More people are turning to bikes as petrol gets more expensive
(NewsNation) – With gas at record highs, some people are trading four wheels for two.
The national average for a gallon of gasoline has reached $5 a gallon, according to GasBuddy. With daily commutes becoming more and more expensive, people across the country are turning to bicycles as an alternative way to get around.
“Where I drive is just work and back,” one person told NewsNation. “Everywhere else I just use my bike now.”
“I’m not planning on traveling this year because of gas prices,” another person said.
Bike sales have increased in some cities, although some bike shop owners told NewsNation that supply chain delays have slowed business. Some places have been waiting for parts for months due to supply chain issues, which has been seen in many industries due to the COVID pandemic.
Jim Gardner, CEO of Good Karma Bikes in San Jose, Calif., said demand for commuter bikes is at an all-time high, local NewsNation affiliate KRON reported.
“(The demand is) higher than we have seen in 13 years. It’s been difficult for us to keep up with demand right now,” Gardner said.
Bloomberg reports that e-bikes have also seen a boom recently. Pedego CEO Don DiCostanzo, who oversees the brand’s e-bike dealerships, told Bloomberg they see a “big spike” in orders coming well ahead of the season.
“Every month there’s another record,” he said, according to Bloomberg. Although he told the outlet that the increase in orders was not just fuel, DiCostanzo said the high price of gasoline “acts as a catalyst to get more people to consider other means.” transport”.