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You might win a prize if you ride a bike during Bike Week — May 17-23

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By Darrin Peschka and David Goldstein
For this week’s Bike Week — May 17- to 23 — visit the county website goventura.org/bike-week/ and pledge to bike at least one day.
You may win one of four $250 gift cards. Participants who pledge to bike must be over the age of 18, and the online pledge form must be completed by May 31. 
If you were among the many people who turned to bicycling during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ventura County Transportation Commission has a message for you: Keep riding. 
If your biking habits have started to slip, Bike Week 2021 is the perfect opportunity to start riding again. Bike Week is an annual event that encourages residents to leave their cars at home and ride their bikes to their destinations.
Also, just in time for Bike Week, Bicycle HUB has reopened its Ventura site, at 490 N. Ventura Ave., for “Do it together repairs.” 
The acronym “HUB” in the nonprofit organization’s name stands for “helping urban bicyclists.” It offers use of tools, bicycle stands, and bilingual staff assistance to help people repair their bicycles. Open to the general public, but prioritizing those who have no other means of transportation, the Bike HUB charges customers only on an “ability to pay” basis, according to Joey Juhasz-Lukomski, executive director. 
“If people can afford it, our first recommendation is usually to suggest they use a local bike shop for repairs,” he said. “But we offer free assistance to members (membership starts at $30 per year), and we are eager to assist people in need.” Initially, the Bike HUB will be open for repairs Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Staff will continue to accept donated bicycles and to sell those bicycles during more extended hours.
Bike HUB staff also hope to reopen in Oxnard, but needs to find a new site.
Similarly, Bike HUB’s partner organization, Sespe Bike Collective, is looking for a site to resume periodic repair clinics in Fillmore, and it continues its biweekly youth rides in Fillmore in partnership with One Step A La Vez  every other Friday.
Cycling is important for both mental and physical health, and reductions in driving during the pandemic also benefited the environment. According to the California Coalition for Clean Air, March 2020 brought Californians some of the cleanest air in the United States, as the initial coronavirus-related shutdowns kept drivers at home and off the freeways. Yet, since then, weekday highway traffic in Ventura County has inched back up toward pre-pandemic levels, according to Vehicle Miles Traveled data from the California Department of Transportation.
VCTC makes it easy for new riders to learn about paths in the area visit goventura.org/getting-around/bike and discover one of Ventura County’s bike routes. The map highlights Class 1 paths, which are separated from cars; Class 2, which are shared-street painted bike lanes; and Class 3, which are on-street bike routes designated by signs. 
For more information about transportation and biking, follow VCTC (@GoVCTC) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information about the Bike Hub, see www.Bikeventura.org
— Darrin Peschka, program manager for government and community relations at the Ventura County Transportation Commission, may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. David Goldstein, an environmental resource analyst with Ventura County Public Works, may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 805-658-4312.

 

 

 

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