It took nine and a half months, but this year’s Menlo Park Mayor Drew Combs finally got his first chance to enjoy one of the title’s perks: cutting ribbons to celebrate the inauguration of new businesses in town. .
This grand opening, held on the afternoon of September 17, was to celebrate Pedego, an electric bike store in downtown Menlo Park at 807 Santa Cruz Ave. The store sells, rents and services electric bikes, also known as electric bikes, and has been running quietly in town for months already.
“It speaks to the reality of being mayor during the pandemic,” said Combs, of the fact that there haven’t been many new business openings to celebrate at Menlo Park this year. “It’s great to be here to support a new business here.”
Menlo Park economic development consultant Angela Tsui said Pedego is one of the few new businesses in Menlo Park, with more coming soon.
“I’m thrilled to have such a new downtown business that encourages mobility,” she said.
The owner of the new store, Jeff Scanlan, is a resident of Half Moon Bay and a longtime cyclist. He is also a former nonprofit executive who recently worked as the executive director of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
After experiencing some of the changes that hit nonprofits during the pandemic, he said, he wanted to try something different.
That something became a mission to bring an e-bike shop to Menlo Park. He aimed to start a business on the peninsula, his home for 25 years, while combining his leadership experiences with his passion for cycling.
He said he chose to focus on e-bikes because the industry is exploding with growth and the demand for e-bikes is growing faster than for traditional bikes. Menlo Park is also a good location for a store because of its bike paths and proximity to the Portola Valley and Woodside bike paths, he added.
Pedego CEO Don Dicostanzo is on tour to host ribbon cuts and customer appreciation parties at stores across the United States, and welcomed event attendees to Menlo Park on September 17. . E-bikes can help people, especially those who currently don’t like to cycle. – rediscover the pleasure of cycling, he says.
E-bikes can also be a unique compromise in a community where cycling is often touted as an environmentally friendly way to get around town versus driving. With an electric bike, people can get to where they need to go without the traditional biking inconveniences like showing up to work in a sweat, said Fran Dehn, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce.
“This is the perfect opportunity to get your car off the road,” she said.
“(Pedego) looks at how Menlo Park sees itself as a multimodal city,” Combs added.
Pedego is open Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only, Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Electric bike rental rates start at $ 25 an hour. Go to the company website here for more information.