February 2010

February 22, 2010

Film - "Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi," Ojai Theatre, Feb 27 4:30 pm

Last month, courtesy of our sponsor, the health foods company Nutiva, we brought you the film Fresh. This month, on February 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Ojai Theatre, under the same Nutiva sponsorship, the Coalition will be showing Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi, a 57-minute film in praise of traditional food plants and the people who grow them. A community seed exchange will follow the film, so bring any spare seeds to trade. For a pdf of the Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi event, click here.

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February 18, 2010

Bicycle and Pedestrian Provisions of the Federal-aid Program

Thanks to Kelly Pasco of Project Ride for reminding me of this link.
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped/bp-broch.htm

Bicycle and Pedestrian Provisions of the Federal-aid Program
Section 217 of Title 23 of the U.S. Code calls for the integration of bicycling and walking into the transportation mainstream. More importantly, it enhances the ability of communities to invest in projects that can improve the safety and practicality of bicycling and walking for everyday travel.

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February 15, 2010

VCStar: Two transit agencies plan studies on how to improve county's bus service

Check out the VC Star reader comments on busses and bike lanes in Ventura County!

Two transit agencies plan studies on how to improve county's bus service
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/feb/13/two-transit-agencies-plan-studies-on-how-to-bus/

To Comment to the Ventura County Transportation Committee:
http://www.goventura.org/?q=about-vctc/public-review-and-comment/unmet-transit-needs

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February 14, 2010

One Less Car --the first in a series on leaving the car at home at least one day a week.

By Suza Francina, Chair, OVGC Transportation Committee

"The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind." -- William Saroyan

Seven years ago* I gradually changed my trip to work from a two-hour car commute to a refreshing ten-minute bicycle ride.

After a decade of driving the freeway, my soul had grown weary of watching the sun rise and set from behind the steering wheel. Working closer to home meant a cut in my income, giving up my new Mazda mini van and downsizing to an older Toyota.

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February 6, 2010

Pedaling Toward Cleaner Cities --Let's Help Ojai Catch Up!

Bicycle advocacy groups are expanding, and a "Complete Streets" movement has blossomed in recent years, bringing together a broad coalition of citizen and environmental groups demanding more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly roads. Six states and more than 50 cities, counties, and metro regions have now enacted some form of Complete Streets legislation.

Pedaling Toward Cleaner Cities
By Alison Raphael, OneWorld US, May 13, 2008

What single silver bullet can simultaneously reduce air pollution and oil dependency, roll back urban congestion, and fight obesity?

It's not a pill, nor a complicated formula concocted by the World Bank. People around the world are turning to bicycles by the millions, as governments rush to create incentives for the low-tech transport alternative to gas-guggling, smog-making, traffic jam-producing automobiles.

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February 5, 2010

Letter from Bicycle Advocate Lana Hester in Response to Dr. John van Houten’s Editorial

I applaud John van Houten’s comments about the lack of support for cycling in the Ojai Valley. I am a long time resident and I have always been engaged by our community’s desire to preserve our quality of life and sustainability. As a cyclist I have been disappointed in our community’s lack of support.

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It's About the Bike: A Doctor's Prescription for a Healthy, Wealthy and Green Ojai

Guest Editorial by John van Houten, M.D.

The city of Ojai has made a concerted effort to become a “green” city in the past few years. However, it has ignored one very effective way to be more environmentally responsible, and that is by promoting cycling as an alternative form of transportation.

Ojai is a haven for recreational cyclists and even pro level cycling teams due in large part to our beautiful terrain and agreeable year round weather. However, there is no support for cycling as a form of daily transportation.

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Ten Reasons Why Bicycles Are Good!

Listing the benefits of bicycling makes it sound like one of those old patent medicines: "guaranteed to cure all your ills." But the simple truth is that bicycling is good for the air, the water, the earth, the quality of life in our community, helps to conserve energy, increases property value, increases business, and makes our streets and highways more efficient and, at the same time is good for our health, makes us more fit, and its fun!

Here is a quick look at the ten top reasons why bicycles are good!

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February 4, 2010

Go Green Ojai! Lecture Series - until February 14, at the Ojai Museum

Never tiring in its drive to educate, inform, and even entertain, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition is now presenting, in collaboration with the Ojai Valley Museum, the “Go Green, Ojai!” lecture series.

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“Go Green, Ojai!” An Interactive Exhibit for the Family: until February 14, at the Ojai Museum

In its continuing efforts to make the Ojai Valley a model green community, and in a joint undertaking with the Ojai Valley Museum (www.ojaivalleymuseum.org), the Coalition is offering its “Go Green, Ojai!” exhibit to explore the many facets of sustainability that are vital to the health and well-being of the Ojai Valley community.

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February 2010 E-Newsletter

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• This Month’s Community Presentation: Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi, a Film from the Seed Savers Network
• We Welcome Three New Members of Our Board of Directors
• Thinking in Green: On Resolving vs. Resigning
• Last Two Weeks for “Go Green, Ojai!”
• The Ojai Creek Restoration Project: Phase Two Set to Begin
• Eek! So Much E-Waste!