Cyclists: We need you at the Ventura City Council Meeting 3/21 re Master Bike Plan!

Yippee!

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.

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