Gas prices lead to bike boom in OK

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EDMOND, Okla. — Move over motor vehicles, you may have noticed more bikes on Oklahoma roads lately. A sharp increase in gas prices has made bikes a popular and practical alternative.

Cyclist Brian Bottoms said, “Not only does it help with the fitness end, it also saves money in the long run getting to and from work.”

Brian Bottoms rides to and from work every day, 25 miles round trip, and saves about $80 a month in fuel.

He’s among an estimated 87 million people nationally who have climbed on a bike in the past 12 months.

Henry Holasek owns Al’s Bicycles in Edmond.

He told us, “We are getting inquiries about that. The price of gas is on everybody’s mind today. It’s going nothing but up.”

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.46 in Oklahoma.

Some analysts predict we’ll top $4 a gallon before Memorial Day.

That’s why more and more Oklahomans are trading gas pedals for pedal power.

At Al’s Bicycles, you’ll find just about anything for the money-conscious consumer.

Holasek showed off a three-wheeler made for adults.

“It’s great for anyone because it’s got a large basket to run to the store, grab a few items, throw them in the back and away you go.”

Al’s also offers a new battery-powered bike. 

Holasek said, “It makes that commute to work a whole lot easier. It’s great for going four to five miles to work or farther. With pedal assistance you’re not all hot and sweaty when you get there.”

And many communities are looking into becoming more bike-friendly.

The Edmond City Council discussed new trials and bike lanes during its Monday night meeting.

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