May the Fourth Be With You! The Empire Bikes Back for Star Wars Day!

May4ArtRide14Happy Star Wars Day!

Please join the San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle and Social Club for a Star Wars Day celebration!

Meet: 1:30 Art City 197 Dubbers

Ride: 2pm

Free. Family friendly. Creative attire requested.

Visit Art Predator for more details and to see photos from the 2012 ArtRide.


Get your groove on in Santa Barbara 6/7

Get Your Groove On…
in Santa Barbara at the next Bike Moves!

Thursday June 7 7:30pm meet at the parking lot on the corner of Cota and Anacapa with your instrument of choice. The traveling band will make its way up and down State Street then down to the pier for a seaside concert and some bike sumo. Afterward, follow the band and wet your whistle at Sharkez.


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!


Jelly for President & Active Transportation!

Delightful new song from the Ditty Bops supporting Jelly, the first stuffed koala to run for president in 2012.

Jelly says: “Check out my Official music Video for the hit song “Koalas in a Tree”. Don’t be fooled by imposter kopy kats. This video was made by and for koalas, friends of koalas, and all my constituents. Enjoy! And if you like it don’t forget to buy my new album featuring me, Jelly and my band of Guys called, “Jelly for President-Yes We Jam”

Perhaps we should do a “Jelly for President” ArtRide in November! See you on the next First Friday ArtRide–April’s Bunny Hop! Plans afoot to do a Bunny Hop ArtRide from the Jolly Oyster to Old Creek Ranch Winery Sunday April 15! More details soon!

PS Don’t you just love the term “active transportation”??? So much better than the clunky and somewhat derogatory “alternative transportation!” I mean, alternative to what? More on this in a blog post soon, I bet! Subscribe so you don’t miss another word–or another ride!! (You know you want to, so do it! Plus it makes me feel good to know you love me enough to want me in your inbox…)


Awesome Viral Bike Video: Motherf’n Bike

I could blog all week on this song…and the stickers these mad sons of science are producing! (see below and here).  Get the track and ringtones at http://sonsofscience.bandcamp.com. Also,  below: the lyrics to “Motherf’n Bike by Sons of Science  which are full of parental discretion words as you can imagine.

So get on your Motherf*n Bike and ride!! Our next First Friday ArtRide is the Bunny Hop April 6 followed by Secret Agent Man Ride May 4. Flyers up to download soon!

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