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Cape Island Bikes Donates Electric Bike to CMPD

John Cooke

Cape Island Bikes Donates Electric bike

CAPE MAY, NJ – Tom Roth, the owner of Cape Island Bikes, has been a longtime resident of Cape May City with a lineage dating back for well more than 100 years. According to Roth, “the Cape May Police Department, the Fire Department, the government, the administrators, all of Cape May, have been great to us”, which is why he and his wife, Anita, chose to donate an electric bike to the CMPD. “They have been very helpful to us in dozens of circumstances, so being in the business, not only in the electric bike rental business, but I’m also in the wholesale end of the business, it made sense for me to give back a little bit to the town that I love so much.”

Roth donated a Haven Power Flow Step Over, a great option for electrifying rides. Assisted booth system with throttle has a max speed of 20 MPH and a range of 40+ miles depending on the terrain, riding conditions, and size of rider. Joe Volpe, Manager at Cape Island Bikes, was available to provide a riding lesson to Chief Dekon Fashaw and the Cape May City Bike Patrol.

“Tom has been gracious enough to give us that bike this year and we appreciate all of that”, said Fashaw. “Tom is a Cape May hero. This will go great against our fight to learn about the electric bikes and to help enforce electric bike use in Cape May.”

The use of electric bikes and electric vehicles continues to grow in Cape May and with that, has come more awareness for the safety of our visitors. City Manager Mike Voll expressed, “I’d like this new electric bicycle to be used for our Police Safety Patrol to help share with other electric rides the importance of safety and to comply with traffic regulations as far as stop signs, traffic lights, and the safety not to interfere with regular motor vehicle traffic.”

For more information on electric bikes or to rent one yourself while in Cape May, you can visit any one of three Cape Island Bikes locations – The Hotel Macomber, 200 Congress Place, or 35 Sunset Blvd. in West Cape May.

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Cape May Police Chief Dekon Fashaw is instructed on electric bicycle use.City of Cape May

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Always passionate about Cape May, John Cooke has been a full-time resident since 2004. And he’s no stranger to the sunrises here. You’ll often see him downtown loading his camera with pictures of sunrises, landscapes, and Cape May visitors. John is a regular contributor to the Cape May Star and Wave and his work has also been published in Cape May Magazine and Exit Zero Magazine. He is also heard regularly on the “Locals of Cape May” a weekly talk radio show on WCFA-LP FM 101.5. While serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May from 2010 to 2013, he helped facilitate multiple city-wide events including Harborfest, which attracted over 10,000 people to Cape May. An unofficial ambassador for all things Cape May, John now regularly blogs at (THE COOKE REPORT) AKA cookecapemay.Com, actively tweets from @cookecapemay and has an avid Instagram following by the same name. His more than 6000 followers earned him the right to be one of 17 people to watch in South Jersey in 2017 by the Press of Atlantic City.

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