News : Celebrate Bike to Work Week with EZ Bikes and Scooters

May 15, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By John Brescia

EXETER – The heat and sunlight are on the rise, but so are the gas prices. It’s a simple equation of supply and demand: greater gas consumption creates higher gas prices. But in this month there is a solution to alleviate the burden of increasing gas prices. May is National Bike Month, a time meant to encourage commuters to embrace the mild weather in order to utilize bicycles and other forms of cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to and from work and other nearby locations.

This week also happens to mark Bike to Work week; over half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of where they work, making a biking a viable mode of transportation. However, 51 percent of Americans say they never ride bikes. In fact, 12 percent of the population living in the northeast say they don’t even know how to ride bikes.

But Tom and Teresa Hemenway want to change those numbers. This husband and wife duo are the owners of EZ Bikes and Scooters, an Exeter-based business that sells electric bikes and scooters. Before opening EZ Bikes, the Hemenways ran Autosounds of NH, an auto electronics company. They were inspired to expand into bike sales shortly after discovered he had diabetes in 2009. He said the disease was due to his inactivity and poor diet. Tom’s complacency about his health was so extensive that his physician dropped him as a patient, causing Tom to realize he needed to alter his course in life. So he stopped smoking, quit drinking, and improved his diet. But after trying and failing to exercise on his son’s 21-speed bike, Tom noted how difficult it would be for an inactive person to suddenly begin an active lifestyle.

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