How About A New Bike for SantaCon 2010?

This Friday, December 3, the San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club invites you to our third annual SantaCon Save Santa ArtRide!

Meet at 5:30pm for cocktails and other frivolity at the Ventura Beach Promenade. Look for Santa at Aloha’s Bar.

Ride 6pm We’ll probably get as far as the Artists Union Gallery located right next to the bar at Aloha.

Next we’ll be heading down the promenade then up Figeroa to WAV and then to Bell Arts.

We’ll cruise Main and maybe make it over to the galleries on Laurel, maybe not.

Stay tuned for details on the after party!

bikergo gal applies for TEDWomen in DC

I help women get out of their cars and onto their bicycles to improve their health AND the health of our planet. I want women to see that cycling is fun, safe and family friendly, that bicycles can be comfortable, easy to operate, and carry children as well as groceries.  In my regular mom’s body, without fancy clothes or gear, I show women how it’s done. I’d like to bring my bike and share photographs of the rides I lead to spread the word of women led and organized bike rides.

Those are the 100 characters where I describe my “Big Idea” in my application to speak at TEDWomen’s conference in Washington DC Dec. 7 and 8; organizers are offering an all-expense paid chance to attend.

While I’d love to attend and participate, if I’m not selected, writing my application was a great exercise into putting what I’m doing and why into words.

Women on Bikes Meet 9am Thursdays at MOB

This morning at Jodi Womack’s No More Nylons Business Social at the Oaks in Ojai, I learned from Lana that there’s a new ride around and it’s for women only!

Every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) meet at the Meiners Oaks Bike Shop for a ride around town together followed by a gathering for those inclined and with time. Throw your kid in the trailer or on your bike–it’s family friendly!

Lana is lots of fun and I bet she’s a great leader too. I look forward to joining with her during winter break when my son is out of school.

And she’s planning on joining our ArtRides, too! Yay for more rides!

If you’ve got a ride that you want to share, let me know and I’ll post about it here. I’ll also put the link up on the San Buenaventura ArtRiders facebook page.

You can also post there too!

LA Critical Mass & LAPD Clash

So far our ArtRides in Ventura haven’t garnered much attention from the police.

Probably because there are usually 20-50 of us, not 2000-2500 of us like in San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Although I wouldn’t go so far as to say we do a “critical manners” ride, we’re not doing a “true” critical mass ride.

We’re keen to generate good will, not ill will.

We dress up. We smile. We wave.

We stop and interact with people.

We have kids riding with us.

There aren’t so many of us that it’s necessary to “cork” a street in order to move through; stopping at lights together is a fun way to catch up.

People smile and wave back.

We pass out flyers about future rides. We promote bicycling.

Because the LACM has gotten so big and because there have been significant problems between riders and LAPD, now the LAPD is escorting the ride. Evidently, the officers on bicycles get it, while the motorcycle cops are using excessive force–and undermining the direction of the bicycle officers.

Granted, often it seems bicyclists in a group can get a reckless attitude. That’s because there IS added safety in the flock.

Read more about the conflicts during the October Critical Mass Ride:

Please join our ArtRide this Friday November 5: Revenge of the Nerds!! After party at Zoey’s on Santa Clara at Figueroa!

December 3 it’s our third annual Santacon!

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Join “Revenge of the Nerds” ArtRide Fri. Nov. 5

The San Buenaventura
ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club

invites you to

Crack that Whip!

Bring your slide ruler & calculator to properly accessorize for the

First Friday ArtRide

Nov. 5

of the

Meet CA St & Ventura Promenade

Ride to art shows & studios
in downtown Ventura

After party at Zoey’s
Drink & Food Specials!

Free! Family Friendly!
Pimp Your Ride! Dress Up!

Special thanks to Anacapa Brewery!

Ride at your own risk!

ArtRide every 1st Friday:
December Theme–Save Santacon!

Please join us on facebook: San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club

“Nerd” Photo of Daniel Boggs by Erik Schiemann, Brooks Photography Student