BikeVentura stands with #BlackLivesMatter

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Dear BikeVentura Supporter,We are an active, nonprofit, grassroots organization whose mission is to grow a safe, healthy, community through equitable bicycle education, empowerment, and advocacy. We believe anyone that wants to should be able to ride a bike and feel safe - not just from cars, but safe from systemic racist oppression and police brutality. We therefore stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and take seriously our pledge to be anti-racist. We recognize that traditional bike advocacy -- including our own at times -- has only considered the needs of the privileged - the privileged who ride free from worries about a racist system that will dehumanize, hurt, or even kill them.You’ve ridden your bike before; been honked at, shouted at, or felt a car pass so close to…
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Meet Alex Penaloza, and Barney

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 Meet Alex and his Bike! Say hello to another BV crew member and their bike: Meet Alex!  Alex brings the dirt, sweat, dancing, style and effervescent magic and joy to his community, in the best way!Your bike, make and model: Surly, OG KrampusDoes your bike have a name? Usually I call them Barney because of the purple and green accents all over, but a friend also calls it my monster truck. What's your favorite feature on your bike? Probably the huge tires, I usually roll slick 29 x 2.5 tires on 50mm rims so they have a big diameter for easy roll over and a lot of volume for a cushy ride.  Your most unique feature? It’s a tie between my 80's suntour power shifters moving a 10spd drivetrain, Dia Compe 4 finger moto…
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SBBIKE April Advocacy/Policy Meeting Notes

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In April, advocates from three counties gathered to talk about ways to seize the moment and keep some of the momentum of increased bicycling that we're seeing up and down the coast. Our executive director was in attendance and spoke briefly about issues around helping those most in need. There is a link to a recording of the meeting in the linked PDF of the notes below:Advocacy policy committee minutes April 2020
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More than a Membership

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A story:One day, you remembered how much fun you had biking as a kid.  Feeling a little cooped up at home, you decide you’d like to get back on a bike and go for a ride. So you head to the Ventura Bike HUB to get an inexpensive used bike (you’re not trying to turn professional). As you buy your bike, you’re offered a one-year membership for $30 - you like what we’re doing, so you buy it - immediately knocking 10% off the price of your new bike, helmet, and lock. But the rewards of being a BikeVentura member are just getting started.You ride home on beautiful green bike lanes, comfortable and confidently in traffic - bike lanes that BikeVentura advocates for tirelessly with dollars from your membership. As…
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The BV Crew and their Bikes: Meet Toby!

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Your bike make and model: Trash Pile Cruiser FrameDoes your bike have a name?  The BuzzsawWhat's your favorite feature on your bike?  The Curve of the frame matching(ish) the front tyreYour most unique feature? The ChainringWhen did you build your bike? 2009 while working at Open Air CyclesWhat's the cool story behind your bike?  All of the parts were in the metal scrap pile, and I got inspired to build a fun bike from the parts. After looking at the pile I wanted to build a bike inspired by land speed world record bikes based on the chainring from the exercise bike.These are the parts: 1. A beach cruiser frame with a stuck seatpost and broken cantilever bars.  2. A Schwinn exercise bike, is where we stole the cranks and…
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