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/.

 

 

 

Pedego Electric Bikes Opens Five Stores in Florida, Denver, Oregon and California

Prominent electric bicycle company celebrates a strong holiday season

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 9, 2015 — Industry leader Pedego® Electric Bikes has recently claimed even more U.S. territory with the opening of five new stores in time for the holidays. The Irvine-based company, maker of Pedego Comfort Cruisers, City Commuters, Ridge Riders and a host of other popular electric bike models, recently zoomed into Delray Beach, Fla.; Southlands (Denver), Colo.; Bend, Ore.; Portland, Ore.; and Redding, Calif.  These five new stores bump Pedego-branded stores up to more than 75.  Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries.

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With each new store, a region has cheered their arrival as communities across the country vie for a Pedego dealership in their own towns. “Communities love us,” said Pedego CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “They see Pedego Electric Bikes as an opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy a healthy activity, escape their cars, lessen traffic, build relationships with family and friends, and just plain have fun enjoying the scenery.” The five new locations are just the most recent example of Pedego’s success. Pedego is now the leading electric bike company, dominating the industry with its small-business model of Pedego-branded stores, creating entrepreneurs in towns across the United States.

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Three of the shops — Pedego Delray, Pedego Southlands and Pedego Portland — followed the typical pattern of starting up as Pedego-branded stores. However, two of the locations revamped their existing bicycle stores to include Pedego stores:  Pedego Bend, in association with Let It Ride, in Bend, Oregon; and Pedego Redding, in association with Cyclopedia, in Redding, Calif.

In addition to selling Pedego electric bikes, most Pedego stores also offer rentals and group rides.  For more information and to find a Pedego store near you, visit www.pedegoelectricbikes.com.  For information on opening your own Pedego store, visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/own-a-store/.

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/.

 

 

 

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Pedego Electric Bikes Ranks Number 1,836 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 Annual List of America’s Fastest-growing Private Companies

Pedego Electric Bikes Ranks Number 1,836 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 Annual List of America’s Fastest-growing Private Companies in Recognition of its Exponential Sales Growth

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2015Pedego® Electric Bikes is pleased to announced that it has been ranked Number 1,836 on Inc. magazine’s 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Pedego Electric Bikes grew 217 percent over the three-year period of 2011–2014.  Companies including Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

“Pedego Electric Bikes is the fastest growing electric bike company in the world,” said Don DiCostanzo, co-founder and CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes.  “We attribute our company’s amazing growth to the design excellence and unmatched quality of our bicycles, exceptional customer service and unparalleled brand loyalty among our thousands of customers and the 800 stores in 40 countries that sell Pedego Electric Bikes.”

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “The average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 21 through 23, 2015 in Orlando.

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/.

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The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.