Santacon 2009: Save Santa Ride Dec. 4

Invite all the Santas, Polar Bears, Elves, Dreidels and Ms Claus that you know to join us for the second annual Ventura Santacon Ride Friday December 4.

The ride is free and fun for all!

If you’re coming from the east end, Santas will leave Ventura College at the corner of Day Road & Telegraph at 5pm. They will ride down Telegraph to the transit center to pick up additional riders, swing around the mall if there’s time, then cruise down Main to join up with the rest of the ride at the Artists Union Gallery at California and Ventura Beach Promenade between 5:30pm and 6pm.

Where will Santa go after the ride? To the Ventura Visitors Center, of course! 101 S. California Street. Meet us there between 7:45pm and 8pm; we’ll stay until about 9:30-10pm to enjoy the art, pasta & salad from Milanos, and beer from Anacapa Brewery!

Santas should bring their own cups (Santa doesn’t want to contribute to landfills and avoids plastic!) and a $5-15 donation for food and beer.

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Ventura Bicycle Coop: Learn to overhaul a drive train on Tuesday Dec. 1

The date was changed to Dec. 1 from Dec. 3 (so you can go to the Black Tie Ride in Santa Barbara!)


 


Bikergo Gals Need These Goggles To Really Ride In Style!

Vintage Leather Aviator Goggles

Over the summer DaBomb Burncast was selling vintage goggles to Burners and Steampunkers until they sold out. Even Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas was sporting a pair while on tour with U2 earlier this year.She’s got them back in stock now and you can get your own pair for $33.00. They’d be great for riding as you can see in this video where one of the Midnight Ridazz is featured in them.

Small world: my friend Imre Juhasz worked on this music video.


The Tweed, Moxie & Mustache Ride Meets 12:30pm Nov. 21 LA Union Station

According to organizers,

A reunion of wool, bare knees, slanted caps and facial hair – the Tweed, Moxie & Mustache Ride awaits you on Saturday, November 21st, hosted by C.I.C.L.E. Chaps and dames will enjoy this cheeky ride through the Art Deco highlights of Downtown Los Angeles.

Uniting at Union Station as the those in the 1920’s would have, we will ride in our finest garb through the oldest streets of our fine city and arrive at Royal Claytons English Pub, a gin mill of sorts, to have some whoopee and award prizes to our contest superlatives.

We’ll meet at Union Station in front of the south courtyard and conclude with an option to stay for a post-ride hooch (aka adult beverage) at Royal Claytons Pub. This ride is the bee’s knees!

Contest Categories include:
Best Facial Hair
Best Period Outfit
Best Common Bike and Tweed Pairing
Most Graceful Mount and Dismount

Ride Details:

When: Saturday, November 21 at 12:30pm. Tour starts at 1:00pm.

Where: Meet at Union Station in front of the South Courtyard. 810 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA

Who: You, your friends, in your finest cycling garb.

What to Bring: Bring plenty of water and a snack too. A bicycle in good running order (please have your bike inspected and tuned at least once a year at your local bike shop). All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 9 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device. Please equip your bike with a white headlight and red tail light.

Urban Expeditions is a program developed by C.I.C.L.E. that works to grow bicycling by inviting everyday people to come out and experience the joys (and the benefits) of city bicycling. For more information about Urban Expeditions visit http://www.cicle.org. Urban Expeditions is made possible with support from REI. For more information contact C.I.C.L.E. 323.478.0060, or email info (at) CICLE.org.

Get your tweed on! Sounds like fun!


Eco-Pirates Present: A DIY Day for Action–Bike Rides & more!

Save Santa! The Ventura College Eco-Pirates Present:
Eco-Fest– A DIY Day for Action Thursday December 3, 2009 8:30am-1:30pm

Can’t go to the UN’s Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen this December?
Join the Eco-Pirates in Ventura College quad 4667 Telegraph Road Ventura, CA
and learn how you can “Do It Yourself” to help preserve the planet and ourselves.
Keep the North Pole from melting!

On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 from 8:30am-1:30pm, Ventura College students from Bikergo Gal Gwendolyn Alley’s English composition classes will offer a free “Eco-Fest: A Do It Yourself Day for Action” which they have organized over the last few weeks of the semester. Student presentations encourage cycling, gardening, ocean rescue, and self-empowerment.  All are welcome to this free event.

Students encourage participants to ride bikes or take public transportation to the event. Student and local bike mechanics will be on-hand to show cyclists how to fix their own bikes and look over bikes to make sure they are in shape for commuting.  Students will also be sharing eight reasons to ride and information about local fun rides including the monthly themed First Friday ArtRides to galleries around downtown Ventura. The next ride, the Save Santa Ride, asks: what will Santa due if the North Pole melts?

Another student group will offer information on how to grow a salad. They will have seeds and soil so participants can begin at the event. An additional student group is concerned about women’s empowerment. In the Fireside Lounge, students will curate a film festival on these themes. Other entertainment includes art, music, handmade crafts and eco-friendly gifts.

To encourage participation at the Eco-Fest, Starbucks is donating coffee to those who bring their own cups and Noah’s Bagels will provide bagels. A small donation is requested for cream cheese. From 11:30-1pm, Milano’s is catering healthy pasta and salads for a small donation; samples will be free.

What will Santa do if  the North Pole melts due to climate change?
Join us for a Save Santa Bike Ride Fri. Dec. 5
Meet 4:45pm Ventura College corner Day/Telegraph
5-6pm Ride to Artists Union Gallery, California St & the Promenade
6-8pm Ride around downtown Ventura to open galleries
Party 8-10pm CSUCI Gallery corner of Main & CA  (unconfirmed as of 11/18/09)
for music, drinks, veggie pasta & salad from Milano’s

Stay tuned here for more info!


Is Bikergo Gal a Cycle Chic?

I just discovered Cycle Chic. They seem to be popping up all over. It started in Copenhagen (no surprise there!) and has spread to cities throughout the United States and elsewhere.

Do you want to band with us? I hope so! Looks like good fun to me!

Learn more about the original Cycle Chic in Copenhagen here, about SoCal Cycle Chic here,   LA Cycle chic here, and Sacramento more and SF more and more! Yes, there are hundreds of women out there riding in skirts and heels annd whatever a gal feels like wearing! Yippee! There’s a huge community of like-minded folk out there!


Head to Hopenhagen & Bring Your Bikergo to the UN’s December Climate Summit!

Huff Post Sponsors Trip to Copenhagen for a Citizen to Report on Climate Summit

Is the fate of the world at stake this December in Copenhagen? Many say yes.

Hopenhagen Ambassador Contest: HuffPost Citizen Journalist Will Win A Trip To Copenhagen

Next month at the UN’s Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, world’s leaders will decide what to do before the Kyoto protocol expires in two years–and this will indeed determine the future of our planet.

The effects of global warming are already lapping at the world’s shores, destroying species, threatening cities, and encroaching on our ability to produce food. This is real, and this is happening. But there is hope.

Hopenhagen.org wants to connect every one with what is happening at the conference in Copenhagen so that we together can push for limits on carbon emissions. Leaders don’t want to make these commitments because they will require deep changes (yes, sacrifices even) so we the people must show the politicians the way–and that there is a strong political will to set emissions targets — which would mean more green jobs, and a more sustainable future for people everywhere.

At Hopenhagen.org, people can become a citizen of the Nation of Hopenhagen by signing a petition, learning about grassroots climate efforts and spreading the word to their own communities. In addition,

a HuffPost citizen journalist will go to Copenhagen for the climate conference as the Hopenhagen Ambassador, to represent the global nation of people who are hopeful that leaders will come to an agreement.

How? Submit a 1 minute video. The Top 10 vote getters will then move forward to a panel of judges who will choose the winner who will receive a trip to Copenhagen from December 12-19th including airfare, accommodation, press accreditation for the UN conference, Media training with HuffPost Citizen journalism editor Matt Palevsky, HuffPost blogging privileges, and a flip camera to record events.

Hopefully, they let you keep the flip camera!

What an adventure! I’m already thinking about what I’d like to say to win that trip–although I really think Rachel Morris of VCCool should go for it–and soon!

But more important, I think, is to create a buzz about what’s happening in Copehagen in December, and how necessary it is to make a commitment to a drastic reduction in carbon emissions in order to prevent more radical climate change.

Already reports are pessimistic. The Kyoto Protocol runs out in 2012.

Connie Hedegaard, the Danish climate and energy minister who will chair the Copenhagen summit, said that the Dec. 8-17 event will be “a moment of truth” and “countries are very worried about the consequences of global warming and expect the developed countries to perform in Copenhagen.”

Time Magazine reports that the goals for the meeting were scaled back considerably on Sunday due to he deadlock between developed nations like the US which produce more carbon emissions per capita and developing nations like China and India which argue they should have a right to produce some too.

The discussions start in earnest Dec. 2, 2009 … and may not end in our lifetime.