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

Mark Rehder mark at re-cycles.ca
Mon Mar 16 19:49:55 PDT 2020


Here in Ottawa (Canada), we (re-Cycles and Cycle Salvation) have closed our shop until further notice. Both orgs. will have staff in to work on donated bikes, but that’s it.

Mark Rehder - Coordinator
re-Cycles Community Bike Shop
http://re-cycles.ca


> On Mar 16, 2020, at 6:45 PM, Edstewart <emsco514 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> At the Elyria (Ohio) Bicycle Education Center we are keeping normal hours but limiting to one staff per shift and one customer inside at a time. All sanitation practices are as suggested by health agencies. Our group programming is on hiatus until who knows when.
>  
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>  
> From: Cyclista Nicholas
> Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 6:14 PM
> To: thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org
> Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops, essential services thought
>  
> We have a lot of old bike lock cables we've salvaged from old cut locks
> laying around. We'll be making a loop at each end and crimping them with
> flattened nuts, one end will be fastened to the bike rack outside the
> shop and the other will be attached to a pump. We have a lot of old
> floor pumps laying around and I expect to replace the pump a few times
> if they get stolen before giving up putting them out alltogether. I'm
> only putting one out because that's all I think we'll need, but I wonder
> if putting more out in this fashion might help reduce the perception of
> scarcity, i.e. a mentality that could encourage theft.
>  
> We're also using this method for tools, also ones we can stand to lose
> if they get stolen, but in the case of tools, old lock cables are either
> too short or not flexible enough, and so I went to the hardware store
> and bought 50ft of cable for about $20 total for the tools to be leashed
> with.
>  
> In all honesty, we've played with this idea for a long time before now
> and it's kind of cool to have an excuse to experiment with it.
>  
> ~cyclista Nicholas
>  
>  
> On 2020-03-16 21:39, carlyn.arteaga at bicas.org wrote:
> > We just suspended all public services at BICAS in Tucson AZ today
> > through the end of the month at least. :(
> >
> > Does anyone have a brilliant design for a pump that can be left
> > outside that is less likely to get stolen/mangled??
> >
> > Sending best wishes out to all our community bikes buddies in these
> > uncertain times.
> >
> > ~Car
> >
> > Carlyn Arteaga
> >
> > pronouns: they/them/theirs
> >
> > Youth Program Coordinator
> >
> > BICAS
> >
> > 2001 N. 7th Ave. | Tucson, AZ 85701 | Shop: 520-628-7950
> > 
> > carlyn.arteaga at bicas.org | www.bicas.org | Facebook | Instagram
> >
> > Through advocacy and bicycle salvage, our mission is to participate in
> > affordable bicycle transportation, education, and creative recycling
> > with our greater Tucson community.
> >
> >
> >> On Mar 15, 2020, at 8:19 PM, Cyclista Nicholas
> >> <cyclista at inventati.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> Here's Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles decision/policy, posted last night.
> >>
> >> For reference, April 13 is when public schools will be closed until 
> >> here, and two of the projects mentioned below completed today and two
> >> others the day before. We have one project left, a father and daughter
> >> build project that is nearly done, but I doubt they will come in
> >> during this time. Also, we only have one or two volunteers and one
> >> person on staff (me) right now, though we were in the middle of hiring
> >> and new staff training for up to four people may be scheduled over
> >> this break, absent symptoms permitting. The number of confirmed
> >> COVID-19 cases here currently is one, and this is a city with three
> >> higher education institutions, one of them being Cornell, so it's
> >> likely the actual current infections are higher.
> >>
> >> "Hi everyone,
> >>
> >> We're all shuffling our cards in an attempt  to come up with best 
> >> practices for moving forward through this pandemic, and RIBs is
> >> committed to doing its best to make choices that help.
> >>
> >> Here are the changes Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles will be implementing
> >> from Sunday, March 15, to Wednesday, April 13 in response to these 
> >> conditions:
> >>
> >> - Open shop will be closed. This means we will not be allowing any use
> >> of the space for public work on bikes Exceptions will be made for the
> >> two or three people whose projects here are currently in progress.
> >>
> >> - We will retain our normal hours, but for retail and volunteering
> >> only.
> >>
> >> - Strict sanitary procedures will be enforced on the property and
> >> posted throughout the premises.
> >>
> >> - Open shop on Saturday will be replaced with a weekly group ride
> >> (look for more details coming soon).
> >>
> >> - Volunteer nights on Mondays are now closed.
> >>
> >> - Some basic tools will be leashed to the racks outside the front of
> >> the shop for people to work on their own bikes.
> >>
> >> - We will reassess all measures for COVID-19 on an ongoing basis,
> >> posting updates here and on the Tompkins County Human Services
> >> Listserv.
> >>
> >> We greatly value all of our community and hope to resume open shop as
> >> soon as safety permits.
> >>
> >> Please take care of yourselves."
> >>
> >> ~cyclista Nicholas
> >>
> >>
> >>> On 2020-03-14 19:55, peter at BikeClarkCounty.org wrote:
> >>> Free community volunteer delivery by car/bike for elderly/needy:
> >>> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAMZHbn6md19Tb28SM53ayFAQK02xJv1NXVjL-J26tDZOQ-g/viewform
> >>> https://bikeportland.org/2020/03/12/cycling-through-the-covid-19-outbreak-312378
> >>>> On Mar 13, 2020, at 11:38 AM, Bob Giordano <mist at strans.org> 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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