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Re: West Coast US Events

Postby The fingers » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:11 am

http://smdp.com/e-bike-expo-rides-on-the-pier/158820 :)
E-Bike Expo rides on the Pier
By Marina Andalon
A traveling roadshow focusing on electric bikes will be hosting a weekend event on the Santa Monica Pier from Dec. 2 – 4.
Santa Monica has earned a reputation as a hub for the emerging e-bike industry. The motorized bicycles function like a traditional bike but can legally go up to 20 miles per hour in California. Several stores have opened on Main Street specializing in e-bikes and the weekend event builds on the existing momentum.
The Electric Bike Expo is a way to promote the electric bike industry in the U.S., the expo is touring all over the country and hitting various cities. The expo teaches people about the technology behind the e-bikes and allows them to test various brands.
California has jumped to the 8th most bike friendly state, assessed annually by the League of American Bicyclist and they designated Santa Monica as a bike friendly community.
“The state’s bike-friendly advocacy efforts have driven this region to become the base for so many electric bike manufacturing/distributors,” said Ray Verhelst, Director of the Electric Bike Association. “Santa Monica offers a perfect location during this holiday season to reach thousands of locals and tourist from around the globe.”
People are invited to join various cycling groups like Santa Monica Spoke, California Bicycle Coalition, Bosch, the Electric Bike Expo and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition during this event and gather information and tips on safe riding.
“For Santa Monica, biking is in the cities DNA. Currently Santa Monica is one of only three communities in LA County ranked as Silver by the League of American Bicyclist. The city and community advocates are committed to reaching gold and beyond,” said Cynthia Rose, Director of Santa Monica Spoke, and Board Member of the California Bicycle Coalition
Santa Monica has achieved a 356% growth in biking and counting which seems to be the reason why Rose will lead a group ride. There will also be a presentation by the California Bicycle Coalition and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.
After the presentation attendees can learn more about the specific e-bike brands being represented at the expo, like Blix, BMW, Bulls, Raleigh, Yuba, and the latest electric drive systems from Bosch and plenty more. Many of these brands are new to the U.S. and are here to be tested out on the track.
Participants are asked to come at least a half an hour early so they can get you set up with the right bike. The test track is a fully fenced track with variety and terrain to that will enable you to get a feel for each bike. The terrain offers a hill like structure, straight away, and corners to help determine the perfect e-bike for the attendees.
Tempo Bicycles will be raffling off one of their Carmel or Santa Barbara hybrid electric bicycles worth $4,000 to a lucky winner. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the local bike advocacy group, Santa Monica Spoke.
“With the improved bike specific infrastructure that’s been rapidly put into place here in Santa Monica, and is now connected to the Expo Line, and you’ve got a recipe to create the kind of mode share for bicycling in Santa Monica we see in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Add electric bicycles to the mix and choosing a bike over a car for short trips becomes the easy and fun solution,” said Charlie Gandy, Vice Chair or the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors.
The Electric Bike Expo will be at the Santa Monica Pier parking lot. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
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Re: West Coast US Events

Postby The fingers » Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:34 pm

https://pvcycling.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/a-good-time-to-die-in/ :P
good time to die! (in)

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Because the Palos Verdes Estates City Council thinks that policing the Lunada Bay Boys on Mom’s Couch to the tune of $65,000 a year is more important than sticking up five lousy BMUFL signs, and because the Palos Verdes Estates City Council thinks that the best way to handle cycling deaths is to ignore them, there is going to be a special die-in on December 13 to ring in the holidays just the way that the council apparently wants: With lots of dead bodies.

Die-in location: Malaga Cove Plaza in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.
Die-in time: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM.

Dead riders will show up with their bikes and create a “die-in” protest on the lawn in front of Malaga Cove from 4:00pm – 4:45 pm. Following this demonstration, corpses and protesters will meet inside Malaga Ranch Market for dinner and to brief everyone on the city council agenda items. The city council meeting starts at 7:30 PM. At the council meeting attendees will submit speaker cards and discuss agenda items so that the city council can see that we’re vitally interested in the workings of city government. Since the council has adopted a policy of putting “open public comment” at the end of the meeting, in conclusion attendees will also submit speaker cards to talk about the importance of bike safety and the immediate installation of BMUFL signage. The goal is to make the city council as interested in cyclists’ desire to stay alive as cyclists are interested in the council’s discussions of tree trimming and PVE being contaminated with yucky Torrance dirt (true item of past council discussion).

Informational banners, signs and flyers instructing on the three deaths in PV, the effectiveness of BMUFL signage, the effects of Lunada Bay /PVE localism in politics, and locations where collisions have occurred will all be part of the protest, along with graphic visual demonstrations and reenactments of cyclist/car collisions using live volunteers.
Everyone who shows up will get extra bloody tee-shirts to die in.
The city council meeting begins at 7:30 PM and will run for as long as people show up to speak. Hopefully the city council will continue to see that their policy of outwaiting, outlasting, and outsitting cyclists isn’t going to work. Cyclists want those five BMUFL signs and want them now.
If you’re curious about die-ins and how they work, here are some links to die-ins used in other places to bring attention to the casual killing of people on bicycles.

1.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2013/dec/01/stop-killing-cyclists-die-in-tfl-protest. This parallels similar barriers to action that have been experienced in Palos Verdes Estates.

2.http://stopkillingcyclists.org/. This explains the process behind cycling advocacy, and the measures needed to make tangible changes in traffic engineering. It includes links to many other sites, including one of their own called “stop the killing.”

3.http://activehistory.ca/2015/06/the-die-in/. History of the die-in.

4.https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/17/people-power-montreal-north-america-cycle-city?client=safari. Le Monde Bicyclette and their campaign in Montreal.

5.http://thesource.com/2016/10/05/syracuse-university-students-stage-powerful-die-in-protest/. Non cycling die-in.

6.https://www.google.com/amp/www.citylab.com/amp/article/383439/?client=safari. Another history of the die in.


There will be free pizza at the city council meeting, although the council has now kicked hungry cycliss out of the city offices and required them to eat outside. If you’ve been promising yourself that you will show up and get involved, this is a great time to do it. The more corpses, the better.



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Re: West Coast US Events

Postby MotorBicycleRacing » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:28 pm

Socal Motor Bicycle & GoPed Racing 2017 Schedule.

Friday March 31st is practice and fun track riding, 8am until dark.
Sat April 1st 2017 at Grange Motor Circuit in Apple Valley.
Sun April 2nd A New Go Kart FUN Racing series starts.

Friday May 5th will be our usual practice and fun track riding.
Sat May 6th 2017 at Willow Springs Kart Track in Rosamond, CA

Friday Oct 20th is practice and fun track riding, 8am until dark.
Sat Oct 21st 2017 at Grange Motor Circuit
Sun Oct 22rd A New Go Kart FUN Racing series.
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Re: West Coast US Events

Postby The fingers » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:34 am

http://lbpost.com/life/2000010425-electric-bike-expo-chooses-long-beach-to-kick-off-national-tour :mrgreen:

Electric Bike Expo Chooses Long Beach to Kick Off National Tour

byAriana Gastelum  on February 16 2017 14:26 in Life

The Electric Bike Expo 2017 US tour begins in the parking lot of the Convention Center in Downtown Long Beach on February 24, where 140 different pedal-assisted or “eBike” models will be available for the public to test ride on a 25,000-square-foot loop track.

The Electric Bike Association hosts the travelling series of Electric Bike Expos across the country. Its mission is to serve and build a knowledge base among the retail community on how to reach the buying public and share best business practices to remain competitive and profitable.

The 2017 tour will start in Long Beach and continue to San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Miami and Philadelphia.

Charlie Gandy, former mobility coordinator for the City of Long Beach and Vice Chair of the California Bicycle Coalition rides next to Claudia Wasko, Leader of Bosch eBike Systems in North America.

EBike Expo Director Ray Verhelst was inspired to launch the upcoming tour in Long Beach after meeting Charlie Gandy, vice chair of the California Bicycle Coalition Board, and Melissa Balmer, host of Pedal Love, an advocacy organization that works to elevate the voice and impact of active, mindful mobility through storytelling tools, trainings and media outreach.

“After meeting both Charlie and Melissa during our first expo in San Diego, February of 2016, and hearing about Long Beach’s bike-friendliness and dynamic bike culture, I knew, not only would it be a great place to host an expo, but that I needed to recruit these two storytellers to our team,” Verhelst said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more delighted with the location and the assistance we’re getting locally to get the word out about the Expo.”

Long Beach City Council has been making recent progress in bikeway improvements. Separated bikeways and bollards are being installed throughout the city to safely allow cyclists to ride without being interrupted by traffic.

Dave Hanson, owner of Long Beach retailer Jax Bicycles, will be attending the event.

“We began carrying eBikes in 2002 and look forward to the Expo in Long Beach, not only to connect with new consumers, but to also learn more about new brands to the US market,” Hanson said in a statement. “No matter what kind of riding you want to do, there’s an eBike just right for you––whether you’re a casual bicyclist or have a daily commute. No longer are hills, wide intersections or distances a challenge.”

EBikes, which originated in the 1890s, were originally designed to assist people riding in different types of terrain or to carry large loads, according to Electric Bike Association. By 2010, 120 million electric bicycles were being used in China and 700,000 were sold in Europe.

In addition to terrain, large load and transportation assistance, Ebikes also help those riding for exercising purposes. In June 2016, the European Journal of Applied Physiology published a recent study from the University of Colorado Boulder, which proved that eBikes are an effective form of active transportation that can improve some cardiometabolic risk factors within only four weeks.

Electric Bike Expo is a free event and open to the public. To register online, visit the link here. For more information about Ebike Expo and the Electric Bike Association, visit its website here.https://electricbikeassociation.org/
The Long Beach Convention Center parking lot is located at 368 East Shoreline Drive.
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Re: West Coast US Events

Postby MotorBicycleRacing » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:33 am

Sat APRIL 1st 2017 Socal Motor Bicycle Racing @ Grange Motor Circuit.

Might be a couple of ebikes racing or not, but there will be lots of stinky gas bikes having fun. 8)
Our 20th race since 2011.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1159003717545925/

FRI MARCH 31st PRACTICE FOR ONLY $20 from 8am to Dark.
FREE Trackside Camping. (No electric or Hook-Ups.)

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$10 GATE PASS for Everyone: ALL RACERS & SPECTATORS.
Kids 12 and under $2
$10 GATE PASS good for whole weekend.

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SOCAL MOTOR BICYCLE RACING. Sat APRIL 1st Schedule.

Open at 6:00am Sat APRIL 1st
for Registration = Sign Waiver, Payment, Wrist Band + Helmet Sticker.

5 MPH ( Idleing ) SPEED LIMIT IN PITS!

$10 GATE PASS for All Racers, Spectators, Pit Crew:
Kids 12 and under $2

$35 RACE ENTRY FEE
2nd / 3rd RACE CLASS: FREE.
$5 YEARLY MEMBERSHIP.

$15 New track rider for track riding during Sat morning practice and Sat lunch hour Only.

Practice on Track Sat: 7.00am - 9.00am
We are running the track COUNTERCLOCKWISE.

Peds, Quads & Beginner China Girl race on half track on the right side of Grange Motor Circuit as seen below.

Mandatory RIDERS MEETING: Sat 9:15am

FULL FACE DOT rated helmet or better like Snell.
No open face helmets.
No bicycle helmets.
No novelty motorcycle / skateboard helmets without DOT certification.

Knee and Elbow Pads with Shin & Forearm protection. or Full Leathers or Motocross Gear.

Adequate Gloves. No cut off fingers. No bare hands.

Ankle protecting & supporting footwear or boots.

If you wear a heavy leather jacket you don't need elbow pads.
Long pants, No Shorts or exposed skin please.

The pit road speed limit is 5 mph [ IDLEING ] speed and will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.
A Back Protector, Shoulder & Hip Padding is Highly Recommended.
Fire extinguisher is recommended.

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A DOT helmet is required by California law to ride a
gas powered motorized bicycle or Moped on the streets.
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Re: West Coast US Events

Postby MotorBicycleRacing » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:57 am

Socal Motor Bicycle Racing's 21st race on Sat May 6th at Willow Springs Kart Track.

Stink bikes and stinkier GoPeds race, eBikes not so much. :P

https://www.facebook.com/events/1368258319901527
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Re: West Coast US Events

Postby The fingers » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:24 pm

http://www.presstelegram.com/lifestyle/20170425/heres-why-major-streets-around-cal-state-long-beach-will-be-closed-on-saturday :mrgreen: (at first glance)
By Courtney Tompkins, Long Beach Press Telegram
Posted: 04/25/17, 1:43 PM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago
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The city’s fourth open streets event is taking over some neighborhoods around Cal State Long Beach this Saturday, offering attendees live music performances and activities for the entire family.
The public is invited to walk, bike, skate or roll along the vehicle-free roadways between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the Beach Streets University event, which will kick off in front of CSULB’s Walter Pyramid.
“Beach Streets is a terrific local event that brings our neighbors, businesses, and community groups together,” 5th District Councilwoman Stacy Mungo said in a statement. “We’re excited for this wonderful celebration full of outdoor activities, music, food, and family fun, to captivate the east side of town.”
Thousands came out for the city’s first three open streets events, held in downtown, uptown and midtown over the past two years. There was also a mini beach streets event last month during the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix, which took riders around the downtown race track.
Live performances by local bands include Knyght Ryder, Forest of Tongue, and Big Sun. Participants can also watch BMX Freestyle Team Demonstrations at the “Extreme Hub” while crusing the route near Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue.
Whaley Park will be home to the “Kids Hub,” where children can engage in fun activities like decorating bikes and rock climbing. There will also be a public skate park at the “Extreme Hub,” where kids can take skateboard lessons.
The event route includes Atherton Street in front of CSULB, sections of Bellflower Boulevard and the Los Coyotes Diagonal, and Spring Street, between Bellflower Boulevard and Studebaker Road.
Acceptable modes of transportation are: bicycles, skates, rollerblades, skateboards and walking. The only motorized vehicles allowed are ones officially marked as a means for transportation for those with disabilities.
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Bring your extra placard, should have received the new one by now so; one for the car, one for the ebike.
Parking is available for $7 at the Palo Verde entrance to the CSULB campus. For more information, including a schedule of activities at various “hubs,” visit www.beachstreets.com or email beachstreets@longbeach.gov.
:P What a rip-off!
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