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Bikes Becoming Popular Alternative as Gas Prices Rise

By: Todd Corillo Email
By: Todd Corillo Email

As gas prices continue to climb with no end in sight, more and more people in the Valley are looking for other ways to get around that don't require gas.

For many, that alternative is to park their cars in favor of bicycles.

James Burris, owner of Black Dog Bikes in Staunton, has seen traffic to his store start to increase as a result.

"In relation to the gas prices, I've seen a few increased sales, people getting commuter bikes and cruiser bikes to get to and from for shorter trips that they are wanting to do. Maybe not grocery shopping or something like that where you are carrying a lot of stuff, but short trips to the mailbox and back," says Burris.

However, people aren't just buying new bikes. They're also rediscovering bikes they haven't used in years.

"Definitely see an increase in repairs, people pulling out bikes out of the garage that they've had for a while. They're wanting to get the tires inflated, tires replaced. Getting stuff working so they can kind of use to get to and from places," comments Burris.

While bikes are certainly a green way to get around, the motivation for many people is financial.

Burris says, "I think once it starts making a dent in people's wallets, they are more inclined to start going other ways and start looking for other ways to get around."

The push to find other ways to get around may only be starting, with no relief in sight for the rising gas prices.

"The price of gas is probably going to stay high and I do think, as it gets higher and higher, there are going to be more and more people looking for other ways to do those shorter trips. Places that don't use gas, either walking or walking with a backpack or riding a bike, that kind of thing," explains Burris.

Many auto dealerships in the Valley also report they are getting more phone calls and inquiries about hybrid and electric cars from those worried about rising gas prices.

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