Concerned About Bicycle Safety? What You Can Do TODAY

Contact Congress! Go for a ride! Speak at City Hall! Write a letter to the Editor! Make our streets safe for all!

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Did you know that biking and walking fatalities represent 16.3 percent of all traffic deaths?  Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that and that a total of 5,469 people killed.

The League of American Bicyclists reminds us that among those killed in 2013 was Joy Covey who helped catapult Amazon.com from a small company to today’s global powerhouse. Earlier this year, on a bicycle ride in San Mateo County, Calif., the 50 year old woman was struck by a delivery van and killed.

Contact members of Congress TODAY to ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 3494 / S. 1708, which requires the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and state DOTs to account for and work to reduce bicyclist and pedestrian deaths.  Take Action Here.1459210_10151789175910924_902241168_n

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Bicycle Awareness: Taking It To the Streets (+ City Hall!)

Important ride in Ventura tomorrow Nov. 23, 2013 followed by other actions including letters to the editor and an appearance at the Ventura City Council meeting Mon. 12/2/13.

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Ghost Bike with Flowers

Have you seen a ghost bike in your community?

Do you know what a ghost bike is or how to make one? See a list of locations of ghost bikes around the world here.

Pictured here is a ghost bike: simply, it’s a bicycle that has been painted white and placed where a bicyclist has died to remind us all of where and how they lost their lives–and to remind drivers to BE CAREFUL. (Learn about the Ghost Bike Film Project here).

In the past few years, far too many people have died or been seriously injured here in Ventura County as well as elsewhere by collisions between drivers and cyclists.

My friend Rachel Morris, the Executive Director of VCCool, recently let me know about a series of events here in Ventura to bring awareness and solutions to the traffic casualties that bikers and walkers are experiencing.

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Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult’s Bike Cult

how about these Burning Man bicycles?

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bikecultGoing to Burning Man this year? Have you got your bike in gear? Have you been riding it around –day and night? Got lights?

You may still have time to make yourself this Cargo Cult bike and bike trailer!

bamboo-bicycle-trailerHonestly, I think you’d do better on the playa with rubber tires but hey, this bike’s got a lot of potential!

This year will be our first year in a long time that we won’t have our Burley trailer. At nine, our son doesn’t quite fit in it like he used to.

If we had more room, we’d bring it anyway.

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How to celebrate Earth Day: Boycott the internet & #StopCISPA

Boycott the internet today April 22, 2013 and let’s #StopCISPA

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I had other plans for an Earth Day post but instead, I am supporting the #StopCISPA Boycott.

If WordPress makes it possible, I will black out my site until Tuesday.

For now, this cat (which you can download and upload to facebook and twitter to explain your absence),  video,CISPAcat and message from Anonymous will have to suffice.

What is CISPA?

Under the guise of cyber-security, CISPA (the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) is a bill that would grant corporations the power to share our emails, Facebook messages, and other sensitive online data with the government – all without a warrant.

CISPA would kill online privacy as we know it – nullifying the laws that require big corporations to keep our information private from government agencies like the National Security Agency. Those corporations wouldn’t have to notify you that they have done this and you wouldn’t be able to…

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Bicycle Built for Wine: What I want for Mom’s Day & Burning Man!

Doesn’t this look like a fun bike for ArtRides, picnics, concerts in the park, or at the fairgrounds?

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bikebarIn case you don’t have this leather wine rack for your bike, here’s the way to picnic in style on this bicycle built for two–to have a picnic! Complete with safe storage and travel options for your adult beverages of choice!

Wouldn’t this bicycle be perfect for Burning Man? Or for wheeling around the scenic country roads of wine country?

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Walk, roll, do what you gotta do but do it: VOTE today!

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Every election my son rolls, walks, or scooters with me to the polling place down the street and helps me cast my ballot. (Related: blog post about the post election party four years ago where kids weren’t allowed.)

This year, because he has science club and I am teaching today, he wanted to get up at 6am and go with me to the polls at 7am.

We assured him that we didn’t have to set the alarm for 6am and if we got dressed quickly at 7am, we could ride bikes up there at 7:15 then get back in plenty of time for breakfast and 8am school.

When I got up at 6:45am, he was already dressed and ready to go! While I had some tea and he had a bowl of cereal, we went over and marked the sample ballot in preparation for voting.

The morning was brilliant: warm…

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Off the Wall: Grab Your Bike & Go For A Ride

What is it about bikes and brew?

While the kid was at a birthday party, we grabbed the tandem out of the garage and rode to Barrelhouse 101 on Thompson at California in Ventura for Happy Hour beers and burgers.

Lucky for everyone, happy hour lasted all night in celebration of the Drakes Dry Hopped IPA and the Beer Fest in downtown across the street from the Mission. If you go during Happy Hour (usually M-F 4-7pm), you MUST get the $2.5o house made chips!

Also this weekend,according to the New Belgium Website,

New Belgium Brewing’s cycling circus, Tour de Fat, is coming back to L.A. for one day on Saturday, September 15 at L.A. State Historic Park. Tour de Fat rookies and veterans alike are encouraged to grab a bike and join us for a whimsical day of entertainment and two-wheeled revelry, all while raising money for C.I.C.L.E., Bicycle Kitchen and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

For those who haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, it is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more.  The Bike Parade begins at 11 am from L.A State Historic Park, but be there early to register.Performances by: Los Amigos Invisibles, Sssnakenstein, Yo-Yo People, and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

Sounds a bit like an ArtRide, eh?

One of these days, we’re going! But tomorrow is picture day for soccer, then we’re going camping.