Santa Barbara Bike Moves writes:
“Cyclists of Middle Earth,
On November 3rd of the year two-thousand eleven come gather at the Hobbit Wheelhouse. From there we will embark on an epic journey through Middle Earth down to the Pier of Orodruin where we will battle the Dark Lord Sauron in a game of sumo. Will good triumph over evil?
And for those that want to strut the costume early and enjoy a little time on the water, come out for an awesome joint party with Bike Moves and Paddle Sports Halloween weekend for a noon paddle departing from the harbor to benefit “Save the Mermaids“. ”
I wish I could be there!
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.
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
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!
Well today is your anointed day!
Calling all bicycle saints to come out and ask your neighbors how their kids get to school –
Help get $1Million grant for Ventura Bicycle road repairs.
Today is the day we start putting our Bike Master Plan into action! It’s Survey Day!
Today – Sunday, June 12 1:45pm
345 W. Center St
Call (805) 258-9369 if you can come.
**Please bring a water bottle. We have tons of really nice tea if you want to fill up.
**Please bring friends! We need more feets on the streets.
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 »
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 27 Critical Mass 430pm Plaza Park
Ventura Bike Union leader Rachel Morris says, we rocked the house Monday night! And I agree!
Here she is at the meeting and next is the Ventura City Council discussing the plan before it unanimously passed the Ventura Bicycle Master Plan which includes input from three years of VBU effort, as well as every item on our 27 point addendum with the exception of lights at Leighton and Warner on Ventura Avenue.
The story was covered by the local press in these three articles–so far!
What made this victory possible? Here are some reasons: Read the rest of this entry »
Last night’s Ventura City Council meeting was packed with cyclists. Over 150 cyclists and community members attended to show their support for the Bicycle Master Plan. Out of dozens of emails received by the Council, only one was negative and it was because of fiscal issues. About a dozen testified for the Plan and many more turned in comment cards in support of it.
Council Member Morehouse brought in a motion to accept the plan. After a brief discussion by Council members where Andrews and Tracy again brought up (in my opinion unwarranted and unsubstantiated) fiscal concerns and information, and Weir worried about cyclists and roundabouts, the Council voted to accept the plan with an addendum from Brian Brennan that progress about the Plan’s goals come before Council again next year.
After countless hours of discussion, review, letters and more, the Ventura Bicycle Union has determined the new Ventura Bicycle Master Plan is excellent. In fact, it’s a document that could help turn this city around and have a huge impact on the numbers of people that actually use a bicycle for transportation. Prioritization criteria was included, VBU key projects are on the list, and excellent sections about traffic lights, bike boxes, a bicycle coordinator, and more are included.
To help ensure the passage of the Bicycle Master Plan and funding of various projects to increase safety for cyclists in Ventura, we need to show very strong support at tonight’s Ventura City Council meeting!
You don’t have to speak – you just need to be there to stand up in support of safe streets for cyclists when VBU calls for your show of support. Please be there!
Read the letter of support from VCCool (www.vccool.org) and the VBU below:
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.