In the midst of this pandemic, bike shops are more important than ever.
We here at Supercross BMX and Speedline Parts will remain open and shipping your orders as long as we are allowed and will remain shipping as all carriers are picking up and delivering. Unfortunately all Will Calls have been halted until the crisis is over.
One thing you can do right now to help your community, your business, and the industry is contact your state's governor and request that bike shops be classified as "essential services" and remain open in the event of a shelter-in-place order.
Here is a quick phone script. Please call them and say the following:
Phone Script "My name is [name] and I'm the [position] at [bike shop name] located in [city, state]. Please declare [state's] bike shops as essential businesses under a shelter-in-place order. For many essential workers, the bicycle serves as a primary mode of transportation, and in places where public transportation is no longer a safe option, the bicycle is increasingly being used as an alternative way to get around. The cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York City have already taken this action. Thanks for your consideration."
From March 1–11 this year, Citi Bike's bikeshare program saw a 67% increase in use compared to the year prior in New York City, meaning more people are choosing biking over other forms of transportation during the pandemic. [Bicycling Magazine]
Personal stories are a powerful way to grab your governor's attention. Share a short story about what kind of critical services and community outreach you've provided in your area.
Spread the Word The more people who contact your governor about this issue, the likelier it is that action will be taken.
Or you can e-mail them, here is a quick e-mail template you can quickly complete and send to your customers to help get the word out.
Subject Line We Need Your Help—Contact Gov. [your governor's name here] Now
Body Tell Governor[insert your governor's name here]that Bike Shops are Essential Business If anyone understands the importance of the bicycle, it's you—our customers. And in these unprecedented times, the role that the bicycle serves in transporting people is more critical than ever.
Here's where you come in.
We need to make sure that, if Governor [Governor's name] enacts a city- or statewide shelter-in-place order, bike shops like ours are able to stay open so that essential workers who rely on us for repairs, maintenance, and products can get what they need.