Coronavirus

Posted March 3, 2020
Photo by Daniel van den Berg on Unsplash

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The scale of the COVID-19 outbreak extends from the individual to the global, across medical, political, and economic spheres. The bicycle industry has its own specific concerns within the developing crisis. 

Posted March 3, 2020

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of next month's Sea Otter Classic bike festival said Tuesday they are keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 virus outbreak and will make an announcement about the event in the next few days.

Posted March 3, 2020

DALLAS (BRAIN) — Organizers of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, originally scheduled for later this month in Dallas, have postponed the show to late August because of concerns about the COVID-19 virus outbreak. 

Posted March 2, 2020
Bafang organized the delivery of protective suits, masks and goggles.

SUZHOU, China (BRAIN) — E-bike component manufacturer Bafang Electric Co. said it has resumed operations following the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

After Bafang was included in a first-level alert status for the past month, the Jiangsu Provincial Government reduced the threat level on Feb. 24.

Posted March 1, 2020

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes will hold a webinar Thursday, March 12, to help industry businesses prepare for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Posted February 11, 2020

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Organizers of Taipei Cycle have postponed the trade show originally scheduled for March 4-7 to May 14-16 because of the coronavirus outbreak in China. 

Posted February 7, 2020
Major bike maker warns that 'anti-Chinese sentiment' in Vietnam could cause delays there and in Cambodia.
A welder at a Taiwanese bike factory. BRAIN photo.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The CEO of A&J Bicycles — one of the world's largest bike makers, with factories in Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia — is warning customers of possible shipment delays due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in China.

Posted February 6, 2020
Giant showed a model of the headquarters at the Taipei show last year.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Because of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, Giant Group has postponed a grand opening media event at its new headquarters building.

Posted February 4, 2020
Taipei Cycle attracts more than 1,110 exhibitors and 8,000 visitors.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taiwan-based exhibitors at the Taipei Cycle show — scheduled to open a month from Tuesday — are circulating a petition asking organizers to cancel it because of the new coronavirus outbreak in China. 

Posted February 3, 2020
Workers at Bafang's factory in Poland.

SUZHOU, China (BRAIN) — Bafang, one of the world's largest e-bike drive system manufacturers, has announced that it is extending delivery lead times by at least 10-15 days because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted February 2, 2020
Unsplash photo of man in Macau, China, in face mask during the coronavirus outbreak.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Next month's Taipei Cycle Show will be held as scheduled, organizers announced, but visitors and exhibitors from mainland China will not be welcome. Organizers also said all workers at the show will be required to wear face masks. 

Posted January 28, 2020
Outbreak might reduce participation at March's Taipei Cycle show
Hong Kong, where this photo was taken, has restricted travel to and from China.

MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom (BRAIN) —The U.S. industry, which depends on China for about 95% of its bikes as well as many of its parts and accessories, is bracing for disruption due to the Coronavirus. The virus has sickened thousands in China and led to travel restrictions into and out of the country, as well as within it.

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