VC Reporter: Ventura’s new cycling lanes, safety award (7 June 2017)

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VC Reporter highlights Ventura City's big bronze win!  That streak of green Ventura residents are seeing along Seaward Avenue is nothing to be envious about, but rather proud, as the city has implemented the first in a series of safety lanes for cyclists. On Sunday, June 4, BikeVentura celebrated the lanes with an inaugural ride while also observing the city’s recognition by the League of American Bicyclists. The city began installing the green bike lanes in April, beginning with Main Street and Mills Road, and have recently completed addition of the lanes to Seaward Avenue and Sanjon Road. In an April release, the city cited the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Design Guide, which states that “colored pavement within a bicycle lane increases the visibility of the facility, identifies…
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VC Reporter: Protected bike lane opens in Ventura (12 April 2017)

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VC Reporter discusses the FIRST Class IV protected bike lane in Ventura! Whether zipping off to work or out for an afternoon ride, cyclists in East Ventura have a new, safe option to travel, thanks to the launch of a new protected bike lane on Telephone Road. The lane stretches the length of road between Kimball Road and Clinton Avenue and features a single-lane dedicated bike path with clear markers and pylons separating vehicular traffic. On Tuesday, April 11, the city of Ventura and the Ventura Bike Hub christened the new lane with its first ride, attended by city staff and volunteers. “Physically separated lanes are a key component to getting more people to ride as well as making it safer for the people who already ride,” said Tobias Smith,…
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VC Star: It’s spring — and that means bicycles are out: Be safe

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VC Star discusses the HUB Club Youth Program and cycling partnerships for safety in Ventura County. (30 March 2017) Springtime traditionally brings bicyclists out to enjoy the warm sunshine, and local bicycle advocacy groups want to make sure they ride safely. At a recent launch of BikeVentura, Yvonne Adan, the group’s chairman, explained that the group formally known as VCCool — Ventura Climate Care Options Organized Locally — has changed its focus to safe bicycling in Ventura County. That covers everything from teaching kids bike safety and bike mechanics to pushing for master plans that emphasize bike paths. At the Ventura Bike HUB, located at 1150 N. Ventura Ave., bicyclists can repair their bikes and youngsters can learn safety tips. “We not only teach bike safety, we teach kids to be bike…
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Camarillo Acorn: Group rides to help keep bicyclists safe

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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.
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BikeVentura Advocacy Success: Ventura Avenue Upgrades Approved by City Council

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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…
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