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.
“Warm up those cold feet, and get dressed for a wedding you will not soon forget! There will be the life-long commitments for the love of bike riding along with some risky flirting of sumo partners.”
As much as we might enjoy riding our bikes on ArtRides or are dedicated to riding for our health and the health of the planet, riding bicycles around here is not all fun and games. In order to have a safe city to ride, cyclists must support the work we’ve done in getting the needs of cyclists addressed in the Transportation Master Plan.
You can still be an important part of this process by reviewing the plan and making comments. Public forums will be held.
Next Tuesday, members of the Ventura Bike Union (including this Bikergo Gal) will meet with Tom Mericle, City Traffic Manager, to request specific improvements to the Bikeway Master Plan draft. According to VCCool’s Rachel Morris,
In a nutshell, we found lots that still needed to be added (see 1-22 below), while what was there seemed not reflective of input we’d heard and given (see A-D below).
The following information is best understood in the context and with reference to the Master Plan. Note this is not exhaustive list, but it is accurate and covers key recommendations for improvements. Read the rest of this entry »
If you live or ride in Ventura, you want to check the City of Ventura’s Master Bike Plan to make sure YOUR cycling needs will be met and your concerns addressed!
If you want your pet project in this 5 year plan – Make sure you check that it’s there!! This has been years in the making and important elements have been overlooked. Unless we bring them up, they will be ignored.
Here’s the main bike page: http://www.cityofventura.net/pw/transportation
Here’s the plan:
Please review it and prepare comments. You can email your comments or bring them to the Bike Union meeting tomorrow, Weds. January 26 at 7pm 345 W. Center St., Ventura (Rachel, Albert, and Matt’s house).
“Please go over the plan BEFORE the meeting. Email me any requests/changes BEFORE the meeting. Be sure to be SUPER clear so I/They don’t get confused,” says Rachel Morris, VCCool Executive Director www.vccool.org office (805)648-1267 cell (805)258-9369
VCCool is a Ventura County global warming action group. Our mission is to engage all people of Ventura County in promoting a healthy climate.