Summer Solstice Seersucker Social & SantaCon ArtRide June 3, 2011: Join Us!

The San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club invites you to celebrate the arrival of summer with a Seersucker Social and SantaCon for the next First Friday ArtRide June 3!

What’s our theme? It’s a Seersucker Social–the summer time version of a Tweed Ride!

Seersucker is that puckery summery cotton kind of fabric–you know, that often comes in gingham. Patagonia is showing a lot of it this season but you can also find it at thrift stores.

And it’s a SantaCon! Because Santa is always welcome on the ArtRides and we hear he’s going to be on vacation and attending a convention of Santas that weekend at the Crown Plaza.

Meet 5:30pm
Ventura Beach Promenade, Artists Union Gallery & Aloha Bar
330 So California St Ventura 93001

Ride 6pm
We’ll ride around downtown and the Westside and visit art galleries & studios.

We usually end up at Art City 197 Dubbers St. around 8:30pm. We might even play some night time croquet.

Here’s the seersucker -3 flyer in progress to download and distribute. Many thanks to Zanna for helping with this!


“Ride of Silence” May 18 Reminds Us All to Respect Cyclists

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.

"Ride of Silence" May 18 for Fallen Cyclists: Please Watch Out & Respect Cyclists During the past year or so in Ventura, we’ve had a number of bicyclists injured and killed by cars. Our local bicycling community has also been touched by hit and run accidents beyond our county–we don’t always ride close to home. A number of people have been victims of hit and run drivers. Just last Wednesday, a young Ventura College student was killed as he and a friend rode bikes to take a final exam; the same driver went into the bicycle lan … Read More

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Fun New “People for Bikes” Night Ride Video; Full Moon Ride Tonight!

While I love this People for Bikes video myself for many reasons,  many commenters about the video on their facebook page and on YouTube noticed and bemoan the lack of helmets on riders and lack of lights on bikes. While helmets are a choice for those over 18 in California, riding without a light at night is illegal in California and dangerous.

Without head and tail lights and reflectors, drivers and pedestrians don’t see you–and you can’t see obstructions either. That’s why on our ArtRides we remind people over and over to  LIGHT YOUR BIKE! 

Speaking of ArtRides, the next one is June 3 “Summer Solstice Seersucker Social & Santacon.” Here’s the seersucker -1 pdf flyer in progress to download. Many thanks to Zanna for helping with this!

Tonight is the Full Moon Ride! Meet at 8pm, Mission Park in downtown at Main and Figueroa; ride leaves soon after and travels as a group to Ventura College 4667  Telegraph Road and loops back.  Some riders will bring extra red taillights; if you want to buy one, bring $4 to the ride.

Bikergo Gal to Serve on Transportation Advisory Committee

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 »

“Ride of Silence” May 18 for Fallen Cyclists

Wednesday, May 18 is the national “Ride of Silence” day to remember fallen cyclists.


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.

To get information on how to organize and host a Ride of Silence, please click here; you might also want to look at our FAQ.

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:

Train Trip to SLO Tweed Ride May 15

San Luis Obispo gets into the swing of spring with a Tweed Ride this Sunday May 15, 2011. Meet up at 12:30 at Triangle Park, take a rambling roll through town then enjoy leisurely lawn games, contests for best mens and ladies attire, and other festivities.

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!
Take the 799 Pacific Surfliner train on Saturday or Sunday at 10:15AM in Santa Barbara, or 9:35 AM in Ventura, arrive in San Luis Obispo at 12:45PM. The spring wildflowers will be spectacular.

Book at least 3 days in advance through 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.

First Friday 50s ArtRide Kicks off Ventura’s CycloMAYnia: Route Revealed!

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!

First Friday 50s ArtRide Kicks off Ventura's CycloMAYnia: Route Revealed! CycloMAYnia Ventucky starts today with a First Friday 50s ArtRide Dance Party on 2 Wheels: The Greaser Bicycle Ball! ArtRides are Free * Light Your Bike * Bring Your Mug & Money * Ride at Your Own Risk ArtRides are Family Friendly: please use trailer bikes & burley trailers for children * We always meet at 5:30pm on the Ventura Beach Promenade  & Ride at 6pm TONIGHT’s ArtRide Route: * Meet 5:30, start at 6pm at the Artists Union for M … Read More

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CycloMAYnia Ventura 2011: a few events

While Santa Barbara does CycloMAYnia in a big way every year (with lots of funding and volunteer effort!), we here in Ventucky aren’t slacking completely! Here are a few ways to participate in CycloMAYnia closer to home:

May 6: First Friday 50s Dance Party on Two Wheels–ArtRide & Greasers Bicycle Ball (more info & pdf posters to print & share) 5:30pm Meet * 6pm Ride * Light Yr Bike * Bring Yr Mug & Money * Ride at Yr Risk * Family Friendly: please use trailer bikes & burley trailers for children

May 17 Full Moon Bike Ride: 8pm meet at Mission Park; rides to Ventura College and back

May 19 Bike to Work Day: more details to come (subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss out!)

May 21 Summerfest & Bike Rodeo 9am-2pm: needs volunteers & kids bikes donated

May 27 Critical Mass 430pm Plaza Park

Santa Barbara CycloMAYnia: Bike Prom 5/5

Santa Barbara Bike Moves invites you to An Enchanted Evening tomorrow, Thursday May 5 starting at 5pm at De La Guerra Plaza with the Bici Bonita Fashion Show. Santa Barbara Mayor, Helene Schneider, rides the runway at 6pm. There will be Telegraph beer and Spiritland Bistro food provided.

Immediately following the show, organizers say the ride departs from De La Guerra Plaza “to bring the prom pedaling style to the streets. After a dressed to the nines sumo on the pier we head back to the De La Guerra Plaza for the official Cycle MAYnia kickoff party with drinks, music, and more fun!”

More details at & They still need help with setting up, bike valet, serving food, check in, and break down. If you want to lend a hand to help out at this awesome event visit and you can select the time and position you wish to volunteer during the registration process.
You can just show up or RSVP for the ride on their facebook event page.

Here’s a link to photos from the Bike Prom we did May 1, 2009.
Such fun! We rode from the Ventura County Government Center through town on Telegraph and Main.
See you Friday at the 50s Dance Party on Two Wheels! Meet 530pm at the Artists Union Gallery, 330 So California St and the Ventura Beach Promenade for a Greasers Bicycle Ball!

Ventura Bike Rodeo Needs Clowns & Volunteers plus Kids Donated Bicycles

VCCool’s Bike Rodeo will once again join the Ventura Unified School District’s Summerfest. The annual event this year will be held Saturday May 21, 2011 from 9am-2pm at the District offices 255 Stanley (old Kinkos/old Vetco building).

Ventura Bike Union members have been working on this event since the close of last year’s and they still need volunteers to help between now and May 21.

In particular, we need Bicycle loving Clowns and Street-Theater Volunteers; rehearsals start this week. At VCCool’s 5th Annual Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo over 1,000 participants are expected. The Union needs help showing folks  how bikes build friends through short skits of about 3 minutes throughout the day. Contact: Rachel Morris via email or call 805-258-9369. FYI: VCCool is a non-profit that takes action on climate change. web

At the bike rodeo, kids learn safety rules as well as how riding bikes helps with the earth. They can get a new bike helmet, have their bike tuned up, and get a chance to win a donated bike. More bikes are needed so if you have one around, especially kids sized bikes, please contact VCCool.

Summerfest offerings include a food court, lots of camps, entertainment, a rock wall and other sports activities and lots more. The day kicks off at 8am with a 5k race walk.