New Pedego Electric Bikes Store Sails Into Newport, Rhode Island

May 15, 2018

Pedego Newport adds special energy to lively resort town with powerful electric bikes that zoom riders to fun destinations

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 15, 2018 — A new Pedego® Electric Bikes store has opened in Newport County, R.I., offering the nation’s Number 1 electric bike brand. Pedego Newport is owned by Mark DeStefano, who also owns Pedego Rhode Island in Bristol. He is expanding to Newport in response to the growing demand for high-quality Pedego electric bikes in the region. Newport’s active tourism industry and miles of scenic bike routes make it a perfect Pedego location for electric bike rentals. Pedego Newport is the 121st Pedego store worldwide.


WHAT:           Grand-opening Celebration and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
Valet Parking, Live Entertainment, Catered Refreshments With Champagne

WHERE:         62 Wave Ave, Middletown, RI 02842

WHEN:           Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

WHO:              Store Owner Mark DeStefano
Kate Grotteberg and Lori Burke,Newport RI Chamber of Commerce Members
Dave Mann and Bari Freeman, executive directors of Bike Newport RI

Mark DeStefano, owner of Pedego Newport, meets the growing demand for high-quality electric bikes in the region.

DeStefano, an avid sailor and private pilot, has always enjoyed exhilarating recreation and says Pedego bikes are his greatest adventure. “Five years ago, a friend of mine asked me to go along on a Pedego ride. I loved the experience so much, we both agreed that I should open a Pedego store,” he said. “It’s been a thrill ride ever since.”

Pedego stores are known for having a playful atmosphere and friendly service that appeals to visitors and locals alike. DeStefano and former wife Diane DeStefano operate the Pedego Newport store. DeStefano’s longtime friend, Dan Higgins, manages the original Pedego Rhode Island store in Bristol.

Pedego Newport offers Pedego electric bikes sales, rentals and service. The store will be open daily during the spring, summer and fall months so that riders can enjoy the warm-weather activities and destinations. Rentals of Pedego Comfort Cruisers and Boomerangs are available. Comfort Cruisers are a California beach cruiser style, and Boomerangs are the accessibility model with an ultra-low step-thru design. Pedego rentals can take riders down Bellevue Avenue with a scenic view of the famous mansions. They can ride along the ocean, around Brenton Point and Newport harbor, to name just a few wonderful rides.  All 15 Pedego models are available for sale.

“With Mark DeStefano at the helm, the Rhode Island Pedego community is growing fast,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “Pedego Newport provides the perfect way to see all the fabulous sites in the region.”

About Pedego Newport

Pedego Newport is the region’s premier outlet for Pedego Electric Bikes where customers can enjoy sales and rentals of Pedego electric bikes. Located near scenic seaside bike routes at 62 Wave Ave, Middletown, RI 02842, Pedego Newport is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during spring and summer months. Customers enjoy flexible rentals of hourly or daily duration. When in Bristol, visit their other location at 227 Thames St, Bristol, RI 02809. For more information and to reserve a free test ride, call (401) 675-2000. Or visit for more information.

About Pedego

Pedego®  Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Sold at more than 120 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego electric bikes have 250- to 500-watt motors that empower riders to conquer hills and breeze through headwinds, cruising distances up to 60 miles on a single battery charge. The twist-and-go throttle gives riders instant manual control over their speeds while Pedal Assist automatically adds power to their pedaling. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego’s high-quality, innovative “pedal or not” models include cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Pedego electric bikes deliver fun, exercise and a green alternative for transportation — transforming lives with fun and delight.  Free test rides are available at every Pedego store. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”


Teri Sawyer, T&Co.
[email protected]

Michele Kennedy, T&Co.
[email protected]