Last week’s devastating Hurricane Sandy caused havoc in the USA with millions affected, including bicycle retailers.
The after effects in cities like New York have left many getting around the city by bike, with fuel shortages and parts of the public transport system out of action.
Bicycle Retailer reports that Bicycle Habitat, like many residents and businesses, was left without electricity, leaving employees to override metal security doors to open the store for repairs. In East Village NYC Velo also opened despite having no power, providing services and advice for commuters less used to cycling. There’s more on that on BRAIN here. Meanwhile, Bicycle Habitat – with a store in Brooklyn and Manhattan – branded the situation apocalyptic (more here).
The Huffington Post also noted that bike shops were kitting out commuters with bikes as workers attempted to get around New York, with Manhattan’s Toga Bikes seeing business and foot traffic double since the hurricane.
One bike shop – Prospect Height’s Brooklyn Bike and Board – said that it was busier in the aftermath of the hurricane than in summer, according to DNAinfo.com.