[TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops

Sue Prant sue at communitycycles.org
Thu Mar 12 15:53:02 PDT 2020


We are looking into how mechanics can work at home- great idea- this thread
has been super helpful.

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 4:16 PM Kevin Dwyer <kevidwyer at gmail.com> wrote:

> Look folks, is your activity that important? I understand that you do
> good, but you can do better, we all can, by slowing things down. Is your
> shop's services more important than health care workers, fire fighters or
> other first responders? I don't think so. Hospitals in infected areas are
> being overwhelmed. There aren't enough ventilators. The slower this moves,
> the more people that will survive it.
>
> Do everything you can to minimize people getting together. Send your
> mechanics home with a pile of bikes, tools and workbench. Build an outside
> repair stand. Only allow one (uninfected) worker in the store at a time.
> Throw a pile of tubes, cables and chains by the door.
>
> Do it for your community. Be proactive, there is little penalty for
> getting it wrong in that direction and these measures work way better
> "before" as opposed to "during" (which is (nearly) where we are now in many
> places).
>
> On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 4:04 PM peter at BikeClarkCounty.org <
> peter at bikeclarkcounty.org> wrote:
>
>> We’re monitoring based upon our local state and city guidelines.  Also,
>> monitoring our local school district (whether to shut down our programs
>> which will gear up in a month).
>>
>> We have spray bottles with 5:1 water bleach recommend ratio to clean our
>> community benches, tools, and stands between users.  Auto hand san
>> dispensor at door and every work bench.
>>
>> Options to close shop to deep clean, or only have one staff per day work
>> on bikes, or lay off staff to collect unemployment, etc are being reviewed.
>>
>>
>> As Seattle hit hard I’m sure Portland/Vancouver metro is pending..
>>
>> We just posted social media & newsletter as follows:
>>
>>
>>
>> *At Bike Clark County, health is a big part of our mission. In regards to
>> the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to monitor information put
>> out by Washington State Health Department
>> <https://bikeclarkcounty.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=906f24f8b378e0a84bf38b97a&id=6494084d82&e=557ba4760d>,
>> and the Vancouver School District
>> <https://bikeclarkcounty.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=906f24f8b378e0a84bf38b97a&id=229518c388&e=557ba4760d>.
>> We are a community use space, and want to be sure all of our volunteers and
>> employees do their best to stay healthy. At this time, we have decided to
>> proceed with volunteer night as scheduled. Educational programs will also
>> take place as scheduled, following the Vancouver School District's lead.
>> As information changes, this may also change. We wanted to check in with
>> you to ensure that everyone follows best practices to help stem the spread
>> of this pandemic. *
>>
>>    - *Please stay home if you are sick.*
>>    - *All benches and tools regularly wiped down with bleach. *
>>    - *Wash your hands with soap and water regularly*
>>    - *We suggest wearing surgical gloves provided by the shop to help
>>    remind you not to touch your face. *
>>    - *Practice social distancing while in the shop*
>>    - *If you are in an at risk group, please stay home. We want to enjoy
>>    your company for years to come.*
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Peter Van Tilburg
>> Executive Director, Board VP
>> Bike Clark County
>>
>> Community Bike Shop:
>> 1604 Main St., Vancouver, WA. 98660
>> Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
>>
>> c. 503.572.9894
>> peter at bikeclarkcounty.org
>> *http://www.linkedin.com/in/petervantilburg
>> <http://www.linkedin.com/in/petervantilburg>*
>> http://www.bikeclarkcounty.org/
>> www.bikeclarkcounty.org
>> *Bike Clark County is equipping, empowering, and connecting youth to our
>> community.*
>>
>>
>> On Mar 12, 2020, at 12:51 PM, Bob Giordano <mist at strans.org> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> We're monitoring the situation like many
>> of you,
>>
>> We're doing the small things like keeping
>> clean; for now using extra paper towels
>> instead of old, clean t-shirt for communal
>> hand drying; considering the wipe down of
>> tools, etc
>>
>> Also talking about closing for a couple
>> weeks, or whatever appropriate time length.
>>
>> And we can use that time to do deep cleaning,
>> bike building, organizing, and so on.
>>
>> Maybe keeping some fix-it stations open?
>>
>> ...wanted to see what others are thinking?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Bob Giordano, Free Cycles Missoula
>>
>>
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