Webinar: Bicycling is Essential – How Bicycle Shops Are Staying Open Under Stay at Home Orders

This webinar is about the issue of bike shops being designated as essential businesses.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Pete Piccolo from Bicycle Colorado, who successfully amended their state’s order to say the bicycle repair is essential.
  • Galen Mook from MassBike, who is currently working to bring additional clarity to Massachusetts’s order, but has already clarified that local communities can deem bicycle repair as essential.
  • Representatives from bicycle retailer Landry’s Bicycles and Chain Reaction Bicycles, who have been working to stay open and provide essential services to those who use bicycles as transportation.
  • PeopleForBikes who are working with the bicycle industry on this and other issues. They have an excellent spreadsheet of state orders affecting bicycling and numerous resources on industry efforts.

Bike shops are essential services

We are working to make sure that bicycle shops remain open and are included in any statewide essential service designation. So far, Georgia has not shut down bike shops in our state as non-essential and we hope they don’t. Georgia residents rely on bicycles for transportation, including healthcare and retail workers (grocery stores, pharmacies etc.).

Georgia cities, including Athens, have enacted their own ordinances and we were able to keep bike shops open there. Please contact us if you own a bicycle shop/business that has been required to close because of a local ordinance. We can work to get changes made so you can stay open and serve customers. You can also use this guide from QPB to communicate with local or state officials and educate them on why bike shops are essential to Georgia’s communities. 

We have  included additional guidance for bike shops and co-ops in our Cycling and Coronavirus Resource Guide.