Ride to Work! Ride for Fun! On a Pedego Electric Bike, It’s All in One!

Pedego electric bikes empower owners to revel as they ride for May’s big bike bashes: “National Bike Month” and “National Bike to Work Week”

IRVINE, Calif., April 21, 2015 — May is National Bike Month, and Pedego® Electric Bikes has grown into a regular part of the festivities as Pedego riders cruise communities across the country. One of the most important parts of the month-long celebration showcases the benefits of electric bikes: National Bike to Work Week, which takes place May 11–15, 2015. Pedego commuters use their powerful Pedego motors to flatten hills and make headwinds a breeze and are setting an example for bicycle commuting while enjoying the pleasure of arriving at work less sweaty — ready to seize the day.

Bill Borden, 63, a producer of more than 35 films including the High School Musical series, Desperado and La Bamba, hated the Los Angeles traffic and began commuting to work on his electric bike four years ago. Commuting on his Pedego Interceptor allows Borden to enjoy daily exercise, sunshine and fresh air while avoiding stress from traffic and limited parking. “I ride my Pedego around Santa Monica, West LA, Pacific Palisades, Venice and Marina Del Rey almost every day for work and for fun,” he said. “I’m completely spoiled in that I never have to think about a parking spot.” Borden added, “Riding my Pedego to work frees a parking space in our building and reduces my parking and valet costs. That is a very real cash savings in gas, parking and valet fees — savings that have more than paid for my Pedego!”

Esther Kimm, 48, a talent acquisition specialist for a nationally known aerospace company, also hated Los Angeles traffic and began commuting on a Pedego City Commuter last summer. Since then, she has been riding her electric bike on the daily 16-mile round trip between her home in Torrance and work in El Segundo. Commuting by bike has saved her hundreds of dollars in gas. But the real benefits have been more personal. “I get a lot of exercise and have lost weight,” she said. “I have reduced my Type 2 diabetes, and now I no longer have to take insulin shots.” What’s more, she’s able to relax while riding the scenic beach path and describes her daily rides as something akin to a Zen experience — about as far from the stress of LA traffic as possible. “Riding to work on the Strand takes about the same amount of time as it does in a car on the highway,” said Kimm. “But unlike being in the car, riding my Pedego is relaxing and fun, and I still arrive at work refreshed and not sweaty.” In fact, Kimm is thinking of giving up her car entirely.

The League of American Bicyclists has sponsored this national celebration since 1956, and now Pedego riders are showing the country even more reasons to celebrate. While National Bike Month and National Bike to Work Week remind us to consider the value of cycling as alternative transportation, Pedego riders — smiling and laughing as they go —help us remember just how much fun is possible along the way.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

New Pedego Electric Bikes Store Energizes the Grand Strand!

Pedego Myrtle Beach celebrates grand opening in style

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IRVINE, Calif., April 15, 2015 — When Aaron Maynard retired from the U.S. Armed Forces as an Air Force Colonel, he and his wife Michele knew what they wanted next: A life filled with fun. In fact, Aaron likes to say that he traded in his old uniform for a new one — shorts and flip-flops. The “fun” part also came easy as the Maynards discovered and decided to share the joys of Pedego® electric bikes with their Myrtle Beach community. Pedego Myrtle Beach’s Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for April 25 at 1:00 p.m., and the public is invited. In attendance will be Don DiCostanzo, CEO and co-founder of Irvine, Calif.-based Pedego Electric Bikes. “I’m really excited to see Pedego arrive in Myrtle Beach,” said DiCostanzo. “We’re happy to report that both locals and visitors to this region are falling in love with our electric bikes.”

10430451_730934413670577_6049506685947321683_nActivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a free Pedego electric bikes group ride. Pedego owners are invited to bring their bikes and ride. Free rentals are also available to the public on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on the group ride, call 843-602-6941. The party starts at the store at 1:00 p.m., and guests will enjoy a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the official opening of Pedego Myrtle Beach. In the spirit of fun, the Maynards will offer several prizes and giveaways to guests who take a test ride on a Pedego bike. “We know test rides will be a highlight of the Grand Opening party for a lot of people,” Michele said. Door prizes will be offered at the party as well as free Pedego sports watches going to the first 50 people who test ride a bike. And, of course, refreshments will be served.1

Myrtle Beach is the perfect location for a Pedego store as bike rentals make a thrilling adventure for visitors to this vacation destination. Pedego Myrtle Beach is located in Market Common, a new outdoor dining, shopping and entertainment venue that is already a tourist favorite. The shop will also offer electric bike tours to scenic Myrtle Beach State Park, one mile away.

Returning to their home state of South Carolina from London, England, the Maynards have made Pedego Myrtle Beach a family adventure. Their sons — Reid, 22, and Max, 21 — work at the store too. Aaron is making good use of a Business/Marketing degree as he shares the news about Pedego Myrtle Beach’s arrival with the region. And there’s a lot of great news to share. The store offers a variety of chic, sturdy and leading-edge electric bicycles. The stylish Comfort Cruiser line and sleek City Commuters are among numerous models that also include off-road Trail Trackers and low-slung Boomerang bikes. Pedego Myrtle Beach has a model for everyone.

About Pedego Myrtle Beach

Pedego® Myrtle Beach offers the region’s finest selection of Pedego electric bikes for sale, tours and rentals as well as amazing accessories and top-notch service. Pedego Myrtle Beach is conveniently located at 3080 Deville Street in the beautiful Market Common, just a mile from Myrtle Beach State Park and the expansive Grand Strand. Pedego Comfort Cruisers rent for $20 per hour and $75 per day — a fun and fresh way to see the area. Store hours are Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 843-602-6941 or email aaron@pedegomb.com. Like us on Facebook at the pedegomyrtlebeach page.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

 

 

California Dreamin’

Dave and I just got back from a fantastic ride along the ocean from our campsite in Seal Beach through Sunset Beach & Huntington Beach to the edge of Newport Beach. The bike paths along the ocean. are incredible. The Santa Ana river flows between Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Once we crossed the river we turned around then headed inland along the Santa Ana River path. We took a city street a few blocks, found a Trader Joe’s and bought a couple of Joe’s fantastic salads then headed back to the beach. We found an unoccupied picnic table and ate our lunch looking out over the ocean. From that point we started to use our motors more because we were getting tired. The last part of the ride in the bike lane of the PCH was a bit of a challenge. Traffic and very strong cross winds. But we made it back safely to our motorhome having covered exactly 30 miles. We still had more than half a charge left on our batteries. And some folks say you don’t get any exercise on an electric bike. HAH!! Our Pedegos are the absolute best of both worlds. !

A great place for lunch.

A great place for lunch.

Looking inland along the river.

Looking inland along the river.

Along the Sant Ana River Trail looking toward the beach.

Along the Sant Ana River Trail looking toward the beach.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Along Huntington State Beach.

Along Huntington State Beach.

Pedego Santa Monica Donates a Sweet Ride for Local Schools

TREATS frozen yogurt partners with Pedego on upcoming drawing for Pedego electric bike to benefit SMMEF

Treats Pedego GiveawayIRVINE, Calif., April 2, 2015 — There’s only one thing better than enjoying a fun electric bike ride followed by a refreshing frozen yogurt: Sharing all of that for a good cause. In the spirit of paying it forward, Barb and Steve Wittels, owners of Pedego Santa Monica, have donated a Pedego® electric bike for a drawing to benefit schools in Santa Monica and Malibu. The pale blue Pedego Comfort Cruiser can be seen at TREATS Frozen Yogurt & Dessert Bar, a popular dessert destination in Santa Monica known for their community involvement. In a move reminiscent of the film ET, TREATS owner Amy Salko Robertson and John Robertson have hung the bike from the shop’s ceiling so that it appears to be flying over the patrons.

For every $50 donated to Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) by April 14, each donor will be entered in a drawing to win the bike, valued at more than $2,700 including tax. Donors can give at SMMEF.org or visit TREATS at 17th and Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica to see the bike and donate in person. The drawing to pick the lucky winner will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m. at TREATS. Winners need not be present. Wittels of Pedego is pleased with the response so far. “We’re thrilled to contribute to such an important organization in our community,” she said. “And we’re gratified knowing that people who love our schools are also excited about an opportunity to win one of our bikes.” Other prizes will include gift certificates for free electric bike rentals and frozen yogurt.

Established in 1982 by a dedicated group of parents, community leaders, and local business owners, SMMEF’s mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica and Malibu public schools. Because of their success in helping children, they’ve become Salko Robertson ‘s favorite charity — one she deems deserving of the proceeds from the drawing. “PEDEGO was inspired by TREATS’ commitment to our community and in turn made this incredibly generous donation to benefit the charity of our choice,” Salko Robertson said. “And, of course, we chose SMMEF for the wonderful work they do for all of our local kids and families.”

SMMEF Executive Director Linda Greenberg is elated about this promotion. “The Pedego and TREATS collaboration has been a tremendous way to encourage our community to donate to SMMEF,” she said. “All donations will directly impact children in the Santa Monica-Malibu public schools by funding additional staff, arts education, and a variety of innovative programs, including science and technology instruction. We are so thankful to Pedego, TREATS and all the donors for supporting our children!” 

This event benefits adults as well. When people see Pedego bikes, they usually want to try one. To help, Pedego Santa Monica is offering free test rides at their showroom. “While supplies last, we’ll even give a free sports watch to test riders who come to us from TREATS,” said Wittels. “Test ride vouchers are available at TREATS … or just come in and say TREATS. It’s all for the support of our local schools.”

About Pedego Santa Monica
Also known as “Pedal … or Not,” Pedego Santa Monica moved to their current location in 2013. Their showroom is located at
214 Pier Avenue (just off Main Street), a few blocks from Santa Monica’s 26-mile-long beach bike path. Now Pedego Santa Monica helps locals leave their cars behind while enjoying exercise disguised as fun on Pedego electric bikes. As Pedal … or Not, they provide top-rated Pedego electric bike tours, drawing visitors to their much-loved city from as far away as Zimbabwe. Pedego Santa Monica is open 7 days per week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details on sales and tours, please email info@pedalornot.net or call 310-917-1111. Visit www.pedegosantamonica.com and www.pedalornot.net  for more information.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.