Speak Up Newport Hosts Seminar on Electric Bike Controversy June 8

Pedego Bikes

Some call for a ban, others encourage it.

Learn from an e-bike innovator and learn what the City of Newport Beach is doing to ensure e-bike safety, education and enforcement

Like it or not, e-bikes are ubiquitous in the city of Newport Beach. Their relatively low cost, ease of use and portability make them a convenient mode of transportation for young and old.

But how do we make e-bikers peacefully co-exist with pedestrians on our boardwalks, sidewalks and trails as well as with motor vehicles on our roadways?

At the Speak Up Newport seminar/webinar on June 8, special guests Don DiCostanzo (CEO and Founder of Pedego Electric Bikes), Brad Sommers (Senior Public Works Civil Engineer) and Eric Little (Traffic Lt., NBPD) will discuss the problems and will provide insight into how we can address some of the challenges of e-bikes.

If you have a question you would like to ask the presenters, please send it to: [email protected].

The event will be held at the Civic Center Community Hall, 100 Civic Center Dr., Newport Beach.

Reception starts at 5:15 p.m. (hosted by Bungalow Restaurant), program is 6-7 p.m. The Speak Up Newport ZOOM webinars have been so successful during COVID that they will be simulcasting the program live via ZOOM for those unable to attend in person.

To participate in this FREE webinar, please register at:

The Electric Bicycle Controversy

No registration required for the LIVE event.


Don DiConstanzo: Don is co-founder and CEO of Pedego Electric Bicycles. Prior to founding Pedego, Don spent more than 20 years at Wynn’s, serving as President of the global leader in innovative products and programs for the automotive industry. When Wynn’s was acquired by Parker Hannifin in 2000, he took over as Chairman of the Parker Hannifin Group, providing strong leadership in a dynamic market. This proved an exceptional foundation for his subsequent entrepreneurial ventures.

Don went on to create several of his own successful businesses. From 2002, he acquired Zak Products with a financial partner. The company owned and operated 40 car washes and distributed chemicals and auto service equipment to franchise car dealerships from Florida to California. During this time, he also co-founded Prism Automotive, a highly successful specialty magazine publishing company, and is TicketSocket’s first angel investor. More recently, he co-founded Bringpro, an on-demand delivery service startup.

As CEO of Pedego, he makes quality, innovation and customer service a daily reality. And he achieves his company’s goals to delight Pedego customers and help Pedego resellers succeed.

Eric Petit: Lt. Eric Little began his law enforcement career with the Newport Beach Police Department in 2004. Throughout his tenure as an officer, Lt. Little has held many different positions and roles, including that of DUI law enforcement officer, motorcycle officer, traffic investigator, and polygraph examiner. As a sergeant, he worked as a patrol supervisor as well as a traffic investigations and special events supervisor.

Upon promotion to Lieutenant, Eric became Area 4 Commander and oversaw the defensive tactics program. Recently, Eric was transferred to a new assignment as Traffic Division Commander. His current duties include overseeing the following units: Major Accident Investigation Team, Drug Recognition Experts, Traffic Investigators, Motorcycle Officers, Parking Enforcement Officers, of animals, as well as liaison with the Huntington Beach Helicopter Program.

Brad Sommer: Brad has proudly served the Newport Beach community as a Transportation Engineer in the Department of Public Works for over 20 years. As manager of the Traffic Engineering Division, he works to encourage safe and efficient travel throughout the city for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

His primary role includes managing the City’s advanced traffic signal system, transportation-related capital improvement projects, and the City’s pedestrian and cycling network. He is registered as both a Civil Engineer and a Traffic Engineer in the State of California and can often be found on foot, horseback or car around town when not in the office.

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