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August 7, 1994 | MIKE CORBETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Steve Markhem did a double take as what looked like an egg on wheels flashed by a shopping mall in this North Coast timber town. A moment later, a contraption with two drivers seated back to back rounded a corner. Then a yellow blur shaped like the nose of an airplane whizzed by. "What in the world is that?" Markhem asked, dumbfounded by the sight. A bird? A plane? A UFO? Try human-powered vehicle.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The flag drops today on the second-most-famous race of the Memorial Day weekend: the 35th Annual Arcata to Ferndale World Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race. Unlike the Indianapolis 500, the Kinetic Sculpture Race is slow and silent, because the entertaining homemade racers must be human-powered. The 38-mile course has the intrepid racers trudging through sand, water, road and mud.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1989
A team of cyclists led by a Fallbrook man zipped to victory after departing Orange County last weekend in the first cross-country test for high-tech bikes known as human-powered vehicles. Led by ultra-endurance cycling champ Pete Penseyres of Fallbrook and his brother James, of San Juan Capistrano, the four-man squad took turns piloting Lightning to the finish line in New York's Battery Park, covering the 3,000-mile race course in 5 days, 1 hour and 8 minutes.
NEWS
October 4, 1995 | BRAD BONHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You'll pardon Joe Grutzik if his bicycle appears to have the hiccups. Grutzik's invention--a half scooter, half mountain bike that lurches itself across the pavement--is what old-timers might call a high-falutin' contraption, of the what-in-tarnation class. Grutzik can hear the know-it-all codgers now: "Some fella had a mighty poor eye who built that front wheel; the axle's all haywire." Which, of course, is the whole idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The flag drops today on the second-most-famous race of the Memorial Day weekend: the 35th Annual Arcata to Ferndale World Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race. Unlike the Indianapolis 500, the Kinetic Sculpture Race is slow and silent, because the entertaining homemade racers must be human-powered. The 38-mile course has the intrepid racers trudging through sand, water, road and mud.
NEWS
October 4, 1995 | BRAD BONHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You'll pardon Joe Grutzik if his bicycle appears to have the hiccups. Grutzik's invention--a half scooter, half mountain bike that lurches itself across the pavement--is what old-timers might call a high-falutin' contraption, of the what-in-tarnation class. Grutzik can hear the know-it-all codgers now: "Some fella had a mighty poor eye who built that front wheel; the axle's all haywire." Which, of course, is the whole idea.
NEWS
July 28, 1992 | CONNIE KOENENN
Gentlemen, start your engines. No . . . wait . . . charge your batteries. It's the environmental '90s, and although the sports car race set for Sunday in Long Beach may be as competitive as the Indy 500, it won't be as noisy or polluting. The Electrathon Competition will feature ultra-light electric vehicles with limited battery packs speeding silently around the Queen Mary parking lot, their drivers testing who can go farthest before running out of power in a one-hour rally.
NEWS
April 9, 1995
Here's the word on ecological matters for families from TV's "Newton" scientist, Bill Nye the Science Guy and a mad scientist: "My biggest concern is the destruction of our natural habitat. Families need to share in their understanding of concern. Adults and young people need to work together, for example, on how to use water more wisely and protect that natural habitat, and make sure they purchase environmentally safe products."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1990
The city Transportation Commission, seeking to ensure the safety of pedestrians on Ocean Front Walk in Venice and elsewhere, endorsed a proposed ordinance Thursday designed to crack down on reckless skateboarders, roller-skaters and bicyclists. The panel also approved a second ordinance that would let the Transportation Department establish broad restrictions over such activities. Both ordinances must be approved by the City Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1985
John Howard, a 37-year-old former Olympian from Encinitas, pedaled a bicycle at 152 m.p.h. the other day--a thrilling achievement if ever we heard one. "I wanted to go faster under my own power than any other human being who has walked this planet," Howard told our staff writer, Paul Dean. "Not with an engine. Not with special fuels. But by cycling, a combination of human and mechanical energy where you are the engine, you supply the power."
NEWS
August 7, 1994 | MIKE CORBETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Steve Markhem did a double take as what looked like an egg on wheels flashed by a shopping mall in this North Coast timber town. A moment later, a contraption with two drivers seated back to back rounded a corner. Then a yellow blur shaped like the nose of an airplane whizzed by. "What in the world is that?" Markhem asked, dumbfounded by the sight. A bird? A plane? A UFO? Try human-powered vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1989
A team of cyclists led by a Fallbrook man zipped to victory after departing Orange County last weekend in the first cross-country test for high-tech bikes known as human-powered vehicles. Led by ultra-endurance cycling champ Pete Penseyres of Fallbrook and his brother James, of San Juan Capistrano, the four-man squad took turns piloting Lightning to the finish line in New York's Battery Park, covering the 3,000-mile race course in 5 days, 1 hour and 8 minutes.
OPINION
January 10, 2004
Re "Keep Speeding Bicycles Off the Sidewalks," letter, Jan. 2: Four years ago, I was riding on Rosecrans Avenue in Manhattan Beach and was hit by a bus (the Norwalk line) leased to another bus company from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It was a hit and run. My bike was damaged and I was banged up but, amazingly, still alive. I assume the bus driver didn't know he sideswiped me, but you never know! Thank goodness I was as close to the curb as possible. From that moment on, I stay on the sidewalks as much as I can when I'm riding my mountain bike.
NEWS
October 20, 1991 | DAVID HALDANE
Ever wanted to be a clown with a green nose and purple hair? Perhaps you have dreamed of being a witch, goblin or cowboy? You may get your chance at the second annual International ParadeFest scheduled next weekend in downtown Long Beach.
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