9 posts tagged Economic Impact

Pedego Electric Bikes’ Don DiCostanzo

Aging Baby Boomers make for a big fat market opportunity for electric bikes and Don DiCostanzo is well positioned to exploit this opportunity. He's the founder of Pedego Electric Bikes based in Irvine, California and they're growing about as fast as any company can. But is it the market size, the demographics, the rolling hills across much of California, or the popularity of all bikes right now? Don would say it's because the bikes are fun to ride. There's a lot more to the ... Continue Reading

Martha Roskowski, the Green Lane Project

Are you creating new bike infrastructure for the one percent? That's what most cities do as they begin to move from planning to implementation. To get more people out of their cars and riding bikes, you've gotta build the right infrastructure. If Memphis can do it, certainly it can be done in your home town. That's the goal of the Green Lane Project which Martha Roskowski runs — showing the world how to build safer bike infrastructure. The Green Lane Project is part of People ... Continue Reading

Leah Shahum, SFBC

She's the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and a board member of the national Alliance for Biking and Walking — meet Leah Shahum. I sat in on a session in Washington D.C. earlier this year at the National Bike Summit where Leah was sharing her stories of building a vibrant cycling community. I knew right then I had to get her on the show. It would be Jeff Miller at the Alliance who would make the introduction. San Francisco is a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly ... Continue Reading

Investing in Bike Safety

Tonight at 7pm the Newport Beach City Council meets to consider a Bicycle Safety Improvement Fund. I have a conflict with a Boy Scout meeting. In case I don't get to attend, here's what I'd like to say...   Tonight you must decide on a Bike Safety Improvement Fund. How did we get here? Last month it’s the death of 2 women on bikes. The entire community is shaken – people demand safer conditions for cyclists. This month it’s record high gas prices. Makes me wonder what ... Continue Reading

Lots of Looking

I've been looking for things lately. Yesterday it was cameras — I have too many, but this specific search was focused on a particular tripod. Once I found the tripod I had to find the little camera-to-tripod attachment gizmo. You get the idea. All this searching is for the sequel to the Riding Into Trouble video. Today my wife and I are looking for the extra car key — imagining the day our teen loses his key, I guess. Still haven't found the key, but I did stumble across this ... Continue Reading

The Economic Impact of Bicycling

She's recently returned from speaking engagements in Toronto and at the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC; Green Octopus Consulting's April Economides speaks about how bicycling pays for local businesses. In 2010 the City of Long Beach got a LA County Public Health grant; the objective: to bring more customers to 4 business districts by bike. Yes, that's good for health and for business. How did the merchants react? Of course, not all of them were open to the idea, so how ... Continue Reading

A Walkability Audit with Dan Burden

Ever been on a Walkability Audit? Neither had I, but when it was suggested that would be a good time to meet Dan Burden, I couldn't resist. And San Diego is a lot closer than Port Townsend, WA — his home base. You may recognize Dan from his prominent role in Road Diet, the Streetfilms short. "A road diet is anytime you take any lane out of a road," Dan explains. This clip was featured at last month's Bike Safety Committee meeting; it was a big hit. That's when I knew I had to ... Continue Reading

A New Life for Old City Hall

At the Newport Pier on a typical summer weekend motorists circle the parking lot looking for a place to park. This creates congestion; it's bad for the environment, bad for pedestrian and cyclist safety and it wastes time and money. Surely the experience discourages some from a return visit. Let's add to this mix: the pier area already has the highest mode-share of cyclists. People enjoy renting beach cruisers and making the scene. And why not? The flat terrain makes it easy to get around, ... Continue Reading

Building A Strong Local Economy

My Long Beach bike riding buddy Allan Crawford was the first to tell me of Locavesting, The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, by Amy Cortese. We're all interested in a thriving downtown, a bustling Main Street, "with a strong resilient local economy." "Our markets are global and efficient," but they don't serve local businesses nor our local communities. Local small business needs more access to capital, but SEC guidelines restrict participants to accredited ... Continue Reading