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

Cyclista Nicholas cyclista at inventati.org
Fri Mar 13 15:33:36 PDT 2020


Sue,

We're probably going to need to do that as well. Please keep the list 
updated with anything you come up with? Also how many employees you have 
responsibility for would be interesting in that context.

Thanks!!

~cyclista Nicholas


On 2020-03-13 22:03, Sue Prant wrote:
> 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
> into April.
> 
> Sue Prant
> Community Cycles
> Boulder, CO
> 
> Sent from my phone.
> 
> On Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 3:57 PM Cyclista Nicholas 
> <cyclista at inventati.org>
> wrote:
> 
>> Bob,
>> 
>> 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
>> shop.
>> 
>> All,
>> 
>> 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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