Fears of a fuel strike have heightened tensions on the nation’s forecourts and precipitated a panic buying splurge that has created its own shortage situation at the pumps. So is this the final straw for many long-suffering motorists?
Perhaps, as a further upshot of the petrol panic, has been a surge in cycle sales – prompted no doubt by the prospect of queues on forecourts versus the hassle and cost free cycle commute and travel about town option – especially as the threat of strike has coincided with this year’s first summery weather.
Evans Cycles, the UK’s No 1 cycle retailer, reports a week on week increase of 57% for sales of its hybrid bike models, favoured by urban cyclists and commuters (sales from all stores - week ending Friday 23rd March versus week ending Friday 30th March). Last week was also the retailer’s busiest of the year for Ride2Work vouchers being issued, with sales of Ride2Work scheme bikes up 10% year on year.
According to Ben Hart , Evans Cycles Director of Marketing and eCommerce, “Concern about a fuel strike definitely seems to have pushed the cycle option back into people’s minds and a spell of sunshine has helped make this option even more desirable. It might feel daunting to leave the steering wheel behind in exchange for handle bars but getting around by bike can often be an efficient and enjoyable way of getting around while keeping fit. If you would like any help on getting your bike ready or any advice we are here to help. ”
About Evans Cycles
Evans Cycles is the UK’s largest quality cycle retailer selling road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes, as well as cycling clothing and
accessories. Founded in 1921 Evans Cycles operates stores nationwide along with their ecommerce website www.evanscycles.com – where you’ll find the best product from the world’s leading cycling brands including Specialized, Trek, Gore Bike Wear and more.
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