Jeff Scanlan opens Pedego e-bike store in downtown Menlo Park

through Linda hubbard February 24, 2021

In what was once a real estate office are now two rooms filled with shiny e-bikes of one type or another. The brand – and the name of the store – is Pedego, which Jeff Scanlan opened about a month before Christmas.

Although Jeff has been a cyclist his entire life, he is new to both a business owner and a trader. Previously, he held managerial positions in the private and not-for-profit sector. “I actually started in politics, he told us. “I worked for SI Hayakawa during his tenure in the Senate from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.”

Jeff lived on the peninsula for 30 years and thought Menlo Park would be a great place for an e-bike shop.

“Pedego has built its brand around the baby boomer market,” he said. “These are people who rode bikes in the past, but maybe need a little help now.”

Electric bikes sell for around $ 1,700 to $ 5,500 with the popular cruiser style in the mid-range price. Pedego bikes – cruiser and all-terrain – are available for hire with prices starting at $ 25 an hour for the cruiser and $ 35 for the Fat Tire off-road.

Jeff works hard to promote the store and is encouraged by the growing popularity of e-bikes, including support at the federal level.

On February 9, U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) and Congressional Bike Caucus Chairman Earl Blumenauer introduced the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act to provide credit for 30% tax on consumers who buy an electric bicycle. bike.

“Electric bikes are not just a fad for the privileged few. It is a legitimate and convenient form of transportation that can help reduce our carbon emissions, ”Congressman Panetta said in a statement. “My legislation will make it easier for more people at all socio-economic levels to own e-bikes and help reduce our carbon output. By encouraging the use of e-bikes to replace car trips through a consumer tax credit, we can not only encourage more Americans to switch to greener modes of transportation, but also help fight it. the climate crisis.

Jeff admits there is a downside to starting his retail business – he doesn’t ride as much as he used to!

Pedego, located at 807 Santa Cruz Avenue, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2021

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