London sales of bikes and skates soar
3 August 2012 15:25
Londoners are buying wheels of all kinds to get around the city during the busy Olympics, with sales of skateboards, in-line skates and electric bikes up 100% and more over last year, a retailer reports.
Amazon.co.uk said sales in London of skateboards were 167% up from the same time in 2011, while rollerblades were 140% higher and scooters were up 36%.
While mountain bike sales in London have risen 42% over 2011, electric bike sales have spiked by 100%.
"It appears that Londoners are looking for creative and active ways to get around the capital during this busy few weeks", said Julian Monaghan, the website's sports and outdoors manager, adding: "It's a great time to try alternative ways of travelling to work or out in the city and perhaps many who give it a go at this point will continue to enjoy it long after the summer of sport."
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