SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — High gas prices are prompting more and more people to ditch their cars for more affordable means of transportation.
Commuter bikes are an increasingly popular medium.
Bikes have had a big comeback during the pandemic.
It used to be a way for people to get out, but now with high gas prices it is becoming a reliable and cost effective way to get around.
“It is well documented that the pandemic was a cycling bubble. We’re at 8% of that right now. That’s the way it’s never been,” said Jim Gardner.
Jim Gardner is CEO of Good Karma Bikes in San Jose.
This is a non-profit second-hand bike shop that sees people give up using their car and choose a bike to get around.
“The demand for commuter bikes is at an all-time high. More than we’ve seen in 13 years. It’s been difficult for us to keep up with demand right now,” Gardner said.
High prices at the pump are also pushing people towards public transport.
Ferry and BART ridership has increased as people return to office work and interest in using electric scooters is growing as well.
The average price of a bike at Good Karma is around $280.
Gardner says the investment is now paying off.
“The average cost of a bicycle is less than the price of a new car tire. people spend up to $90 and more to fill up their tank,” Gardner said.