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Camarillo Acorn: Group rides to help keep bicyclists safe

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.

Interview with VCCool’s Director

Phil Taggart’s “Community Impact” TV talk show, interview’s Rachel Morris, VCCool’s Executive Director.

Host Friday Lubina talks with Rachel about the best ways to take action on climate crisis, VCCool’s history and actions, and even what’s up with bicycles and back-yard chickens.

Visit Community Impact’s Vimeo page for more information about this local, CAP’s television program.

Rachel Morris talks about VC Cool on Community Impact from Phil Taggart on Vimeo.

City Planning is Key for a Green City

Who Decides?

Should the grocery store be on the edge of town, or in the neighborhood? What saves more resources – building a new community center or repurposing a historic one? Why do we pay to pump water to our gardens, and then flush rainwater down the drain? A typical home built in 1930 700 square feet, a typical home built in 2012 is over 2000 square feet, while family size is shrinking. Is there safe, convenient bike storage at the bus stop?

At VCCool, we think a community weighing in about city planning can make a huge difference! That’s why we worked tirelessly with City Planning Staff and other organizations like CAUSE, and ASERT, to help create greener plans and code for the City of Ventura.

VCCool’s Westside Code Recommendations

You can take a look at recommendations we created, with input and negotiations with City Staff. This 35 page document provided recommendations about the Westside Specific Code.

We would like to give a special thank you to Dave Ward, Senior City Planner who spent countless hours working with us to craft language acceptable to the project. We would also like to thank CAUSE organizers for helping to host Avenue workshops, and for meeting with city staff and presenting key elements of design.

Thank you, City Council!

The Ventura Bike Union gave the City Council and staff a sincere “thank you” at last week’s Council meeting for continuing progress on the Bicycle Master Plan, including our new green lanes, bike/ped bridge connecting Community Park and restriping key corridors in Ventura — Main Street, Thompson and Loma Vista. We baked and decorated delicious bike-shaped cookies for the community, wrote and presented a fun poem and voiced our appreciation for improving cycling infrastructure throughout the city.

The Ventura Bike Union continues to support the city on further progress with the Bicycle Master Plan!

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Fresh Eggs from your Back Yard

Chickens are  a great addition to a home-grown veggie garden. They reduce bugs, eat scraps, provide high-quality organic fertilizer, and make cute pets – all the while, providing healthy food for the family.

An excellent way to reduce your carbon foot print is through what you eat!  By growing food on a small organic scale right in your own back yard, you can avoid shipping, packaging, refrigerated warehouses, and petroleum fertilizers and pesticides.

Put these two concepts together, and you have why VCCool has been hard at work to make city ordinance more friendly toward these feathered friends.

Problem is, most people don’t realize what good neighbors city hens can be. They’ve only had experience with dogs, and are wary about introducing something they’re not familiar with. The good news is that hens have a lower decibel level than dogs, and for a much shorter time. Also, to get nitty and gritty, one average dog poops as much as 10 average hens – and that stuff is too stinky and dangerous to make good compost. Experienced gardeners know that chickens chow down on all sorts of bugs like earwigs, fly larva, and even snails.

If you are interested in being involved in our efforts to make Ventura chicken friendly, please write to action@vccool.org.