Invited You Are: Empire Bikes Back Star Wars Day ArtRide & Lotsa Nat’l Bike Month Fun

It’s CycloMAYnia and National Bike Month is officially here in the US! With longer, milder days in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to recognize bicycling for the multitude of benefits it provides – improving our health, economy, and environment.

Here in Ventura, weather is a crapshoot. We’ve had rainy first Fridays every single month of the year–and 70 degree night rides too! Fortunately, for tonight’s Star Wars Day First Friday ArtRide “The Empire Bikes Back” the weather should be PERFECT.

So light your bike like your favorite Star Wars vessel, energize your light saber, find your robes, gather your buddies and meet us at 5:30pm tonight at the Artists Union Gallery or outside Aloha Steakhouse on the Ventura Beach Promenade for a ride to various galleries and art studios around downtown and the west side.

Because INVITED YOU ARE!

Here are three more ways to make the most of this year’s National Bike Month from the PeopleForBikes.org crew:

1)     Go for a type of bike ride that you normally wouldn’t: If you’re a road rider, try a mountain bike ride. If you’ve never ridden your bike to work, give bike commuting a shot. And if the ride to work isn’t something you can tackle this year, ride your bike to run an errand you would normally do by car, even if it’s just a trip to the coffee shop or ice cream parlor.

40% of trips Americans take are two miles or less, an easy bicycling distance.

2)     Introduce one other person to bicycling. Whether it’s your partner, a coworker, a family member, or just a friend, help someone find a bike and go for a fun ride. Bicycling is a pretty amazing thing, right? Why not encourage someone else to discover the activity that brings you so much happiness.

Invite them on an ArtRide! June 1 is Secret Agent Man!

3)     Participate in one or more National Bike Month events. A list of community rides can be found at the League of American Bicyclists, and here are some key national events:

This May and this summer should be an amazing time for bicycling in America. An increasing percentage of our national leaders recognize bicycling as a simple solution for transportation challenges, jobs and economic development, and health and obesity issues. Communities are investing in bike lanes and paths more than ever, helping bicycling to become safer and stress-free. We encourage you to take advantage of these new places to ride by participating in National Bike Month!

Happy riding!


May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Day ArtRide–The Empire Bikes Back!

NOTE: Join us for the 2014 Star Wars Day Ride: The Empire Bikes Back 2! Details here.

May the Fourth Be With You! Celebrate Star Wars Day, Friday May 4 with The San BuenaVentura Artriders Bicycle & Social Club for “The Empire Bikes Back” ArtRide!

Meet 530pm
Ventura Beach Promenade: By the Fountain, Aloha Bar, Artists Union Gallery
330 So California St, Ventura CA 93001

Ride 6pm
Art Galleries & Studios

Afterparty? Follow us there!

Free! Family Friendly! Light Your Bike! Bring your own mug! Join our facebook group!


Spring Has Sprung! And the Bunny Will Hop! First Friday ArtRide Ventura April 6, 2012

Join us for the Bunny Hop! Hop on your bike in your bunny ears and your easter best for the April ArtRide around town!

We meet at 5:30pm around the fountain on the Ventura Beach promenade by the parking garage and Aloha (where you can get your bunny ears a bit fuzzier! Bet we an get some drink specials for wily wabbits!) We’ll take photos and visit the show at the Artists Union and roll off into the sunset sometime between 6 and 6:30pm. We usually lap Main and cruise Ventura Avenue during this leisurely, fun, family friendly and FREE ride!

Bring your own cup for libations! Decorate and light your bike!

Please invite your friends! You can download a full size Bunnyhop pdf flyer and the Bunnyhop 4 up flyer here.

Save the date! We’re planning a second Bunny Hop on Sunday April 15–escape from the tax man! Meet at 11am at the Jolly Oyster, ride along the Beach and River Bike Paths to Old Creek Ranch and Vino V wineries for picnic, poetry, egg hunt, and tasting! More details to follow!


FF ArtRide: The Brides of March

It’s a nice day for white wedding Friday March 2!
The San BuenaVentura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club

requests the honor of your presence 

The Brides of March Brides Ride
March 2, 2012


5:30pm Photographs
Ventura Beach & CA St.

6pm  Ride to

Galleries & Art Studios

—>formal attire requested
BYOB sparkling beverages
BYOB flutes, mugs, etc

RSVP https://bikergogal.wordpress.com or on our Facebook Group page or event page.

DownloadBridesRide12full size here. Download BridesRideMar12 6 up on legal size.

We Ride every First Friday!

bride drawing by the illustrious Claudia Pardo


Rides: Heart Moves 2/2 & Pretty & Pink 2/3

Big changes for Santa Barbara Bike Moves! Tonight, Thursday, 2/2/12, console your broken heart on the LAST RIDE WITH THE WHEELHOUSE!

Santa Babara Bike Moves will hold a “Heart Moves” ride in honor of the WheelHouse closing shop. Meet at 730 at the Wheelhouse parking lot, corner of Cota and Anacap.
An after party inside the sold-out shop will celebrate all they have done for the community. This will be a party to remember with professional sound and lighting, top notch DJs, Telegraph beer, and more. Send the WheelHouse folks off right! $10 donation gets you in and more helps pay for a cargo bike to be donated to the SB Bike Library. Cash Only.
On Friday, February 3, The San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club will meet on the promenade outside Aloha Steakhouse and the Artists Union Gallery for the monthly jaunt around town to see art and be seen in “Pretty & Pink” garb (you do remember the John Hughes film “Pretty in Pink,” yes?).
Y’all come bike now,
Bike Moves and the San Buenaventura ArtRiders

Ventura December ArtRides? Santacon On?

Inquiring minds want to know:

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.


Rudolf & The Red Nose Riders + Sustainable Living Bike Tour in Santa Barbara 12/1

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!!