You lose a bike, you get a bike.
Recently, Harrisburg lost its three-year-old bicycle-sharing program, but it’s now poised to gain another two-wheel operation—an electric bike shop.
In early September, city resident Andrew Soisson plans to open Pedego Harrisburg, a local dealership of the Irvine, Calif.-based Pedego Electric Bikes. He, along with his parents, will open in the 3rd Street retail space in Strawberry Square last occupied by the Provisions grocery store.
“My parent were the inspiration for this,” Soisson explained. “They traveled to France and got into electric biking there.”
Pedego is the largest electric bike retailer in the United States with more than 125 stores in the country and more worldwide. It also manufactures its bikes.
According to Soisson, Pedego bikes come in two basic formats, one that also can be used as a regular pedal bike and one that is exclusively motorized. Pedego’s e-bike line consists of 18 different styles that come in a variety of colors.
The bicycles, which can travel at speeds up to 20 mph, recharge through a standard wall outlet, Soisson said.
Soisson said he selected Harrisburg, and, specifically Strawberry Square, for its central location in the metropolitan area, in addition to its proximity to bike routes and the Capital Area Greenbelt.
“This is a tremendous new business for downtown Harrisburg,” said Brad Jones, president and CEO of Harristown Enterprises, which owns Strawberry Square. “Electric bikes are exploding in popularity nationwide, and this location in Strawberry Square is ideally suited for this use.”
This will be the first Pedego retailer in Pennsylvania, Soisson said. The next-closest locations are in Maryland and Virginia, he said.
“We’re excited to be here in Harrisburg,” he said. “We think there’s a niche in this market, a gap in this market, that we want to fill.”
In addition to bike sales, the shop will rent out bikes, give bike tours and have a repair and maintenance component.
Soisson, who’s also a realtor, said he planned to spend most of his work time in the new store.
“I’ve been looking for something to do with my parents,” he said. “The timing was just right.”
To learn more about Pedego Electric Bikes, visit their website.