[TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops, essential services thought
audrey at bikelibrary.org
Wed Apr 1 11:25:40 PDT 2020
Pardon, but that last link is not the correct one.
Here is the link to the folder with all our covid 19 docs:
Peace & grease,
*Audrey Wiedemeier* (She/her/hers)
Iowa City Bike Library, Director
700 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City
*Hours: *Sat. 10-3, Mon. 5-7, Tues. 6-8,
Wed. 6-8, Thurs. 6-8, Fri. 4:30-6:30
C: (515) 450-1651
On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 1:23 PM Audrey Wiedemeier <audrey at bikelibrary.org>
> Carlyn: I appreciate you asking for folks to respond kindly. I'll be
> asking this of our volunteers and patrons who've been somewhat gruff.
> Bob: Opening stronger than ever is right!
> As of right now the Bike Library is closed, however, pending approval from
> our board, we would like to start offering a "curbside bike checkout" that
> is by appointment only.
> Here is the link to those documents. Check out the one titled: Proposal
> for Curbside Checkout.
> Peace & grease,
> *Audrey Wiedemeier* (She/her/hers)
> Iowa City Bike Library, Director
> 700 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City
> *Hours: *Sat. 10-3, Mon. 5-7, Tues. 6-8,
> Wed. 6-8, Thurs. 6-8, Fri. 4:30-6:30
> C: (515) 450-1651
> On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 5:49 PM Cyclista Nicholas <cyclista at inventati.org>
>> I've been worried about our workstation becoming a contamination depot,
>> of course. All public surfaces, even if they are decontaminated
>> regularly, will be to some extent.
>> However, there is a significant percentage of our target demographic
>> that relies on us for daily survival, and mainly I refer to the
>> homeless. These are people who, if they didn't have our workstation,
>> would just be doing some other sketchy thing contamination-wise to stay
>> The other sectors of our demographic don't need this kind of help, and
>> probably have their own air pumps and remedial tools at home. I'm at the
>> shop alone several times a week, and have a good idea who uses the
>> station and when. Honestly, I don't think it's really being used except
>> by a handful of solitary people, and they're mostly using the air pump.
>> As for other public-facing activities, we're open for retail, and
>> customers are instructed not to touch anything except bikes that are
>> being testridden. This is another area that we don't face significant
>> traffic, we get possibly one or two customers per day at most in these
>> As for decontaminating bikes, I wipe down the seat, controls, grips, and
>> top tube after each test ride, and when doing intake on a customer bike.
>> Speaking of customer bikes, we are not a shop that does repair for
>> people, we only teach people how to do repairs themselves. However,
>> recently we got a typical misguided question via Facebook about how much
>> we charged for a given repair, and it occurred to me that since we
>> weren't allowing people to repair the bikes themselves, and had a
>> decrease in things to do as a result of closing open shop, we might as
>> well accept bikes for repair during this period. This is not something
>> we advertise anywhere other than in direct response to a spontaneous
>> request, and we make it clear to each customer that this is not a
>> regular thing. We've had three customers of this type thus far. I feel
>> that this transactional dynamic is one that's very easy create as a
>> controlled process, and decontaminating bikes under this circumstance is
>> trivial. Just another technical thing to do to a bike among the usual
>> array of procedures.
>> As for classification as an essential service, automobile repair garages
>> are typically classified as essential services. We are a transportation
>> provider and as assist to people who use their bikes to buy groceries
>> and keep medical appointments. Bicycles are not a luxury and they are
>> not primarily a recreational toy, they are a fundamental life utility
>> and in some cases people rely on them to survive.
>> I queried Claire from Vélorution Paris deliberately here to provide an
>> example to the list of recognition that bicycles are an essential
>> service - the city of Paris recognizes this. As of a few days ago, New
>> York City does now as well.
>> Of course, this means that if we *are* an essential service, this makes
>> it even more imperative that we create and adhere to strict protocols to
>> protect the community we serve even as we struggle to empower them.
>> Stay strong, healthy and hopeful cyclistas!
>> ~cyclista Nicholas
>> On 2020-03-26 22:09, Bob Giordano wrote:
>> > Hi Carlyn,
>> > at Free Cycles Missoula we've closed completely,
>> > not even doing emergency bikes/repairs/drop offs,
>> > anything. we'll have a good crop of sale bikes when
>> > we reopen, and a clean, organized shop.
>> > Not doing outside public repair stands for the
>> > reasons you've mentioned.
>> > We aim to reopen june 1st- could be earlier or
>> > later- we just wanted a date in our staff of 4's
>> > head.
>> > Our staff of 4 are working safely and responsibly
>> > together, altho we've taken zones. We even have
>> > 4 separate doors, 3 separate bathrooms, each have
>> > a tool kit, etc. We're also mentally and physically
>> > prepared to stay away from the shop completely, if
>> > needed, which it looks more and more like.
>> > Our staff have been making these nimble and quick
>> > decisions, keeping our small board up to date as
>> > needed, and they are supportive of what we need to do.
>> > As we clean up around here, we're not doing 'free piles'
>> > outside (too much public handling of stuff). We're staging
>> > trash, thrift store, recycling piles. However we've had
>> > a couple trusted folks take scrap steel away.
>> > We plan to reopen stronger than ever, and ultimately
>> > we feel that is best for us and the community. Missoula
>> > has been very supportive and understanding.
>> > 2 of us are also focusing on grants, all 4 of us are
>> > taking time to think deeply, to share writings, and
>> > slow down.
>> > Bob Giordano, Free Cycles Missoula
>> > Quoting Carlyn Arteaga <carlyn.arteaga at bicas.org>:
>> >> I appreciate you sharing all your thoughts and ideas.
>> >> At BICAS in Tucson we had to dismantle our outdoor fix a flat station.
>> >> Staff working alone inside the shop witnessed clumps of people
>> >> congregating
>> >> very close to each other and at least one individual who was there for
>> >> 3
>> >> hours coughing on everything. As much was we wanted to help people
>> >> out, we
>> >> couldn't justify the germ spreading station we had created.
>> >> We have approved a skeleton plan for opening for limited repair
>> >> services in
>> >> a couple weeks. How are others handling this? How do you do intakes?
>> >> By
>> >> appointment only or do you take walk ins? How are you protecting your
>> >> people and the public? How are you sanitizing bikes you work on? And
>> >> in
>> >> what ways do you see your services as an "essential service," keeping
>> >> in
>> >> mind that any interfacing with the public right now involves some
>> >> amount of
>> >> risk, for which the ultimate potential consequence is death? Or if you
>> >> have
>> >> decided to remain closed, how did you arrive at that decision, knowing
>> >> that
>> >> there are people who need bike help and are not going to be able to
>> >> access
>> >> it?
>> >> I know these are the Big Questions (esp the last couple) we're all
>> >> grappling with right now, I just wanted to have some frank
>> >> conversations
>> >> about why doing what we're doing right now so we can all chew it over.
>> >> Please be kind with one another as we respond. None of us has the
>> >> playbook
>> >> for this crisis or truly even enough data yet to know which decisions
>> >> will
>> >> end of being the right ones in the end.
>> >> Thank you all in advance,
>> >> ~Carlyn
>> >> --
>> >> *Carlyn Arteaga*
>> >> *pronouns: they/them/theirs*
>> >> Youth Program Coordinator
>> >> *BICAS*
>> >> 2001 N. 7th Ave. | Tucson, AZ 85701 | Shop: 520-628-7950
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>> >> in
>> >> affordable bicycle transportation, education, and creative recycling
>> >> with
>> >> our greater Tucson community.*
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