SF Mayoral Proclamation: “Cyclecide Weekend” July 22-23, 2006

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[Believe it or not, this isn’t a joke… this is an actual transcript. Spider arranged it; we wrote it; Gavin Newsom signed it. You can almost smell the hair gel on the parchment. -Summer B.]

July 10, 2006
San Francisco, California

July 22-23 is Cyclecide Weekend, by Mayoral Proclamation

In recognition of the Heavy Pedal Cyclecide Bike Rodeo‘s decade-long career promoting artistic exploration, cultural activism, and tireless commitment to the glorification of the bicycle, the Honorable Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco has proclaimed the weekend of July 22-23, 2006 to be “Cyclecide Weekend.”

WHEREAS in 1996, founder Jarico Reesce created the Heavy Pedal Cyclecide Bike Rodeo in order to vaunt the bicycle as an artistic medium — to modify, to make more surreal, more useful, and/or more entertaining — and Reesce’s vision metamorphosed into a lifelong surrogate family and worldwide cultural institution;

WHEREAS the members of Cyclecide Bike Rodeo provide the planet’s only traveling bicycle-themed sideshow and pedal-powered carnival midway, and whereas they continue to make a substantial contribution to San Francisco’s unbelievably diverse and creative underground arts scene, as well as criss-crossing the country and positioning themselves in the media to represent San Francisco’s renegade do-it-yourself spirit all over the globe;

WHEREAS Cyclecide promotes the virtues of re-use, offhanded environmentalism, and “pre-cycling” by searching out cast-offs that our wonderfully disposable society throws away, and then modifying said cast-offs — both for fun and to provide examples for lessening humanity’s impact on the environment;

WHEREAS the Bike Rodeo makes bike culture entertaining and alluring for both chidren and adults — referencing the bicycle’s history as a source of populist freedom, sublime engineering principles, efficiency, and ongoing role as a worldwide ennabler of change, easy mobility, physical fitness, interactivity with one’s surroundings, and silly entertainment;

WHEREAS Cyclecide consistently and creatively does its part to promote the universal idea that life on Earth is better when adaptability trumps consumption, and when a carefully-fostered atmosphere of interactivity breeds cooperation, understanding, tolerance, and improved quality of life;

WHEREAS Cyclecide Bike Rodeo are not afraid to take risks, even in the face of insurmountable odds, extreme impracticality, and pies to the face — and whereas the Bike Rodeo will continue to put a clown nose on the visage of life, and to bravely and comically embody its motto, “2 DUM 2 DIE”; now

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED THAT I Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, do hereby proclaim the weekend of July 22-23, 2006 to be “CYCLECIDE WEEKEND.”

Jarico, Walter the Clown, and Cyclecide’s Suburban Intruder: mowing a strip across America. Photo by


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