Ventura Presents Draft Bicycle Plan 7/8

Tomorrow’s Midtown Community Council Meeting features Tom Mericle presenting the City’s Draft Bike Plan which covers the entire City of Ventura which is now open for public comment.

See what is being proposed, demonstrate that people care about bicycling in Ventura, and express your thoughts by attending and participating at the meeting.

You’ll be in good company: Mayor Bill Fulton lives in midtown as does City Manager Rick Cole and they just might show at the meeting as might other city council members.

Thursday,  July 8, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Tom will start by 7:30 most likely)
Cooper Hall at Grace Church
65 South Mac Millan Avenue
off Main near Santa Clara

Meet Cyclist David Kroodsma–The Hopehagen Ambassador

That’s David Kroodsma’s winning video. He earned the most votes in the video application portion of the contest and then was selected by Arriana Huffington and others to go to the climate summit in Copenhagen; he leaves in a few days!

David Kroodsma seems super dedicated to climate change education, he’s educated formally in the subject–and he’s an avid cyclist! When I saw his application video a few days ago, he got my vote–and maybe yours too.

Congrats, David! Read the complete story about David’s win here and follow his posts about his experiences as a citizen journalist in Copenhagen.

David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries now on tour near you!

 Bicycle Diaries by David ByrneDavid Byrne of Talking Heads fame bikes. Where ever he is. Every day. And he blogs about where he bikes and what he sees.

And so a book has come out about his adventures by bike in cities around the world, providing him with an opportunity to go on an unusual book tour: he’s stopping in cities across the country to talk a little about the book and to sit in on panels to provide a forum for conversations about biking and the future of cities.

I went to hear him when he stopped in Los Angeles earlier this month. Since there was wireless, I decided to try to live blog the  ALOUD event at LA’s Aratani Theater in Japantown: “Cities, Bicycle and the Future of Getting Around” led by David Byrne.

As we drove in from Ventucky, as we left the crowded freeway and found ourselves on the city streets, cars were joined by more and more bikes. In fact, it looked like there were several hundred bikes in a sponsored bike corral.

The program starts out with various video clips almost like one world one bike, one world one bike ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Creating Bike Friendly Communities

commuter routes in Copenhagen

Did you know that almost 50,000 people a day ride bikes for one week in Black Rock City in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, the temporary home for the Burning Man Festival? And that most of those people ride bikes exclusively for their form of transportation from the time they arrive until the time they leave a week or so later? Yep.

How do they do it? Easy–cars are banned from the streets of the city. To get around, people have to walk, ride a bike (there’s thousands they can borrow), or grab public transportation (aka ArtCars).

Did you know that 500,000 people a day commute by bike in Copenhagen? That’s a half million people–riding bikes!

How can we promote, create, fund this radical act, this Copenhagenization, this Black Rock City approach, in the United States–in our cities and communities?

That’s a big question, and one which this site, Copenhagencyclechic, is devoted to exploring how to Copenhagenize the world. And it seems like this coming year at Burning Man, as we explore the theme of Metropolis, we will all learn ideas of how to get around in these cities we have grown.

One obvious way is to create commuter routes like you see on the map of Copenhagen on the left. If we can spend millions of dollars on highways to move individuals in cars, why can’t we spend a much much smaller amount of money to facilitate the safe travel of people on bikes?

If we spent just a fraction of the amount of money that we do on vehicle infrastructure needs on alternative transportation needs, we’d be able to get around more safely and reduce our carbon footprints. We’d be a lot healthier and a lot happier. OK I admit don’t have research on that one at hand–except that I know I feel happier when I commute by bike and it seems like my fellow cyclists are also a very jolly group of people!

How we can create this change in our communities?

1) Have comfortable, easy to use bikes that people WANT to ride–bikes like a bikergo.

2) Support the riding of bikes with infrastructure

3) Watch this blog as I aim to find out and make that part of what goes on here!

What ideas do you have to help our culture transition from car-heavy to bike friendly?