“Shop small” is more important than ever.
Business is brisk at Curbside Cyclery, a mom-and-pop bike shop in Phoenix, Arizona–but that doesn’t mean it’s business as usual.
Under most current city- and state-wide ordinances to slow the spread of COVID-19, bike shops are listed as “essential businesses.” In addition to being a critical mode of transportation for low-income households, bikes have gained new regard for their ability to avoid potential viral exposure on public transportation. Because of the many essential roles bikes play in our current pandemic-stricken world, Curbside Cyclery is able to continue serving customers (with extra precautionary measures for sanitation and social distancing, of course).
It’s a different story at Running Niche in St. Louis, Missouri, where sales are markedly slower. On Monday, March 24, the city issued a mandated…