Camarillo Acorn: Group rides to help keep bicyclists safe
BikeVentura’s launch party is mentioned in the Camarillo Acorn (3 March 2017)
VCCOOL, a grass-roots climate change organization, will launch a new initiative, BikeVentura, at a party from 7 to 10 p.m. Sat., March 4 at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave.
BikeVentura is a political action and advocacy initiative tasked with coordinating with city and county government agencies throughout Ventura County to insure bicyclist safety, bicycle-centered active transportation and road use.
The event will include entertainment by The Salty Suites, hors d’oeuvres by Scratch Ventura and Topa Topa Brewery will sell beer. All proceeds will benefit the BikeVentura nonprofit.
The public is welcome. RSVPs are requested at Ventura Bike HUB’s Facebook page. The Ventura Bike Hub is another VCCOOL program.
VC Reporter: Ventura Bike Hub launches new initiative
VCCool is launching its new initiative, BikeVentura, and with it comes reason to hop on your six-speed and brave Ventura’s city streets for a night of fundraising fun.
On Saturday, March 4, 7-10 p.m., BikeVentura will host a fundraiser at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave. in Ventura, featuring hors d’oeuvres provided by Scratch Ventura and beer provided by Topa Topa Brewing Co., with all proceeds benefiting BikeVentura, a 501(c)3 organization.
BikeVentura offers a diverse series of programs, including one in development to give homeless individuals the skills needed to repair their own bicycles, oftentimes their only means of transportation. Coming soon: a Fillmore outpost as well.
Yvonne Adan, chairman of the board, says that all are welcome at the Ventura Bike Hub, where repairs can be had for $5 an hour along with tips and pointers on bicycle care and maintenance.
“One of the things about cycling is that you not only want to work, but you want to have fun, so we try and combine work and fun,” said Adan.
For more information on BikeVentura, and the Ventura Bike Hub, visit www.facebook.com/VenturaBikeHUB.
BikeVentura Launch Party Press Release
VCCOOL, a grassroots climate change organization is launching a new initiative, BikeVentura. A launch party is planned at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, on Saturday, March 4th from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M. Entertainment will be provided by The Salty Suites and there will be hors d’oeuvres provided by Scratch Ventura. There will be a cash bar with beer provided by Topa Topa Brewery. All proceeds benefit BikeVentura, a 501(3C) organization. The public is welcome, please RSVP for the event on The Ventura Bike HUB’s Facebook page.
BikeVentura is a political action and advocacy initiative, tasked with coordinating with city and county government throughout Ventura County to insure bicyclist safety, bicycle-centered active transportation and road use. Readers may be familiar with The Ventura Bike Hub, another VCCOOL program, that is closely aligned with BikeVentura. “BikeVentura was created to serve the needs of our community through education, empowerment and advocacy,” said Yvonne Adan, acting Executive Director. “Through our Bike HUB, our Kids Club program or our collaboration with local government, BikeVentura brings the community together and is helping to build better bicycle culture in Ventura,” said Heidi Buccola, VCCOOL Board Member.
Contact: Yvonne Adan, 805-620-2441, firstname.lastname@example.org
BikeVentura Advocacy Success: Ventura Avenue Upgrades Approved by City Council
13 January 2017 – Win for BikeVentura Advocacy! VCSTAR reports on the City Council vote to approve Ventura Avenue upgrades. Ventura Bike HUB Program Director, Toby Smith, spoke at the city council meeting and is quoted by the Ventura County Star.
“It’s all the kinds of things that add to smarter mobility,” said Toby Smith, a westside resident and program director for the nonprofit VCCool’s Bike Ventura initiative, dedicated to promoting bicycling.
The improvements can lead to safer conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians, encouraging more people to travel that way. That leads to less traffic and fewer parking issues, Smith said.”
Curb extensions are “part of a trend in designing streets to be safer for bicyclists and pedestrians,” said Bill Sadler, California’s senior policy manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Drivers need to take more caution in making turns, and medians help prevent people from crossing the street illegally or in mid-block, he said.
The extensions will be at Ventura Avenue and Vince, Warner, Lewis and Kellogg streets, Forbes Lane and Leighton Drive.
Other improvements will include:
- A sidewalk and bicycle lane on the west side of Cedar Street between Prospect and Poli streets.
- Pedestrian flashing beacons added at the Avenue and Vince Street and Leighton Drive.
- New crosswalks at the Avenue and Sunnyway Drive and Forbes Lane.
- Bicycle lanes added to De Anza Drive near De Anza Middle School, between the Avenue and Cameron Street.
- A raised median between Sunnyway Drive and Lewis Street.
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