Santa Barbara Bike Moves Theme: Lord of the Chain Rings Th. 11/3/11

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!

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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

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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!


Be a Bicycle Saint: Help Survey TODAY!

Would you truly like to be a Bicycle Saint?

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.


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 »


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


Ventura Master Bike Plan Passes! Now What?

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!

Ventura to become more bicycle-friendly

Ventura master bike plan hits high gear

Ventura commits to improving bicycling in the city

What made this victory possible? Here are some reasons: Read the rest of this entry »