by Darrin Peschka and David Goldstein
Bike Week is Sept. 21-25 in Ventura County, and the Ventura County Transportation
Fee is asking locals to combine up their routine by biking as a substitute of driving someday per week.
The constructive impression on the surroundings is critical, and cyclists can get pleasure from a break from
elevated isolation at residence.
Bike Week, which has been known as Bike to Work Week prior to now, is an annual occasion
that encourages residents to go away their vehicles at residence and as a substitute use their bicycles to run
important errands, journey to medical appointments, commute to work, or simply get out of the
home. Those that pledge to take action at goventura.org/bike-week might be entered to win certainly one of 10
$100 VISA present playing cards. Individuals have to be over the age of 18 and the pledge have to be made by
Residents of Ventura County might have observed lighter visitors when the state of California first
shut down in response to COVID-19. In line with the California Coalition for Clear Air, March
introduced Californians among the cleanest air in america. Although many individuals
proceed to remain residence from work, faculty and different locations, others have returned to their
routines. In line with the California Division of Transportation, VMT (automobile miles
traveled) knowledge signifies that visitors in Ventura County has been inching its means again to pre-
pandemic ranges, negatively impacting air high quality.
If a necessary vacation spot is simply too far to bike, cyclists can use racks and storage compartments on
native buses to convey a bicycle on board. Riders can cowl a portion of their journey, maybe the primary
or final mile, by way of bike, and use transit for the remainder of the journey. Many cyclists additionally get pleasure from taking
public transit a method and using their bicycle the opposite means.
Subsequent time you’re getting ready to depart on a necessary journey, go to goventura.org/getting-
round/bike and uncover certainly one of Ventura County’s bike routes. The map highlights Class 1
paths, that are separated from vehicles; Class 2, that are shared-street painted bike lanes; and
Class 3, that are on-street bike routes designated by indicators. Cyclists within the Conejo Valley
lately welcomed six miles of Class 2 freshly paved bike lanes from Lake Sherwood to Hidden
In the event you get away your previous bike for a tune-up or start searching for a brand new one in preparation for
Bike Week, you may be in good firm.
“I’m seeing bicycle repairs about double my regular quantity since COVID isolation started,” mentioned
Ron Lathrop, who has been the supervisor of Bicycles of Ojai for practically 30 years. “And new
bikes… have been in brief provide because of manufacturing disruptions, however they’re simply beginning to
come again, so we’re seeing lots of purchases now.”
The phase taking off the quickest, in line with Lathrop, is electrical bikes. “They’re principally made
in Taiwan, not China, so stock is out there,” he mentioned.
Bike Week 2020 might be adopted by California Clear Air Day on Oct. 7. On that date, locals are
invited to pledge at cleanairday.org/individual-pledge to bike, stroll, set up an air high quality monitor, plant a tree, or group deliveries collectively in an effort to create cleaner air in our neighborhood.
This yr, throughout Bike Week, pledge to combine issues up by leaving your automotive at residence and breaking
out your bike.
For extra details about transportation, air high quality, and ridesharing throughout Bike Week and
past, go to goventura.org or comply with VCTC (@GoVCTC) on Fb, Instagram, LinkedIn and
As a consequence of latest fires, Dr. Laki Tisopulos, Govt Officer of the Ventura County Air Air pollution
Management District, urges bicyclists who’re delicate to air air pollution to examine air high quality earlier than
bicycling. “We’ve air high quality reviews at vcapcd.org, and you may see Air High quality Alerts by
following @VCAPCD on social media,” he mentioned.
David Goldstein is an environmental analyst with the Ventura County Public Works Company and
Darrin Peschka is a program supervisor for presidency and neighborhood relations on the Ventura
County Transportation Fee.