Pedego Electric Bikes Expanding With More East Coast Stores

Ryan Maccione to captain new East Coast division of dealer development team

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 24, 2016 — Fueled by the passion that customers feel for their Pedego® electric bikes, Number 1-ranked electric bike brand* Pedego Electric Bikes is expanding its growth into the East Coast with the appointment of dealer development specialist Ryan Maccione. Pedego plans to grow to 200 stores by the end of 2017 and 500 stores by 2020. Pedego is the fastest-growing electric bike brand. It grew an average of 46 percent annually from 2012 to 2015 and currently has 85 branded stores, more than any other electric bike brand.

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Ryan Maccione brings a wealth of dealership expansion experience to Pedego Electric Bikes.

Heading up Pedego’s East Coast expansion team, Maccione is charged with delivering on the company’s initiative to open dozens of new Pedego stores along the Eastern seaboard. He is also responsible for guiding existing dealers toward their maximum potential. Pedego currently has 40 stores along the East Coast.

Pedego CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo is pleased to add Maccione to the Pedego’s dedicated team.  “Our dealers are devoted to providing Pedego bikes to a high-demand market all over the country. Ryan will provide East Coast support that makes owning a Pedego store in the East even more fun than before,” said DiCostanzo.

Maccione comes to Pedego with a solid pedigree in the two-wheeled world. He brings 18 years of sales and marketing experience where his primary expertise has been in dealer development, sales, marketing, management and business development.  For nearly a decade, he ran the Sales and Finance departments for Bridgeport Harley-Davidson, Connecticut’s largest motorcycle dealership. He also owned a successful Segway dealership and was a brand manager for another electric bike company. His strong experience in the field will help East Coast Pedego dealers achieve their goals.

Ryan Maccione brings a wealth of dealership expansion experience to Pedego Electric Bikes.

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 85 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!”

*Pedego was named the #1 electric bike brand by Navigant Research. Click here for Navigant’s overview on Pedego and an executive summary of the report.

Pedego Electric Bikes Opens Its First Store in Connecticut; Pedego SoNo Is Pedego’s 86th Store Worldwide

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening celebrates Pedego’s first store in Connecticut

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 24, 2016 — Fun is rolling into South Norwalk (SoNo) with the opening of the first Pedego® Electric Bikes store in Connecticut, which is Pedego’s 86th store worldwide. Owners Mike and Jen Heslin will host Pedego SoNo’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting featuring appearances by local VIPs on Friday, Sept. 1, with celebrations continuing into Labor Day Weekend. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited.

“Pedego bikes make me want to ride everywhere, every day!” said Mike. “It makes me feel like a kid again.” The Heslins, who discovered Pedego while on vacation, are excited to share the pleasure of these chic, powerful electric bikes with SoNo residents and visitors.

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The Grand Opening festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, prizes, refreshments, an electric bike group ride, free test rides, rental discounts and more.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN THE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

WHAT:         Grand Opening Celebration kicks off with ribbon-cutting hosting local VIPs including Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling

WHERE:       Pedego SoNo, 50 Water Street in South Norwalk

WHEN:         Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting at 2:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 and 3, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., free test rides, free group ride, raffle and refreshments

WHO:           Mike and Jen Heslin, co-owners of Pedego SoNo, and Cassidy Castleman of Pedego Corp.

With cruisers, commuters, mountain bikes, folding bikes and even a fat-tire bike that glides through snow, Pedego SoNo is sure to delight the community,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo.

About Pedego SoNo

Pedego South Norwalk (SoNo) is the region’s premier dealer in Pedego electric bikes. With their whisper-quiet motors and powerful lithium ion batteries, Pedego bikes help riders zoom along as they explore waterfront roadways, picturesque winding routes north of the shoreline, and everything in between. Located at 50 Water Street in South Norwalk, Conn., Pedego SoNo provides test rides and sales of Pedego electric bikes. Hours are 10 a.m. –6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday; closed on Monday. Call 203-354-9333 or email info@pedegosono.com to arrange a free test ride and to learn more about how these bikes can help you feel like a kid again. One ride and you’ll be saying, “Hello, fun!”

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 86 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!”

 

 

Pedego Named #1 Electric Bike Brand by Navigant Research

Pedego was named the number one brand sold in the United States and the second largest unit seller in the United States, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

According to Navigant, electric bicycles are the highest selling electric vehicle on the planet, with nearly 35 million unit sales forecast worldwide for 2016. In North America, electric bikes are hitting the big-time with 152,000 units expected to be sold in 2016.

Click here for Navigant’s overview on Pedego and an executive summary of the report.

Pedego Denver-Downtown Opens With Mile-high Fun Fifth Pedego Electric Bikes Store in Colorado

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 23, 2016 — One of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation just made a new friend, as Pedego® Electric Bikes Denver-Downtown opens its doors. Co-owners Terry and Jean Gehrke are excited to be bringing world-class Pedego Electric Bikes to the Downtown area. To celebrate, the couple is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration on Tues., June 28, and the public is invited to attend.

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Pedego electric bikes have proven so popular in Colorado that Pedego Denver-Downtown is the fifth store in Colorado. The Gehrkes also own the Pedego Denver-North store, located at 7100 Broadway in Denver. There are also Pedego stores in Aurora, Breckenridge and Vail.

“Denver residents and visitors alike can enjoy our hundreds of miles of dedicated bike paths and marked bike lanes thanks to powerful Pedego electric bikes,” Terry Gehrke said. “The whisper-quiet electric motors help riders soar up hills and slice through headwinds.”

The new Pedego store is only two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center and right in the heart of the hotel district. “From Pedego Denver-Downtown’s location, tourists can easily rent electric bikes or take guided tours to see the sites, and their stay in Denver becomes absolutely spectacular as they zip around town,” said Jean Gehrke.

The Grand Opening Celebration will be attended by local dignitaries from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, executives from California-based Pedego Electric Bikes and members of the media. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. Attendees will also receive “rent one, get one free” certificates to use at a later time.  RSVPs are required by Friday, June 24. Call Jean at 303-222-0009.

MEDIA MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

WHAT:           Grand Opening Celebration with ribbon-cutting, free test rides and refreshments

WHERE:         Pedego Denver-Downtown Electric Bike Tours, Rentals and Sales
1338 Tremont Place, Denver, CO 80204 Phone: 303-222-0009

WHEN:           June 28th, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHO:              Pedego Denver-Downtown owners Terry and Jean Gehrke and Cassidy Castleman of Pedego Corp.

CELEBRATION SCHEDULE:

9:00 a.m.         Open House & Free Test Rides

11:00 a.m.       Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening Party and Cake

12:00 p.m.      Pedego Free Fun Ride and Food Truck Tour — Civic Center Eats

2:00 p.m.        Ride returns to Pedego Denver-Downtown

RSVPs are required by Friday, June 24. Call Jean at 303-222-0009.

Pedego Denver-Downtown offers free test rides as well as sales, rentals and tours. Those interested in tours may select between guided and self-guided options that make a Pedego ride extra fun. For riders who prefer to explore on their own, Pedego Denver-Downtown offers rentals by the hour (2-hour minimum), half day or full day, with 2-hour rentals beginning at $49. Rentals and self-guided tours are available immediately with guided tours available beginning in July.

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of the fifth Pedego store in Colorado. Pedego’s electric cruisers, commuters, mountain bikes, folding bikes and fat-tire bikes are going to prove extremely fun and functional for our friends in Colorado,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo.

About Pedego Denver-Downtown

Pedego Denver-Downtown is the region’s premier dealer in Pedego electric bikes. With their whisper-quiet motors and powerful lithium ion batteries, Pedego bikes flatten hills and make headwinds a breeze, so riders can enjoy more miles and reach destinations with a smile. Pedego Denver-Downtown is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located in the heart of downtown Denver, between 13th & 14th at 1338 Tremont Place. Pedego Denver-Downtown provides test rides as well as rentals and tours on Pedego electric bikes. Rentals start at $49 for 2 hours, with $20/hour thereafter, for standard Pedego Comfort Cruisers. Premium models, such as Interceptors and City Commuters, can be rented for only $59 for 2 hours, $20/hour thereafter. The store also offers sales of Pedego electric bikes. Call 303-222-0009 to arrange a free test ride. Visit PedegoDenver.com or email info@PedegoDenver.com to learn more about these amazing bicycles and Pedego Denver’s new Downtown location. One ride and you’ll be saying, “Hello, fun!”

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/.

 

 

California’s Electric Bike Law Affirms Pedego Bikes as Legal

Assembly Bill #1096, now signed into law, takes effect Jan. 1, 2016, clarifying that Pedego electric bikes are permissible on bike paths.

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 28, 2015 — Winning exceptional bipartisan support, California’s new Electric Bicycle Bill #1096 has been signed into law, clarifying that Pedego electric bikes are permissible on California’s bike paths.  Resulting from a coordinated campaign that united PeopleForBikes, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) and the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike), California’s new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2016, and confirms that electric bikes will be regulated similar to conventional bicycles. The Electric Bike Law creates a model for other states to follow as they clarify their own rules.

Until now, California’s regulations were vague — not clearly following all the Federal rules that allow electric bicycles on the bike paths. The Federal government left it up to individual states to choose whether to follow those guidelines. This has led to some confusion among retailers and riders in several states, especially the Golden State, where there’s a high demand for electric bikes. Under this new law, California clarifies its rules by designating three types of legal electric bicycles, with Pedego electric bikes assigned the Type 2 distinction because they have a throttle and a motor that is governed to a top assisted speed of 20 miles per hour. As legally recognized Type 2 electric bicycles, Pedego electric bikes are now officially welcome on essentially all bicycle paths and lanes in the state.

State Lawmakers believe this law will benefit the electric biking community and encourage the proliferation of this powerful alternative form of transportation to ease California’s struggles with greenhouse gas emissions and gridlock. Assembly member Matthew Harper of the 74th District is pleased at the success of the bill he co-authored. “This opens up the bike paths officially to riders who might not have been able to enjoy cycling in the past,” he said. “We’re overjoyed to see California take this step toward equal access for all bicycle riders, electric or not.”

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“We went to Matthew Harper, our local State Assembly member, to discuss the conflict between state/local laws and national laws regarding the use of electric bikes on bike paths,” said Don DiCostanco, CEO, Pedego Electric Bikes. “Matthew helped us get legislation passed in Sacramento that clarifies that electric bikes are permissible on California’s bike paths.”

As Type 2 designated bicycles, Pedego electric bikes are now officially allowed on all existing bicycle infrastructure. The four types of conventional-bicycle paths include:

  • Class 1 Bike Paths: Paved bicycle paths removed from streets and traffic.
  • Class 2 Bike Lanes: Delineated bike lanes on paved streets.
  • Class 3 Bike Routes: Recommended bicycle routes on certain streets, sometimes offering enhanced safety and signal features.
  • Class 4 Protected Lanes: Also called “cycle tracks,” barrier-protected bikeways providing safe passage on higher-speed roads and highways.

Per law as of Jan. 1, 2017, Pedego bikes will be required to have a specific type of permanently affixed sticker that clearly shows their designation as Type 2. Irvine-based Pedego Electric Bikes has already created the stickers and is offering them free of cost to existing Pedego owners. California residents who own Pedego bikes are encouraged to visit their local dealers to receive a free sticker for each of their bikes.

“We consider this a big win for electric bikes and for our Pedego owners in particular,” noted DiCostanzo.  “Pedego riders can rest assured that they’re welcome on California bike paths and can continue to enjoy the fun, exercise and ability to commute on California’s thousands of miles of bike paths.”

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/.