Tonight is the “Ride of Silence.” If you can’t join a ride or create one, please light a candle for those who have lost their lives while riding their bikes.
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A month or so ago, Ventura City Council Member Carl Morehouse invited me to serve on an advisory committee to the Ventura County Transportation Commission’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) Planning Process. He asked me because he knows I am a long time resident of our community and because I’m a cyclist. I also reminded him that as a teacher at Ventura College, I’m also familiar with the needs of students both on bicycles and on public transportation.
Of course I said yes! Tomorrow is the first meeting that I’ve been asked to attend. Keep reading to learn more about VCTC and the CTP and how you can share in the planning process. Read the rest of this entry »
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
According to organizers, on May 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. As of April 24, 2011, 201 events are registered world-wide up from 149 on this date in 2010!
Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here…)
The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.
Locally Channel Islands Bicycle Club is leading a “Ride of Silence“ from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Meet at the Von’s shopping center at Harbor and Seaward (2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura) CA for a 10 mile ride. Find out about other rides you can join at the “Ride of Silence” website: http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php
In case you don’t know, on a Tweed Ride cyclists are expected to dress in traditional early 20th century attire (tweed, wool, knickers, hats, moustaches, oxfords, etc). Any bicycle is acceptable for the ride, but classic vintage bicycles are highly encouraged and all efforts to make the ride into a time warp are appreciated. Some Tweed Rides even prohibit cyclists in modern attire like lycra and jeans.
If you’re traveling from points south, arrive in grand style with other cyclists by train!
Book at least 3 days in advance through www.SantaBarbaraCarFree.org to receive a 20% discount on your Surfliner fare! You must also reserve a spot for your bike, though friends in SLO will be providing a few bikes.
Return trip is the Starlight train 11 leaving SLO at 3:20PM, arriving at 6:17PM in SB.
Registration & more info on Bici Centro website
See photos from our Leprechaun and Tweed Rides March 2011 night (the day ride tended toward leprechauns since we were in the St Patricks Day Parade). We did Tweed Rides in February 2010 but they were basically rained out so while some folks did ride in the rain, we didn’t get any photos.
Where are we going on tonight’s ArtRide? Here’s the route!
I’m sure we’ll take lots of fun photos and post them here so check back or subscribe!
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While Santa Barbara does CycloMAYnia in a big way every year (with lots of funding and volunteer effort!), we here in Ventucky aren’t slacking completely! Here are a few ways to participate in CycloMAYnia closer to home:
May 6: First Friday 50s Dance Party on Two Wheels–ArtRide & Greasers Bicycle Ball (more info & pdf posters to print & share) 5:30pm Meet * 6pm Ride * Light Yr Bike * Bring Yr Mug & Money * Ride at Yr Risk * Family Friendly: please use trailer bikes & burley trailers for children
May 17 Full Moon Bike Ride: 8pm meet at Mission Park; rides to Ventura College and back
May 19 Bike to Work Day: more details to come (subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss out!)
May 27 Critical Mass 430pm Plaza Park
Immediately following the show, organizers say the ride departs from De La Guerra Plaza “to bring the prom pedaling style to the streets. After a dressed to the nines sumo on the pier we head back to the De La Guerra Plaza for the official Cycle MAYnia kickoff party with drinks, music, and more fun!”
Here’s a link to photos from the Bike Prom we did May 1, 2009. Such fun! We rode from the Ventura County Government Center through town on Telegraph and Main.
VCCool’s Bike Rodeo will once again join the Ventura Unified School District’s Summerfest. The annual event this year will be held Saturday May 21, 2011 from 9am-2pm at the District offices 255 Stanley (old Kinkos/old Vetco building).
Ventura Bike Union members have been working on this event since the close of last year’s and they still need volunteers to help between now and May 21.
In particular, we need Bicycle loving Clowns and Street-Theater Volunteers; rehearsals start this week. At VCCool’s 5th Annual Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo over 1,000 participants are expected. The Union needs help showing folks how bikes build friends through short skits of about 3 minutes throughout the day. Contact: Rachel Morris via email or call 805-258-9369. FYI: VCCool is a non-profit that takes action on climate change. web
At the bike rodeo, kids learn safety rules as well as how riding bikes helps with the earth. They can get a new bike helmet, have their bike tuned up, and get a chance to win a donated bike. More bikes are needed so if you have one around, especially kids sized bikes, please contact VCCool.
Summerfest offerings include a food court, lots of camps, entertainment, a rock wall and other sports activities and lots more. The day kicks off at 8am with a 5k race walk.