INCREASING numbers of Clarence Valley residents are turning to pedal power over petrol power as their preferred method of transport.
In keeping with a nationwide trend away from the car, bicycle shops are reporting sales hikes of up to 30 per cent in the past 12 months.
At Grafton City Cycles, Sue Webber said sales in November, December and January were up by about a third over the same period a year before.
“This is across all types of bikes from BMX, mountain bikes, kids' bikes and comfort bikes” she said.
At Maclean Bicycle Centre, Simon Willmore has been kept busy repairing old bikes his customers have dragged out of retirement.
“We're seeing a lot of people bringing in their good, old bikes that have been lying in sheds for years,” he said.
Steve Pilley, from Yamba Squash and Cycle Centre, has noted a trend toward the 'comfort bike'- bicycles with higher handlebars and softer saddles.
“For a lot of older people getting back into cycling these bikes make riding a real pleasure,” he said.