[TheThinkTank] Shop Operations During Covid

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Tue Oct 20 08:02:43 PDT 2020


Hey Momoko
BRW is open for curbside sales 3 days a week. We allow a max of 4 volunteers inside at a time. We have one day a week that is building bikes and cleaning shop. 
Bike sales have skyrocketed and if it keeps pace it will keep our lights on through this. 

The bicycle kitchen has a huge outdoor space and has been allowing patrons to wrench by appointment if they follow the protocol. They figure that when masked and keeping distance the transfer risk outdoors is much smaller.  
I was considering looking into how tool lending libraries function to see if we could offer a similar service so patrons can put on the parts they purchase. 

Loconte

> On Oct 19, 2020, at 19:21, barts at drcrankys.com.au wrote:
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> At Dr Cranky’s we usually support Bicycle Hospitals run by parent volunteers at schools.
> We can’t do that in Victoria, Australia so have tried shifting to remote/contactless operations.
> We’ve managed to recycle over 50 bikes during CoVid and log the results online without any contact.
> We send basic tool kits and parts to volunteers to use in their homes.
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> See https://www.drcrankys.com.au/uploads/8/6/0/2/86023530/remote_operations_under_covid-19_a4_flyer_vfa_print.pdf
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> Bart Sbeghen
> Founder/CEO, Dr Cranky’s
> M 0418 231 686
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>      www.drcrankys.com.au
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> From: Thethinktank <thethinktank-bounces at lists.bikecollectives.org> On Behalf Of momoko saunders
> Sent: Tuesday, 20 October 2020 12:24 PM
> To: The Think Tank <thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>
> Subject: [TheThinkTank] Shop Operations During Covid
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> Hey all,
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> I'd love to get a quick update on what shops are doing for shop operations during covid. There was an awesome virtual workshop put on a few months ago. What are shops up to now?
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> At Bike Farm, we're still far from being open in our usual way. We have a parts selling shift for one day of the week. We meet people outside and get a list of items they want to purchase, then volunteers rummage around and find the parts and bring them out for the patron to choose from. We do not allow use of tools which is really hard but most people understand. We do have a selection of tools which we have available for sale for real cheap. This includes random loose allen wrenches, other wrenches, multi tools. Here are the guidelines for this shift.
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> We also have a shift where volunteers work on bikes in the shop for sale or for our community partnerships. We limit all volunteer groups to 5 people at a time, and we try to keep people in germ bubbles so that if someone does get sick, we've limited the exposure. Everyone wears masks at all times and keeps distant. 
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> We have a 3rd night which we just added called our infrastructure night. On this night we work on cleaning the shop and making it more functional.
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> We have a document outlining our covid protocols. I've made a copy of it for the thinktank to view. Everyone in the shop must read and agree to these guidelines before being able to volunteer. 
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> With a vaccine looking like it will not be here and widely available till summer or even fall of 2021, we're looking for more creative ways to provide resources to the community, stay safe, and maybe make some money to pay rent. I'd love to hear if others have come up with creative ways to continue operations during this time.
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> Hope you all are well, 
> -Momoko
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