Coronavirus

Posted April 2, 2020
Epic Cycles owner Allan Hightower, right, with mechanic Alonso Gutierrez.

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (BRAIN) — One North Carolina retailer expressed his thoughts in a letter to his suppliers about how COVID-19 has affected his business, and shared a glimpse with BRAIN about how his 1,600 square-foot downtown location is weathering an economic and humanitarian crisis.

Posted April 2, 2020
PeopleForBikes updated the industry on available resources for employers in a webinar Thursday.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes updated the bike industry Thursday with some sobering numbers, as well as some more resources for employers.

Last week, a record 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment. In the past two weeks, it's nearly 10 million.

Posted April 2, 2020

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association hosted a free webinar Wednesday for its members on how to communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted April 1, 2020

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — A local news source is reporting that New Mexico officials have relented and are now allowing bikes shops to operate, under stringent rules, during the state's COVID-19 response.

Posted April 1, 2020
An interactive map detailing retailers' operating status is planned.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — In this time of uncertainty, two companies pooled their resources to help retailers let customers know about their status during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted March 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is calling on the nation's mayors and local elected officials to close select streets to vehicle traffic to increase access to safe outdoor space for people walk or bike while maintaining social distance during the COVID-19 crisis.

Posted March 31, 2020

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — The World Bicycle Industry Association is asking all countries to allow bike repair services to continue through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Posted March 30, 2020
Many jurisdictions are allowing shops to stay open, but in about a dozen states it's still unclear whether shops can operate.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — While it doesn't have the force of law, an advisory from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued should encourage local jurisdictions to consider bike repair workers essential during the COVID-19 response. 

Posted March 30, 2020
Kitsbow Cycling Apparel receives additional sewing machines.

OLD FORT, N.C. (BRAIN) — Aided by Industry Nine, Watershed drybags and Oowee Products, Kitsbow Cycling Apparel shipped its first personal protective equipment Friday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted March 30, 2020

TOKYO (BRAIN) — The International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and other stakeholders have announced new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad: July 23-Aug, 8, 2021. They also announced new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated from Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2021. 

Posted March 27, 2020
SRAM began promoting its program on Friday.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Industry suppliers are offering new fulfillment programs helping retailers maintain some revenue and connections with their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted March 27, 2020

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — On Friday Congress approved and the president signed a $2 Trillion stimulus package into law. PeopleForBikes plans a webinar next week to explain what it could mean to retailers and other members of the bike industry. 

Posted March 27, 2020

FLETCHER, N.C. (BRAIN) — Component manufacturer Cane Creek has suspended operations through April 10 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taiwan operations will continue normally, according to a Cane Creek news release.

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