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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Why we are closing the HUBs for one week

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The Ventura and Oxnard HUBs will be closed from 8/9 - 8/15 It's been an amazing year at BikeVentura, and our staff has been charging on all fronts to keep the momentum we have built in 2019 going. But we need to pause for the cause, take a breath, and recharge. So, the HUBs will go dark for a week and all of our staff will get a week of paid vacation. Between two HUBs and just four staff, if someone can't work for whatever reason - vacation, health, other amazing BikeVentura programming - we feel it. We have to get creative with scheduling. We make it work, and with a smile, but we've earned a real week away without shifting any burdens or stress from one person to another. This…
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We are BikeVentura (officially)

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On April 30, 2019, we officially became BikeVentura, as recognized by the State of California. Founded as VCCOOL more than a decade ago, we're proud to bear a name that truly suits our mission, and we are grateful for all the hard work that went into VCCOOL. This has been a long time coming from the pop-up HUBs in 2007 to the "new" shop at 490 N. Ventura Avenue and our enormous growth over the last three years. 2019 has been BIG and we're only half-way through Taught over 1,000 kids in Ventura County how to ride safely including partnering with 3 middle schools for week-long riding education for over 900 students136 helmets distributed6 Bike Valets at local events19 Community Bike Rides including family-friendly rides, 30 miles Fridays, Brew Rides,…
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