A BigOl’Bash for Biking in the East Bay

Biketopia will arrive in Color Block!

This Friday is the East Bay Bicycle Coalition’s 40th Anniversary Party! I’m helping throw this shindig and it’s gonna be a real kicker. I’ll put the easy details first:

What: Biketopia,  the East Bay Bicycle Coalition‘s 40th B-Day Bash and Fundraiser
Where: 98 Broadway, Oakland (The Jack London Pavilion)
When: Friday, Nov. 16 5:30pm-9:30pm
Tickets: $20 at the door for EBBC members, $35 gets you a bottomless glass to swill all night. Advance tickets save you $5. http://biketopia.eventbrite.com. For those of you down on the cash/credit transaction thing, volunteering gets you a free beer/wine/ginger ale, and free admission. Work it here: http://www.ebbc.org/biketopiavolunteer

Now for the excitement.

I’m stoked about the musicians I’ve asked to play throughout the evening. First up, Chris Hanson is a local singer-songwriter, whom Brooke tells me is the most handsomest man, though ladies and gents do note he’s been swept away by the loveliest lady in Oakland. Also entertaining will be Mahsa Matin, a one-woman all-talent band whom I ran into at Sunday Streets. She plays 8or9or12 instruments at once.
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While you’re there.

In addition, awesome bike buddies and entrepreneurs have kicked in auction donations. May I suggest the 40th Anniversary B-Day package, featuring framed Biketopia posters by our man Patrick Cheatham at Panorama Framing, a custom bike-travel itinerary by Kelly Gregory of Post Car Adventuring, a 4-pack of bike deliveries by Ms. Katie at Pedal Express, and a tune-up with Adam at the Spoke Cyclery while yer at it?  If you’d like to peruse the goods beforehand or you’re just a window-shopper, I got to write some awesome copy for the auction preview page. Check out http://ebbc.org/auction to see my rudimentary web-html skills in action.
Making it look easy since 1994.

And just so you know.

Most importantly, this party will benefit the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, who have been bustin’ balls advocating for bike-friendly roads, bridges, public transportation and leadership for a long frikkin time. What with a flurry of growth in local cycling (46% increase in Oakland cyclists since 2011, if you believe the numbers), we’ve got a lot of momentum to blow up biking here in the East Bay and I gotta tell you (from my perspective as a meagerly paid, yet overeager EBBC intern) the growing staff and volunteers of the East Bay Bike Coalition have got the talent, the commitment and the downright quirky drive that it takes to stump for cycling in this day and age. You gotta be an EBBC member to get in to the party, and what better excuse than now to become a card-carrying member of the pedal revolution. New/renewing members get in for free.

Actually, most importantly.

Everyone’s getting a Chinook book at the party. So take the lady or gent you’ll be eyeing all night on a free Amtrak companion fare to points beyond and spend New Year’s necking in the woods cuz California winters are grand and the nights are long and sometimes warm. You hear?
Love you bike friends.
~ Ginger


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