This Weekend is the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica

Screen shot 2010-09-28 at 9.31.18 PMFriday and Saturday Oct. 1st & 2nd the 5th annual AltCar Expo will be held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Admission is free. A map of the venue are on the event’s website along with a map showing which Big Blue Bus routes serve the site and a page extolling the free bike valet.

Sadly the trend of an increasing presence of non-vehicular transportation at the Expo Damien noted in 2009 has reversed somewhat this year.  Due to funding shortages the organizer’s were no longer able to allow local alternative transportation non-profits free booths. But Bikerowave, Dahon and the L.A. Bike Coalition are exhibitors giving bikes a presence at the event while transit is represented by Big Blue Bus and Metro.

None of the general speaker programs on Saturday deal with bike issues but there will be a panel from 11:15 am-12:15 pm entitled What Will It Take To Get You on the Bus? Moderator is L.A. Times business columnist David Lazarus with the panelists including:

*Conan Cheung, Deputy Executive Officer of Service Planning and Scheduling at Metro
*Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director at the Southern California Association of Governments
*Stephanie G. Negriff, Director of Transit Services for Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus

By the way, I am slated to help Metro with its booth. They were short on volunteers due to their heavy presence at the Home Show being held also this weekend at the L.A. Convention Center. Kymberleigh Richards in her capacity as a Governance Council member took the lead in making sure Metro would have a presence at the Santa Monica event and asked me to help out. So if you attend either day come by and say hi.

  • Dana,
    I’ll be there to say hello!

  • I had a very cordial conversation with Sirinya after the Westwood subway meeting last week. It’ll be good to have someone who will circulate among the booths etc. that can drop by and describe the flavor of the event. I tend to stick near the booth I’m working and often hardly see any of the show.

    Giving credit where it is due Richard Morallo of Metro Community Relations has been tremendously helpful in coordinating and making sure we will have on hand schedules and outreach materials to share with attendees.

  • I know this is a little off-topic, but I want to encourage everyone writing about transportation issues to stop using the phrase “non-vehicular transportation” when referring to things that are not automobiles. Using this language inadvertently reinforces the idea that bicycles and trains do not count as vehicles, and that cars are the “default” mode of transportation. It would be better (and more accurate) to use “non-automotive transportation” in the above context.

    Maybe this will seem nit-picky to some, but the language we use influences how we frame the world we live in, IMHO.

  • angle, the phrase mirrors Damien’s use of it in his overview of the 2009 event. And “non-automotive transportation” is clunky.

  • So it’s better to use a phrase that’s completely inaccurate because it flows better in the sentence?

    There may be a more palatable way to word it, but I think it is problematic for those of us on these boards to infer that anything that is not a car is not a vehicle simply by using the most common phrase.

  • I stopped using it unless its a quote (or a mistake) shortly after AltCar last year. I use people powered tranportation and transit or other nomenclatures as such. However, since LASB doesn’t have a style book; it’s not something I would change in a freelance piece.


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