EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Make the pledge throughout Bike Week|VC Reporter
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 an alternative of driving at some point per week.
The optimistic influence on the atmosphere is critical, and cyclists can take pleasure in a break from
elevated isolation at house.
Bike Week, which has been known as Bike to Work Week up to now, is an annual occasion
that encourages residents to depart their automobiles at house and as an alternative 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 will likely be entered to win certainly one of 10
$100 VISA reward playing cards. Individuals should be over the age of 18 and the pledge should be made by
Residents of Ventura County might have seen 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 a few of the cleanest air in the USA. Although many individuals
proceed to remain house 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 method 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 deliver a bicycle on board. Riders can cowl a portion of their journey, maybe the primary
or final mile, through bike, and use transit for the remainder of the journey. Many cyclists additionally take pleasure in taking
public transit a method and driving their bicycle the opposite method.
Subsequent time you might be making 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 automobiles; 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
not too long ago welcomed six miles of Class 2 freshly paved bike lanes from Lake Sherwood to Hidden
In the event you escape your outdated bike for a tune-up or start looking for a brand new one in preparation for
Bike Week, you’ll 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 attributable to manufacturing disruptions, however they’re simply beginning to
come again, so we’re seeing a whole lot of purchases now.”
The phase taking off the quickest, in accordance with Lathrop, is electrical bikes. “They’re largely made
in Taiwan, not China, so stock is offered,” he mentioned.
Bike Week 2020 will likely 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 12 months, throughout Bike Week, pledge to combine issues up by leaving your automotive at house 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 observe VCTC (@GoVCTC) on Fb, Instagram, LinkedIn and
Attributable to current fires, Dr. Laki Tisopulos, Government Officer of the Ventura County Air Air pollution
Management District, urges bicyclists who’re delicate to air air pollution to verify air high quality earlier than
bicycling. “We’ve got air high quality stories at vcapcd.org, and you’ll 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.