I swung by two Tacoma bicycle shops to see if there has been a spike in sales from people deciding to commute to work on bike.
Here’s an early verdict: It hasn’t been a boom, but it’s a noticeable increase.
"People come in and tell us, ‘I am selling my car and going to just a bike,’ " said Alex Warren, the service department manager at Rainier Cycle Sports. "It happens probably once a week. It’s happening. It’s not huge, but it’s definitely happening."
Most of the customers who purchase bikes for commuting are in the early- to mid-20s, he said.
Business is also up at Old Town Bicycle, assistant manager Ryan Harris said. Part can be attributed to the end of the rainy season – a natural time for many to purchase or upgrade bikes – but a significant number want to ride to work.
"I’ve heard lots of people throw around the word “commuter,’” he said.