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    Default Thinking Of Buying A Bike? Get Ready For A Long Wait

    Christina Goldbaum
    May 18 2020

    Some bicycle shops in Brooklyn are selling twice as many bikes as usual and drawing blocklong lines of customers. A chain of shops in Phoenix is selling three times the number of bikes it typically does. A retailer in Washington, D.C., sold all its entry-level bikes by the end of April and has fielded more preorders than ever in its 50-year history.
    As the coronavirus pandemic shrinks life in major American cities β€” limiting pastimes and discouraging use of buses and subways β€” hundreds of thousands of Americans are flocking to one of the most basic forms of mobility: the bicycle.

    Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/n...ronavirus.html
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    [QUOTE=Julieanne;86378]Some bicycle shops in Brooklyn are selling twice as many bikes as usual and drawing blocklong lines of customers... [QUOTE]

    This ought to be interesting, as it flies in the face of what I reported here on HH recently, about bicyclists injuring pedestrians in NYC. And now due to C-19, subways and buses are being discouraged...oh boy!
    https://www.hawkeshealth.net/communi...=bike+injuries
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    Yep, we can expect to read about thousands of bicycle injuries and increasing trips to the emergency department of hospitals as more and more people take to their bikes. And, we know most of them will not be wearing helmets.

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    Default Re: Thinking Of Buying A Bike? Get Ready For A Long Wait

    But think of the environment! Less cars on the road, less pollution. I'm fairly sure it's illegal here in Oz to not wear a helmet. Public transport is an issue, don't know how we can overcome the fear of crowding. I know there is more of an effort to clean buses and trains, but people will still be too close for comfort. I only use the train occasionally at weekends, when it is practically empty, so I'm not too concerned.

    Edit: These came in after I posted:

    (1)Coronavirus recovery: public transport is key to avoid repeating old and unsustainable mistakes

    https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-recovery-public-transport-is-key-to-avoid-repeating-old-and-unsustainable-mistakes-138415?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from %20The%20Conversation%20for%20May%2026%202020%20-%201631715675&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Co nversation%20for%20May%2026%202020%20-%201631715675+CID_626371d5e83fe44c03ca31a988c036c4 &utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Coronavirus% 20recovery%20public%20transport%20is%20key%20to%20 avoid%20repeating%20old%20and%20unsustainable%20mi stakes

    (2) Call to fast-track bike lanes to boost jobs and take advantage of lockdown-induced bicycle sales

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ngmailau_email
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    Default Re: Thinking Of Buying A Bike? Get Ready For A Long Wait

    Here is an interesting and unusual bike development,
    updated with company comment:

    Steve Frothingham
    June 5, 2020
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    PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) β€” BikeCo, the North American distributor of Fuji bikes, has suspended sales of bikes to police forces, citing recent reports of police bikes being used as weapons at protest marches.


    Continue reading at:
    https://www.bicycleretailer.com/indu...a#.Xt5xfXlDvZh

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    Default Re: Thinking Of Buying A Bike? Get Ready For A Long Wait

    In the words of Plato....."Strange times are these in which we live..."

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    Default Re: Thinking Of Buying A Bike? Get Ready For A Long Wait

    If you're having a difficult time finding a bike, perhaps an (industrial) tricycle might be easier to locate, more useful and practical, and more cost effective. Last year I reported about industrial or regular tricycles here on HH, https://www.hawkeshealth.net/communi...light=tricycle thread post reply #8.

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