An electric bike retailer is moving into the Oak Cliff Mercantile building in Bishop Arts.
Small Planet E Bikes is expected to open in a few weeks, with a grand opening set for March 29.
Owner Tom Wilson opened his first shop in Longmont, Colo., about five years ago and then a second in New Castle, Colo., but he is from Oak Cliff and graduated from Adamson High School.
“I grew up at 900 N. Bishop,” he says. “It’s still there, and it’s one of the prettiest houses in the neighborhood, in my opinion.”
An electric bike has a battery-powered motor, so the rider can pedal or switch over to the motor, which can go about 20 miles per hour.
Wilson says he started his company because he’s “kind of a tree hugger” and he thinks electronic bikes are “the best alternative to automobiles.”
“Oak Cliff has become a real bike-friendly neighborhood, so hopefully things will work out,” Wilson says.