S. Mark Taper Foundation Awards BikeVentura $20,000

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BikeVentura is honored to announce that we have been awarded a generous $20,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. With these funds, we will write our first mulit-year strategic plan, expand HUB services in the county, and continue to foster healthy communities through bicycle advocacy, education and empowerment. Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in our communities. This is the first time BikeVentura has been awarded a grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation, and we are extremely grateful to have their trust and support. Our HUB program impacts a broad spectrum of lives, and has seen more and more demand for its services over the last three years.…
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Meeting Summary: VCTC at new advocacy group

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Last Wednesday, BikeVentura's new group comprising folks interested in bicycle advocacy and policy met at the HUB, and were joined by two staff from the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC).  We heard a lot about multi-modal connectivity - bus to train, bus to bike, trail to bike, etc. and how VCTC is working on improving services to accommodate that. Mostly though, we talked about a grand project that could really change the landscape of cycling in the county - The Santa Paula Branch Line. This would be a trail along the rail line that runs from the VTA Metrolink Station to Piru. Some cities have built their portions of the trail, but the County and City of Ventura have not started construction on it. VCTC owns the right of along the…
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Channel Islands Bicycle Club Spring Lecture Series

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Channel Islands Bicycle Club (CIBike) will host a free lecture series in March, April and May.  Each program, on the second Wednesday of the month, is open to the public at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Doors open at 6:30pm with a beer/wine social. March 11 Better core strength, Better cycling, for Better health and wellnessWhat: Dr. Adam Story, a chiropractor in Camarillo, will discuss new and innovative Core training techniques to increase strengthen, stamina, and avoid injuries. New research has shown old fashion exercise can cause injuries, injuries that can be avoided. Who:  Dr. Story has been a chiropractor specializing in sports medicine in Camarillo for 24 years. He has been a cyclist since he was 10 years old racing BMX. Dr. Story also mountain…
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BikeVentura’s 2020 Advocacy Agenda

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BikeVentura is committed to making Ventura County streets safer for everyone in 2020. How will you get involved?Join our first Advocacy Meeting, January 15th, at 6:30pm, at the Ventura Bike HUB to choose priorities on this agenda, develop a strategy, and identify community leaders to organize for a louder voice!As we continue to teach thousands of youth bike safety, empower riders to fix their own bikes, and build a community of cyclists through community rides, we need to keep pushing for streets that are actually safe for those groups. Policy & PlanningSet a Modeshare Goal in the City of Ventura’s General Plan - Currently the City of Ventura is undergoing its General Plan update, and asking for public input around their stated goals. One of them is, “OUR ACCESSIBLE COMMUNITY - Our goal…
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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…
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