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SGV Connect 119: GoSGV E-Bike-Share and Carribean Fragoza’s Scary Bike Crash

Take a bike ride down South El Monte's Rush Street with writer Carribean Fragoza - and get the latest on ActiveSGV's e-bike rental program GoSGV

1:14 PM PDT on October 24, 2023

This week’s SGV Connect Podcast looks backward at the first year of the GoSGV Bike-Share program and looks forward to Halloween and Arroyo Fest.

First, we speak with Jose Jimenez, the education director for Active SGV about the GoSGV’s first year, celebrated earlier this month. There are over 100 bikes being rented monthly at the moment and over 400 people took part in the program in its first year. There will be a demonstration zone for the rental e-bikes at Arroyo Fest this Sunday near the South Pasadena HUB.

Get more information about renting GoSGV e-bikes at ActiveSGV's program website, Arroyo Fest at the 626 Golden Streets Website, or read a transcript of our interview. For more previews for Arroyo Fest, listen to this previous podcast about the history of this event or these event tips by SBLA Joe Linton.

Note that the interview discusses the possibility of renting an e-bike from GoSGV just for the event this Sunday. But between when we conducted the interview and today, GoSGV sold out of bikes for the event. (In case you've never been to an open streets event and you don't have a bike, don't worry. You don't need one. You can walk, jog, skate, scooter, etc.)

Just in time for Halloween, our second interview is a horror story of the two-wheeled variety. Local writer Carribean Fragoza reads a nonfiction piece about riding alone and underprepared on industrial Rush Street. Fragoza is an up and coming author who’s made the L.A. Times Best of lists with her gothic Chicana prose and poetry.

The non-fiction piece she read for us today is named for and based on a lonely industrial corridor in South El Monte, aptly named Rush Street.

Read the excerpt at Tropics of Meta, or order the book she co-edited where it was first published, East of East the Making of Greater El Monte.

SGV Connect is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit Foothill Transit. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

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