VCCool Helps Sponsor Ride of Silence 2014

VCCool Helps Sponsor Ride of Silence 2014

Advocacy, Ventura Bike HUB
To get more involved in making streets safer for bicyclists, drop us a note at action@vccool.org. (Oxnard's new bike advocacy group meets every other Friday.)  This year VCCool helped sponsor the Anthony Martinez 3rd Annual Memorial ride. This is the third year that Anthony Martinez and his family have held an annual "Ride of Silence," in honor of his son, and others who have been killed by motorists while riding their bicycles. The Ride of Silence is held nationally on May 21. The tradition started in 2003, and rides are held in hundreds of cities across the country each year. Anthony's ride was well attended. Official count is still out, but a rough estimate has it at 100 riders. VCCool was able to provide non-profit status. We handed VCCool's first "spoke-cards," and…
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Bicycle Awareness Actions!  (Nov 23 & Dec 2)

Bicycle Awareness Actions! (Nov 23 & Dec 2)

Advocacy, Event, Ventura Bike HUB
"In Ventura, Cyclists to Ride for Safety, Awareness" -VC Star, November 22 by Jennifer Letzer VCCool and the Ventura Bicycle Union along with many friends from Oxnard, (and even an artist from L.A.) are taking it to the streets. We are bringing awareness and solutions to the traffic casualties that bikers and walkers are experiencing. Our Message This is a public safety issue and must be addressed. People are getting hurt and killed on our roads - but many, many more people are sick and dying due to in-activity. Fear of active transportation is resulting in epidemic rates of heart-disease, diabetes, asthma, and obesity. Everyone deserves safe roads. TAKE ACTION X 3 1.) Bicycle Awareness Ride Saturday, November 23, 2:00pm-4:30pm, Starting at the HUB Community Bike Shop 1150 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura Wear signs…
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Community Sponsors Youth Bicycle Safety Rodeo

Community Sponsors Youth Bicycle Safety Rodeo

Advocacy, HUB Club Youth Program, Partners, Ventura Bike HUB
Community businesses and organizations are making generous gifts to support youth bicycle safety!  Channel Islands Bicycle Club and Trek Bicycles of Ventura  form the cornerstone of VCCool’s 7th annual Youth Bicycle Rodeo – allowing VCCool to provide helmets, odometers, training, and more to youth ages 5-19. Other top sponsors include the VCReporter and the Downtown Ventura Partnership. Additional generous sponsors include:  Open Air Bicycles, Crown Plaza, Real Cheep Sports, Red Brick Pizza, and Patagonia.  Gifts of support also come from Truffle Hound Fine Chocolates, Jimmy’s Slice, the Breeze, and The Refill Shoppe. In tough economic times, business people across Ventura are looking out for Ventura’s Youth as they make the healthy, green choice of transportation – the bicycle! And VCCool is proud to provide this community service for the 7th…
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VCCool’s 7th Annual Youth Bicycle Rodeo

VCCool’s 7th Annual Youth Bicycle Rodeo

Advocacy, HUB Club Youth Program, Partners, VCCOOL historical, Ventura Bike HUB
Friday, September 28th 10:00am to 2:00am  (Be sure to arrive by 1:30!) Start at Mission Plaza 211 N Main St., Ventura CA Free to the Public Youth 5-19 and their Family English/Spanish Friendly Come to VCCool's 7th Annual Youth Bicycle Safety Rodeo! It’s the biggest youth bicycle event of the year. A fun and exciting event for the entire family. VCCool wants to make sure youth have the bike equipment, a safe properly -working bicycle, and a strong understanding of bicycle “street smarts.” We’re also bringing in the COOLNESS: a bicycle fashion show and “Bling my Bike.” Features Include: Bicycle Helmet Fit – Free helmet to all youth (19 and under) who need one. Special gift to all youth who have one. Bike check and basic repairs – Free to…
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City Planning is Key for a Green City

City Planning is Key for a Green City

Advocacy, Event
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…
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