After we had so much fun doing a Santacon on bikes in December 2008, some of us decided we wanted to do a monthly ride. In February 2009 we started meeting on the First Fridays to ride through downtown and the westside of Ventura to visit the art galleries staying open late.
We discovered we’re not the only ones doing regular themed rides for fun. Rides like this happen on a regular basis in cities across the country, including First Thursdays in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo where rides have been happening since 2000. The SF Bike Coalition is where to go to learn about rides and bike events in SF.
1. Have fun.
2. Respect our community.
3. Obey all traffic laws.
We charge everyone on the ride to help encourage others to abide by these rules.
To restate: this is not a critical mass ride or a critical manners ride but a courtesy mass ride.
We’re out to generate goodwill for cyclists and cycling, and to have a great time!
Whether you dust off your old cruiser or bring out your pricey pride and joy, we ride because we like to get people on their bikes and to have fun. It’s even more fun if you dress up with us, but that’s not a requirement.
If you’d like to join us on our next social on wheels, bring your bike to the Ventura Beach Promenade. We meet up at 5:30pm and ride by 6pm. We ride until about 8pm when we often gather for food and more merriment. Complete details to be found for each ride on one or more blog posts!
And please invite your friends! Here’s a downloadable pdf of Lord Ganesh riding a bicycle!First Friday ArtRide Lord Ganesh on a bicycle
Previous ArtRide Themes–
I’ll try to add links with photos when I get a chance…
February Pajama Party
March Main St Electric Parade
April Bunny Hop
May Prom Ride
July Fossil Fuel Free Ride
August Animal Parade Ride
September Full Moon
Nov. 6 Get your cape on! Super Heroes Ride followed by a Bikers Ball at Bell Arts Factory
Dec. 4 Get your Santa on! Santa Ride
Jan. 1 New Years Day Ride
Feb. 5 Tweed Ride
Mar. 5 Brides Ride
Apr 2 Steampunk (also Sunday April 18 meets 130p, rides 2pm, 4pm after party at Bell Arts)
May 7 Boogie Nights & Bicycle Disco Ball
June 4 Get Lei’d: Tropical Shirts & Gass Skirts
July 2 Ventucky Vice
August 6 Western Nights & Carnival Lights
August 7 (Saturday) Western Nights & Carnival Lights (Fair Parade)
September All The Freaky People
October Born to Be Wild
November Nerds Ride
February 4 Pink Panther Rides Again
March 4 & 12 Leprechauns & Tweed Ride
April 1 April Fools
May 50s Dance Party
June Santacon (?)
July Seer Sucker Social
August Pirates Ride
please share your ride theme suggestions in the comments!