Dec 172016

Hybrid Bikes Another Mode Of Green Transportation

In climate change-sensitive California, hybrid cars took off like wildfire. They use less gas, produce fewer emissions, are better for the environment and driving them costs less.

In the same spirit of environmental awareness, bicycles have become trendy in the last few years. Bicycle shops have sprung citywide. There are special bike lines and routes, even bicyclists’ clubs. Of course, there is also Ciclovía, an organization and a day-long event – that closes streets to cars while opening them to foot traffic, skateboarding and yes, biking – taking place several times a year.

With the recent emphasis on biking, which today represents as much a commitment to fitness as to the natural environment, many non-athletes have taken a step back. Let’s face it, not all of us are in top shape and the utility of a bike in everyday living is limited at best: who wants to come to work wearing athletic gear and being all-sweaty…

A relatively new industry is booming as we speak, developed specifically with the non-athletes in mind, hybrid bikes. They go by several names from “pedelecs”, “power- assisted” to e-bikes and “human-electric hybrids”. The sales of e-bikes are EXPLODING!

Since the make of the car you drive is seen as a status symbol in California, many are looking at e-bikes the same way. There is the issue of brand recognition (some of the better known brands are: Italjet, Haibike, Kalkhoff, Evelo and Stromer) and state-of-the-art technology. That explains the prices of high end hybrid bikes, the best ones sell for $3,000 to $5,000 and up.

But there are less costly options as well. One of the popular brands right now is the Electrobike locally advertised as a “convenient transportation solution for Los Angeles”. There are several models to choose from. They differ by body style, battery power and are available in many trendy colors. As far as the technology goes, for a biker used to traditional bycicles, WOW! Electrobikes range in price from about $1,000 to $2,100 and come nearly fully assembled.

E-bikes aren’t mopeds or scooters; they are very much hybrid bikes and leave the choice of pedaling, cruising on electric power alone or power-assisted pedaling to the rider. In other words, an e-bike is like a bike with benefits. The electric battery (rechargeable) makes it possible, in theory at least, to ride an electric bike to work and arrive presentable.

Athletes may look down on electric bikes, for the rest of us hybrid bikes are another mode of green transportation that could – for shorter trips – replace cars.

Hybrid bike facts:

  • Range: depending on the brand and model, a hybrid bike can go from 20–50 miles on a single charge. (Electrobike models go for 20-30 miles)
  • Average speed (depending on the brand and model, again) is 10-25 miles per hour.
  • Electric assistance can be turned on and off with a twist of – or toggle on – the handlebar.
  • The battery can be recharged from any standard electric outlet.
  • E-bikes made by Electrobike use nickel metal hydride batteries which are not only recyclable but considerably less toxic than nickel-cadmium and lead-acid batteries.
  • The looks? Actually quite impressive, the battery is usually well-concealed, in most cases in the bike’s frame.
  • Sound? Yes, it’s perceivable. But e-bikes are not noisy.

Advantages of hybrid bikes:

  • you won’t waste time stuck in traffic
  • you won’t spend money on gas
  • you won’t deplete fossil fuels
  • you won’t spend money on parking
  • you won’t contribute to our carbon footprint (e-bikes produce zero emissions)

Bottom line? Hybrid, electric bikes are:

  • eco-friendly
  • cost-effective to operate
  • save riders money and time

Side effects of riding an e-bike?

  • getting fit
  • reducing stress
  • being seen as cool
  • a slight possibility of developing… superiority complex

Electrobike (the brand hails from Mexico) has many locations throughout South America and its presence in the United States is expanding. There are currently two Electrobike stores in Los Angeles area. (Three additional stores will open in Downtown L.A., Pasadena and West L.A. / Hollywood, soon.)

Electrobike Santa Monica
2665 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Electrobike Sherman Oaks
15301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Phone: (844) 743-3353

Written by Anything L.A. Magazine’s Lifestyle Reporter, Jason Berberyan



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May 262016

New option will ease congestion on I-10 freeway

Expo Line Extension Connects Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica

LOS ANGELES: Marking the first time in a generation that passengers can take a train from Downtown L.A. to the coast, the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica was officially dedicated today by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and state and local officials.
“For the first time in a generation, Angelenos and visitors from around the world can travel from our skyline to the shoreline without setting foot in a car — bringing needed relief to some of our most congested corridors,” said Mayor Garcetti, who is Metro Board Second Vice Chair. “This extension of the Expo Line — along with the recently-opened Gold Line extension and the Crenshaw-LAX Line that is now halfway complete — will improve quality of life by delivering convenient, affordable, and efficient transportation to more people than ever before.”
As part of the grand opening, Metro will provide free rides on the entire Expo Line beginning at noon Friday and continuing until the end of service. On Saturday, free rides on the Expo Line will be offered the entire service day and there will be community parties from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following stations:

• Downtown Santa Monica
• 17th St/SMC
• 26th/Bergamot
• Expo/Bundy
• Palms
• Culver City

The $1.5-billion extension is the second Measure R-funded rail project to open this year, following the March debut of the Gold Line extension to Azusa. Almost 68 percent of Los Angeles County voters in 2008 approved the Measure R half-cent sales tax increase to fund new transportation projects and programs.

The 6.6-mile Expo extension runs from Culver City to Santa Monica and includes seven stations: Palms, Westwood/Rancho Park, Expo/Sepulveda, Expo/Bundy, 27th St/Bergamot, 17th St/Santa Monica College, and Downtown Santa Monica.

The Expo Line now stretches for 15.2 miles between Downtown Los Angeles and Downtown Santa Monica, with 19 stations. In Downtown L.A., the Expo Line offers easy transfers to the Blue Line, Purple Line and Red Line at the 7th/Metro Center Station.

The Expo Line extension includes a paved bike path that runs adjacent to the tracks for most of the route between Culver City and the 17th Street/SMC Station. The bikeway includes lighting and landscaping. Each station has secure bike racks and lockers.

There will be parking available at three stations: Expo/Sepulveda (260 spaces), Expo/Bundy (217 spaces) and 17th Street/SMC (67 spaces). As part of a test parking fee program, the daily parking rate is $2 and the monthly fee is $39. Each station has a drop-off area and is served by buses from Metro, Big Blue Bus, or Culver CityBus.

The Expo Line to Santa Monica was built by the Exposition Construction Authority and the project was completed on time and on budget. The project broke ground in 2011 with heavy construction beginning in 2012. In February, the project was turned over to Metro, which will operate the line. Extensive system testing and employee training have been conducted on the line over the past year.
Other Measure R projects under construction include: the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Regional Connector project, and the first section of the Purple Line Extension.

About L.A. Metro
Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that is really three companies in one: a major operator that transports about 1.5 million boarding passengers on an average weekday on a fleet of 2,000 clean air buses and six rail lines, a major construction agency that oversees many bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects, and it is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. Overseeing one of the largest public works programs in America, Metro is changing the urban landscape of the Los Angeles region. Dozens of transit, highway and other mobility projects largely funded by Measure R are under construction or in the planning stages. These include five new rail lines, the I-5 widening and other major projects.



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Apr 072014

Northbound I-405 Closure in West L.A.Northbound I-405 Closure in West L.A. Between National Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard Planned Nights of April 7, 9. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to close the northbound I-405 in West Los Angeles from National Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard to facilitate formal walk-throughs of the roadway project area in preparation for upcoming lane re-striping activities on Monday and Wednesday night, April 7 and 9. Closure information is as follows: The night of Monday, April 7: midnight to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8 The night of Wednesday, April 9: midnight to 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 10 Ramps will be closed as early as 7 p.m., and lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.

Ramp Closures:
Westbound I-10 to Northbound I-405 connector
Eastbound I-10 to Northbound I-405 connector
Olympic Boulevard/Pico Boulevard Northbound I-405 on-ramp (on Cotner Avenue)

From Westbound I-10: Exit Bundy North, turn right to Northbound Bundy Drive, turn right on Eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, and turn left to enter the Northbound I-405 at the Santa Monica Boulevard on-ramp. From Eastbound I-10: Exit at Overland Avenue off-ramp, turn right to Northbound Overland, turn left to Westbound Pico Boulevard, turn right to Northbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, and turn right to enter the Northbound I-405 at the Eastbound Wilshire Boulevard on-ramp.

What to expect:
Work is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
Emergency access will be maintained at all times.
For a listing of daily closures and latest updates visit L.A. Metro’s website at

Dec 102012

EXHIBITION: Dylan Vitone, “Leisure”

Gallery II: Richard Gilles, “Towers”

SHOW DATES: January 12 – February 23, 2013

RECEPTION: Saturday, January 12, 6 – 8 pm

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions by gallery artists Dylan Vitone and Richard Gilles. The main gallery will feature “Leisure” by Vitone. Gallery II will display “Towers” by Gilles. These are both artists’ third solo exhibitions at dnj Gallery.

dnj Gallery features Dylan Vitone and Richard Gilles exhibition

“Leisure” includes work from Vitone’s “Yellowstone” and “Rutland” projects. In “Yellowstone,” Vitone investigates modern society’s interaction with nature, capturing the throngs of tourists who flock to the historic park. In contrast, in the “Rutland” project, Vitone explores less mainstream pursuits at Skatopia in southern Ohio. Photographing the skate enthusiasts who camp there, Vitone looks beyond the tough exterior of youth counterculture to find an underlying beauty and naïveté. Together, the projects form a dialogue about the role of leisure in American society.

As with his earlier series, Vitone stitches together several images to create a nearly 360-degree view, which, as he states, “allows [him] to show simultaneously details and relationships at multiple spacial and perceptual levels….” “Working in the tradition of street photographers and social anthropologists such as Milton Rogovin and Bruce Davidson, Vitone makes extended portraits of communities through intimate observations of their everyday rituals.” (Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, 10-24-08).

Vitone is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a B.A. in Photo-communications from St. Edwards University and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Gilles’ “Towers” series in Gallery II captures pairs of vertical structures set against stark panoramas with ample skies and low horizons. He views the towers as “sentries standing watch over the landscape” and, with Google Maps to help him scout locations across the United States (including many in California and Nevada), is meticulous about adhering to the rigid formula of pairs. “Towers” is a continuation of Gilles’ ongoing exploration of the unnoticed and overlooked, and is an invitation to consider both the condition of the terrain and the symbolism of the structures occupying it. Gilles earned his B.A. in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. His work has been exhibited in California and throughout the country and is in the collections of the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida and the University of California, Davis, Richard L. Nelson Gallery & Fine Arts Collection, Davis, California.


Oct 132012


EXHIBITION:Todd Walker, “Between Light and Shadow”

Gallery II: Melanie Walker, “Wanderlust”

SHOW DATES: November 3 – December 29, 2012


RECEPTION: Saturday, November 3, 6 – 8 pm

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm

Todd Walker and Melanie Walker Art Exhibition at dnj gallery

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions featuring the work of father and daughter, Todd and Melanie Walker. “Between Light and Shadow” in the main gallery will highlight the pioneering work of the renowned photographer, Todd Walker. Gallery II will explore his influence on the photographs of his daughter, Melanie Walker, in her series entitled “Wanderlust.” This is dnj Gallery’s first exhibition of both artists’ work.

Todd Walker was a prolific visionary who rejected a successful career as a commercial photographer to pursue his own artistic ideas using alternative photographic and printing processes and emerging technology. dnj Gallery’s exhibition celebrates Todd’s unique interpretations of two of the most traditional subjects available: the nude and the landscape. This show emphasizes Todd’s concentration on “visual reality” and his desire to take a closer look at details. Consistent with Todd’s constant experimentation with different media, the exhibition features silk screens, lithographs, collotypes and digital prints. Many of the pieces showcase the Sabattier technique for which Todd is well known.

Regardless of the medium, Todd’s work is about a personal experience. He wrote, “For me, the image from the camera needs to be transformed into a picture. That transformation is an important part of my work. In addition to being involved with the image while using the camera, I must then concentrate that image, with my reaction to the illusions that I have about my environment, and form a concrete picture that attempts to describe and delineate my illusion.”

Todd was born in 1917 in Utah and was raised in Los Angeles. He began his career painting sets for movie studios while attending the Art Center School in Pasadena. Prior to his death in 1998, he was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Previously, he had held positions at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Florida, Gainesville. His work is in the permanent collections of prominent museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona.

For Todd’s daughter, Melanie Walker, photography facilitates a visual dialogue with her father. In “Wanderlust,” Melanie combines images from a decade of travels to investigate experiences of time, place and memory. In creating this series, she was influenced by her father’s writing:

“I remember a time, I remember a place, I try to dnj Gallery 2525 michigan avenue, suite J1, santa monica, ca 90404 (310) 315-3551 return, It is not here. / The time was here, the place was then. I am now, not then. / Place, time and I happened together, but not again.”

Melanie Walker is an Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Media Art Practices, Photography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. from Florida State University. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums across the country, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona.

Her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. For more information or images, please contact Cambra Sklarz at (310) 315-3551 or


Jun 142012

June 9 through July 21, 2012

Artist Reception: Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 6-8pm

Dale Johnson

By the Sea

By the Sea by Dale Johnson

By the Sea by Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson, Lab and Longboard, 2011, digital pigment print, 15 x 15 inches

Gallery II:

Dan Shepherd

Blinded By Science

Pyrus#2 by Dan Shepherd

Pyrus#2 by Dan Shepherd

Dan Shepherd, Pyrus #2, 2008, archival pigment print, 24 x 36 inches

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions that will be on display from June 9 through July 21, 2012. “By the Sea” by Dale Johnson will be exhibited in the main gallery space. Gallery II will feature “Blinded by Science” by Dan Shepherd.

Dreamy views of the shore capture the imagination in Johnson’s “By the Sea” series. Johnson is an accomplished artist who worked with charcoal, gouache, watercolor, and pastel for several decades but eventually turned to photography to satisfy her desire for a sense of spontaneity. Inspired by both Pictorialism in photography and Pointillism in painting, Johnson seeks to create with the quick click of the shutter the soft, hazy effects she cherished in her work in other mediums. Johnson states, “[m]y art education led me to appreciate the quality of light, form and texture and how they set the tone or mood for my photographs in composition, palette and texture.”

Johnson earned her B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She has exhibited across the country, and as a winner in the Emerging Focus Photography Competition, her work was exhibited at Photo L.A. 2012. In 2010, Johnson’s photographs were published in “Color Magazine,” Special Issue #10, and “Urban Country Landscape,” The Worldwide Gala Awards. Johnson lives and works in Carmel, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The trees of Manhattan’s Central Park arrive in Santa Monica in Shepherd’s “Blinded by Science” series. With these works, Shepherd seeks the antidote to his view of the world as an environmental scientist and student of botany-someone so “blinded by science” that trees are more subjects of study than objects of beauty. By treating the leaves and branches of trees as parts of an abstraction, Shepherd rediscovers the aesthetic wonders of nature. He states, “I am using the artistic power of abstraction to create images of some of my favorite plants and trees, which helps me filter out the science details and lets me focus on the pure beauty of nature.”

Dan Shepherd has a master’s degree in environmental science from Columbia University and an International Diploma in Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, England. He holds a B.A. in Japanese from the University of Oregon. His work has been shown in various locations throughout the country, and has been featured in several recent publications, including: “The Orion Magazine,” “The F-Stop Magazine – Abstraction” and “Lenscratch.” This is his first show at dnj Gallery.

dnj Gallery 2525 michigan avenue, suite J1 santa monica, california 90404 310.315.3551