dr. Steven Milo who works to save other other peoples' lives, was suddenly laying on the side of the highway fighting for his own. Dr. Milo's spine was damaged and his brain experienced internal bleeding.

The hit-and-run perpetrator Erzinger fled the scene, according to police. Further down the road, Erzinger pulled over where he called his Mercedes dealership to report damages to his bumper, rather than calling 911. According to court documents, he did NOT alert authorities or request assistance for the cyclist. Erzinger was arrested.

Erzinger's complete lack of remorse for human life is deplorable.

But according to Vail, Colorado District Attorney Mark Hulbert, what Erzinger did only warranted a couple misdemeanor charges. Last week DA Hulbert dropped felony charges against Erzinger citing that the charge could have 'serious job implications' for Erzinger.

(Vail, Colorado District Attorney Mark Hulbert)

This degree of explicit rich-privilege is intolerable and in no way represents equality.

Hit-and-run victim Dr. Milo's lawyers were apparently livid to learn that the felony charges were dropped. Dr. Milo writes, 'Mr. Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway. Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case.'

Theoretically, all prosecutions have 'serious job implications' for all people. If DA Hulbert's is so obsessed w/ making sure that his rulings have no 'serious job implications' for violators of the law w/ no remorse for human life, then the last job he should have is a district attorney position!

Help bring hit-and-run motorist Erzinger to justice. Help remind DA Hulbert what justice means.

1. Sign the petition at Change.org to help urge DA Hulbert to reconsider dropping the felony charges.

2. Urge the Department of Justice to investigate this case and take appropriate action: 202-353-1555 , askdoj@usdoj.gov

3. Urge Colorado's Attorney General John Suthers to investigate this case and take appropriate action: 303-866-4500 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Attorney.General@state.co.us

The petition has nearly 10,000 signatures and both DA Hulbert and the CO Attorney General have removed their Facebook pages after being buried in comments about this case. The word is getting out! Help fight for justice! You can help.

SANDAG Staff Recommends $2.6 BILLION for Bike Infrastructure!

Great news from SANDAG via the Bike Coalition!:

'Remember how we asked you to call your SANDAG Board members and ask them to put 3% of the transportation dollars in bike and ped programs and projects?

SANDAG staff yesterday recommended they allocate $2.6 BILLION for the bicycle and pedestrian program.

For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 2.6% of the total $100 billion transportation spending in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). It’s quadruple what they allocated in the last RTP four years ago. It’s $65 million a year for bike/ped stuff over the next 40 years. It’s a lot of money. It’s good stuff!

But the work is not done just yet. The SANDAG board still has to vote to support the staff recommendation. So please, before Friday, call your SANDAG Board representative and say thanks to SANDAG staff for listening to us, and ask that the board member support the proposed $2.6 billion for bike/ped programs and projects.'

The above info is from an email from Bike Coalition Exec. Director Kathy Keehan. For a list of SANDAG Board reps, please see the following Bic Control entry:

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