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VC STAR – November 4, 2017

The nonprofit BikeVentura and Ventura Bike HUB will relocate its primary operations nine blocks closer to Main Street.

In addition, BikeVentura recently opened a Bike HUB in Fillmore in partnership with the Fillmore Parks and Recreation Department.

“We have outgrown our current space and can’t wait to fill the new one,” said Tobias “Toby” Smith, program director for BikeVentura. “Our new location is nearly three times the size, allowing us to support more cyclists in our expanding community.”

To help raise funds for the expansion into its new space, BikeVentura will host a space preview and fundraising party at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at the new Ventura location, 490 N. Ventura Ave.

After its planned opening on Nov. 20, BikeVentura will continue to use its current location at 1150 N. Ventura Ave. for its education program and as an auxiliary space.

“We want to thank the City of Ventura Housing Authority for giving us our first permanent space,” Smith said. “We will continue to utilize the location to serve the community.”

The Bike HUB is a do-it-together community bicycle shop and second-hand bike thrift store staffed by master mechanics and volunteers. The HUB began as a mobile bike station in 2012, although the group was formed in August 2007 with a primary focus of advocacy and bicycle safety.

“Our goal is to have a HUB in every city throughout the county, and Fillmore represents our first location outside the city of Ventura,” said Yvonne Adan, board member and past chairperson for BikeVentura.

Fillmore’s Bike HUB is in its early stages, currently operating on Saturdays as a mobile station at Two Rivers Park, 100 D St.

For more information, visit https://www.bikeventura.org.

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