[TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops

Jeremy Lewis jeremy at dsmbikecollective.org
Sun Mar 15 11:03:25 PDT 2020

Language from Des Moines, Iowa:

Starting Sunday, March 15th, the Des Moines Bicycle Collective community bike shop will close to the public for one week. This will allow time for a thorough additional cleaning of all facilities and the development of new sanitation procedures going forward. Our first priority is the health and safety of everyone in our community. After this week, we will evaluate conditions and make a decision about how to proceed.

This decision is based on the latest information and guidance from public officials including Governor Reynolds, to limit public gatherings and exposure.

If you have bikes or parts to donate, thank you! Please hold on to these for now, while we work to adapt to these changing conditions.

We will communicate via our website, www.dsmstreetcollective.org<http://www.dsmstreetcollective.org>, social media and email newsletter about our plans moving forward. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please reach out. Contact Executive Director Jeremy Lewis at Jeremy at dsmstreetcollective.org<mailto:Jeremy at dsmstreetcollective.org> or Shop Manager Alex Struelens at Alex at dsmstreetcollective.org<mailto:Alex at dsmstreetcollective.org>.

We are as committed as ever to ensure safe and accessible transportation options for everyone in our community.

Thank you for your support.

From: Thethinktank <thethinktank-bounces at lists.bikecollectives.org> on behalf of Sue Prant <sue at communitycycles.org>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 2:14 PM
To: The Think Tank <thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>
Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops

Here's our text for COVID:

We thought it important to update you regarding Community Cycles’ response to the COVID19 situation.

Like all of you, we have been closely monitoring the reports of COVID-19. Please know that our number one priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our customers, members, volunteers and staff.

While we have not had a case in our building or people, for the potential safety of everyone, Community Cycles will be closed starting this Sunday, March 15th in response to the Coronavirus. At this point, the shop will remain closed for the rest of March, after which time we will re-evaluate.

Please hold off on all bike and part donations until after we re-open.
Sue Prant
Community Cycles
Boulder, CO

Sent from my phone.

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 12:19 PM Daniel Hall <director at londoncyclelink.ca<mailto:director at londoncyclelink.ca>> wrote:
Thanks for the templates - this has been very helpful!

Daniel Hall
Executive Director

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 11:28 AM Cicloficina dos Anjos <anjos at cicloficina.pt<mailto:anjos at cicloficina.pt>> wrote:
>Shut the shop down. Quit getting people together. 👌
That is what everybody should do. Things are evolving rapidly. If today you have 2 cases, in 10 days it can be one thousand. This Sunday, in Portugal, nobody was thinking that it could be real. Today all the schools, restaurants, etc are closed. It can be very fast.
Medical assistance is not prepared to take care of everyone at the same time - and in Italy they are already choosing whom to give oxygen and a bed.

So, don't contribute to spreading it, it is not essential.


Cicloficina dos Anjos
Rua Dr. Almeida Amaral 15A, Lisboa
anjos at cicloficina.pt<mailto:anjos at cicloficina.pt>

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 2:21 PM Kevin Dwyer <kevidwyer at gmail.com<mailto:kevidwyer at gmail.com>> wrote:
Yes, go as hard as you can at the beginning. That is the proper epidemiological response when there is a lack of resources (which there is and the graph shows). Community bike shops are not essential. There is an incubation period and younger people or those who have mild symptoms will transmit it without knowing they have it. You can't count on people to self-diagnose. Shut the shop down. Quit getting people together.

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 8:07 AM Jeff Potter <jeff at outyourbackdoor.com<mailto:jeff at outyourbackdoor.com>> wrote:
Thanks for the idea of leaving a pile of tubes and patches outside the door!

I kinda like the idea of one worker in shop at a time.

Our shop is a mess and we want to prep for spring here in Michigan.

We’re still sorting out how to respond. Yes, possible to spread if asymptomatic but very very unlikely? It spreads via cough/sneeze. If our core gang of 3, say, shows up and nobody is symptomatic it seems like we will be fine.

Ohio has 100k cases: high alert! MI has 2 cases known. Should MI be in a diff mode than OH?

Or should we all go to “stop all nonessential activity” mode to be safe? Tubes outside the shop can be done regardless — we have hundreds of excess tubes!

We’re talking 3 at a time — this is not a “big group.” It’s still doing social distancing but it’s not total isolation. We can use spray bottle w bleach to zap stuff to start. Not get close.

…Or should we do isolation? There are degrees in the isolation mode. Weekly groceries are essential. Keeping grocery open is not total isolation. Closing bike shop is not true isolation. So we’d stop all shop activity if that’s best. I’m in favor of over-responding now to do all we can to put the genie back in the bottle. Maybe for the next week or so? Adjust LATER. Go harder on the front end...

Jeff Potter
Lansing Bike Co-op

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