electrical bike Butler County bike retailers seeing largest gross sales spike in practically half a century
Otto Bohn, proprietor of Spoken Bicycles on Central Avenue in Middletown, stated his newest cargo was anticipated to reach this week. Now he has been advised it is going to be someday in October. These seven bikes are already offered, he stated.
He has been offered out for 2 months, he stated.
“A giant growth,” Bohn stated when requested about latest gross sales.
That additionally has meant further repairs, Bohn stated. He has employed a part-time worker to work two days per week to assist with the inflow of restore orders. He stated individuals are bringing within the bikes from their storage or used ones bought at storage gross sales or second-hand shops.
There’s just one downside, Bohn stated. He’s out of some components.
The Columbus Outside Pursuits runs two main bike rides in Ohio. Whereas each had been cancelled this yr as a result of coronavirus, Matt Wolf, packages coordinator, stated he has a rise in bikes on the street.
He stated Ohioans who do business from home or these unemployed or furloughed are in search of methods to soundly be lively open air. For some, which means driving a motorcycle.
“You possibly can solely watch a lot TV,” he stated. “So that they dusted off the bike within the storage and located one thing to do.”
Those that trip round Middletown will discover improved and prolonged entry via town. The town, in partnership with the Ohio Division of Transportation, intends so as to add both directional bike lanes or shared lane markings to First Avenue between Water Road and Verity Parkway; South Verity Parkway and Park Road between First Avenue and Second Avenue; Second Avenue between Park Road and Verity Parkway; and on the road west of Verity Parkway, between Girard and Second avenues.
Parking can be eradicated alongside the next roadway sections: South Verity Parkway between Second and First avenues; the southbound aspect of Park Road between First and Second avenues; and the eastbound aspect of Second Avenue between Park Road and Verity Parkway, town stated in a launch.
The town additionally plans to enhance 1.4 miles of the prevailing bike path alongside Verity Parkway between Lafayette and Girard avenues, together with widening the trail from eight toes to 10 toes and updating pavement markings and signage with the objective of enhancing the “operate and security of the trail,” town stated.
The mission will happen inside two of Middletown’s Historic Districts: The Important Road Industrial Historic District and the South Important Road District.
Proposed work in these Historic Districts includes resurfacing and restriping so as to add the shared lane markings and directional bike lanes. With a purpose to widen and restripe the prevailing bike path alongside Verity Parkway, the trail will have to be periodically closed throughout development.
Building is scheduled to start in April 2021 and would require roughly three months to finish. The mission is estimated at roughly $500,000 and is one hundred pc ODOT funded via its Security Grant program.
Bikes lanes have been added to Central Avenue between Important Road and Carmody Boulevard in Middletown. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF