[TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops, essential services thought
sue at communitycycles.org
Fri Mar 13 15:03:50 PDT 2020
At this point we are asking hourly folks to use PTO. Thanks to someone
else's suggestion, we do have a few people building bikes at home.
Salary staff is mostly admin & we are going to do all the things we never
get to - update web site, writing enough blog posts to last a while,
retooling reports, etc.
We are running financial models on what we could pay people if this extends
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On Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 3:57 PM Cyclista Nicholas <cyclista at inventati.org>
> 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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