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Annual meeting puts focus on human-powered vehicles

Feb. 26, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A statewide group promoting the use of human power to get around will hold its annual meeting in West Michigan and will set up shop Saturday, Feb. 27, at Western Michigan University's Parkview Campus.

The Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association will hold a membership meeting from noon to 4 p.m. in Room D-115 of the WMU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Building. In addition to association business, the meeting, which is open to the public, will include presentations on human-powered vehicle design and showcase various human-powered vehicles displayed by owners. A presentation titled "Chainless Challenge," sponsored by the college, will provide information on hydraulic drive trains.

"Here in Michigan, the statewide group hosts one big competition each year and one annual membership meeting," says Dr. Paul Pancella, chair of the WMU Department of Physics. "The latter is usually held much further east, where a larger fraction of the members reside. This is a rare opportunity for people in the greater Kalamazoo area to hear about and see some of the latest developments in human-powered vehicles."

For more information, visit the Michigan Human Powered Vehicle Association online.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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