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.

We don’t have a permit for this ride because we rely on our right to peacefully assemble. When we ride we become traffic and abide by the laws of traffic.

If you choose to join us for a ride we ask that you follow three simple rules:

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

June Santacon

July Fossil Fuel Free Ride

August Animal Parade Ride

September Full Moon

October Mustache

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

December Santacon


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


October Gothtober


December Santacon

please share your ride theme suggestions in the comments!

6 Comments on “Rides”

  1. Sandra says:

    What is the theme for New Year’s Day?
    A whole new decade to celebrate – I’m looking forward to it. Though to my recollection you are going to be in Flagstaff . . .

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  3. Daniel says:

    What’s the Theme for Oct/Nov/Dec 2011? It’s very helpful to know this ahead of time to make costumes and bike changes. It’s OCT 4th I haven’t seen anything for first Friday Oct 7, 2011.

  4. Beverly Rosenthal says:

    Anything tonite 7/6?

  5. Randy Brown says:

    Anything tonight? Is this ride still happening?

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