We’re just a bunch of biking riding fools off to celebrate the passing of the Ventura Bicycle Master Plan at the March 21 City Council meeting and out to enjoy the beautiful spring evening by riding to various sites in the city!
Pictured is Nigel Chisholm, proprietor of the Jester in Ojai who graced one of this month’s ArtRide posters. Thanks Nigel! And thanks Daniel Boggs for taking the photos! (Note–they are on bikes INSIDE the Jester!)
So put your fools cap on your helmeted head, something wild and sparkly on your body, and join us at 5:30pm where C St meets the sea! We’ll be gathered along the Ventura Beach Promenade or at the nearby Artists Union Gallery (or possibly in the bar at Aloha Steakhouse!)
We’ll ride off into the sunset about 6pm along the beach promenade before cruising up Figueroa to the WAV then up and down Main a time or two with a stop at Photon Gallery on 522 Santa Clara at California.
From there we’ll take Main to Ventura Ave to visit Bell Arts then Project 643.
Bring money to pick up some streetside tacos to enjoy at our final stop, Art City 197 Dubbers, where we will relax and enjoy some films from the archive of Steve Aguilar. There may even be some beer from Anacapa (thanks Anacapa!) so bring your mug and money to donate to Art City!
Think this image is too risque for our next ArtRide poster? The theme is 50s Dance Party…what about calling it the Greaser’s Bicycle Ball?
Please post in the comments–no or go!
I would LOVE to have some help with making flyers and distributing them! Any volunteers?
Ventura Bike Union leader Rachel Morris says, we rocked the house Monday night! And I agree!
Here she is at the meeting and next is the Ventura City Council discussing the plan before it unanimously passed the Ventura Bicycle Master Plan which includes input from three years of VBU effort, as well as every item on our 27 point addendum with the exception of lights at Leighton and Warner on Ventura Avenue.
The story was covered by the local press in these three articles–so far!
What made this victory possible? Here are some reasons: Read the rest of this entry »
Last night’s Ventura City Council meeting was packed with cyclists. Over 150 cyclists and community members attended to show their support for the Bicycle Master Plan. Out of dozens of emails received by the Council, only one was negative and it was because of fiscal issues. About a dozen testified for the Plan and many more turned in comment cards in support of it.
Council Member Morehouse brought in a motion to accept the plan. After a brief discussion by Council members where Andrews and Tracy again brought up (in my opinion unwarranted and unsubstantiated) fiscal concerns and information, and Weir worried about cyclists and roundabouts, the Council voted to accept the plan with an addendum from Brian Brennan that progress about the Plan’s goals come before Council again next year.
After countless hours of discussion, review, letters and more, the Ventura Bicycle Union has determined the new Ventura Bicycle Master Plan is excellent. In fact, it’s a document that could help turn this city around and have a huge impact on the numbers of people that actually use a bicycle for transportation. Prioritization criteria was included, VBU key projects are on the list, and excellent sections about traffic lights, bike boxes, a bicycle coordinator, and more are included.
To help ensure the passage of the Bicycle Master Plan and funding of various projects to increase safety for cyclists in Ventura, we need to show very strong support at tonight’s Ventura City Council meeting!
You don’t have to speak – you just need to be there to stand up in support of safe streets for cyclists when VBU calls for your show of support. Please be there!
Read the letter of support from VCCool (www.vccool.org) and the VBU below:
Almost every item of the Ventura Bicycle Union’s 28 point addendum to the Ventura Bicycle Master Plan has been adopted! According to the VBU’s Rachel Morris, “The Plan” has become a strong, thorough document for bicycle transportation for the next five years! Read more about the master bike plan here: “Ventura to Become More Bike Friendly” in the VC Reporter from last Thursday’s issue (3/17/2011.)
Tomorrow night, Monday March 21, City Transportation Manager Tom Merical will present the plan to the Ventura City Council so please, everyone, come this Monday night to the Ventura City Council hearing to support safe roads for bicyclists, and Ventura’s new Bicycle Master Plan!
At 5:30 pm, bring your questions to a VBU pre-meeting at City Hall before the 6:00 pm City Council Meeting at Ventura City Hall (501 W. Poli, Ventura, CA 93002) in Council Chambers on the second floor at the top of the main double stairway.
The plan is agenda item number 10 but Mayor Fulton says if the group is large enough, he will move that agenda item earlier so try to get there by 6:00 if you can.
Having a large group of bicycle advocates is important to making Ventura safer for all to ride. If you wear your helmet, it will be clearer to everyone who we are and why we’re there at the meeting.
If you plan to speak, figure out what you’re going to say in advance and practice your 3 minute speech! Fill out a green speaker card when you get there. Please contact Rachel Morris to let her know your topic and what part of town you live. Otherwise, be sure to fill out a pink comment card. Rachel will ask people to stand in solidarity for safe streets for bicyclists. So they’ll KNOW we’re there.
You can also send City Council an e-mail about why safe roads for bicyclists is important to YOU! Be sure to send it by 4:30 pm Monday night. This is great – but it’s not a substitute for showing up in the flesh.
Find out more about the VBU and VCCool: www.vccool.org VCCool is a Ventura County global warming action group. Our mission is to engage all people of Ventura County in promoting a healthy climate.
And yes, as you can probably tell, we were festively attired–including the young girl in the burley and the young boy on the trailer bike!
Since the beach promenade continues to be under reconstruction, after visiting the very engaging Black and White and the Blacklight show at the Artists Union, we rode up California past Photon (closed?) and up Main. Our next planned stop, CSUCI gallery on California and Main, was also closed so we surprised Roylin when we arrived at my art opening at Kama Sutra in the El Jardin Courtyard a bit earlier than planned. Love Fox Vintage was also closed–they were busy styling one of the acts for the evening’s Fashion Week show.
Here’s where I brag a little and say that people loved my show! Yay! The official opening is planned for the “real” St Patrick’s Day March 17. There’ll be wine, food, and real Irish music plus art and books–mine and one about two faerie sisters, Brigitta of the White Forest by Danika Dinsmore also out in 2011 from en theos press.
We connected with a few riders from the bike rodeo meeting and rode over to WAV which was also a ghost town due to the double whammy of a 40 artist group show at Bell Arts and the huge fashion week shindig. We rode up Ventura Avenue past Bell Arts to visit a show with a lot of “heart” at 643 Project Space. On our way to Bell Arts again, several of us stopped at a taco stand for some dinner and socializing.
Our last stop was Bell Arts Factory where a highlight of the show was certainly Cave-Woman by Borbala Arvai. I also really liked the large works by Michele Foster; she teaches free art classes to neighborhood youth at Bell Arts on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-5pm and Saturdays from 10-noon.
Parade starts at 10am; we’re supposed to show up at 8am but as long as people start trickling in between 9 and 930am, we’ll will be fine. We’d love to see lots of kids! Unlike the ArtRides where kids under 8 need to be on a trailer bike or a burley etc, kids under 8 can ride on their own bicycles for this daytime ride.
Our line up area is on Santa Clara St between Ventura Ave and Junipero St. (that’s one block east of Ventura Ave.) Get there as soon as you can: we’re in line up area “C” and our line place is # 70. Parade entry fee of $25 donated by Daniel Boggs. Thank you!
Support a Strong 5 Year Bicycle Plan for Ventura !
Thursday, March 17
VCCool’s pre-game strategy meeting
345 W. Center St, Ventura (Rachel’s House)
Refreshments provided – please RSVP
This follows my St Pat’s Book Launch and art opening Party at El Jardin Courtyard, home to Love Fox Vintage and Kama Sutra Closet where my body paintings and poetry broadsides are on display. Come by on your way!
Monday, March 21
City Council Bikeway Master Plan hearing (and vote)
City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura – please RSVP
VCCool’s Ventura Bicycle Union (VBU) has been working with the City for three years, helping to guide and inform the creation of the 5 year Bikeway Master Plan. This revision is a major overhaul. The VBU made 27 important improvements to the latest draft of the plan, which we understand will be incorporated by March 21. This is a critical hearing for citizens wishing to support safe bicycle streets in Ventura! Join us to speak up for safe streets for bicyclists!
For more information, contact: Rachel Morris firstname.lastname@example.org or (805)648-1267
March Fourth & ArtRide with us: Leprechauns & Tweed Ride! Still in need of tweed? The Treasure Chest Thrift Store gives ArtRiders 50% off!
Want to help kids learn how to be safer cyclists? Help out with the Bike Rodeo! Interested folks will meet at the Busy Bee at 5:30pm then join us when we get to El Jardin Courtyard.
This post tells you about some of the fun going on this weekend–like Mardi Gras, Fashion Week Ventura, and the Edwardian Ball!
via art predator