By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

Pitch in for Earth Day by Cleaning Up Coastal Beaches: Earth Day—an international effort to conserve and protect the planet—will be observed for the 46th time this Friday. There are plenty of events scheduled around the Bay Area to celebrate the global fight for environmental protection, including the annual cleanup effort organized by the Pacifica Beach Coalition. Volunteers will be combing local beaches from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, with the goal of keeping the coastal areas clean of detritus and trash, from Daly City to Half Moon Bay. Last year, some 7,150 volunteers picked up and removed 5,000 pounds of trash from 75 different sites. The eco-volunteers will meet Saturday morning at Linda Mar Beach, which can be reached by SamTrans Route 17.

Electric Bike Expo in Palo Alto: Getting a nice workout on your bike is always a good time, but aren’t there moments when you’re chugging up a huge hill that you wished you had a little extra help? That’s the mindset behind the rising popularity of electric bikes and the reason that Palo Alto will host a three-day event showcasing that technology this weekend. Attendees at the Electric Bike Expo will have the opportunity to test-drive more than 100 different electric bike models, which include the latest designs from acclaimed companies like Trek and Bosch. Manufactures and dealers of electric bikes will also be at the Expo, which will last from Friday to Sunday. The event will take place at the Stanford Shopping Center, which is directly accessible from SamTrans Route ECR and the Caltrain Palo Alto Station.

Good Samaritans Thwart Bike Theft on BART: A civic-minded BART customer helped save scores of bikes from being stolen at BART’s MacArthur Station this past week. At around 11 a.m. on April 11, the BART passenger noticed two males who appeared to be using tools to cut locks on bikes parked at the station. When the customer approached the two males, they fled the scene and ditched their tools in a nearby garbage can. After the passenger notified BART police, the two suspects were apprehended, with one of them admitting to the attempted heist.

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