Bike Sales Soar As Gas Prices Climb

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

You've probably already noticed, but the price at the pump took another big jump today. Locally the average for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.73 but some stations are charging $3.85 or more! The price is up forty cents from a month ago.

Instead shelling out cash to fill up some people are finding other ways to get around. Lots of people are choosing to pedal their way around town instead of shelling out big money to fill their gas tanks. Brad Flowers at Lexington's Pedal Power Bike Shop says you can buy a bike for $250 "and it's about the same as a few fill ups these days." Flowers says he has seen lots of new customers turning to bicycles for transportation not just for recreation.

Marijka Walker of Mt. Sterling says guilt is what drover her to buy a bike. She said she felt guilty driving a mile or two to the gym or store when prices are so high. So now she bikes most everywhere.

If bicycles aren't your speed scooters may be your answer. You can fill it up for about $4 and it will get you nearly 70 miles. That's like going from Lexington to Louisville on $4.

"The average scooter gets 65-70 mpg and mopeds get 100-110 mpg" says Nod Jennings with Fayette Moped. He says his business is in overdrive thanks to the high gas prices. "Our sales up double." Jennings says it everyone is getting in on the scooter action, he's seeing people in their 30's- 60's. "It used to be teens and now we're seeing the older sector riding."

Whether you're pedaling or scooting, they're two sure ways to keep your wallet on full.

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  • by Unemployed Location: Tiny little town on Aug 25, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    I would love to commute by bike like all these other people that have money but i don't even have a job so i can't afford a bike let alone gas for a car. Plus it's such a small town there's no where to work that close enough to walk to!!! It sux HELP
  • by Alan Location: Wisconsin on May 28, 2008 at 05:34 AM
    Well Jumpin' Jehosaphat, these gas prices are takin' the wind out of our sails. I bought a bike to do errands around town. In no time the bike will pay for itself. Who needs pain at the pump? By the way there is a song by Brent Burns on I-tunes called "Pain At The Pump". Also a version of "Pain At The Pump" can be found on by typing in Pain At The Pump Song by Brent Burns.
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2008 at 06:14 PM
    I agree with Andy. We have oil in alaska and other places up there but the tree hugging environmentalists won't let us drill for it. And all environmentalists vote democratic so none of the dems in washington are going to go get that Alaskan oil. So I guess we'll just keep on getting our oil from the middle east and pay out the (edited) for it.
  • by greg Location: middlesboro on May 15, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    I gave up this rat race a long time ago and went on the draw. You people pay for gas and drive to work. I am staying home and watching TV. When will you guys learn?
  • by Billy Ray Location: LexVegas on May 15, 2008 at 06:19 AM
    I got me one of dem Yeller Bikes!
  • by Andy on May 15, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    Well you know how it is. The Dems can't have a hole drilled in Alaska.Eveyone would then have law cost gas.We have lost our dear country to the commie democrats.Its over, we have lived thur the best years,our nation will ever see.
  • by Smart 1 Location: Slow Lane / Was fast lane on May 14, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    I would buy a horse but the last 2 bucked me off and as for a moped I just purchased a used one and I've been chaining it up because i'm afraid someone will ride it off into the sunset. Would that be considered "mopedjacking"?
  • by to dangerous Location: northside on May 14, 2008 at 06:04 PM
    why not bike on the main roads? cyclists have as much right as a car to be on any road (not interstate) according to KY state law. and bike where we should be biking? well, that's the road. not the sidewalk. it's more dangerous for us to be bicycling on the sidewalk. it's just as frustrating sometimes for a cyclist (commuter) as it is for the driver of a car to share the road. let's live in peace. i'll get over to the right and you can pass safely to my left. i'll respect the laws of the road just as you do. let's be patient with each other until we actually have bike lanes on all major roads.
  • by poor person too Location: somewhere in kentucky on May 14, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    I am on a fixed income and I can't afford to eat or buy gas or buy a hybrid. My son and his family can't afford gas, food, rent, child support and three kids at home etc. What is going on? If this is the survival of the fittest, then only the RICH WILL WIN!!!!!
  • by Ranger Location: Lex on May 14, 2008 at 09:13 AM
    Right now at this moment, gas abroad in Turkey is $10.45 a gallon when you do the conversion. Yes $3.85 is bad but it could be a whole lot worse. We did this to ourselves by building sprawling cities with suburbs miles from town instead of concentrating development. Cheap gas is a privelege not a right and now everyone is paying the price. I think you will see more developments like Beaumont where you have groceries, post office, restaurants, shopping and housing all contained in a manageable area. The only thing they need to do now is make the housing in these areas affordable instead of 350,000 - 800,000 dollars
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