During this time of extreme social distancing, much of the local guidance includes outdoor exercise as essential, and many public health experts are reinforcing the importance of being physically active. It’s vital to our wellness and boosting our immunity. However, many communities don’t have outdoor facilities equipped to handle the surge in use, especially as trails and parks close and limit access. For example, typical sidewalks, especially those in denser communities, are not wide enough to allow for 6 feet of social distancing.
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.
Cycling groups and other organizations are hosting webinar and other “virtual” events amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Free webinars scheduled for this week include:
- Bicycling is Essential – How Bicycle Shops Are Staying Open Under Stay at Home Orders (League of American Bicyclist) March 31, 4 p.m.
- COVID-19 Update for the Cycling Community (USA Cycling) April 1, 1 p.m.
- Rebalancing Streets for People (Toole Design) April 2, 2 p.m.
- Closing Streets to Create Space for Walking and Biking During COVID-19 (Rails to Trails Conservancy) April 2, 2 p.m.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance’s Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit is now a day-long virtual event on April 3.
We have assembled resources about cycling during the COVID-19 virus outbreak and will update them as new material becomes available. However, please consult guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and local authorities as your primary sources of information about safety in your community. You can also use our directory to connect with cycling organizations around Georgia for information on local riding conditions. READ MORE