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San Francisco exempted Bike Shops from closures as they are deemed essential for people who commute via bikes. I was disappointed when Tracy and I rode the Iron Horse trail from Concord to the Dublin BART station to donate necessary items.. on our ride back, Tracy got a flat.. I googled bike shops in the area.. and they were closed because of the Corona Virus. We still had 23 miles to ride back. That was our mode of transportation. Not everyone drives cars... Many people use bikes as transportation.
I work in construction Pur industry was able to have Governor Newsome include construction as essential... in positive if we reach out to him, he will make bike shops (just line auto repair shops) deemed as essential!
On Mar 24, 2020, at 7:01 PM, Donna Luporini Kaplan via Groups.Io <luporini@...> wrote:
Just in case you have not received this.
First, and most importantly, I hope you and your loved ones are well. The next couple of weeks are going to be hard, but I take heart in knowing that the physical distancing we’re practicing now is slowing the spread of the virus. We will get through this together, if not physically close together.
Your CalBike team is dispersed currently, but still hard at work changing state policies to advance our mission of more bike-friendly communities. Right now, we are working hard to get the state to clarify its stay-at-home order to declare that bike shops are essential, and may remain open.
We salute those essential workers who have to travel -- health care workers, delivery staff, maintenance people, and everyone else who is keeping society going -- and we want them to be able to bicycle for their essential trips.
Biking at a safe distance from others is also one of the outdoor activities allowed while we try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now more than ever, a bicycle ride is important for our physical and mental health.
If biking is essential, bike shops are, too.
That’s why we are sending a letter to the California State Public Health Officer, Dr. Sonia Angell, asking her to affirm that bike repair shops are essential services.
We need your support to deliver a strong message to Sacramento that bikes are vital in this time of social distancing. Please add your name to the letter to show your support.
Thank you for all you do to advocate for better biking in California. And thank you for supporting the bike repair shops that keep us rolling, even in the midst of a crisis.
California Bicycle Coalition
P.S. The more names we have on this letter, the more impact we have with state regulators. Your voice does make a difference. Please sign the letter today.