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By Brianna Bailey | February 2, 2010
When he used to own a Balboa Peninsula bike shop, Don DiCostanzo started making his own custom electric bikes for customers after he couldn’t find any he liked. Now he hopes that Pedego, the bike company he started in 2007 with a college friend, will become the industry standard for electric bikes. “In e-biking, there isn’t anything in terms of a brand like the Blackberry or iPod yet, and that’s what we hope to be,” DiCostanzo said. DiCostanzo’s electric beach cruisers are catching on in Newport Beach as an environmentally friendly way to avoid beach traffic and parking, said Bethany Lee, director of operations for Newport Fun Tours, 2122 Newport Blvd.
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By Hannah Fry | April 9, 2014
With just a twist of the handlebar, Newport Beach police bicycle officers can whiz through neighborhoods and shopping malls and up and down the crowded streets of the Balboa Peninsula faster than ever before. Officers ditched their traditional patrol bicycles this month in exchange for two tricked-out Pedego electronic bikes. Unlike standard mountain bikes, the black e-bikes can reach 25 mph and are outfitted with special features, such as a switch that tightens the shock absorbers and special tires that allow officers to pedal harder and move faster.
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By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 22, 2010
Two avid cyclists and members of Transition Laguna's Mobility Group are finding ways to make biking around town feasible for more Lagunans. Residents Michael Hoag and Les Miklosy recently adopted the "bicycle recycle plan" from green cities around world; they repair and refurbish unwanted bikes and then donate them to people who want them. "Our goal is to solve the transportation problem in a town that is automobile-centric," Miklosy said. "We are repairing these bikes to encourage people to ride them."
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May 16, 2007
With gas prices setting a state record, Orange County commuters are encouraged to swap their automobiles for bicycles this week, as the Orange County Transportation Authority ? joined by the Island Hotel in Newport Beach ? sponsors Bike to Work Week, running now through Friday. "It's a great form of exercise, it's a great way to beat the gas prices ? which continue to rise ? it's good for the environment and, more importantly, it's just a healthy alternative for getting to work," said transportation authority spokesman Joel Zlotnik, adding that bicycles can be accommodated on its buses and Metrolink rail services.
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May 25, 2002
Lolita Harper Summer heat with a cool ocean breeze not only provides the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing afternoon in the sun, but for a heart-thumping one also. From a bike ride on the boardwalk to a pickup game of basketball, Newport Beach offers countless activities for those who want to break a sweat. Boardwalk Sports offers a wide variety of rentals, such as bicycles, fishing poles, surfboards, wetsuits, chairs, umbrellas and Boogie boards.
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September 8, 2000
COSTA MESA Federal Avenue: Roving thieves on bicycles paid a visit to a home in the 1900 block at about 1 p.m. Aug. 31. A pair of young men swooped in, snatched a Skil saw and two drills that were left unattended and made a quick escape. This is apparently not their only crime; suspects matching their description have also been seen "stealing Razor scooters, skateboards and bicycles," according the police report. Baker Street: An unknown thief treated the owner of a BMW to a taste of the stereotypical Orange County burglary the evening of Aug. 30. While the owner of the car hung around at Shooter's in the 700 block, the thief perused the contents of the unlocked car and selected a Nokia cellular phone to take home.
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May 30, 2007
In my opinion, the Daily Pilot should caution its readers about the risks of "swapping their automobiles for bicycles" to go to work, as enticed (irresponsibly, I think) by the Orange County Transportation Authority's Joel Zlotnik ("Keep body, environment healthy by biking to work," May 16). It is deplorable that, instead of improving its services, the transportation authority urges citizens to risk their lives and limbs by opting for bicycles on the highways. The suggestion that "it's just a healthy alternative for getting to work" is false, (the auto exhausts are definitely not healthy, and the chances of being hit by cars are high)
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By Dale Head | May 30, 2009
A boardwalk safety committee was formed to study the oceanfront boardwalk and bike trail on the Balboa Peninsula. One of the decisions made was that the four-wheel vehicles, known as surreys, should not be allowed on the boardwalk. The reason that the surreys are being singled out is not clear. Some say they are too fast. Some say they are too slow. Some say they are too wide and yet they are 4 feet wide from pedal to pedal. Two adults walking side by side allowing for 6 inches between the two people could use the same amount of space.
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By Joseph Serna | July 4, 2012
It will soon be illegal to secure your bicycle to any public buildings, light poles or traffic signals in several of Costa Mesa's parks, according to an ordinance approved by the City Council Tuesday night. The ordinance takes aim at what the city's Homeless Task Force concluded was part of a quality of life issue for residents, which is adversely affected when local transients lock up their bikes loaded with personal belongings to park sidewalks and street lights. The ordinance would make it illegal to secure bicycles to anything besides a bike rack on public property.
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By Brianna Bailey | July 23, 2009
Newport Beach is considering partnering with a local foundation to bring a bike sharing program to the city that would allow users to borrow bicycles from solar-powered kiosks around the city for a small fee. The bike-sharing system, called BIXI, a combination of the words bicycle and taxi, has just been unveiled in the Montreal. The Canadian city unveiled its BIXI bike sharing program in May, with 3,000 bikes available at 300 pay stations. The bike sharing program is designed for users to park their cars or use public transportation and then borrow a bike for a short period of time, returning it to another station near their destination.
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By Hannah Fry | April 9, 2014
With just a twist of the handlebar, Newport Beach police bicycle officers can whiz through neighborhoods and shopping malls and up and down the crowded streets of the Balboa Peninsula faster than ever before. Officers ditched their traditional patrol bicycles this month in exchange for two tricked-out Pedego electronic bikes. Unlike standard mountain bikes, the black e-bikes can reach 25 mph and are outfitted with special features, such as a switch that tightens the shock absorbers and special tires that allow officers to pedal harder and move faster.
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October 15, 2013
Newport Beach police arrested a man on suspicion of bicycling while drunk Saturday night. A caller reported that a man had fallen off his bike and was lying in the road near 28th Street and Newport Boulevard a few minutes before 9 p.m., according to police. When officers arrived, they found two San Clemente residents, James Zillmer, 29, and his wife, Jenny Zillmer, 28, both of whom seemed quite impaired, Newport police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Officials treated James Zillmer for injuries at the scene, Manzella said.
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By Jill Cowan | March 8, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council will likely make it official during its meeting Tuesday night: Councilman Tony Petros will head up a revamped version of the Citizen's Bicycle Safety Committee. The council is expected to vote on the establishment of a Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee to pick up where the bike safety committee left off when its term ended in January. The new group will work to develop a more comprehensive approach to bicycle safety throughout the city. According to a staff report, its mission will be to "propose improvements and enhancements to the existing bicycle infrastructure and network, prepare a sustainable education and outreach plan, propose outside funding sources and prioritize projects...
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By Jill Cowan and By Jill Cowan | January 7, 2013
Newport Beach cycling activists were cautioned against letting approximately $300,000 in Bicycle Safety Improvement Funds burn a hole in their proverbial pockets during a Citizens Bicycle Safety Committee meeting Monday. The money was generated through fundraising efforts tied to an October memorial ride for two cyclists killed in Newport, with three-to-one city matching. "That's a lot of money," Councilman Tony Petros told the small group gathered in the central library's Friends Room.
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By Lauren Williams | October 11, 2012
Less than a mile from where a woman died in a cycling accident last month, resident group Speak Up Newport met to discuss the future of and progress made in bicycle safety in Newport Beach. Addressing the residents who attended the meeting at the Newport Beach Yacht Club Wednesday evening, were City Council candidate Tony Petros and Police Chief Jay Johnson who spoke of lesser-known rules of the road for motorists and cyclists. About 50 people were in attendance, according to George Schroeder, who is on the group's board of directors.
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By Joseph Serna | August 8, 2012
Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Wendy Leece withdrew her request Tuesday for the council to reexamine the city's agreement with the developer of Banning Ranch. She said Newport Banning Ranch LLC, or NBR, asked her to do so until it could review the agreement, which the council approved and modified last month. The $4.4-million agreement would pay for street improvements the city needs to handle the proposed residential and commercial development's predicted traffic influx. Located adjacent to Costa Mesa in Newport Beach, the development still requires California Coastal Commission approval.
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By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | July 18, 2012
A Pedego Electric Bike shop will open - possibly next week - at 2515 E. Coast Hwy., a company spokeswoman has confirmed. The shop will sell and rent Pedego bikes as well as possibly offer tours, said Beth Black, a spokeswoman. “These bikes are really hot,” Black said. Pedego shops also have opened in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, with another shop planned for Dana Point, she said. “They really want Orange County to be the center of it all,” Black said. ...Continue reading "Electric bicycle shop to open in CdM"  
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By Joseph Serna | July 4, 2012
It will soon be illegal to secure your bicycle to any public buildings, light poles or traffic signals in several of Costa Mesa's parks, according to an ordinance approved by the City Council Tuesday night. The ordinance takes aim at what the city's Homeless Task Force concluded was part of a quality of life issue for residents, which is adversely affected when local transients lock up their bikes loaded with personal belongings to park sidewalks and street lights. The ordinance would make it illegal to secure bicycles to anything besides a bike rack on public property.
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May 2, 2012
Two Santa Ana teenagers were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of burglary in Costa Mesa after a woman came home and found them leaving her house, police said. Alfredo Pacheco, 19, and Kevin Mejia, 18, were arrested in connection with the burglary that occurred at 10:39 a.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Londonderry Street, said Police Department Sgt. Matt Grimmond. The men allegedly took about $3,600 in electronics, cash and jewelry before the victim came home. She said she saw the two throw their backpacks and bicycles over the wall of her backyard into nearby Gisler Park, Grimmond said.
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By Britney Barnes | November 5, 2011
COSTA MESA — California Elementary School recognized three students Friday for selling the most raffle tickets, in an effort to raise enough money for every student to go to sixth-grade science camp. Sixth-graders Lexi Osso, Lelani Acuna and Matthew Sullivan were given gift bags and honored in front of the whole school in the multi-purpose room for a rainy day flag deck. "These kids went over and above," said parent Maureen Sullivan, who organized the raffle with her husband, Bob Sullivan.
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