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Bike riding sees increased popularity due to constant rise of gas prices

Bike riding sees increased popularity due to constant rise of gas prices

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dreading the next visit to the gas pump? As gas prices continue to rise, a local bike shop is expecting an…

Tuesday, Mar 15

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dreading the next visit to the gas pump? As gas prices continue to rise, a local bike shop is expecting an influx of riders.

Peter Staneland with the Corpus Christi Cycle Club said that with new street access, residents might be more enticed to consider riding a bicycle.

"In Corpus, as we’re getting more ability to ride in bike lanes and things like that, it might inspire more people to actually get out there and bike to work days," Staneland said.

One area cyclist who spoke to 3News said that the increasing trend of cycling took off in the midst of the pandemic when exercising took an innovative and socially distanced turn.

"It kind of started with the pandemic," one cyclist said. "A lot of people who used to go to the gym wouldn’t go because the gyms were closed and they didn’t want to be close to people, so they bought the bikes. And it’s been hard to get a bike. There’s a waiting list and on and on. So now I guess it’s probably worse with the gas."

Since last February, there has been a 150-percent increase in new bicycle sales at Bay Area Bicycles, with the organization only expecting the sales to increase even further. According to store manager Junior Arguelles, the recreational pastime is becoming increasingly popular, not only as a way to pass the time, but as an alternative means of transportation.

"In the past two months it’s getting a little harder, I guess because of […]

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