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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