Christine Bruce

is creating podcasts of inspiring bicycle stories!

2

patrons

$5

per podcast
Totally Spoke’d is a weekly spoken word radio programme that airs through CFRC 101.9 FM, from the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The programme is all about encouraging more people to get on a bicycle, both here in Kingston and around the world. As virtually every city has demonstrated, changes around how cycling is viewed and the political will to build and manage bike infrastructure only happens when a community rallies. Through Patreon, I want to build one more of that kind of community voice.
As an art form, Totally Spoke’d is story-telling. It’s a collection of human interest stories, gathered from listening to real people relate their experiences on a bicycle, then shared on air to nudge listeners into trying it for themselves.

Who am I?

My life has been devoted to volunteering my time to advocacy causes, to which I ride my bicycle. As I travel, I greet people. Those I greet repeatedly tend to greet me back. On a bike, I’m building community.
Somewhere along the way, my bicycle and I developed into ‘a thing’. I began watching other people to see if a bicycle had made a difference in their lives. The minute I said, “Tell me about your bicycle,” every last person would launch into an inspiring love story.  “What if sharing these stories got others on a bicycle?” I wondered, which was when I wrote a book. This Road Continues One Block North is sixty such stories collected from real people in the Greater Toronto Area.
When the book went to print, everyone—even non-cyclists—encouraged me to continue to collect bike stories. So, with some radio broadcast training, I became a volunteer broadcaster at CFRC. I do so many interviews every week and have such a dedicated listenership that people in Kingston now approach me on the street and say, “Hey! You’re the bike lady!” They want to share a story.

Why bikes?
It’s important that we reduce our carbon footprint: riding a bicycle is a fun way to accomplish that. It hardly matters what kind of bicycle you ride: what matters is that you’re on it.
I use myself (and other interviewees) as examples of how bicycles impact a person’s health. Every week, someone declares their shock at my being fifty-seven. “It’s the bike,” I explain. I’m not anti-car, by any means. I just consider a bicycle one of my transportation alternatives.

What are my goals with this programme?
Obviously, plugging the streets with bikes is the biggest goal. The more bikes we have on the streets, the better our carbon footprint communally, the safer our streets and the healthier our population.
Education is also an important goal, because most people don’t know anything about bicycles except where they can get a cheap one. I discuss safety issues, the rules of the road, good cycling etiquette, and what happens when you give others the benefit of the doubt.
I travel and am active on social media, watching the bike message develop all over the world. Having immersed myself into other bike cultures, I continuously learn by comparing what we do here in Canada to how things are accomplished elsewhere. It's important that we be flexible and open-minded.
And above all, I want to express my passion for bikes in an upbeat and affectionate tone. The ‘us vs. them’ conversation is unproductive: we already have a gap that needs bridging, so shame and finger-pointing aren’t going to make that go away. Using a more subtle nudge approach, I want to be the person who reaches out in goodwill and lets the bicycle speak for itself.

Why Patreon?
Patreon connects artists with patrons—that is, people who like and want to encourage artistic endeavours. My passion for all things bicycle is undeniable and it’s having an effect, but I’m no expert. Heck, I’m not even a bike nerd. This is where Patreon and you come in. Together, we can build a community of like-minded thinkers who can come up with ways to convince others to consider a bicycle.
Patreon is like Kickstarter in that it brings artists and patrons of art together. The difference is that Kickstarter attracts large amounts of support for a single project, while Patreon attracts ongoing support for a series of smaller, recurring creations.
Do you believe that we as a species are responsible for climate change and that if we take action now, we can reverse its effects? Do you enjoy listening to human interest stories and like learning new things? And most importantly, do you want to make a difference? Then support Totally Spoke’d.
Since I spend virtually all my working hours collecting bike stories and building relationships, money made here goes directly into the content created for Totally Spoke’d.

What will I get for my money?
Because this project is linked to a weekly CFRC programme slot, podcasts are posted every week. Podcasts differ from what airs on CFRC in a couple of significant ways. First of all, the podcasts do not reference the radio station, nor do they contain any associated advertising. More importantly, they’re not be limited to the obligatory time commitments. While the radio show is timed to air for a half-hour in fall/winter and a full hour in spring/summer, some podcasts could run longer, depending on how much material I’ve captured.
If there are photos of the bicycle in question, an image of the bike is shared. If I’ve interviewed a business or a cause, images of anything related are included, to give some frame of reference for listeners. Links for more information are included.
This has become a full-time occupation for me, because of the community encouragement I receive and because there are so many important issues surrounding sustainability that can be addressed this way. I want to continue to devote my energies advocating for bicycles.
Regardless of how often a Totally Spoke’d podcast is created, you can set your monthly limit according to your comfort levels. For instance, you may have budgeted for four podcasts a month, so in months that have five Mondays you can just opt out of the fifth one. You can also cancel or adjust your contribution at any time. And, your contribution can come from anywhere on the planet, using any currency: the currency is automatically adjusted on Patreon. Anyone anywhere can be involved in this great project!

Pledge levels
I release weekly programmes, but with support I want to increase the quality of my output, as well as the variety and interest level. I also want to spend more time online watching other cycling communities, and exploring what they do, and why, to give us a sense of the global cycling community. I want the content to be useful and timely.
Most importantly, I want to build a stable, determined community of advisors who are keen to be involved in such decisions as the kinds of interviews I broadcast, those that are most appealing and convincing, when to involve the programme in bike projects happening in Kingston and elsewhere, and how to choose which advocacy issues to press, both here in Kingston and around the world.
Each pledge level accumulates the offerings of the previous levels.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per podcast
Email Twitter and Facebook friends, with regular shout-outs of gratitude and advance updates on direction of the programme
Pledge $3 or more per podcast
A personal one hour Skype chat where we discuss whatever bike-related topic is on your mind.
Pledge $5 or more per podcast
Invitations to cycle together around the city (mine or yours, depending on the distance); if you aren’t local, connections to contacts I might have in your area.
Pledge $10 or more per podcast
Invitations to a slightly longer tour in the surrounding area (mine or yours, depending on the distance); if you aren’t local, connections to contacts I might have in your area.
Pledge $15 or more per podcast
Invitations to collect your bike stories; regular mentions on the show (free advertising to businesses, causes and professional individuals)
Pledge $20 or more per podcast
only 15 left
An autographed copy of the book; your name will be included in monthly credits, if you so choose.
Pledge $50 or more per podcast
only 15 left
Invitation to a quarterly group Skype chat meeting where we discuss interview ideas and programme direction.
Goals
$1 – reached! per podcast
Allows me to capture real-time traffic, on the bicycle. Features 1080p30 and 720p60 video, 5MP photos up to 5 frames per second, QuikCapture, SuperView™ and Auto Low Light. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) $129.99 CDN
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Totally Spoke’d is a weekly spoken word radio programme that airs through CFRC 101.9 FM, from the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The programme is all about encouraging more people to get on a bicycle, both here in Kingston and around the world. As virtually every city has demonstrated, changes around how cycling is viewed and the political will to build and manage bike infrastructure only happens when a community rallies. Through Patreon, I want to build one more of that kind of community voice.
As an art form, Totally Spoke’d is story-telling. It’s a collection of human interest stories, gathered from listening to real people relate their experiences on a bicycle, then shared on air to nudge listeners into trying it for themselves.

Who am I?

My life has been devoted to volunteering my time to advocacy causes, to which I ride my bicycle. As I travel, I greet people. Those I greet repeatedly tend to greet me back. On a bike, I’m building community.
Somewhere along the way, my bicycle and I developed into ‘a thing’. I began watching other people to see if a bicycle had made a difference in their lives. The minute I said, “Tell me about your bicycle,” every last person would launch into an inspiring love story.  “What if sharing these stories got others on a bicycle?” I wondered, which was when I wrote a book. This Road Continues One Block North is sixty such stories collected from real people in the Greater Toronto Area.
When the book went to print, everyone—even non-cyclists—encouraged me to continue to collect bike stories. So, with some radio broadcast training, I became a volunteer broadcaster at CFRC. I do so many interviews every week and have such a dedicated listenership that people in Kingston now approach me on the street and say, “Hey! You’re the bike lady!” They want to share a story.

Why bikes?
It’s important that we reduce our carbon footprint: riding a bicycle is a fun way to accomplish that. It hardly matters what kind of bicycle you ride: what matters is that you’re on it.
I use myself (and other interviewees) as examples of how bicycles impact a person’s health. Every week, someone declares their shock at my being fifty-seven. “It’s the bike,” I explain. I’m not anti-car, by any means. I just consider a bicycle one of my transportation alternatives.

What are my goals with this programme?
Obviously, plugging the streets with bikes is the biggest goal. The more bikes we have on the streets, the better our carbon footprint communally, the safer our streets and the healthier our population.
Education is also an important goal, because most people don’t know anything about bicycles except where they can get a cheap one. I discuss safety issues, the rules of the road, good cycling etiquette, and what happens when you give others the benefit of the doubt.
I travel and am active on social media, watching the bike message develop all over the world. Having immersed myself into other bike cultures, I continuously learn by comparing what we do here in Canada to how things are accomplished elsewhere. It's important that we be flexible and open-minded.
And above all, I want to express my passion for bikes in an upbeat and affectionate tone. The ‘us vs. them’ conversation is unproductive: we already have a gap that needs bridging, so shame and finger-pointing aren’t going to make that go away. Using a more subtle nudge approach, I want to be the person who reaches out in goodwill and lets the bicycle speak for itself.

Why Patreon?
Patreon connects artists with patrons—that is, people who like and want to encourage artistic endeavours. My passion for all things bicycle is undeniable and it’s having an effect, but I’m no expert. Heck, I’m not even a bike nerd. This is where Patreon and you come in. Together, we can build a community of like-minded thinkers who can come up with ways to convince others to consider a bicycle.
Patreon is like Kickstarter in that it brings artists and patrons of art together. The difference is that Kickstarter attracts large amounts of support for a single project, while Patreon attracts ongoing support for a series of smaller, recurring creations.
Do you believe that we as a species are responsible for climate change and that if we take action now, we can reverse its effects? Do you enjoy listening to human interest stories and like learning new things? And most importantly, do you want to make a difference? Then support Totally Spoke’d.
Since I spend virtually all my working hours collecting bike stories and building relationships, money made here goes directly into the content created for Totally Spoke’d.

What will I get for my money?
Because this project is linked to a weekly CFRC programme slot, podcasts are posted every week. Podcasts differ from what airs on CFRC in a couple of significant ways. First of all, the podcasts do not reference the radio station, nor do they contain any associated advertising. More importantly, they’re not be limited to the obligatory time commitments. While the radio show is timed to air for a half-hour in fall/winter and a full hour in spring/summer, some podcasts could run longer, depending on how much material I’ve captured.
If there are photos of the bicycle in question, an image of the bike is shared. If I’ve interviewed a business or a cause, images of anything related are included, to give some frame of reference for listeners. Links for more information are included.
This has become a full-time occupation for me, because of the community encouragement I receive and because there are so many important issues surrounding sustainability that can be addressed this way. I want to continue to devote my energies advocating for bicycles.
Regardless of how often a Totally Spoke’d podcast is created, you can set your monthly limit according to your comfort levels. For instance, you may have budgeted for four podcasts a month, so in months that have five Mondays you can just opt out of the fifth one. You can also cancel or adjust your contribution at any time. And, your contribution can come from anywhere on the planet, using any currency: the currency is automatically adjusted on Patreon. Anyone anywhere can be involved in this great project!

Pledge levels
I release weekly programmes, but with support I want to increase the quality of my output, as well as the variety and interest level. I also want to spend more time online watching other cycling communities, and exploring what they do, and why, to give us a sense of the global cycling community. I want the content to be useful and timely.
Most importantly, I want to build a stable, determined community of advisors who are keen to be involved in such decisions as the kinds of interviews I broadcast, those that are most appealing and convincing, when to involve the programme in bike projects happening in Kingston and elsewhere, and how to choose which advocacy issues to press, both here in Kingston and around the world.
Each pledge level accumulates the offerings of the previous levels.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per podcast
Email Twitter and Facebook friends, with regular shout-outs of gratitude and advance updates on direction of the programme
Pledge $3 or more per podcast
A personal one hour Skype chat where we discuss whatever bike-related topic is on your mind.
Pledge $5 or more per podcast
Invitations to cycle together around the city (mine or yours, depending on the distance); if you aren’t local, connections to contacts I might have in your area.
Pledge $10 or more per podcast
Invitations to a slightly longer tour in the surrounding area (mine or yours, depending on the distance); if you aren’t local, connections to contacts I might have in your area.
Pledge $15 or more per podcast
Invitations to collect your bike stories; regular mentions on the show (free advertising to businesses, causes and professional individuals)
Pledge $20 or more per podcast
only 15 left
An autographed copy of the book; your name will be included in monthly credits, if you so choose.
Pledge $50 or more per podcast
only 15 left
Invitation to a quarterly group Skype chat meeting where we discuss interview ideas and programme direction.