[TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops, essential services thought

Cyclista Nicholas cyclista at inventati.org
Fri Mar 13 14:57:20 PDT 2020


Thanks for this important point. At our shop, we've had almost a 
thousand individual participants come through in the last three years. 
If we did our job, that many people out there in the community should be 
able to influence repair capability citywide, even without access to the 


We're still evaluating our response, but I agree it's pragmatic to take 
extreme measures earlier, if for no other reason than to spread out 
(ease) the burden on essential medical systems.

How are shops with employees paid hourly dealing with the notion of 
closing? Will employees stil be paid in some fashion, or are they 
essentially being laid off in the case of closures?

~cyclista Nicholas (Director, Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles)

On 2020-03-13 18:38, Bob Giordano wrote:
> Just a quick thought on 'essential services':
> I think that community bicycle shops are essential
> for healthy, vibrant, socially just communities,
> in today's 'modern' age.... especially as a long
> term strategy to improve our cooperative systems.
> Community bicycle shops are likely not essential
> as far as absolute survival and in the context of
> remaining open during this pandemic.
> Hopefully we've all done enough community work
> to help people learn skills to work together
> and fix things, with our without a dedicated
> space.
> Just wanted to put this thought out there, as
> many shops are deciding how to move forward.
> Thanks, Bob Giordano, Free Cycles Missoula
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