Pedal Power

A Pediwagon, the first of its kind in Long Beach, rolled along Ocean Boulevard in Belmont Shore last weekend for the launch of the Pedaler Society’s new 15-seat pedal-powered wagon.

The Pediwagon, which is about the same size as a truck, is propelled forward by pedaling passengers, meanwhile, a Pedaler Society employee steers and brakes.

Joseph Bradley, a spokesman for the pedicab operation concentrated in Belmont Shore and downtown Long Beach, said the bicycle taxi company now is offering Pediwagon services that can be used for corporate events, private parties and more. He said the new device offers area residents and visitors a unique way to experience Long Beach.

“This is analogous to the Big Red Bus, where you get a driver and you can do corporate team building or pub crawls or birthday parties or city tours,” Bradley said. “They have these wagons in Europe, and this is the fourth or fifth one in California.”

He added that the company is excited to bring a unique, safe and green vehicle to the streets of Long Beach and help propel the city’s image as a bike-friendly community.

To ride the Pediwagon, customers pay $150 per hour Monday through Thursday, or $175 per hour (with a two-hour minimum) Friday through Sunday. Bookings should be made in advance.

For more information, visit or call 980-1861.

Time To Paint

A new Sherwin-Williams store has opened at 711 Termino Ave. in Long Beach featuring everything a homeowner needs for painting projects. There also is a Sherwin-Williams store in Signal Hill.

Store manager Amit Gandhi said Sherwin-Williams opened in mid November and is one of the company’s 3,200 stores around the country selling paint and paint supplies. He said The Sherwin-Williams Company, founded in 1866, is the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States and one of the largest in the world.

Through the end of this month, the new store is offering area homeowners a special 30% discount. For details, call 433-3670 or visit

CSULB Welcomes Vendors

There will be a new Vendor Village at all Long Beach State Men’s Basketball home games played at the Walter Pyramid this season —with nearly a dozen games left to be played on campus.

For the first time during home games, a portion of the concourse area will be set aside for local vendors to display items as well as interact with Long Beach State fans. Customers also may schedule services or pre-order retail items at the vendor booths. For the most part, the vendors will be providing information and coupons.

The LB State Men's Basketball schedule is available online at The next scheduled home game starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Any business owners interested in participating in the Vendor Village should contact Tony Soares at 985-4794 or

F&M Goes Mobile

Long Beach-based Farmers & Merchants Bank announced this month that it has launched a new mobile banking app after 105 years in business.

The mobile app — available on iPhone and Android smartphones as well as iPad and iPod Touch technology — is part of F&M’s extensive initiative focused on enhancing its technology infrastructure and increasing security and convenience for customers. The band also recently rolled out a new generation of “smart” ATMs and is offering a suite of new technology and security enhancements for its business and retail customers.

“F&M is concentrating on enhancing its online and mobile banking services to provide our customers the same convenience and security larger banks offer, while holding true to our community roots,” Ken Nagel, F&M’s senior vice president and chief information officer, said in a release.

Now, customers will be able to deposit checks remotely; view account balances; search recent account activity; transfer funds between eligible accounts; and find the nearest ATM or branch location.

“Since its founding in 1907, F&M has prided itself on superior customer service and personal relationships while remaining in step with new innovations,” Dan Walker, F&M’s chairman and CEO, said in a release. “Banking has changed dramatically over the years, but F&M has remained true its core values of service, loyalty and integrity, always providing customers peace of mind and now bringing banking to the palm of their hand.”

For more information about F&M’s mobile and online banking services, visit

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How do you drive that thing?

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That is kinda funny! Still, it's better than being on a Segway!

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It's official, the Pediwagon is the DUMBEST IDEA EVER! Seriously, who comes up with this stuff?

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