Friday, November 26, 2010

Women of WOBO Ride- Blinded by the (Holiday) Lights


Yay! Am very excited this is happening. I've gotten to have nice chats with some of the folks at WOBO, and I know their Women of WOBO ride has been a bit sporadic cuz they have a lot on their plate, so let's show up and support! I look forward to seein' ya there! Facebook invite

DETAILS: Thursday, December 9 from 6-9pm. Start: Jack London Square, end: Fruitvale BART. Route map available at http://tinyurl.com/WOBORide2010-12-09. Please RSVP by Monday, Dec. 6th to shannon@wobo.org.



Just across the estuary, there’s a little street by the name of Thompson Ave that just goes WILD for the holidays. Lights, music, trees, reindeer -- these folks go all out! Last year, visitors to one yard were encouraged to step on up to a homemade stage for karaoke, and another family handed out mulled cider to passersby. If you’ve got holiday spirit, this is the place for you.

Our winter Women of WOBO ride will take us across t
he bridge to Alameda to explore the craziest stretch of holiday decorations in the East Bay. And, as a holiday bonus, one lucky rider will head home with "bike lingerie" courtesy of our friends at Pedal Panties. (One name will be selected at random from the list of ride attendees.) All female-identified people with bikes are welcome, though helmets and lights will be required for this nighttime ride. Won't you join us for December's island getaway?




Saturday, November 20, 2010

Trans Day of Remembrance Ride Reportback



The Trans Day of Remembrance Bike Ride was powerful, for me. It was amazing to see 15 folks gather together in the cold and pouring rain to ride in solidarity on a night like this. A number of folks wanted to join us just for the ride, as a place to be with each other, on a day that is so hard for our community. It felt that space was created for folks to come together doing something we love, which is sometimes the most important action we can take.

We shortened the ride cuz of the weather, but even doing the loop around the lake felt deep- all of us on bikes, passing out flyers to folks to raise awareness about the meaning of this day, and how violence against trans people is related to police violence and its affects on community here in oakland.

We ended at the Alameda County Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony, where some of us went in. I personally had a lot of mixed feelings being there- it is always so hard to hear the names of everyone we have lost to violence in a year, to hold them in my heart, and have space to grieve. I am grateful to everyone who held the space together, and I would like to have a more intimate gathering next year where we can have more room to grieve- I think the event was trying to strike a balance of honoring loss while celebrating life, but it is a delicate balance, and there is so much pain in how violently so many lives are taken from our community each year...

A lot of folks who spoke at the ceremony kept saying there should be an annual event where we get together and celebrate trans community, instead of only gathering when we lose each other. We plan on organizing a ride next month that will be a big queer celebration... cuz we do need it, so much. We will let you know for sure, and if you want to plan it with us, please send us an email: oaklandbikery@gmail.com

Below is the language we used in creating this event, written by Anna Martine Whitehead. Thank you for reading:

The violent system that killed Derrick Jones, Fred Collins, and Oscar Grant is the same system that makes transgender lives expendable. Violently incompetent police, under-resourced schools that don't protect our young people against bullying, and an (in)justice system that upholds violence against trans people - through arguments like the "gay panic defense" - work together to decimate and isolate our communities.

We bike on thi
s day to acknowledge that trans lives - all lives - matter. We are here to celebrate being together, to reflect on the past year, and to honor those taken from us. We bike on this day against system that says our lives do not have value. We bike on this day to say: All Lives Matter.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Benefit for Breast Cancer!


Check it out this Saturday, November 13th! Hosted by Stalk Bicycles. You don't want to miss it, cuz there will be a raffle drawing for a bamboo bike! That's right, handpainted by the artists featured at this event. Details below.

Old Crow Tattoo and Gallery presents
Femininity

An Art Exhibition and Benefit Raffle for Keep a Breast.org
featuring
...
JOSH MAYS
JORDAN QUINTERO
AMANDA LYNN
AMINAH SLOR

Hosted by Stalk Bamboo Bicycles

Get ready for a beautiful evening of art and charity.
Brought to you by Stalk Bamboo Bicycles and Keep A Breast.org
Femininity is a conceptual art and sculpture exhibition focusing on feminine form and the female essence. Femininity will feature hand painted Bamboo Bicycle Frames painted by Philip Milic, Amanda Lynn, Josh Mays and Jordan Quintero. One of these beautiful frames fabricated by Stalk Bicycles will be raffled off on evening of the opening with the proceeds to benefit Keep A Breast.org.
Don't miss this once in a lifetime chance to contribute to a great cause and win a limited edition bamboo bike frame. If you cant attend the opening raffle ticket's can be purchased at the Stalk Bicycles Website (www.stalkbicycles.com)
Black Diamond Shining Collective will be painting live all evening.

Additional Info about our sponsors
Keep A Breast
The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fund raising efforts, we seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their long-term health and well-being.

Stalk Bicycles
Stalk Bicycles is a team of passionate builders dedicated to fostering the collaboration of art, industry, and earth. In our pursuit of the perfect bike we choose to build with bamboo-- a versatile material that can be appreciated anywhere. Whether industrial trade shows or environmental awareness expos, bike repair shops or art galleries, San Francisco alleyways or the African countryside, our creations speak volumes. This is because our custom bicycles harness nature’s beauty and strength using
quality design.

fine print
We'll be holding the raffle @ 11pm ticket holder's do not need to be present to win prize's.
All winner's will be contacted following the raffle if not present.
If contact with winner isn't made within 2 business days, A redrawing will be scheduled and winner's will be contacted by phone

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bike Out with your Trike Out at BYOQ!




Yes! It's the Bring Your Own Queer Festival! A big free festival in San Francisco, celebrating the creativity and brilliance of queer folks all around. Hooray! We are looking forward to it.
There will be bands, craft vendors, art and lovely fun community, and BIKES! Yes! Bikes...

We will be hosting a workshop: Bling Your Bike! An afternoon of bike love and craft-makin' stations, because bikes are more than practical, they are also fun and fabulous! So show your bike some love!

We will have free craft supplies for making:
*homemade handlebar-end streamers- cuz why did that stop once we graduated training wheels?!
*spoke card love notes to put in yer bike wheels (or someone else's!)
*create pin and earring decorations for yourself and friends from recycled bike tube and old mini bike parts!
and, to be practical, the mechanics of Sugarbelly nite will be there to guide you with bike advice if needed. Lotsa bike love! - The Bikery

**PS! Please stop by and visit Michael, a rising young baker, who will be selling his delicious cupcakes and cookies with us. Delicious food, check it out! www.mikeschocolatedelights.weebly.com

Friday, October 15, 2010

Amazing Queer Dance Party Shows Huge Support and Love!


Aw, our wonderful community of lovely queers threw us the best benefit ever! Ships in the Night, a fantastic regular dance party in Oakland and SF gave us the incredible surprise of having us be the recipients of the funds from their most recent party! We are incredibly grateful and absolutely love and adore our community for supporting us as a resource. To pay back all their support, we are offering a sliding scale mechanics class for women, trans and genderqueer folks of color, coming up in November! We will spread the word by next week, when registration opens!

Lots of love to everyone for believing in the awesomeness of bikes!

The Bikery

Monday, September 27, 2010

art delivery by bike!!!

hi friends!

well it is time for the weekly post, and this one is sadly not about oakland, but it should be really fun! let's go!

it's called papergirl 2010- it's a free art give away by bike! it's open to all genders. we will bike around giving free art away to random passer bys on october 3rd, starting at noon. it goes along a pre-planned route, and ends at the hardly strictly bluegrass festival! yay....

it should be really fun! i know some of the folks involved, and they are real sweet.

more details at this site, and email papergirlssf@gmail.com to sign up and deliver art!

http://sf.funcheap.com/papergirl-2010-bike-riding-free-art-giveaway-sf/

Monday, September 20, 2010

Heels N' Wheels


So last week my friend Tiffany Martinez invited me to go on a dress up bike ride with her as we headed to Sugarbelly. I like a dress up bike ride everyday, but this nite i got especially dressed up. Amazingness... We met up wearing fabulous dresses and sparkles, and rode in our very special high heels and talked about all the difficult relationships we've been through and how we aren't gonna let people put us down anymore. It felt so fierce to power through the streets, along the waterfront by sunset, i swear it's the best therapy out there. mad love to women on bikes!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Oakland Candy Cranks!

Hi everyone! I wanna let folks know that I'm also blogging about Oakland bike community on Candy Cranks, an international women bikers blog community! This way I hope to connect with more folks who know about events far and wide to be part of. It's exciting to see what everyone is doing with bikes all over the world, check it out if you get a chance!

Thanks much,
Elokin

http://www.candycranks.com/

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oakland Pride Reportback


Oakland Pride was a good time! It was amazing to see Chaka Khan sing, wow... wow. Lots of different folks came out for pride, and it was packed. Amazing to see a really inter-generational space, feels really rare in the queer/LGBT community, at least the one i'm part of. It was awesome representing as a femme on a bike, i even pulled the bike trailer with all our gear on my fixie! super fun. we tabled with WOBO and the East Bay Bike Coalition and it was a bit surprising to me how not a lot of folks showed up on bikes. maybe a little over a hundred, but i could be wrong. it was a great day to bike too! but lots of folks showed up on bart, which is great to see folks taking public transit, even if i am hecka down on bart itself... i hope next year pride will adopt a "no one turned away for lack of funds" policy, cuz everyone should get to celebrate! michael, one of the youth we work with, made a good deal of money selling cupcakes and cookies he made that day, to raise money for top surgery. we are gonna start talking about him setting up a business for real! lookout oakland, there's a new baker in town!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

come visit us at Oakland Pride!

hey!!! we are headed to Oakland Pride right now, look for us at the bike valet parking with WOBO and the East Bay Bike Coalition. AND Michael will be selling his incredible cupcakes again!!!! don't miss it! after, swing by 1 Fam BIKES 4 LIFE at 7th and Peralta to catch Bikestock! Oakland history scavenger hunt at 2pm, bike contests after! go homo!

Bike Out at Oakland Pride!

Bike out to Oakland Pride today in downtown Oakland! Look for WOBO and East Side Arts Alliance tabling, two great organizations. We'll be out there, with cupcakes! Hope to see ya, especially at 5pm, Chaka Khan!!!!

Celebrate Bike Stock!

Last Day of Bikes 4 Life Bikestock Festival, today Sunday the 5th at 2pm! Scavenger Hunt of West Oakland history at 2pm, followed by Track Stand Contest, Bunny Hop Contest and Wheelie Contest. Come support! 7th and Peralta, West Oakland.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Come Out to Bike Stock This Weekend!!!

Description from Oakland Local:

On Saturday, Sept 4 & 5th, Bikes 4 Life in collaboration with Hood Stock is organizing it's 1st two day festival complete with bike ramps, bike mechanic skills competitions, and bike scavanger hunt thru West Oakland along with two stages. Rock, Funk, Punk, Blues and open mic.

Uniting local artist and the bicycle community with two days of fun in the sun to help end a beautifull summer. Local bands performing are some of the hottest bands in the Bay Area with a special top band making an suprise appearance. $3 donation (all funds go to West Oaland's non-profit organization One Fam empowering youth since 2000)

This event in West Oakland is going to be off the chain! We're having so much fun and this will be the ending of the summer event that you don't want to miss.

Bike ramps, local bands, bike skills competitions and a big bike scavenger hunt that'll also be educational regarding Oakland history. Big PRIZES for all the winners.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Out and About at Sistahs Steppin!




Aw, the bike ride at Sistahs Steppin was so sweet! Had a really nice time. We got to ride real slow which was nice cuz it felt like you could really connect with your neighboring riders. So fun.

I look forward to many more rides! The thing I kept hearing from folks was everyone wants to do a regular ride with other women and queers- I got to meet some great folks at WOBO (Walk Oakland Bike Oakland) who were also sponsors of the event, and we're gonna work on rides together- they do a monthly women's ride, so that will be fun. I'm pumped to work with folks to organize a queer one too!

Hooray for bikes building community!

Hearts,
Elokin & The Bikery

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bike Contingent at Sistahs Steppin In Pride

Oh wow!!! Did you hear that there is a bike contingent at the upcoming Sistahs Steppin In Pride? SO excited!!!

We are gonna be there, well me and eugene from the bikery, and we will be riding with sistahs steppin in pride on saturday, august 28th!

please join if you can, we will be meeting at the pillars at lake merrit at 11am, it will be super fun!

sistahs steppin in pride is an Oakland celebration of queer women and their allies. hella stoked to be part of riding with a big group of queers on bikes... what could be better. will report back on it soon!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Queer Dance Party benefits The Bikery!!!

Hey all dance lovin' queers! We just found out that the most awesome bay area dance party is gonna be a benefit for us in October! We are so honored and excited!!! Thank you so much to the organizers!!!

Please come through and dance with us! We will have blinky lights on in true bike nerd style!

October 2nd, more info here!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Queerness, gender, and bikes

Well okay, here goes!

I know there are hecka other sites out there for bike lovers who identify as women, queers, transfolk and genderqueer folks, but maybe not an oakland one? so here it is!

let's share info with each other about events and happenings in our community, and support a building movement of bike riding and gender liberation! please share your thoughts and ideas as well, let's build this together! sweet... thanks for being part of this!