Westgate sites updated / Westgate development available

All the Westgate sites have (finally) been updated to the most recent version of Drupal 4.7. For a long time they were stuck on Drupal 4.7.5, a very old version. At the same time, the sites have been broken up from the old monolithic Drupal installation to the installation-per-site technique that has become a recognized best practice.

Bikegeeks migrated off whip

At last night's meeting, the Westgate sites were moved off our old production server, whip.bikegeeks.org. A moment of silence and some beer-poured-on-the-ground for this old work-horse of a machine....

As of today, all bikegeeks sites are now running DreamHost with the exception of the West Town Bikes site which is running on a host owned by bikegeek Paul. DreamHost provides this account for free because of Break The Gridlock's looming 501c3 status.

Planning Meetings

On the Monday before the month's Critical Mass ride, bikegeek bikegeek meetings will be considered Planning Meetings.

These meetings will be used to facilitate new members into the group, give group consideration to new initiatives, and to generally have round-table discussions that benefit from a larger attendance. bikegeek members who cannot attend regular weekly meetings are encouraged to make it to these planning meetings.

Sites in production, sites in development

As a review, here's a list of the sites in production and in development:


Auto Show Shutdown Association
bikegeeks (this site)
UIC College Of Cycling
Break The Gridlock
Friends of Chicago Critical Mass
Cycling Sisters
Campaign For A Free And Clear Lakefront
Stolen Bike Database
West Town Bikes
Working Bikes

and, in production, but not under Westgate

Bike Winter
Chicago Bike Shop Database
Bike Chicago Forums

sites planned/thought about/ or otherwise in development

NEIU College of Cycling
Chicago Midnight Marauders
Depave Chicago
Ding Your Bell (.org)
Logan Square Walks
Mothers Against Driving

Of course, and needless to say, if anyone reading this would like to help out, get hold of us or just show up to a meeting!

Mercury Cafe - 'provisional' no longer

When we were in for our meeting last week, we noticed that the Mercury Cafe had replaced their wireless access. The new one is running WPA encryption and the key is posted by the register. My linux laptop connected readily and without incident. At this point, we're calling the Mercury Cafe our new home.

Mercury Cafe provisional new home

We have selected the Mercury Cafe as our new, provisional new home. We'll be testing the waters there for the next few weeks.

As always, check the meetings page to see our current meeting space. Meetings are sometimes moved for various reasons, with notices disseminated on the mailing list.

Westgate Closes!

The Westgate coffee shop, regular meeting place of the bikegeeks and the source of our main project's name has closed its doors as of 10:00am this morning, July 2nd.

The bikegeeks will, until further notice, meet at Cafe Ciao, diagonally across the street from Westgate's former location.

Here's what was posted on the Westgate website: (this link might not work for long)

bikegeeks launch new Chicago Critical Mass site.

After much work, the bikegeeks are proud to announce the launch of a new website for the Chicago Critical Mass ride at:


The new site carries on in the tradition of the old Chicago Critical Mass site (archived here) while offering several updates. Most importantly, the new site tries to include the CCM community by allowing authenticated users (those with a Westgate login -- available to everyone) to contribute content. Users are encouraged to upload ride reviews on rides they've participated in to the site. These ride reviews (including links to external media sites) allows the community to write their own histories without the need for a "webmaster" gatekeeper. Additionally, users can upload flyers that were passed out at the ride or that are simply made available for download to promote Critical Mass in Chicago and around the world.

Additional functionality is planned for the new CCM site. Contact the bikegeeks if you have the inclination to help make it better.

bikegeeks launch new UIC College of Cycling site

Today a new site was launched for the UIC College of Cycling.

You can see the new site at http://bikeuic.org/

The UIC CoC group have been working with the bikegeeks for a few months to transition their old static-HTML site to Drupal/Westgate. The site will facilitate organizing efforts of this group to encourage cycling among UIC students, faculty, and staff.

autoshowshutdown receives Cease And Desist. EFF Responds

The site autoshowshutdown.org, recently launched by the bikegeeks, was up only a few days before receiving a Cease and Desist email from the Chicago Auto Show's attorney. The bikegeeks contacted the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for legal advice. The EFF took on the Auto Show Shutdown Association's (ASSA) case and responded to the C&D with a scathing letter.

Read more about it in the ASSA's press release.

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