Sauce Weekly: July 27

Yay! It’s Tuesday! And you know what that means?!?!? It’s Sauce Weekly Day!!!

1. Bike Building Blitz Party: Wednesday, July 28, 10am-6pm
2. Social Hub and Library Launch: Saturday August 7, all day long!
3. BIXI Launch Party: Wednesday, July 28, 7pm
4. Bike-In Movie Night (film TBA): Thursday, July 29, 9:30pm
5. Awesome Bike Greeting Cards by Baye Hunter @ ‘Sauce!
6. Jarvis is Now Outfitted with New Bike Lanes!

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1. Bike Building Blitz Party: Wednesday, July 28, 10am-6pm

We take in a lot of bike donations and to all those who have donated a bike or parts or a bike in parts, thank you.  There is a lot of good bike out there looking for a little love to get back on the road.  But building bikes while trying to empower cyclists with a little DIY is too much for our volunteers to handle during open shop hours.  We also find that people who are looking for a reliable and affordable bike find our selection of ready-to-go bikes a little thin. The solution we have come up with is…

Bike Building Blitz Party
Wednesday, July 28
10am-6pm
@ ‘Sauce (717 Queen E)

Come by the space and pick out a bike to wrench on.  There will be volunteer mechanics on hand to help out.  Lonely bikes need your help!!!

Facebook event can be found here.
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2. Social Hub and Library Launch: Saturday August 7, all day long!

Over the past few weeks, we Sauciers have been hard at work overhauling the lounge. Now it’s time to celebrate!

The newly renovated social hub has coffee, art and free wireless internet. The sustainable transportation advocacy centre and library boasts fully-stocked shelves with books and ‘zines on all sorts of cycling, civic engagement and Toronto history.

So grab your friends, come down to Bike Sauce and enjoy a great book or conversation over a nice cup of coffee… You should also join us for the Keg Party!!!

Bike Sauce Social Hub and Library Launch
Where: BikeSauce! (717 Queen E, entrance around back)
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2010

Family-Friendly Group Ride: 12-2pm
Open House: 12-6pm
Alley Cat Race: 7pm ($10 registration fee, all proceeds go to Bike Sauce)
Keg Party: 9pm onwards

We still need help planning and preparing, so if you are interested in helping out, please email michelle.stamour@gmail.com.

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3. BIXI Launch Party: Wednesday, July 28, 7pm

On May 11-12, 2010, City Council passed motion PW32.8, adopting a BIXI Public Bike Share system here in Toronto. BIXI systems, born in Montreal, have already been successfully launched in several other cities, such as LondonWashington and Boston.

Not too long ago, Toronto’s public bike system was in jeopardy. Cyclists, advocates, activists and citizens alike flooded councillors’ email inboxes with pleas to move ahead with the deal, a campaign lead by the Toronto Cyclists Union. Thankfully, the project moved ahead and now there are a few milestones to achieve before the system rolls out in May 2011. One milestone is to sign up 1,000 members before November 30, 2010.

In an effort to kick-start the pledges, the City is hosting a BIXI Launch Party! The event will provide complimentary food and entertainment, as well as an opportunity to take a BIXI bike for a test spin!!!

Wednesday, July 28
7pm
@ the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West)

Have any questions? This Q&A sheet might be able to help.

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4. Bike-In Movie Night (film TBA): Thursday, July 29, 9:30pm

Thursday night bike-in movies have become quite the tradition at ‘Sauce these days. Someone picks a fun movie, we haul out the couch into the driveway, we project the movie on to the wall outside, and tada! You have an awesome Thursday night!

What’s in store for this week’s movie? To Be Announced! Examples of previous movies: Rip: a Remix Manifesto, Infamy, and the 5,000 Fingers of Dr T.

Thursday, July 22
9:30pm
‘Sauce (717 Queen E)

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5. Awesome Bike Greeting Cards by Baye Hunter @ ‘Sauce!

Did you know that at ‘Sauce we stock our shelves with local, Toronto-based bike-related merch??? This week’s feature: Baye Hunter’s greeting cards!

We currently have a full stock of her colourful, creative and wonderful cards. And there are many images to chose from: from old bikes in Hong Kong, to children on bikes in China, to Toronto Island bike license plates.

If you like/love the cards, come on in to ‘Sauce and get your very own for only $4!

(If you know of any local, Toronto-based bike-related merch that you’d like to see in our space, email michelle.stamour@gmail.com)

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6. Jarvis is Now Outfitted with New Bike Lanes!

It’s here! It’s finally here! The paint has finally been put down on Jarvis Street!

The press release came out July 14, saying that the work on Jarvis was about to begin. The lights down the reversible middle lane were removed and solid yellow lines were painted to indicate to drivers that they should no longer use this infamous lane.

Unfortunately, this caused confusion for riders and drivers alike, following the fine example set by these guys. Cyclists were even ticketed for riding down the centre lane (even though she was taking pictures to write this post, to clarify the situation for others).

Painting the actual lines began July 24 and continued July 25. Check out some pictures of the painting process!

So if you have any spare time, grab your bike, head to Jarvis and give the new lanes a test ride!!!

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