E-Bikes: The Tale Of The Two Cities
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Last week, Mayor De Blasio announced that in 2018, enforcement against e-bikes in New York City would be ramped up, as they pose a danger to pedestrians, though no data has been provided by the city to back the allegations.
We are doing a series of stories, looking at what seems to be at the heart of this issue: e-bikes, be they scooters or battery assisted bicycles, live in a legal limbo, yet enable vulnerable populations to live in the city—be they delivery people, or the disabled needing to get around.
Our first story is about two stores, that may as well be worlds apart.
On Grand Street in Bushwick, a storefront e-bike shop works as both retail and repair shop, with new e-bikes lined against the wall, and customer’s bikes in vary states of repair in every available bit of free space. Most e-bikes in Andy’s Bushwick shop sell for about $500 to $1,000.
Hehe... Can read "in vary states of disrepair". "Bought cheap", did ya?
Across town, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the future of e-bikes looks much brighter. In the gleaming showroom of Propel bikes, a couple from New Jersey looks at electric-assist mountain bikes they’d like shipped to Colorado, where they vacation. It’s a world away from Andy’s storefront-slash-repair shop.
"... near the Brooklyn Navy Yard..." GO Navy!
... and ends:
The biggest difference? A few thousand dollars. “Our sweet spot is probably $3,000 to $5,000,” said Leo, when asked about ballpark prices. “In the last year, though, we’ve sold 50 of these,” he says, pointing to a nearby bike. “Spec’d like that, they’re $7,300 each.”
While Andy’s Bushwick shop faces an uncertain future, Propel is taking deliveries of new models and planning for a big year. “We’re really bullish on 2018,” said Leo, “The market has really grown and we think it’s gonna bloom next year.”
Now curious to know % Propel ebike sales to Navy personnel. "Your tax dollars at work".