Finding Connection and Simplicity on a Family Bicycle Tour

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The author with her husband and son My little family of three just returned home safely from our very first bicycle tour. Here are the logistics: we rode 160(ish) miles beginning in San Francisco and ending in Monterey.  We camped along the route, first in Half Moon Bay and then in Capitola, so we carried everything we needed in our saddle bags. Gear like our tent and sleeping bags were attached to our bikes.  We wore padded bike shorts. Our 7 year old son, Maverick was attached to his dad's bike by using a trail-a-bike (the Burley Piccolo) and helped pedal the whole way. I rode a 1987 Raleigh Mountain Tour bike (in a perfect coral shade).  We spent a big portion of our trip riding on Highway 1 (Half Moon…
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The HUB is Hiring

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The HUB is seeking an Open Shop Lead Job Summary:  The HUB is a Community Bicycle shop where we teach and empower people to fix their own bikes.  The Open Shop Lead Mechanic’s job is to nurture a safe and comfortable environment for clients and volunteers so that they can participate fully in our shop and get the most out of their experience.  We are looking for a dependable, community oriented person who wants to share their love of bicycles and building community. As we grow, we are looking for people that want to take on leadership in our shop and grow with us. Organization Hiring:  BikeVentura) a 501(c)(3) non-profit. www.bikeventura.orgContact Information:Please send all correspondence to:  toby@bikeventura.org orBikeVentura490 N. Ventura Ave.Ventura, CA  93001You can also call our office at (805)641-2665Reports to: …
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Welcome New Board, Staff to BikeVentura

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BikeVentura welcomes our new board member Frank Coronel (left) and new-ish shop staff Nate Cohen. They're both athletes (Frank once bowled 8 strikes in a row) and are excited to be a part of BikeVentura as we grow! Here's a little more about them:Frank CoronelFrank W Coronel is one of Farmers Insurance Group's Elite insurance agents in Ventura County. Earning several distinctive awards for customer service and production such as: District Agent of the Year, Toppers Club, Championship Award and Elite Commercial Agent. Out of Farmers 13,000 agents nationwide, he continually ranks among the top 10%. As a small business owner, Frank has been a Ventura County resident for over 40 years. And over the last 14 he has helped protect thousands of families, individuals, and businesses. Prior to that…
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Annenberg Foundation Awards BikeVentura $10k

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In August, the Annenberg Foundation awarded BikeVentura a $10,000 unrestricted grant to continue our work in Ventura County. This was part of their small grants program, for nonprofits with annual budgets under $200,000. They said "We greatly value the work you are doing in your community to ensure transportation equity. BikeVentura’s education programs and Bike HUB is very much aligned with our commitment to diversity and equity, and we appreciate how the programs are targeted toward low-income, underserved communities."BikeVentura earned this grant by showing our programs impact many lives, and with a very small budget. We want to grow so that we can bring our programs in full force to the whole county, and this grant will help us build an organization that's prepared to do so. Imagine a budget…
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Complete Streets Bill Would Help Ventura County Bikes and Peds

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Dave Snyder, Executive Director of CalBike, our guest editorialist We’ve all had this experience.We’re out walking a dog or riding a bike through our neighborhood when, all of a sudden, a car zooms by, too close for comfort. Our hearts race at the close call. We shake our fist at the driver, “Can’t you see people walking here?” But when those dangerous streets and intersections are state-owned roads, we really should be shaking our fist at the state Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which designs roads that encourage speeding and dangerous driving in urban neighborhoods and rural main streets.We can do better, but we need help from the state legislature because the worst streets in our communities aren’t under our local control. These so-called “state highways” that run through our communities as…
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