Green Festival – free admission if you bike there

The Chicago Green Festival is this weekend (May 22-23, 2010), a time to celebrate what’s working in our communities. This event showcases more than 350 diverse local and national green businesses.

And the best part…

The Chicago Green Festival® is a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. In addition to highlighting local businesses (including our friends at PoCampo), more than 150 renowned speakers will appear for insightful panel discussions and presentations. Attendees will also enjoy great how-to workshops, green careers, a Fair Trade pavilion, Youth Unity Pavilion, kids’ activities, delicious organic beer, wine and cuisine, and live music. Find out how Midwest neighbors, community nonprofits and city departments are working together to make their cities healthier places to live.

Here are the details:
May 22-23, 2010
Saturday – 10am – 7pm
Sunday – 11am – 6pm

Navy Pier
600 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Faction Cycling Co.’s “Upcycled” Caps

Our friends at Faction Cycling Co. just let us know about a new line of “upcycled” caps:


Hector says:

Named for some of our favorite streets around Chicago, these caps are hand-crafted from upcycled materials by our friend on Lyndale St.. Upcycling gives old materials a new life and a higher environmental value. Most of our materials come from clothing salvaged from thrift stores around Chicago, but don’t worry, all materials are carefully hand-washed before assembly and smell terrific. These caps are one-of-a-kind. Due to their handmade nature, slight imperfections in workmanship are normal.

Check them out by clicking here. You’ll have to wait on purchasing one, though, as the initial run is entirely sold out!

2010 Bike Calendar

The other day I finished creating three Chicago-themed 2010 calendarsChicago Bikes, Chicago Flowers and Chicago Scapes. All calendars are created from photos I’ve taken throughout this past year.
bike calendar

All proceeds from the sale of these 2010 calendars will directly benefit the Chicago Ride of SIlence that I coordinate each May. Today only the site I’ve used to create these calendars is offering a Black Friday deal of 40% off and free shipping!

Dottie’s Oma from LGRAB is even featured as Ms. September! (thanks for the cross-post.)
bike calendar september

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving!

Help Support the Efforts of Bike Jax

Our good friends at Bike Jax, Jacksonville’s premier voice for cycling advocacy, sent us the following press release. Check it out:

Bike Jax has been instrumental in pushing new programs to promote bicycling as transportation in Jacksonville. Our work involves showcasing the various local bicycle groups and their events, participating in this city’s bicycle advocacy initiatives and organizing events such as the Night Ride to promote bicycles as transportation.

We erect ghost bikes for the unfortunate cyclists killed in accidents. Those are the worst days of our advocacy.

We also provide a free bike valet service at the Riverside Arts Market — a farmers’ and local artists’ market that in its first year has already been ranked as one of the best in the nation. It is a Saturday market by the St. John’s River with vendors selling fresh local produce, clothes, accessories, honey, art and jewelry. The free bike valet gives the market’s customers a safe and secure place to leave their bikes and accessories while they stroll around or shop while also hopefully getting them to understand how easy it is live and work using a bicycle for their transportational needs.

All these initiatives are currently funded out of our personal pockets, namely in set-up costs and on-going costs. We designed a t-shirt (with more designs to come) to help alleviate some of these expenses. There is a large selection of styles from our cafepress store ( However, to make it more affordable to people and reduce the carbon footprint in shipping individual orders from cafepress, we are buying shirts in bulk and selling them locally at the arts market and online at (

Help support the tremendous efforts of these guys…they’re doing great things in Jacksonville, a city that desperately needed some enthusiastic bike advocates to spur things along.

I got mine — now it’s your turn!


Xtracycle Open House…this Sunday!

From our friends at Xtracycle:

This is your chance to see Xtracycle Headquarters in the flesh, get your BBQ on, and invite your friends: we have a few offices soon to be available for sublease for the right sort of people/enterprise. (

The Xtra-Aire Airstream is in mid primp getting ready for her debut hosting the Red Hot Roots (our fantastic fleet of Radish service bikes) at The High Sierra Music Festival. We look forward to giving you the tour.

xtra flyer

P.s. No, that is not Richard Nixon pulling an Airstream by bike. It is in fact the French bicycle racer Latourneau towing an airstream in 1947, 50 years before the momentous birth of the Xtracycle cargo bicycle. 9 out of 10 French bike racers agree – if you’ve got to carry your home on your bike, Xtracycle is the way to go.