Gothtober Quidditch Ride & other bike news

First Friday ArtRide “Gothtober”

Let’s show those Muggles how we roll! Pictured is Daniel on his broom bike–he’d fit right in at the Gryffindor table at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Meet 5:30pm
Ventura Beach Promenade and CA Street. Ride 6pmto Art Galleries & StudiosJoin the fun! Wear your best Hogwarts / Goth attire!
Family Friendly * Free * Pimp & Light Your Ride

The San Buenaventura Bicycle & Social Club invite you to a game of Quidditch and ride to Art Shows and Studios in Downtown Ventura. For more information visit

VBU Bike Rodeo Meeting Tue,  Oct 11 7:00pm – 9:00pm
345 W. Center St.
, Ventura  (It’s a house, so we’re looking for a better location.)
– Our very first Meeting in preparation for our 6th annual VCCool Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo, May 2013.
If you were involved, we hope to see you! Newcomers totally welcome too! There’s lots to do.

?Full Moon Bike Ride maybe? Wed, Oct 12
A local cyclist’s fun event – bike at your own risk, and bring lights!

Not a confirmed event: stay tuned–Downtown Ventura Mission Park

VBU Monthly Meeting Thu, Oct 13- Bicycle Advocacy meeting. 7:00pm – 9:00pm
345 W. Center St., Ventura
(It’s a house – so we’re looking for a new location.)
You can also check out our calendar at !

Gothtober Tonight: Bike Moves Ride in Santa Barbara, Bike Union Meets in Ventura

My, what big gear teeth you have!

Bring your riding hood to the WheelHouse in Santa Barbara tonight Thursday Oct 6 at 7:30 for an exciting little red ride through the downtown forests and out to the pier for a deceptive bout of bike sumo. (Note: they don’t actually get very far until about 8pm…)

Please come to “Jill’s Place” (632 Santa Barbara St.) after the ride for some quality hang out time with Grandma. Jill’s is doing Burger and Draft beer for $10 plus before the ride they will have happy hour pricing of $5 house wine, well cocktails and apps and $4 draft beer. Jill’s Place is making a gracious donation to the Spanish outreach mobile bike mechanic in hopes Sergio can make a quick recovery from his knee injury.

The fun of Bike Moves is fueled by Santa Barbara for Santa Barbara. Bike Moves is your ride, your event. Tell Bike Moves about your ideas. Show Bike Moves a new game. Bring Bike Moves food and refreshments. Tell Bike Moves you want something to change. Tell Bike Moves you want to volunteer. Send something to, bring something to the ride, and talk to someone about your ideas. Wheelhouse, Bici Centro, Art from Scrap, fellow Bike Movers all are there to help.

Not in the mood for a ride? Does your bicycle need some work? The Ventura Bicycle Union’s Bike Co-op Planning Meeting and potluck is also tonight.

Thursday, Oct 6 

6:30-7:30pm = Clinic in the garage around the back. (bring stands, tools, and/or a bike if you can)
7:30-9:00pm = Meet, Strategize & Potluck. (Bring food if you have time. There will be a pot of beans too.)

345 W. Center St., Ventura

And remember tomorrow is the Gothtober Quidditch Ride! Let’s show those muggles how we roll!

VBU Bike Clinic & Coop Meeting Tonight! Comment on the SCAG RTP Today!!

You’re invited to a
Bike Repair Clinic & Bike Coop Strategy Meeting
Tonight Thursday, September 22.

Clinic 6:30-7:30 clinic:
Bring bike, tools, rags, lube, parts, stands if you have them.

Meeting 7:30-8:30/9:
Potluck and plan.

345 W. Center St., Ventura:
Rachel’s house/garage in the back.

Please RSVP: Rachel Morris <>

ALSO If you haven’t already, go online to the Regional Transportation Plan and say

1.) We need bicycle improvements in Ventura
2.) Bicycle issues and funding need to be separated from pedestrian.

We’re not bike/peds, we’re traffic! You’ve got 3 more days to change the course of Ventura.

If you don’t do this – you can never whine about crappy roads and stupid street lights that aren’t calibrated to bicycles ever again!

·        Go on line and tell SCAG (Southern California Area Governments) we need bike improvements in Ventura County!

·        Check out the VBU Web page if you want more info.

What is VCCool?
A local non-profit that deals with climate change. Down with Greenhouse gas!

What is the Ventura Bicycle Union?
A program of VCCool. We’re a very active bike advocacy group.

What is the Ventura Bicycle Coop?
A project of VBU, for sharing tools, and education about bicycles.

What is the San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club?
A group of cyclists who ride to art galleries and studios the First Friday of each month sharing the joys of bicycling, encouraging people to get out of their cars and walk or ride, and dressing up to call attention to cyclists! Next ArtRide is Oct 7: The Gothtober Quidditch Ride!

PS No that isn’t a picture of Marshall on the trike. Just sayin’

Primary Source of Fed Funds for Bikes & Peds Threatened TODAY: please take action!

Protect funds needed for people-powered transit! Please take two minutes to sign these petitions.

Today Senator Coburn (R-OK) may bring his  amendment to the Senate floor to eliminate the Federal Transportation Enhancements program which has been the primary source for bicycle and pedestrian funding for the past 20 years.

Simply click and sign one or both!

League of American Bicyclists Petition

Safe Routes to School Partnership Petition

One Week to Comment: Help Increase SoCal Funding for Bikes & Peds from 1% NOW

Every four years, a new Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is created for the whole of Southern California that helps determine how money is divvied out.

In 18 workshops all over So-Cal, with three were right here in Ventura County, almost nobody came to speak about bike or pedestrian transit needs so now the draft RTP calls for only 1% of the transit funds to cover both bikes and peds!

When over 12% of all trips are done on foot or with a bicycle, and 25% of roadway accidents and fatalities involve pedestrians or bicyclists does it make sense for only 1% of the transit funds to cover bikes and peds?

No it does not! Please contact SCAG (Southern California Area Governments) and tell them to increase the budget for bikes and pedestrians so that we can commute more safely.

You have one week to
Enter Your Comments about the RTP

(or e-mail them to John Proctor) .

Here are TWO important MESSAGES to convey in your communications:

·        Bicycles and Pedestrians have TOTALLY different needs. Funds should not be clumped together.

·        We need a more reasonable percentage of funds to be used for bicycle improvements to address the large number of casualties and the growing desire for safe bicycle routes.

Please include your name and address.

Remember one week so do it today! Enter Your Comments about the RTP or e-mail them to John Proctor! TODAY!

Here’s a video and more)

Also a link to the Safe Routes to School Platform.

Save a copy of your comments and please let us know you did and when so we can track it!

Ventura Bicycle Union Meets 9/14

Rachel Morris writes to remind us that the first General Bicycle Planning Meeting in a long time is tomorrow evening Wednesday, Sept 14 7:00pm sharp 345 W. Center St., Ventura CA with Backdoor Parking for Bicycles!

On the agenda:

  • An important upcoming event. (???)
  • Ways to communicate with the city better
  • The new Bike Toolshare Coop
  • Bicycle Funding Legislation
  • And more…like the Gothtober Quidditch Ride October 7!

Send Rachel a note if you want to put something on the agenda.

 Be there or be somewhere not as cool.

Bike It: Art, Poetry, Rides in Pasadena

A reading by Jen Hofer at the opening reception for “Bike It: Portraits of my Bicipandilla” photographs by Kelly Marie Martin at Armory Center for The Arts, Pasadena.

Bike It: Portraits of my Bicipandilla by Kelly Marie Martin
August 18, 2011 – October 2, 2011Friday, September 23, 2011, 5-9pm

Spoke(n) Art Ridethrough Pasadena, co-sponsored by Cyclists Inciting Change through Live Exchange (CICLE).Sunday, October 2, 2011, 2-6pm:
Closing ride, led by The City of Angels Ladies’ Bicycling Association (a.k.a. The Whirly Girls) and celebration with afternoon tea at the Armory.

Curator: Irene TsatsosBike It: Portraits of my Bicipandilla by Kelly Marie Martin features black-and-white photographic portraits, taken with a 4×5 camera, of riders in her “bicipandilla,” or bicycle gang, with their bikes. The exhibit ends with a baked-goods-and-bikes bang: a closing ride and brunch with the City of Angels Ladies’ Bicycle Association, a.k.a. the Whirly Girls, on October 2nd, from 10am – 1pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Jen Hofer is a radical cyclist. By this I mean, radically committed. She commutes to downtown LA and most everywhere else by bicycle. She is one of the original Whirly Girls.

She is also a dear friend (and a 3:15 experiment poet!) and one of these days, she promises she will join us in Ventura for an ArtRide.

One day I hope we’ll do a Spoke(n)  ArtRide through Ventura…and another day a writing workshop around Ventura by bike …

In the meantime, calendar these rides!

Our next ArtRide in Ventura is the Gothtober Quidditch Ride–let’s show these Muggles how we roll!

ArtRides & Bikergo Gal Get In The VC Reporter

Michel Cicero interviewed me about the ArtRides, my blogging, my book and more and published her article in the August 25, 2011 VC Reporter. Check out her article and the photo by Gabriel Romero of me in my grandfather’s wine cellar drinking his sherry! (I know–we should have staged a bikergo in there somehow!)

Plus my poetry and art were featured in Friday’s Ventura County Star in an article by Karen Lindell!

Now that I’m famous, I hope you’ll join us for a Full Moon Shuck–ride your bike to the Ventura State Beach Park for a wedding reception (mine!) and oyster shucking under the Full Moon! Moonrise at 630, sunsets 7pm, dark at 8pm! BYOB!

And if you can’t make it on Sunday, please ride your bike to Bank of Books on Main near downtown Ventura to say hi and stay for my poetry reading and book signing Thurs. Sept. 15 7pm.

Ride of Passage: Naked Bike Ride Pub Crawl at Burning Man Weds 8/31 11am

Black Rock City, Nevada, the temporary city of 50-60,000 people that pops up every year for 25 years around Labor Day in the Black Rock Desert, is the perfect place for a Naked Bike Ride.

Fortunately, one is planned for Wednesday, August 31, 2011–Lord Ganesha’s birthday! Meet at 11:00AM at the Man to ride around for a few hours so bring plenty of water and some snacks!

Where did the name “Ride of Passage” come from? The Burning Man Festival theme for this year: “Rites of Passage.”  For more info (and to see photos from last year!:

I’m going to try to make the ride but there’s a lot of distractions out there! Right now, Wednesday morning my son and I are going on a quest!

If you see me on the playa, ask for a sticker of Ganesh riding a bicycle! If you’re not going to the playa, send me a letter with a SASE and I’ll send you one in the mail:

Gwendolyn Alley aka Bikergo Gal
Art Predator’s Camp
5:30 & Divorce
c/o BRC Post Office
Gerlach, NV.89412

Back to School ArtRide September 2

The San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club invites you to a Back to School First Friday ArtRide September 2, 2011!

Shine your shoes, slick your hair, grab your pencil box, put on your school uniform (white shirt and slacks for boys, pleated skirts for girls of course!), fill your Scooby Doo lunchbox and put it all in your Bakugan backpack!

And don’t forget your helmet! (Pocket protectors optional.)

Meet 530pm Ventura Beach Promenade at Aloha & Artists Union Gallery

Ride 6pm to galleries and open studios

Free! Family friendly!

Thanks Zanna for making the flyer! Download it, share, it! Here’s the SeptArtRide2011

Next month: Calling all wizards to the Gothtober Quidditch Ride! Let’s show those Muggles how we roll!

PS Don’t look for me or wait for me! I’ll be in Nevada at Burning Man! Send me mail & a SASE & I’ll send you cool stuff!