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Bike and scooter sales strong amid changing gas prices

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Gas prices have been on a roller coaster lately, leaving many of us sick to our stomachs.

That's one reason why bike shop owners say they're seeing more people turn to two wheels instead of four.

The owner of Markee's Cycling Center in Kennewick says he sees a new face coming into his shop every day, interested in getting a bike.

Jerry Markee says bike maintenance can run up to $100 dollars for a year, compared to hundreds or even thousands for a car.

He adds that people on fixed incomes have become a new source of business for his store,"it's still a pretty good chunk of your paycheck every week if you have to out gas in your car to drive to work," explains Jerry Markee.

People like Dajuan Recknagle rides a scooter instead of a bike, which her husband has. She says they have saved hundreds of dollars with the switch, but adds that on hot days like, the A/C that you can only get in a car, can be pretty tempting, "it's just less money and the more I can save, the more I can do with it," says Recknagle.

Markee says prices for his bikes range from $500.00 to $2,500.00.