Pedal Power More Popular Than Ever

By Megan Trent

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 22, 2010 at 11:48 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - New trails, additional bike lanes, and more signs posted around town - all indications more people are getting out... and getting on their bikes. And for at least one local bike shop, that means business is booming.

"It's good exercise and it's really fun to do," says six year old Lorelei Colby.

"Couple times. Maybe about every weekend," adds her seven year old brother Dominic Colby.

They're talking about bicycling, and they aren't the only ones riding around Fort Wayne on two wheels.

"I think it's something we're doing more now. Taking advantage of the trails. It's an easy way to get around town," says a local cyclist who stopped by Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot to get the brakes fixed on his son's bike.

"I've definitely seen a trend of more people on bikes. Even just in my circle of friends. We've gone out together more on our bikes. And also in the community as well I've seen a lot more people too," says Outfitters employee Hilary Powers.

The owner of the bike shop, Tim Hall, has noticed an increase in riders too. "It's definitely become a more accepted mode of transportation which obviously translates into people needing more bikes and it's been great for business," he says.

And with more bike sales and rentals, Hall hopes it's a trend that will stick around. "Every year it's grown for us. This year is huge over last year. So the trend is definitely up."

So, there are more cyclists out there... but why?

"It's good exercise for the family. Helps keep the family together. Helps with a little bit of family bonding," says Kevin Colby as he smiles down at his two young children, Dominic and Lorelei.

"There's a bunch of Fort Wayne I've never seen before and I get to see that with my bike," says Fort Wayne teen Quinn-Michael L'heureux. "When I'm in the car everything is going so fast that I don't really get to see it, but when you're on a bike you get to really relish the things you see around you."

"I think it's a little bit of what's going on right now with the green movement. Obviously bikes are green and with the economy and everything, you save on gas," says Powers.

"Adding to the bike lanes, and signage, and just continued awareness has helped tremendously," says Hall.

Around town or on the trails... maybe you'll be the next to jump on the bike riding bandwagon.

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