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High US pump prices fueling moped, bicycle sales

Postby steamboat » Sun Jul 23, 2006 4:48 pm

http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/arti ... wsid=49431

NEW YORK - Reuters

American motorists fed up with soaring pump prices are getting more curious about two-wheel transportation.

With gasoline above $3 a gallon in many parts of the country, fears of continued energy spikes are fueling sales of motorcycles, mopeds, and bicycles, leading bike associations said.
What we're seeing now with $3.50 a gallon gasoline is that people are looking for alternatives," said Bill Wilkinson, executive director of the Bethesda, Maryland-based National Center for Bicycling and Walking.

We've seen a lot more interest in scooters and motorcycles because of fuel economy," said Ty van Hooydonk, director of product communications for the Motorcycle Industry Council. "When you're looking at a motorcycle or a scooter getting two to three times the fuel economy of a car, people are going to think about it."

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