KENNEWICK, Wash. — State lawmakers want to see more infrastructure and transportation improvements. The funding went towards “Move Ahead WA” legislation passed in March, which includes active transportation, such as walking, cycling and skating. For a local company, Scott’s Cycle and Sports, this has impacted their e-bike sales.
Steven Cimmiyotti, co-owner of Scott’s, said it was “certainly a market we didn’t have before”.
Cimmiyotti said it was 2017 when e-bikes really came into their own. But it was during COVID-19 that the bike retailer saw a major surge in interest in e-bikes.
“At the start of COVID, we definitely had a huge increase. We had our second best year at the start of COVID. Things are stabilizing a bit, we’re still going up,” Cimmiyotti said.
But even now, he says, “we sell about three e-bikes a day. It’s a big market. »
According to Cimmiyotti, with local infrastructure improvements, he has seen more people wanting to go out on their bikes.
“I know here in the community there have been a lot of bike lanes and things added, so you’re definitely seeing an increase in business from the added local roads, signs and bike lanes,” Cimmiyotti said.
He said there are advantages to riding an e-bike over a traditional bike.
“You actually burn more calories burning fat than you do on a regular bike, even though you burn more calories on a regular bike,” Cimmiyotti said.
He also said, “People are a bit misled by searching the internet. So come in and we’ll explain everything to you.
Scott’s Cycle and Sports is located at 704 South Ely Street in Kennewick and 110 East Highland Avenue in Hermiston.
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