Bicycling and Walking

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Bicycle Master Plan

Bike to Work Day

Bike Classes

Annual Bike Counts

Bike Racks Request

Bicycling Education

Bike Map Information

Bike Trail / Road Maintenance

Bicycle Friendly Transit

Bike Lockers

Bike License

 

Bicylce Classes logo

The City of Ventura offers monthly bicycle education classes, in a 3 part series. More detailed class information  available here. Questions can be answered by calling City of Ventura Bicycle Coordinator/League Cycling Instructor Derek Towers,805-654-7849 or emailing dtowers@cityofventura.net.
Register here.
The next classes:

Tu/Th/Sat 1/10, 1/12 & 1/14
Tu/Th/Sat 2/7, 2/9 & 2/11
Tu/Th/Sat 3/7, 3/9 & 3/11
Tu/Th/Sat 4/4, 4/6 & 4/8

 

 

 

 

Bicycling and Walking

Bicycle Programs support non-auto and auto alternative improvements to Ventura's transportation system consistent with policies of the Circulation Element, General Bikeway Plan and others. The City of Ventura Transportation Section conceives and initiates projects, and is a liaision to the City of Ventura Community Development Department. In addition, staff manages existing programs such as the dissemination of alternative transportation information and safety programs to businesses and special interest groups.

On May 2, 2011 the City Council adopted the new Bicycle Master Plan. The final plan includes the addendum of recommended changes from staff as well as direction from the City Council at the March 21, 2011 City Council meeting. The final approved documents can be downloaded from the website. The final Plan is large (220 MB

Adopted 2011 Bicycle Master Plan

Recommended Bicycle Master Plan Map

Priority Bicycle Improvements Map

Proposed Bike Routing Map

If you have any questions, please Call our Bicycle Coordinator, Derek Towers, at (805) 654-7849.

Ventura has established miles of on and off-street bicycle paths while maintaining trails that stretch along the coastline for bicyclists, runners and joggers as part of the Pacific Coast Bike Trail. To obtain a map of the City and County Bike Paths, call the County of Ventura Dial-A-Route Center at 1-800-438-1112 or view the Ventura County Transportation Commission's Get There By Bike Map.

Other Information

2016 Bike Counts

Counts were done on two weekdays from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. We were able to continue collecting more granular data about our ridership within the City.

Last year's trends regarding the number of riders without helmets, and the number of riders traveling against traffic, continued. This information provides clear feedback for the efforts we are making to increase bicycling as a viable alternative for transportation within the City.

Annual Bicycle counts for the fifth year were done on 4/27/16 and 4/28/16. The data has been compiled into the charts below to show ridership information. Counts are done on standard weekdays. 

2016 Categorical Chart
2016 Categorical Totals
2016 Location Categories
2016 Helmet Chart
2016 Street Sidewalk Chart
2016 Location Category Totals
2012 - 2016 Comparison Chart

Contact DTowers@CityofVentura.net for previous years
 

Bike to Work Day 2016

 

 The City of Ventura Transportation Department Bike Station at the corner of Santa Clara and California Streets 5/19/16.
Another successful Bike to Work Day, that wrapped up Bike to Work Week. Thanks again to the folks at TBOV for coming out and providing free tune ups to over 20 riders. Thanks to VCTC for providing the give-aways. Most of all thanks to you for riding!
 

Requesting Bike Trail or Road Maintenance

Use the table below to report maintenance issues on local roads and bike trails, including problems such as potholes, debris, protruding branches, missing signs, or other issues affecting bicycle safety.
 

                                       

Jurisdiction

Link

Phone

Notes

County of Ventura

Online Form

(805)
672-2073

Use the phone number only for issues with the Ojai Valley Trail north of Foster Park and the online form for all other requests.

City of Ventura

Online Form

(805)
654-7769

Includes the Ventura River Trail south of Foster Park. To submit a request online, follow the link then click on "Streets & Transportation" then "Bike and Pedestrian" and then "Next" up top. The phone number is for the Traffic/Bicycle Hotline.

City of Oxnard

Online Form

(805)
385-8280

Phone number directs to Public Works

City of Port Hueneme

Online Form

(805)
986-6500

Phone number is the City's main line

Caltrans

Online Form

None

Includes all state highways and state bike trails

City of Santa Barbara

None

(805)
560-7591

Phone number is the City's main line

City of Carpinteria

Online Form

(805)
880-3402

(All issues) Public Works Director/City Engineer, Charlie Ebeling; cebeling@ci.carpinteria.ca.us

(Streets, Trees, Sidewalk issues) Public Works Supervisor, Paul Medel – (805) 755-4443; paulm@ci.carpinteria.ca.us

(Stormwater, Solid Waste, Watershed issues) Environmental Coordinator, Erin Maker – (805) 880-3415; erinm@ci.carpinteria.ca.us

City of Goleta

Online Form

(805)
961-7570

 

Santa Barbara County

None

(805)
568-3576

All bike/ped related issues, Matt Dobberteen; matt@cosbpw.net

In case Matt is away, Main Office – (805) 568-3000; pwroads@cosbpw.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Request a Bike Rack/Bollard

 

Bike Rack

A free bicycle rack can be installed on the sidewalk in front of your business as long as the location meets the minimum requirements.  

This information is designed to help ensure your bike rack request is approved and to give you insight into what we look for when installing sidewalk bike racks in the City of Ventura.
 

General Process

When a bicycle rack request is submitted, the address is checked on Google Streetview to determine if one can be installed at that location. If it appears a bike rack can be installed, then the location is field checked and an attempt is made to contact the business owner/manager on duty.

The location is then marked; it generally takes 1 - 2 months for a bike rack to be installed, but the timeline can vary.

If the location is not suitable for a bike rack, a response email or phone call occurs explaining why the bike rack cannot be installed at the requested location.

Prerequisites

The sidewalk bicycle parking program is for short-term bicycle parking to be installed in the public right-of-way in business districts on concrete sidewalk where space allows.

Examples of locations where racks cannot be installed:

  • Private properties
  • Schools
  • Residential addresses
  • Locations with conflicts such as utility boxes, storm drains, or metered parking spaces
  • lack of space for pedestrian use

Racks can only be installed on cement surfaces.  The following surfaces will not accept bicyle rack mounting equipment:

  • Pervious concrete
  • Brick
  • Porcelain tiles
  • Cobble stone
  • dirt or grass
  • tiled surfaces

Call 805-654-7769 or Email Biking@CityofVentura.net

 

City Bicycle Lockers


Bike lockers are available to everyone. It is fairly simple. Just fill out an application, bring it to Room 120 in City Hall, with $50 for refundable damage/lost key deposit (check or cash). Transportation staff will issue a key. 

Only bicycles and bicycle related equipment can be stored in the lockers and random checks are performed by staff. An annual email or phone call is made to check if the locker is still being used.

Click here for Locker Application.

 

Bike Maps

A new draft Bike map for the City of Ventura can be downloaded here. You can print it out or save it to your electronic device. Feel free to provide feedback to dtowers@cityofventura.net or give us a call at (805) 654-7849. Bike maps for Ventura County can be found on the VCTC website here. There are also links to download an iOS or Android Ventura County Bike map applicaiton.

Bicycle Friendly Transit

Are you traveling to or in Ventura by Bus, Train, Plane. Here is some information to help you get around with your bike via transit. Information within covers both Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. See individual service for routes and schedules.

 

License your bike:

Per Section  16.315.010 of the City's Municipal code, no one shall ride, move, haul, or leave standing on any road, street, or highway within the City a bicycle unless it has been licensed. In addition, having your bike licensed will help Ventura PD find and return your lost or stolen bike. The Ventura PD has a process for licensing your bike at the following link:

Why Register a Bike

http://www.cityofventura.net/page/register-your-bicycle-submit-change-ow...
 

RideShare

Any Day is a Good Day to Rideshare!

Discover how much money you can save when you commute by bus, train, carpool, or vanpool – even if it’s just one day. 2014 Rideshare Week is October 6-10.

When you pledge to participate, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win great prizes!

There are many ways to participate in Rideshare Week.
Visit www.goventura.org or contact me to learn how and get your pledge card today.
Derek Towers - dtowers@cityofventura.net or (805) 654-7849
Rideshare Week 2014 is sponsored by the Ventura County Transportation Commission and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District. Visit VCTC at www.goventura.org and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District at www.vcapcd.org to learn more about Rideshare Week and how you can save thousands of dollars a year by sharing the ride.

 

Bicycling Education

New Bike Facilities and How to Use Them
 

Read about how to use bike boxes, combined turn lanes and share lanes in this PDF.

New Three Feet for Bicycle Safety Law - Takes Effect September 16, 2014. 

 

The new law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike from behind. The new law will make safe passing a lot less confusing since existing law simply requires a driver to keep a “safe distance” from a bicyclist. State law doesn’t guarantee drivers a right to pass whenever or wherever they want. Drivers may only pass another vehicle or a bicycle when it’s safe to do so. This wouldn’t change.

 
 

What about passing on narrow roads? Drivers will now be required to slow down to a safe and reasonable speed and wait to pass only when it is safe to do so. The driver either has to pass when the three feet is available or they have to be prepared to demonstrate that three feet were NOT available and that a slower, closer pass was done according to the law. This is a higher burden of proof for drivers than under current law.

 

If you have any questions, you may find many of your answers at https://calbike.org/advocacy/giveme3/give-me-3-faq/

 

Three Feet for Safety Act Signed into Law

 

This past year the Three Feet for Safety Act was passed and signed into law. 

The law required that drivers to create a 3-foot safe cushion between vehicles and bicyclists. How can drivers tell whether they’re giving a bicyclist three feet of clearance? Use this rule of thumb, it is about the space taken by a car door when opened. Most people have become good a judging this distace when they part their cars. AB 1371 amends the California Vehicle Code section that deals with one vehicle passing another vehicle from behind in the same travel lane and traveling in the same direction (the technical term is “overtaking”). When a car and a bicycle are traveling in separate lanes, the safe passing law would not apply. Similar to previous traffic laws drivers may only pass another vehicle when it’s safe to do so. This wouldn’t change and the new law requires that the driver slow down to a safe and reasonable speed and wait to pass a bicyclist only when it was safe to do so. 

 

AB 1371 contains two penalties. For a violation that does not result in an injury, the bill sets a base fine of $35, which becomes a $233 fine for the driver once court and administrative fees are added. This is the existing fine for unsafe passing.

For a violation that involves a collision that injures a bicyclist, the base fine is $220, which becomes a $959 fine for the driver. This new penalty is equal to the lowest fine imposed for reckless driving with bodily injury.

Green Bike Lanes and Bike Boxes
 

green bike lanesMaybe you have noticed some new bright green paint, in the bike lanes along Main Street between Telephone Rd. and Mills Rd. In an ongoing effort to improve travel modes in the City of Ventura, colored bike lanes have been installed. The City's primary reason for the use of the colored bike lanes was to improve safety. “Highlighting” these areas of bike-vehicle interaction is one of our efforts to heighten attention of people in vehicles and on bicycles. We identified seven locations on Main St between Mills and Telephone, including a two stage left turn queue bike box, to install colored bike lanes. There is currently one additional project designed with green lanes also along Main St near Ventura High School.

green bike lanesAccording to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Design Guide "Colored pavement within a bicycle lane increases the visibility of the facility, identifies potential areas of conflict, and reinforces priority to bicyclists in conflict areas...Colored pavement is commonly applied at intersections, driveways, conflict areas, and along non-standard or enhanced facilities..."

green bike lanes mapIn addition to the green bike lanes, the City is installing bike boxes. A bike box is a queuing area at the vehicle limit line that allows bikes to gather in a protected area while waiting for the traffic signal to turn green. A special application of this type of treatment is a two-stage turn queue bike box. Two-stage turn queue boxes offer bicyclists a safe way make left turns at multi-lane signalized intersections from a right side bike lane.
This is an alternative option for bicyclist but not a required route. Cyclist may still make use of the standard left lane for turns. The City is installing a two-stage turn queue box at Main St and Telephone Rd for left turns from Main St onto Telephone Rd. In addition to the green lanes running across the intersection to the box, the bike box will operate as a standard bicycle box.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) considers these colored bike lanes and bike boxes decorative pavement treatment and not an actual traffic control device. The City is working with Caltrans and the FHWA to provide feedback on their effectiveness.

National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety

(According to League of American Bicyclist)

The National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety is a publication of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation; the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Federal Highway Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety

Goal #1 Motorists Will Share the Road

Goal #2 Bicyclists Will Ride Safely

Goal #3 Bicyclists Will Wear Helmets

Goal #4 The Legal System Will Support Safe Bicycling

Goal #5 Roads and Paths Will Safely Accommodate Bicycling
 

Sharrows - Shared Roadway Bicycle Marking

The shared roadway bicycle markings (sharrows) may be used to assist bicyclists with positioning on a shared roadway with on-street parallel parking and to alert road users of the location a bicyclist may occupy within the traveled way.

Standard:
The sharrows shall only be used on a roadway (Class III Bikeway (Bike Route) or Shared Roadway (No Bikeway Designation) which has on-street parallel parking. If used, sharrows shall be placed so that the centers of the markings are a minimum of 3.3 m (11 ft) from the curb face or edge of paved shoulder. On State highways, the shared roadway bicycle marking shall be used only in urban areas.

Support:
The shared roadway bicycle marking is intended to:

  • Reduce the chance of bicyclists impacting open doors of parked vehicles on a shared roadway with on-street parallel parking.
  • Alert road users within a narrow traveled way of the lateral location where bicyclists ride.
  • Be used only on roadways without marked bicycle lanes or shoulders.

How to Lock Your Bike

Always lock your bike, especially at home. More bikes are stolen from home than from any other location. Wherever you store your bike; a garage, a college dorm room, an apartment building, use your lock.

Pick a good Location. Select a location where there are other bikes. The chances are better that there will be a bike with a less secure lock -- or even without a lock -- and thieves will usually take the unlocked bikes first.

Always lock your bike in visible, well-lighted areas.

Lock your bike to a fixed, immovable object like a parking meter, or a permanent bike rack that is cemented or anchored into the ground. If you use a parking meter, make sure the locked bike can not be slipped off over the top of the pole. Beware of locking to items that can be easily cut, broken or otherwise removed.

Try not to let your lock rest against the ground where a thief can use a hammer or rock to smash the lock.

Use the lock correctly. Position your bike frame and wheels so that you take up as much of the open space within the U-portion of the lock as possible. The tighter the lock up, the harder it will be for a thief to insert a pry bar and pry open your lock.

If your U-lock has its keyway on the end of the crossbar, position the lock with its keyway end facing down towards the ground. This makes it harder for the thief to access your lock.

Always secure your components and accessories, especially those that can be easily removed, like quick release wheels or seats.

If you have a multi-speed bike, leave it in the highest gear. This makes it that much harder for a thief to shift quickly and get away with your bike.

  • DON’T ever leave a new bike unlocked. New bikes have the most value to thieves and they look for them.
  • DON’T lock your bike to small trees, aluminum or wooden posts, or to chain link fences. These items can be easily broken or cut.
  • DON’T lock your bike to anything posted as illegal. Check with your police department for local bicycle parking regulations.
  • DON’T lock you bike to itself. A thief will just carry the whole bike away!

Source:  National Bike Registry website

School Area Traffic Safety

 

The City works closely with the Ventura Unified School District to provide safe, accessible, and convenient travel routes from home to school in an effort to reduce traffic congestion arounds schools. The following School Area Traffic Safety Guidelines layout the policies, programs and suggested school routes:

School Area Traffic Safey Guidelines