Way to Go PedeGO!

Now here’s a business that really “gets it”.

Pedego HB

Many less cars

As we  highlighted in, Why Bicyclists Are Better Customers Than Drivers, “If you build it, they will come…and spend – oh wait – no building required.“, one business in Huntington Beach sure stepped up to the plate.

Pedego (at 301 5th street), offers secured bike parking at their establishment Tuesdays from 5 pm to 9 pm and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. The parking will be available through Labor Day.

How enticing is this scene?

We salute and thank Pedego for their great support in meeting local cycling infrastructure needs and concerns of cyclists in Huntington Beach by providing this “velo-valet” service. The picture is also a great illustration of catering to the purchasing power of cyclists by reallocating resources (parking spaces for cars) to customers of the two wheeled variety. Well Done!

As far as we know, it is the only business in the county (so far) that offers such an inviting amenity.

If there are others, we’d love to hear about them.

Adult Tricycle Recall

Currie Technologies Recalls Adult Tricycles

Name of Product: Tricruiser Electric-Powered Adult Tricycles
Units: About 2,100
Distributor: Currie Technologies, of Chatsworth, Calif.
Manufacturer: Acetrikes Industrial Co., Ltd., of China
Hazard: The rear axle can break causing a rear wheel to detach, posing a fall hazard to the rider.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of six incidents, including five reports of bruises and scrapes.

Description: The recalled tricycles are battery powered with 24″ wheels and a basket between the rear wheels. Their brand name, eZip or iZip, is printed on the sides of the bike and above the front wheel. Bikes were sold in the following colors: red, blue and sand.

Recalled tricycles are in the serial number range ACB06L00001 to ACB10H99999.
Serial numbers are engraved on the frame under the handlebar support on the front of the tricycle.

  • Model numbers include EZ-TRY-SD, IZ-TRY-RD, IZ-TRICR7-BL and IZ-TRY8-BL.
  • Recalled tricycles were sold at independent bicycle shops and e-bike shops nationwide, and on Walmart.com, Amazon.com and other retailers from March 2007 through March 2012 for $850-$1120.

All consumers should stop riding these electric tricycles immediately and contact Currie Technologies for a free replacement component and repair.
*Please allow approximately three to four weeks to process, ship and receive the free replacement part.

For additional information, contact Currie Technologies at:
Phone: (800) 377-4532
Open Monday thru Friday :
8am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm PST

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Recall Notice

Lake Forest, Irvine & Alton

From the news desk and of concern to all cyclists that enjoy the Trabuco / Irvine traverse. Mark your calendar, for June 20th marks the opening of Alton across Irvine into north Lake Forest.

What this means is more cars coming from every which direction at high rates of speed. There is also a new gore point to be careful of. A right turn lane for west bound traffic has been made to allow cars to turn right from Alton onto Irvine without stopping, and they won’t be looking for you as you head towards Irvine from Lake Forest.

Read about the opening ceremony here.

Sure would be nice to let cyclists be the first to officially ride down the fresh pavement.

Any cycling advocates in Lake Forest?
If so, please contact the editor and let’s see if we can stir up some interest.

In a related note (to more traffic in the area), we read in the OC Register, that Lake Forest has agreed to allow development of 2,400 residential units on 387 acres which will include “At least 20 new neighborhoods with Spanish, Mediterranean and California Eclectic-style homes, condos and apartments.” Watch for grading and construction to begin this September. Another story of the development is in the Lake Forest Patch.

With 12 dead cyclists on the roads of OC in 2011, use extreme caution when approaching this intersection now. Unlike the gore point heading in the other direction on Irvine towards Bake, this one is short to the point of no room for error if the anticipated high volume of traffic materializes. And with at least 2,400 new homes in the area, it won’t be long.

Be careful out there.

Bike to School day

Title: Bike to School day
Description: Bike to School day
Date: 2012-05-09

National Bike to School Day is coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.   Details and contact info for California are here.

A  planning resource is hosted by the same group at a different site which is here.

To use our bikeways in planning a route to school, please see the OCTA’s Bikeways Map.

updated 4/20/12 w/new link-sprocket