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Pedego Electric Bikes at Cruisin’ the Conejo 2016

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Pedego 101 joined over 1000 bicycle riders for Cruisin’ the Conejo, the Conejo Valley’s largest annual bicycling charity event. We had a fantastic time and would like to express our gratitude to the Conejo Valley Cyclists who hosted the ride, as well as the other participants, and, of course, all the volunteers. Everyone was friendly and welcoming.

1 Our small group of electric bike riders consisted of Pedego 101’s Linda and John, as well as loyal customers Miryam, Sandra, and Warren. Pedego’s model range was well represented by a 24” Step-Thru Interceptor, a 26” Step-Thru Interceptor, a 26” Classic City Commuter, a Ridge Rider, and a Trail Tracker. I wish Paulette had been able to make it on her Stretch!

Cruisin’ the Conejo has a variety of beautiful routes from which to choose, ranging from a 10 mile kids cruise to a “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin” double metric (about 125 miles). We opted for the 35 mile ride.

It was the perfect choice for our first time, with a mix of familiar and unfamiliar roads and challenging hills through some gorgeous scenery. Our route took us right past Pedego 101 in Westlake Village, around Westlake Lake, up and over the hills past Lake Sherwood, down into beautiful Hidden Valley, and through Dos Vientos. It was an extraordinary 2 1/2 hours.

How much fun was it? I wish I could adequately describe the joy and excitement on Miryam’s face after the ride. She was ecstatic! She commutes on her Pedego a hundred miles per week, but I believe this was her longest single ride, and she is sooo eager to go even farther.2

We all seemed to have great fun, no matter what we rode, whether it was a carbon fiber racer, a long tandem, a low recumbent, a stepper bike, or a fat tire e-bike.

Oh, the places you’ll go on a Pedego!

Check out our ride calendar for upcoming places to take YOUR Pedego.

 

For Commuters on Pedego Electric Bikes, Every Day Is Bike to Work Day

Electric bikes provide green alternative to save cash, skip traffic, improve health and have fun

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 4, 2016 — When the League of American Bicyclists established May 20th  as National Bike to Work Day, they could not have predicted just how vital bikes would become to the American workforce. With the budget-busting cost of car ownership and the terrible stress of traffic, bicycle commuting has become hugely popular.  Enter Pedego® Electric Bikes, the company that helps more commuters say, “Hello, fun!” while riding up hills, through headwinds and across miles on the way to work.

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  • Electric Bikes Are Affordable and Cost Effective. It costs just 25 cents worth of electricity to recharge the battery, and riders can go 30–40 miles without pedaling. Unlike a car, there’s no gas or DMV licensing, and the initial purchase is much lower than a car. Some commuters save more than $500 per month ditching their cars to commute by electric bike. Many pay for the cost of their bike in just a few months.
  • Electric Bikes Help You Avoid Traffic and Parking Hassles. Riders can zoom around traffic and keep their blood pressure down all the way to work, and then relieve the stress of a busy workday with a ride home. Riders enjoy bike paths that often bring much more joy than the congested roads. And, they can take advantage of rock-star parking in up-front bike parking.
  • Electric Bikes Deliver Health Benefits. Riders are in control of their exercise. Many choose to use more power in the morning to arrive feeling fresh and ready to begin the day. Then, they use little to no power after work for a feel-good workout that keeps them healthy and fit.

Across the United States, the number of Pedego electric bike commuters has skyrocketed, and they’re deeply devoted fans of their bikes. It’s easy to see why, with stories like these:

  • David Castro is a technical writer. He rides 43 miles round-trip from his home in Summerville, S.C., to work in North Charleston, which takes 90 minutes each way. He could actually save time by driving, but Castro prefers to ride for the many benefits he receives. “I get exercise, fresh air, time to think, savings in fuel and other car expenses, and a reduced carbon footprint,” said Castro. “With greenery all around, it’s a very relaxing way to exercise. Most of all, I get to have fun!” Saving as much as $258 per month, Castro will have his bike “paid off” in savings when he hits 5,800 miles. He has 2,200 to go!
  • Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez is a faculty associate in the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been riding a Pedego City Commuter to work for about two years and commutes 8 miles round-trip, year round, weather permitting. When the weather is warm, he enjoys a longer 12-mile commute. As a business professor, Garcia-Gosalvez appreciates all the benefits of commuting by Pedego. “We’ve gone from being a two-car family to just one, and with the associated savings in gas, insurance, registration and parking, we’re saving about $3,000 per year,” he said. “And my health has definitely improved.”
  • Brett Barrett is an emergency room nurse and rides 3 miles each way to work in Woodland Hills, Calif. With just a few miles’ worth of exercise, Barrett has noticed improved health. “I’ve noticed that my asthma attacks have decreased and that my stamina for a long workday has increased,” he reported. Barrett enjoys his Pedego for a few other reasons, as well. “Having two teenage drivers in our household, the bike serves as our third car, saving me thousands of dollars from having to purchase another vehicle.” He also saves about $60 per month on gas. “And I’ll never have to circle the parking structure again,” he noted. “Besides, the Interceptor with Mag wheels just looks really cool!”
  • Steven Mesner is a sous chef living in Downtown Naples, Fla., where he owns two Pedego bikes and enjoys riding through his gorgeous beachside community. He purchased an Interceptor in 2012 and rides it to work daily. Though rough paths make it a bumpy ride, Mesner keeps his bike well maintained and exclaimed, “She always rides like a brand-new bike!” His 10-mile round-trip commute helps him stay healthy.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide — with the biggest day of the month being Bike to Work Day. In 2016, Bike to Work Week is May 16–20, with Bike to Work Day on May 20.

“Pedego stores across the country are ready to help commuters experience the many benefits of commuting by electric bike,” said Don DiCostanzo, CEO, Pedego Electric Bikes. “This year, even more people will discover the joys of Pedego. You’ll know them when you see them — the cyclists who smile.”

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the United States, manufactures 10 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at 70 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight.  Founded in 2008, Orange County, California-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!” For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

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The Orchard Park and East Aurora Sun: Pedego opens in Orchard Park

The Orchard Park and East Aurora Sun cover the first Pedego store in Western New York – Pedego Buffalo in Orchard Park. The writer describes the benefits of electric bikes and provides all the details about the new store.

“For riders like Suzanne Borowicz, the pedego bikes are simply perfect. Borowicz describes herself as an avid bicyclist who has ridden all across the northeast, but suffers from knee problems and lives on a steep slope that makes just getting out of the driveway a hassle.”

The Orchard Park and East Aurora Sun: Pedego opens in Orchard Park

Gina’s Pizza Rolling in Dough With Pedego Electric Bikes!

Perfect for Earth Day, electric bikes make pizza delivery fast, friendly and affordable

IRVINE, Calif., April 13, 2016 — When Newport Beach lifeguards need their lunch in a hurry, Orange County-based Gina’s Pizza rolls out its Pedego® electric bikes to deliver pizza fresh, hot and fast. Their fleet of Pedego Stretch bikes has enabled the company’s team to think outside the pizza box. Gina’s Pizza reinvented its sales and delivery in their Newport Beach and Corona del Mar locations by capturing customers in the wild and making delivery as easy as pizza pie.

“You can be sitting on the beach, and a Gina’s employee will stop by, offering to take your order,” said Phil Pisano, director of operations for Gina’s Pizzas’ bike program. “Then, your piping hot pizza arrives quickly, thanks to our fleet of Pedego bikes. Such unique service — and our development of this valuable niche market — was made possible by the reliability, power and speed of the Pedego electric bikes.”

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Gina’s Pizza crew member Andrew Woodyard rides a Pedego electric bike for unique delivery service.

 

Gina’s Pizza has taken its business to a whole new level in several ways:

  • Great for the Environment. Pedego electric bikes run on clean, green lithium ion batteries that power the bikes without the use of gasoline. The company and customers can feel good about pizza delivery that doesn’t leave much of a carbon footprint. Companies delivering goods on Pedego bikes set the standard for efficient, green business practices.
  • Cost Effective. Gina’s Pizza was able to purchase a fleet of Pedego electric bikes for less than the cost of a car. Maintenance and insurance costs are also much lower, so the savings continue as sales increase.
  • Fast Delivery. Gina’s Pizza’s Pedego electric bikes can zoom up hills to carry orders safely and promptly. They can zip past traffic jams and avoid summer parking hassles, pulling right up alongside the beach for speedy access to customers.
  • Marketing Advantages. Crew members become more approachable on a bike at local tourist hangouts. When people see the delivery person’s smile, say hello, and receive a coupon or menu, they want to order on the spot. The bikes put crew members right into the public’s eye — an affordable, effective marketing tactic.

With all of these advantages built into their innovative delivery service, it’s easy to see how Gina’s Pizza executives decided to update their methods for finding customers, too. “The Pedego Stretch cargo bike was developed for just this kind of purpose,” said Pedego CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “By relying on Pedego electric bikes, Gina’s Pizza has been able to grab its slice of success. On Earth Day, and every day, small businesses need to think outside the cardboard box, like Gina’s Pizza.”

Gina’s Pizza has developed its niche market with seasonal delivery service, from Spring Break through Labor Day. Because the Pedego fleet is less expensive to maintain and easier to ride and park in crowded tourist areas, Gina’s order/delivery riders can bring hot pizzas to homes, businesses, the beach, boats — even lifeguards. Customers love to skip traditional pizza parlor lines and get fast deliveries. When a business such as Gina’s Pizza invests in electric bikes, they get a reliable, fast, affordable and green alternative to delivery by car.

The Pedego Stretch electric cargo bike was designed to carry goods weighing up to 400 pounds. Its stationary front rack holds delicate cargo with care, and rear racks can be reconfigured to haul payload in many different shapes. Yet, this bike is easy to ride and boasts a powerful 48-volt battery that helps riders fly up hills and through headwinds, so deliveries arrive right on time.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the United States, manufactures 10 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at 70 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight.  Founded in 2008, Orange County, California-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!” For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

EY announces Donald J. DiCostanzo, CEO, Pedego Electric Bikes as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Orange County Semifinalist

IRVINE, Calif., April 8, 2016 — EY today announced that Donald J. DiCostanzo, CEO of Pedego® Electric Bikes, is a semifinalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Orange County Region Award. Now celebrating its 30th year, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs in more than 145 cities and 60 countries who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. DiCostanzo was selected as a semifinalist by a panel of independent judges.

Finalists will be announced Monday, May 23, and winners will be announced at a formal Awards Gala on Friday, June 17, with more than 500 Founders, CEOs and other business leaders in attendance, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif.

“I am honored to be named a semifinalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Orange County Region Award. Born from a love of cycling and a dislike of hills, Pedego Electric Bikes is dedicated to delighting its customers with high-quality, innovative electric bikes,” said Don DiCostanzo, CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes.  “Today, Pedego is the fastest-growing electric bike company in the U.S., and our bikes are sold in hundreds of stores worldwide, including 70 Pedego-branded stores.”

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national award winner, will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2016. The awards gala is the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Follow all the latest program developments @EY_EOYUS using #EOYOC and visit the Orange County regional website for more information: www.ey.com/us/eoy/oc.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the United States, manufactures 10 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at 70 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight.  Founded in 2008, Orange County, California-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!” For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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