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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.

VC Reporter: Ventura Bike Hub launches new initiative

BikeVentura Launch Party highlighted in the VC Reporter (1 March 2017)!  

VCCool is launching its new initiative, BikeVentura, and with it comes reason to hop on your six-speed and brave Ventura’s city streets for a night of fundraising fun.

On Saturday, March 4, 7-10 p.m., BikeVentura will host a fundraiser at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave. in Ventura, featuring hors d’oeuvres provided by Scratch Ventura and beer provided by Topa Topa Brewing Co., with all proceeds benefiting BikeVentura, a 501(c)3 organization.

BikeVentura offers a diverse series of programs, including one in development to give homeless individuals the skills needed to repair their own bicycles, oftentimes their only means of transportation. Coming soon: a Fillmore outpost as well.

Yvonne Adan, chairman of the board, says that all are welcome at the Ventura Bike Hub, where repairs can be had for $5 an hour along with tips and pointers on bicycle care and maintenance.

“One of the things about cycling is that you not only want to work, but you want to have fun, so we try and combine work and fun,” said Adan.

For more information on BikeVentura, and the Ventura Bike Hub, visit www.facebook.com/VenturaBikeHUB.

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!