Fun New “People for Bikes” Night Ride Video; Full Moon Ride Tonight!

While I love this People for Bikes video myself for many reasons,  many commenters about the video on their facebook page and on YouTube noticed and bemoan the lack of helmets on riders and lack of lights on bikes. While helmets are a choice for those over 18 in California, riding without a light at night is illegal in California and dangerous.

Without head and tail lights and reflectors, drivers and pedestrians don’t see you–and you can’t see obstructions either. That’s why on our ArtRides we remind people over and over to  LIGHT YOUR BIKE! 

Speaking of ArtRides, the next one is June 3 “Summer Solstice Seersucker Social & Santacon.” Here’s the seersucker -1 pdf flyer in progress to download. Many thanks to Zanna for helping with this!

Tonight is the Full Moon Ride! Meet at 8pm, Mission Park in downtown at Main and Figueroa; ride leaves soon after and travels as a group to Ventura College 4667  Telegraph Road and loops back.  Some riders will bring extra red taillights; if you want to buy one, bring $4 to the ride.


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 »


“Ride of Silence” May 18 for Fallen Cyclists

Wednesday, May 18 is the national “Ride of Silence” day to remember fallen cyclists.

THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET

According to organizers, on May 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. As of April 24, 2011,  201 events are registered world-wide up from 149 on this date in 2010!

Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here…)

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.

To get information on how to organize and host a Ride of Silence, please click here; you might also want to look at our FAQ.

Locally Channel Islands Bicycle Club is leading a “Ride of Silence from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Meet at the Von’s shopping center at Harbor and Seaward (2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura) CA for a 10 mile ride. Find out about other rides you can join at the “Ride of Silence” website: http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php


Ventura Bike Rodeo Needs Clowns & Volunteers plus Kids Donated Bicycles

VCCool’s Bike Rodeo will once again join the Ventura Unified School District’s Summerfest. The annual event this year will be held Saturday May 21, 2011 from 9am-2pm at the District offices 255 Stanley (old Kinkos/old Vetco building).

Ventura Bike Union members have been working on this event since the close of last year’s and they still need volunteers to help between now and May 21.

In particular, we need Bicycle loving Clowns and Street-Theater Volunteers; rehearsals start this week. At VCCool’s 5th Annual Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo over 1,000 participants are expected. The Union needs help showing folks  how bikes build friends through short skits of about 3 minutes throughout the day. Contact: Rachel Morris via email or call 805-258-9369. FYI: VCCool is a non-profit that takes action on climate change. web

At the bike rodeo, kids learn safety rules as well as how riding bikes helps with the earth. They can get a new bike helmet, have their bike tuned up, and get a chance to win a donated bike. More bikes are needed so if you have one around, especially kids sized bikes, please contact VCCool.

Summerfest offerings include a food court, lots of camps, entertainment, a rock wall and other sports activities and lots more. The day kicks off at 8am with a 5k race walk.


The Promise: Springsteen’s “Darkness” doc in LA supports bicycling ed & advocacy

Don’t leave LACBC dancing in the dark. See this movie, ’cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to ride!

Screening Dates for Springsteen documentary film The Promise in LA

Thursday, April 28        7:30 PM            Playhouse 7 – Pasadena
Saturday, April 30         11:00 AM         Monica 4-plex – Santa Monica
Sunday, May 1                 11:00 AM         Monica 4-plex – Santa Monica
Monday, May 2               7:30 PM            Sunset 5 – West Hollywood

Just purchase your ticket at the door or online and 50% of all sales will benefit the only County-wide bicycle advocacy nonprofit that works to make LA County a more bike-able place: LACBC!

The Promise: The Making of Springsteen's "Darkness" in LA supports bicycling This weekend, The Promise: The Making of “Darkness on the Edge of Town” a documentary film by Thom Zimny, will be shown around LA with 50% of ticket sales going to bicycle education and advocacy.  And you should go see it! And not just because it is a good caus … Read More

via art predator


50s First Friday ArtRide May 6 “Greaser Bicycle Ball” ends at Art City

The San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club

invites YOU to put on your blue suede shoes
for a First Friday 50s Dance Party on 2 Wheels
First Friday, May 6, 2011

Meet 5:30pm: Ventura Beach Promenade & California St at AlohaRide 6-8pm: Stops at various open galleries & studios on Main & Ventura Ave

6pm Begins Artists Union Gallery, 330 So California & Promenade
7pm Kama Sutra Closet/El Jardin Courtyard
8pm Ends at Art City Studios & Outlaw Conduit Gallery: BYOB
all times approximate * RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!
free * family friendly: kids must ride w/parents on trailerbikes/trailers
bring your own mug for beverages * bring money for food & drink
LIGHT YOUR BIKE–it gets dark!

Please join our facebook group!

Please RSVP on our facebook event page! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=219723448041888

Download your own greaserbikegal2 or ARTRIDEsafetyABC posters! Please print, share, distribute!

And last but not least, we’re always looking for ideas for themes, for sponsors, and for help with the rides! Don’t be shy–obviously we could use a graphic artist!


The ABC of Bicycle Safety: Arm Signals

The ABC of Bicycle Safety - Cover by Zaz DatabazWe’re getting ready to RIDE! It’s a beautiful day out to be an April Fool! Remember your arm signals when riding! And lights for your bicycle for night riding!

The ABC of Bicycle Safety – Cover, a photo by Zaz Databaz on Flickr.


Ventura Bicycle Union Support of the Ventura Bike Plan & Why: Tonight Show YOURS!

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:

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Cyclists: We need you at the Ventura City Council Meeting 3/21 re Master Bike Plan!

Yippee!

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.


Photos from Leprechaun & Tweed ArtRide 3/4; Join us on Saturday’s Parade Ride 3/12!

The sun set as we leprechaun and tweedy types gathered on the Ventura Beach Promenade where C St meets the sea for some photographs. About a dozen of us met for the March Fourth First Friday ArtRide. (Click on the photos to see them bigger–in some cases to see the whole image…by the way, some of the photos are by Daniel Boggs and some by my trusty iPhone…more to come!)
And yes, as you can probably tell, we were festively attired–including the young girl in the burley and the young boy on the trailer bike!

Since the beach promenade continues to be under reconstruction, after visiting the very engaging Black and White and the Blacklight show at the Artists Union, we rode up California past Photon (closed?) and up Main. Our next planned stop, CSUCI gallery on California and Main, was also closed so we surprised Roylin when we arrived at my art opening at Kama Sutra in the El  Jardin Courtyard a bit earlier than planned. Love Fox Vintage was also closed–they were  busy styling one of the acts for the evening’s Fashion Week show.

Here’s where I brag a little and say that people loved my show! Yay! The official opening is planned for the “real” St Patrick’s Day March 17. There’ll be wine, food, and real Irish music plus art and books–mine and one about two faerie sisters, Brigitta of the White Forest by Danika Dinsmore also out in 2011 from en theos press.

We connected with a few riders from the bike rodeo meeting and rode over to WAV which was also a ghost town due to the double whammy of a 40 artist group show at Bell Arts and the huge fashion week shindig. We rode up Ventura Avenue past Bell Arts to visit a show with a lot of “heart” at 643 Project Space. On our way to Bell Arts again, several of us stopped at a taco stand for some dinner and socializing.

Our last stop was Bell Arts Factory where a highlight of the show was certainly Cave-Woman by Borbala Arvai. I also really liked the large works by Michele Foster; she teaches free art classes to neighborhood youth at Bell Arts on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-5pm and Saturdays from 10-noon.

Missed the Lerprechaun and Tweed ArtRide? Never fear–another ArtRide is here!

Calling all ye lively lads & lasses, lovely ladies & jolly gents! Join us for a jaunt on our two wheeled steeds down Main Street as part of the St Pat’s Parade! Leprechauns, fairies & children are welcome; ride at your own risk, however. No jeans, lycra & modern garb, please.

Parade starts at 10am; we’re supposed to show up at 8am but as long as people start trickling in between 9 and 930am, we’ll will be fine. We’d love to see lots of kids! Unlike the ArtRides where kids under 8 need to be on a trailer bike or a burley etc, kids under 8 can ride on their own bicycles for this daytime ride.

Our line up area is on Santa Clara St between Ventura Ave and Junipero St. (that’s one block east of Ventura Ave.) Get there as soon as you can: we’re in line up area “C” and our line place is # 70. Parade entry fee of $25 donated by Daniel Boggs. Thank you!

Next up on the bicycling front:

Support a Strong 5 Year Bicycle Plan for Ventura !

Thursday, March 17
VCCool’s pre-game strategy meeting
7:00-8:30
345 W. Center St, Ventura (Rachel’s House)
Refreshments provided – please RSVP

This follows my St Pat’s Book Launch and art opening Party at El Jardin Courtyard, home to Love Fox Vintage and Kama Sutra Closet where my body paintings and poetry broadsides are on display. Come by on your way!

Monday, March 21
City Council Bikeway Master Plan hearing (and vote)
6:00
City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura – please RSVP

VCCool’s Ventura Bicycle Union (VBU) has been working with the City for three years, helping to guide and inform the creation of the 5 year Bikeway Master Plan. This revision is a major overhaul. The VBU made 27 important improvements to the latest draft of the plan, which we understand will be incorporated by March 21. This is a critical hearing for citizens wishing to support safe bicycle streets in Ventura! Join us to speak up for safe streets for bicyclists!

For more information, contact: Rachel Morris rachel@vccool.org or (805)648-1267