Now here’s a REAL ArtRide!!
Check out this bicycle repurposed for a bathroom by artist Benjamin Bullins– his site is here. Not sure what the material is for the countertop, but concrete would be cool, too. You could add a pannier for more storage!
Speaking of ArtRides, some say they will be doing First Friday in Ventura January 6; we’re planning on heading up to Santa Barbara January 5 for Bike Moves–the theme is “Night of the Riding Dead.”
Santacon ArtRide TODAY
130-430pm downtown Ventura:
Because of the cold weather and possibility of rain this afternoon, we are cancelling the potluck following the ArtRide. Instead, we’ll stay downtown.
Here’s the plan:
1:30 DRINK & BE MERRY
Meet at the Jolly Oyster: BYOB bubbles, you can buy oysters etc
2pm RIDE & BE MERRY!
Ride along the beach and the river trail to Main, possibly stopping by the Pier to play on the swings etc. or Aloha for a drink or AUG for art. Hook up with the Rockin Riders on the bike path
2-3:30 or so
RIDE, DRINK & BE MERRY!
Ride up and down Main, stopping at the CA & Santa Clara mini-park for holiday foolishness, play in Plaza Park (how many Santas fit on the head of a canon?) and then Palermo’s for hot coffee & cocoa. Santas in suits who bring their own cups can get drip coffee for $1!!
Ride to Art City & up Ventura Avenue
EAT DRINK & BE MERRY!
Ride back to downtown for beers at Anacapa or Winchesters or Bernadettes–whoever will give Santa a break & has room for us to gather & lock our bikes.
445p SUN SET
LIGHT YOUR BIKE–
it’s dark by 530pm!!
Santa, Zanta, Mrs Claus and Little Red Claus
Is there a First Friday ArtRide in Ventura tonight?
Here’s my answer:
There is if you show up and ride!
Following the news in October that I was stepping back and letting others come forward to help with the ArtRides, we held a meeting to discuss whether and how the ArtRides would continue.
While the consensus was to hold fewer rides and put more energy into promoting them, a couple riders said they would ride regardless of whether anyone else did or there was any publicity. As far as I know, Daniel and Matt plan to ride.
While we discussed the challenges of having a ride on a workday so soon after people get off of work, as far as I know the start time did not change. However, the truth is, folks show up when they can. Often people meet as early as 5pm to have drinks at Aloha before the ride. Since we meet at the Artists Union, that’s usually a first stop. So we rarely leave the Promenade much before 6:30p. If we hear that a rider is on the way, we try to wait or to communicate where we’re going.
We don’t leave riders behind; please tell lots of people if you leave the ride so we’re not searching for you.
So if you want to ride, meet around 5:30p around the Artists Union Gallery, Aloha, and the Ventura Beach Promenade. The Ride will commence when riders leave sometime after 6pm.
Don’t be a darktard–take after Rudolf and light your bikes!
There does seem to be more enthusiasm for a Sunday Santacon Dec. 11. Meet 2pm at the Ventura State Beach by the Jolly Oyster. Potluck follows. Here’s a pdf of the flyer: Santacon version 2
There’s also a traditional pub crawl Santacon being organized elsewhere by others for Saturday night December 10.
Thursday, December 1st, Friday December 2, and Sunday December 11, to get your jollies on–while riding your bike!
Remember to light up your bike with Christmas lights as well as legal ones–you don’t want to spend your Christmas money on a ticket for riding without a headlight!
Th. Dec. 1, meet Rudolph and his red nosed riders at the Wheel House at 7:30 to merrily roll along State Street in all your seasonal glee.
Down at the pier, an epic reindeer bike sumo battle will determine who will guide Santa’s sleigh this year. Afterward head to Red’s bar and tapas for a gay ol’ time and a festive assortment of beverages.
Come down to the Wheelhouse early to support the Sustainable Living Bike Tour. Meet the riders and watch a slideshow documenting their epic ride so far from San Francisco.
Then Friday, Dec. 2, San Buenaventura ArtRiders will meet in holiday attire at 530pm for a 6pm ride around town to visit studios and galleries open for First Friday.
Sunday Dec. 11, weather permitting, the San Buenaventura ArtRiders will do a Santacon on bikes.
Happy Holidays! And remember–don’t be a darktard– light your bike!!