LOOK AROUND | Promise to ride a bike instead of a car, save $250 – VC Reporter

IN THE PICTURE: Biking HUB volunteer Maya Zubia. Photograph 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 employees are returning to the workplace.

In the event you’re amongst staff returning to face-to-face work, even when it is just some days every week, this can be a nice time to think about including a motorbike to your commute.

Might is Bicycle Month and the Ventura County Transportation Fee encourages residents to go away their automobiles at dwelling and cycle.

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

Throughout Bicycle Month, those that decide to horseback driving could have an opportunity to win one in every of six $250 present playing cards. You can also make the dedication on the VCTC’s web site goventura.org/pledge. Individuals have to be over the age of 18 and commit by 31 Might.

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

In response to the 2020 American Neighborhood Survey, roughly 1,717 folks 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 response to the survey.

If the commute is simply too far for a motorbike experience, think about pairing a motorbike experience with a bus or prepare experience. Most Southern California transit operators supply bike racks and locking amenities 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 surroundings by lowering site visitors congestion and lowering air air pollution. Biking as a substitute of driving will also be a approach to avoid wasting cash. Common unleaded gasoline prices about $5.80 per gallon in Ventura County, in response to the AAA, so biking as a substitute of driving can imply just a few further {dollars} in your pocket.

In the event you’re not returning to work, think about biking as a substitute of driving to run errands and go to appointments.

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

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