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Pandemic, fuel prices contribute to New Brunswick’s booming bicycle business

Pandemic, fuel prices contribute to New Brunswick’s booming bicycle business

Avid cyclist Brian Branch stands with his bicycle on Cross st in Moncton on March 10, 2022. Locally-owned bicycle shop Vélo’s new location has been…

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Avid cyclist Brian Branch stands with his bicycle on Cross st in Moncton on March 10, 2022. Locally-owned bicycle shop Vélo’s new location has been constantly busy since it opened last week.

“It’s been extra busy lately, it usually comes in the big Spring wave in April or so and right up until fall,” manager Matt Brace said in an interview on Thursday.

“Now it’s sort of all year and it’s extra challenging with inventory demand and getting products being lined up for customers.”

He said this is the first time in his te10-year career he’s seen such high demand all year round.

He said some customers could wait as long as a year to get a certain bicycle in due to supply chain issues.

“Prices have definitely crept up over the last little while. A lot of it is due to shipping and freight tariffs.” he said.

He believes part of the increased demand is due to people feeling cooped up for so long during the pandemic.Brian Branch is an avid cyclist and a board member for La Bikery, a co-op representing the interests of cyclists in Moncton. He said between rising costs of fuel and more and more workers getting called back to the office, he would like to see the city’s roads become safer for cyclists who commute.He said main arteries like Mountain Road and Elmwood Drive are “almost impossible” to navigate on a bike.“There seem to be some type of lack with mobility and safe bike paths. Cycling infrastructure on the […]

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