‘It’s killing me:’ Gas prices are driving drivers to buy bikes, leave vehicles behind

ORLANDO, Florida. – As gas prices continue to soar, people are swapping their vehicles for a more economical means of transport: bicycles.

Fuel prices have blown budgets as drivers get less gas for more money. Gas Buddy reported on Thursday that the average gas price in Florida was $4.79.

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Jack Thomas, general manager of Pedego Electric Bikes Baldwin Park, said he noticed an increase in sales.

“I have people coming in and saying, ‘I just filled up my truck and it was $125…how much will it cost me to charge my e-bike battery? And I say, ‘About 75 cents at most,’ and they say, ‘Sold, which one can I take today?’ said Thomas.

One of her customers, Brenda Bobo, bought an electric bike from her store and said she loved it.

“Oh my God, I feel like a kid again,” Bobo said. “It definitely changed my life.”

With a long list of tasks to maintain his vehicle, Bobo decided to change the way he gets around town.

“With this, you don’t have to worry about gas. You don’t have to manage tags. You don’t have to worry about insurance [and] oil changes,” Bobo said.

She said now she only drives her car twice a week.

“I really don’t want to drive my car right now with gas prices,” Bobo said.

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She said she’s saved about $120 a month since she started traveling by bike.

Thomas also chooses another mode of transport.

“I cycle here every day,” Thomas said. “I can’t afford gasoline right now. It kills me. It’s like a pay cut.

Thomas said some e-bikes can even travel up to 76 miles before the battery needs charging.

He said it’s a good investment, especially if fuel prices continue to soar.

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