More biking in Michigan leads to more bike shops

Michigan’s bike ridership is going up at a triple digit rate, and a national bike chain is pedaling after them.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, the percentage of bicycling commuters increased by 126% percent between 2005 and 2009.

Performance Bicycle, a North Carolina-based bike and apparel retailer and service provider, opened two metro Detroit locations last month, one in Novi and one in Bloomfield Hills and a third in Ann Arbor in May.

The company has 100 stores and is adding 11 more locations this year. The Michigan market was appealing because of the growth in biking commuters as well as a system of bike trails that are coming together in metro Detroit and statewide.

Source: Performance Bike
Writer: Kim North Shine