Looking for a bike or kayak? They’re in high demand as Pa. residents turn to outdoor recreation

July 13, 2020 Centre Daily Times
PEC in the News

Athletes looking to stay in shape, those with trepidation of public spaces or transit, and Pennsylvanians who are simply tired of being cooped up during the coronavirus pandemic are turning to outdoor recreation in record numbers.

Bicycle sales in the Keystone State are up more than 120% in the past several months, while kayak sales are up about 85% over the same period of time, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Dunn and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council gathered to tout the increases last week at Organic Climbing — a Rush Township-based business that produces handmade bouldering crash pads, backpacks, clothes and tote bags for rock climbers.

The PEC, an organization that pushes to find “real-world solutions for environmental challenges,” published a study in June that found some trails saw a 100% to 200% increase in usage.

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