LOOK AROUND | Cycling week resources – VC Reporter

IN THE PICTURE: Biking HUB volunteer Maya Zubia. Picture courtesy of Biking Ventura County

Darrin Peschka and David Goldstein

Amid encouraging indicators that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, extra companies are reopening and staff are returning to the workplace.

For those who’re amongst workers returning to face-to-face work, even when it is only a few days per week, it is a nice time to contemplate including a motorbike to your commute.

Could is Bicycle Month and the Ventura County Transportation Fee encourages residents to depart their autos at residence and cycle.

Linda Quiquivix prepares a motorbike for the Therapeutic Cycle exhibit on the Oxnard Bike HUB. Picture courtesy of Biking Ventura County

Throughout Bicycle Month, those that decide to horseback using may have an opportunity to win one in every of six $250 reward playing cards. You may make the dedication on the VCTC’s web site goventura.org/pledge. Members should be over the age of 18 and commit by 31 Could.

There are a number of alternatives to take part in Biking Month. Think about biking to work as an alternative of driving throughout Biking to Work Week (Could 16-20) and Bike-to-Work Day (Could 20).

In keeping with the 2020 American Group Survey, roughly 1,717 individuals cycle to work in Ventura County. That determine, which is about 0.4 % of the county’s commuters, is in step with different counties in Southern California, in keeping with the survey.

If the commute is simply too far for a motorbike experience, contemplate pairing a motorbike experience with a bus or prepare experience. Most Southern California transit operators supply bike racks and locking services at stops and stations, in addition to built-in storage compartments for bikes. The VCTC Intercity service permits electrical bikes (e-bikes) for use on bike racks if they don’t have moist cell batteries. Guidelines can change, so it is best to test with particular person operators about bringing bikes on board.

Changing a automobile with a bicycle is an easy approach to assist the atmosphere by lowering visitors congestion and lowering air air pollution. Biking as an alternative of driving may also be a approach to avoid wasting cash. Common unleaded gasoline prices about $5.80 per gallon in Ventura County, in keeping with the AAA, so biking as an alternative of driving can imply a number of further {dollars} in your pocket.

For those who’re not returning to work, contemplate biking as an alternative of driving to run errands and go to appointments.

Biking and having fun with the outside might be good for bodily and psychological well being, and Could can also be Psychological Well being Consciousness Month, so Bike Ventura County (BikeVC) and Oxnard, a nonprofit serving to individuals repair their bikes at their Bike HUB shops in Ventura has partnered with native artists to remodel bikes into artworks that promote psychological well being entry.

“Individuals who most want Bike HUB assist to maintain bikes operating are homeless or have psychological well being points. Ventura Bike HUB Retailer Supervisor, Chris Barton, empowers them to come back to HUB and discover ways to hold a motorbike in working order.” HUBs (Serving to City Cyclists) cost for spare elements on a sliding scale and lend any instruments wanted for repairs. offers.

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