By Ellie Ritter, contributor
Ryan Hersh just opened the Edison Electric Bike Company in Kirkwood, but his love of bikes and transportation goes way back.
“I pretty much grew up on two wheels,” he said. “Road bikes, dirt bikes, everything. I grew up here in Atlanta, too, and I absolutely love the city.”
On June 10, Hersh opened Edison’s second location at 1619 Hosea Williams Dr. in Atlanta’s Kirkwood community. He also has a location at Ponce City Market.
Edison Electric Bike Company is the only local shop that assembles its electric bikes from ground up, in-house, according to the website
Hersh came up with the idea for his electric bicycles after trying one for the first time. His commute was just 4 miles, but it would take him over an hour to get to work. Using a standard bike, it only took 22 minutes.
“Biking to work would always make me work up a sweat and mess up my clothes,” he said.
So, he tried an electric bike from a local shop, which he said cut his time to 12 minutes. He loved it, but it cost $5,000 – “not a price that’s feasible for anyone,” he said. Instead, he decided to make his own that was sleek, but still cost under $2,000. Now, his bikes go for as little as $1900, making them accessible to more customers…
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