Rising Gas Prices lead to Higher Bike Sales. - DatelineCarolina

Rising Gas Prices lead to Higher Bike Sales.

More people are pumping air into their bikes now because of high gas prices. More people are pumping air into their bikes now because of high gas prices.

By Carolyn Callahan

     Gas prices are up, which means many people are trying to find other, cheaper ways to get around town.

     "I used to have a 1996 Ford Bronco and I wrecked it, and I didn't see the need to buy another vehicle that got gallons to the mile instead of miles to the gallon. So, it's a lot more effective as far as my pockets go," said bike owner Eric Sheffing.

     Restaurants around Columbia, like Carolina Cafe and Catering, are using bikes instead of cars for their food deliveries now.

     "The gas prices, they keep us competitve because we don't charge for delieveries anymore, and everyone else is charging now," said Patrick Reed.

     The increase in gas prices has been good for bicycle shop owners in the area.

     "We're seeing a lot more commuters and we're seeing a lot more of the low end bikes so that people can ride and really decrease the amount of gas they're putting in," said Cycle Center owner, John Green.

      Not only are bikes good for your wallet and the environment, they are good for your health.

     "The bike will pay for itself as far as gas goes and as far as your physical condition. You'll get all in shape. Get a bike and get rid of the car," said Eric Sheffing.

     So instead of filling up at the gas pump, you can fill up your bike tires at the free air pump.

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