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BikeSummer '03 (NYC) (english)
Email: newswire (nospam) madhattersimc.org
03 Mar 2003
BikeSummer '03 (NYC)
BikeSummer is a month-long festival celebrating the bicycle. This all-ages, all-boroughs event is coming to New York City in 2003! Please help us make New York's BikeSummer the best ever. Your participation --financial, in-kind, or through organizing and participating in events -- will make all the difference.
(See http://www.bikesummer.org and the detailed information below.)
What is BikeSummer?
BikeSummer is a framework for fun and educational events: rides, competitions, workshops, movie screenings, exhibits, historical tours, eco tours, advocacy discussions, bike art, BMX events, and more. BikeSummer was founded in San Francisco in 1999 to focus the bicycle movement and to promote bicycling and transportation concerns, and its exciting month of actions, adventures, and advocacy was a great success. Since then, the festival has traveled to Vancouver, Chicago, and Portland, OR, leaving behind expanded, energized, and more effective cycling communities. This year, between June 27 and July 26 (and with some additional events in August), BikeSummer makes its East Coast debut, giving locals and visitors from around the globe the chance to discover the unique (and healthy) experience of cycling in New York City.
Who's putting it all together, and how?
BikeSummer 2003 is being produced entirely by volunteers from a broad coalition of local cycling groups. This group has already contacted more than 150 cycling, arts, cultural, and environmental groups, organizations, and businesses to ask that they plan free bike-related events for BikeSummer.
The BikeSummer Organizing Committee is doing all the outreach, publicity, promotion, and coordination. Our website (http://www.bikesummer.org), is loaded with information and graphics, including event listings,
ways to get involved, and links to supporters. We're also producing promotional flyers, postcards, stickers, postcards, posters, and t-shirts to distribute around the city and across the country. In early June, we'll print and distribute 50,000 calendars (or more if we raise enough money).
What will it cost?
Although most events will be free of charge, and all the work is being done by volunteers, funds are needed to pay for promotional materials (printing and distribution), event venues and equipment, administrative expenses, refreshments, and more--an estimated $17,000 for the entire month. We think this is a great deal for this incredible celebration and the lasting legacy it will leave.
How can you help?
-Make a financial contribution. All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged on the BikeSummer website and, if over $250, in the printed calendar.
Go to http://www.bikesummer.org/2003/supporters/supportappeal.php to donate online via PayPal or send a check payable to TIME'S UP-BikeSummer to the address below. (BikeSummer's fiscal sponsor is TIME'S UP!, a 501c3 New York-based non-profit environmental group focused on promoting a more sustainable, healthier, less toxic city.)
-Forward this e-mail to a friend or listserve to help us get the word out.
-Advertise in our calendar. A business-card size ad in our calendar (print run at least 50,000, shelf life of early June-late July) can be purchased for $500. Advertisers will also be acknowledged. Contact Carter Craft (carter (at) waterwire.net) if you'd like a sample calendar from 2002.
-Donate goods or services for event raffles or prizes. In-kind donations will be acknowledged on our Supporters page. Contact Carter Craft
(carter (at) waterwire.net) for more information.
-Help spread the word. Link to
-Plan an event. See http://www.bikesummer.org/2003/calendar/plan.php for details.
-Visit http://www.bikesummer.org/2003/getinvolved/getinvolved.php to learn about other ways to get involved.
Thanks for your support in helping to build an urban culture that values the bicycle as a vehicle of liberation, sustainability and friendlier communities!
Don't miss BikeSummer, June 27-July 26 (and beyond)throughout New York City!
on behalf of BikeSummer 2003 Organizing Committee
P.O. Box 249
New York, NY 10002-0249
TIME'S UP! is a direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a safer, quieter, friendlier, and more environmentally sustainable city. We're community-based, all volunteer, and non-profit. It's easy to help: Join!
See www.times-up.org or call 212-802-8222 for more information.