BikeVentura is 2018 Nonprofit of the Year!

What's Happening
In early 2018, BikeVentura rallied over 50 volunteers to get 200 bicycles to Thomas Fire victims 2018 has been a transformative year for BikeVentura, but also for all of Ventura County and the South Coast. After the Thomas Fire, our community rallied to support those who lost their homes. BikeVentura shifted our priorities to raise funds directly for the United Way, and then got a call from Giant Bicycles that put our organization to an early test. They wanted to donate 200 bikes to get to people who lost everything in the fire, and wanted to know if we could receive, build, and distribute them. Having just moved into a new space, we were apprehensive - could we store and build these bikes? Could we get enough volunteer support? How…
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Oxnard Bike HUB to Open Nov 6

What's Happening
The Oxnard Bike HUB to be, at 621 Richmond Ave We are proud to announce that the Oxnard bike HUB will open on Tuesdays from 12-4pm at Community Action of Ventura County, providing do-it-yourself bike repair to Community Action clients and the public! BikeVentura staff will be on site with tools and expertise to help people fix their bikes or better outfit them to carry their goods. A bicycle may be the only option for many CA clients for getting to work, school, or essential services, and our low or no-cost services will keep these accessible, while also teaching skills that promote independence. Using the shop will be low cost ($5 an hour) but clients will have the option to volunteer and earn store credit.  This worktrade program has been…
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CIBike Grants Brand New Bike Valet Setup

What's Happening
BikeVentura has hosted free bike valet at more events this year than ever, and Channel Islands Bike Club (CIBike) took notice. CIBike members volunteering at the Surf Rodeo in July saw that it was successful (we parked 200 bikes that weekend) but our DIY setup needed a little sprucing up. CIBike Grants Coordinator Bill Faulkner asked us to "make a list" for what we thought we needed, and then asked us to add what we wanted. We co-branded the materials, and CIBike generously wrote a check. Now, next time you park your bike with us (always free!) you'll see us looking good. If there's a CIBike volunteer there, thank them for us! 
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Ride Ready Classes A Success

What's Happening
Ride Ready Classes a Success! Last week, BikeVentura hosted its first two day Ride Ready class, taught by our executive director, Joey Juhasz-Lukomski. The first day was comprised of in-shop instruction on basic bicycle maintenance, including the all important Fix-A-Flat tutorial (as pictured above). The second class, held on a beautiful Saturday morning, found participants outside, on their bikes, learning how to ride safely on the streets. Joey's instruction included such maneuvers as how to make an emergency stop and how to safely avoid obstacles in the road. The class ended with an exciting ride around downtown Ventura to put into practice our participants sharp cycling skills. Upon completion of the class, our Board Chairperson, John Buccola, shared "I wasn't sure I would learn anything new, but not only did I…
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BV Bikes Tour through Washington State and British Columbia!

What's Happening
This summer, a group of women supported by BikeVentura, embarked on a bike tour starting in Washington State and British Columbia, Canada.Their tour began on the Olympic Peninsula. Their first leg took them to Port Angeles, WA where they boarded a ferry to Victoria, BC. They rode North on Vancouver Island and ferried out to Salt Spring Island for few days before heading back to the USA via a Washington State ferry to San Juan Island. The trip was full of camping, coffee, bakeries and band practice. All of the members of the tour brought instruments strapped to their bikes!All of their bikes had either been refurbished and purchased at BikeVentura, or tuned up at the shop before the trip.
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