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:
- National Bike to School Day (May 9)
- CycloFemme, the International Day of Women’s Bicycling (May 13)
- National Bike to Work Week (May 14-18)
- National Bike to Work Day (May 18)
- National Bike Challenge (May 1-August 31)
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!
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!
Ventura Beach Promenade: By the Fountain, Aloha Bar, Artists Union Gallery
330 So California St, Ventura CA 93001
Art Galleries & Studios
Afterparty? Follow us there!
Free! Family Friendly! Light Your Bike! Bring your own mug! Join our facebook group!
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!
The Brides of March Brides Ride
March 2, 2012
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.
We Ride every First Friday!
bride drawing by the illustrious Claudia Pardo
Big changes for Santa Barbara Bike Moves! Tonight, Thursday, 2/2/12, console your broken heart on the LAST RIDE WITH THE WHEELHOUSE!
Tonight, ride for your lives!—the zombie apocalypse is upon us! Attention all you Dead, Living and Un-Dead Bicyclists, join the mob of zombies down at the Wheelhouse TONIGHT Thursday at 7:30pm.
We will swarm State Street feasting on human flesh as we make our way down to the pier. Bike sumo will be a gory battle of thrill and terror…Refreshments of human blood and brains will be served after the ride at ‘The Roadhouse’ 202 State St.
Also meeting tonight, Thurs Jan 5, the Ventura HUB – Tool-share and Bike Education Collective Planning and Potluck 6:30pm-8:30pm, 345 W. Center St., Ventura CA
Have you signed the petition for more funds for safe streets for bikes? Please send it to bicycle groups that you know. We only need 4801 more signatures! Also, thank you for the generous donations. Please feel free to contribute if you haven’t yet.
Come join the fun in Ventura! Friday, January 6 is the COLORS First Friday ArtRide! The San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club invites you to meet up at the promenade Artist Union Gallery at 5:30pm; depart at 6:15! Brighten up Ventura with your colorful self led by Bratt and Jewel!
Now here’s a REAL ArtRide!!
Check out this bicycle repurposed for a bathroom by artist Benjamin Bullins– his site is here. Not sure what the material is for the countertop, but concrete would be cool, too. You could add a pannier for more storage!
Speaking of ArtRides, some say they will be doing First Friday in Ventura January 6; we’re planning on heading up to Santa Barbara January 5 for Bike Moves–the theme is “Night of the Riding Dead.”