Long Islanders turn to e-bikes for travel as gas prices continue to surge

As gas prices reach record highs across Long Island, some people are trading in four wheels for two wheels with power.

News 12 Staff

Jun 13, 2022, 9:26 PM

Updated 674 days ago

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As gas prices reach record highs across Long Island, some people are trading in four wheels for two wheels with power.
Christopher Muller, of Elmont, says he bought his electric bike last summer and has been riding it to work ever since.
"It's a pedal assist e-bike, so I’m able to get to 20 mph without even breaking a sweat,” he says.
Muller says he rides about 6 miles from Elmont to Jamaica, Queens to work every day, even when it's raining.
Barry Dworkin is the manager of Mineola Bicycle. He says he has sold more than 100 e-bikes in the past year but has noticed more customers asking about them recently amid the gas price surge.
“We’ve seen a big push, especially these last few months,” Dworkin says. “People have been saying they want to ditch the car and ditch gas prices too and ride to work, but not everybody wants to get sweaty when they get to work. People don’t have a shower at their job, so we definitely see more of a push on the e-bike side.”
E- bikes can cost anywhere from $1,200-$10,000 depending on what features riders want. Riders can also adjust how much they want to pedal and adjust how much assistance they’d like.
Muller says he saves a lot of money on gas by riding his e-bike and he hopes others will start considering it.
“Anyone who thinks they can’t ride a bike and only drive a car should give this a try,” he says.
The price of e-bikes is also dependent on how far they can go. For instance, an e-bike at Dworkin’s shop that is $1,900 can go 40 miles on one charge, while another worth $4,000 can go up to 70 miles on one charge.


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