Inspiring Bicycle News: Bicicletes por la Paz brings ride, music 12/13/13 + more
A Chicano reggae band Bicletas Por La Paz (Bicyclists for Peace) is bicycling its way down the coast of California from Santa Cruz to Mexico.
And they want to play for you, free, TONIGHT Friday, December 13th at the Bell Arts Factory 432 N. Ventura Ave. Also playing is The Other Band on Earth.
6-7pm PreParty Bike Ride (I’m guessing meet at Bell Arts around 545pm–remember to light your bike!)
7-8pm Community Mural Painting
(Sorry I don’t have any more details or a cool photo to show you but the poster had a typo and when I was asked to help promote it, I requested a press release or a website or? And this is all I got, plus this note from VCCool’s Rachel: “Basically, a band is biking through, doing a show at the Bell, and then heading off to Mexico. They have a social justice movie, want to do a bike-like-show, and bike-made-smoothies/margaritas.”)
It sounds like a great event; too bad I’m sick, plus my family and I have another commitment
In other inspiring bike news, how about this from People for BIkes?
LA’s reputation as a city for driving didn’t stop the founders of CicLAvia from introducing an open streets day—where roads are opened to people walking, riding, dancing, and otherwise moving without motors—in 2010. With three events in 2013, organizers are now hoping to make it a monthly celebration.
Or a little farther away:
The City of Hoboken is making the most of a local restriction on car parking next to street corners by installing bicycle corrals in these unused spaces. Downtown businesses can join the program by agreeing to maintain the bike parking area in exchange for a corral nearby. A $5,000 grant from PeopleForBikes funded a pilot program of three corrals.
This is the time of year to put your money where your mouth is…
While it is great to ride your bike as much as possible which makes you and the planet and your wallet healthier, can you contribute to VCCool or People for Bikes or Bicicletes por la Paz or even to Bell Arts Factory to support the work they do in YOUR community?
What could you get for the price of one gallon of gas?
- For a cost of a gallon of gas a month, you could sponsor one of VCCool’s “monthly” newsletters!
- For a pledge of two gallons a month, VCCool could attend a critical hearing on Fracking or Transportation budgets.
- For a tank of gas, you could sponsor one bilingual Political Action Class.
- And if eight(8) people contribute $1,0000 to VCCool – we will be able to hire an amazing Latino organizer from Oxnard, part-time, for a year!!
Patagonia has given VCCool 7 lovely, warm, winter items to give away. The name of each person who contributes $50 or more will go into our raffle basket. Every week of our pledge drive we will draw one or more winners who will get to select a gift! Thanks Patagonia for your warm support!
The McCune Foundation has a $10,000 match: if VCCool raises the first $10k they will give another $10k! But here’s the rub – gotta raise the full ten thousand first, and the clock is ticking.