Metro Atlanta drivers turn to electric bikes to avoid paying record gas prices

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Gas prices in Georgia hit a record $4.43 for a gallon of regular on Friday, according to Triple A. The high prices are why some people are seeking out alternate modes of transportation, like electric bikes.

Channel 2′s Tom Jones spoke to Isaiah Flowers in Brookhaven as he rode his electric bike. Flowers marveled at the gas prices as he passed people filling up their cars.

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“4.59. Good Lord,” said Flowers as he rode past a Shell gas station on Briarcliff Road. “Oooh. the prices are high. Higher than an Atlanta Hawk.”

Flowers takes a pass when it comes to paying for gas thanks to his battery powered electric bike. He rides it 9 miles to and from work.

“You know I just look at the numbers and keep track of it. I’m like I don’t have to deal with that,” said Flowers.

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Montrae Waiters with Triple A says these high prices will likely be around for a while because of supply and demand.

Caroline Hunger with ElectroBike in Brookhaven told Jones customers often mention the high gas prices. “And so I have plenty of customers who are like I commute to work 5 miles. Why do I drive,” Hunger said.

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She told Jones some peddle assist bikes can travel 25 to 45 miles on a charge while others can reach 60 to 100 miles.

Flowers loves not feeling the pain at the pump. But he admits it pains him to see others paying so much. “I feel sorry for them,” Flowers said.

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