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.”
Santacon ArtRide TODAY
130-430pm downtown Ventura:
Because of the cold weather and possibility of rain this afternoon, we are cancelling the potluck following the ArtRide. Instead, we’ll stay downtown.
Here’s the plan:
1:30 DRINK & BE MERRY
Meet at the Jolly Oyster: BYOB bubbles, you can buy oysters etc
2pm RIDE & BE MERRY!
Ride along the beach and the river trail to Main, possibly stopping by the Pier to play on the swings etc. or Aloha for a drink or AUG for art. Hook up with the Rockin Riders on the bike path
2-3:30 or so
RIDE, DRINK & BE MERRY!
Ride up and down Main, stopping at the CA & Santa Clara mini-park for holiday foolishness, play in Plaza Park (how many Santas fit on the head of a canon?) and then Palermo’s for hot coffee & cocoa. Santas in suits who bring their own cups can get drip coffee for $1!!
Ride to Art City & up Ventura Avenue
EAT DRINK & BE MERRY!
Ride back to downtown for beers at Anacapa or Winchesters or Bernadettes–whoever will give Santa a break & has room for us to gather & lock our bikes.
445p SUN SET
LIGHT YOUR BIKE–
it’s dark by 530pm!!
Santa, Zanta, Mrs Claus and Little Red Claus
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.
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!!