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Bike Shop Hero

As bikes are being used by folks in the gig economy to make deliveries and by residents who want to get around without using a motor vehicle (and get outside for exercise), it’s critical that people be able to use bikes that are in good repair and fix them when necessary. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that the City of Philadelphia has just declared bicycle shops “essential businesses” which can remain open during the pandemic.

It was scary yesterday to read the limited list of businesses that are allowed to remain open during this “containment” period.  Yesterday and today we were asked by several bike shop owners if we would help advocate that bike shops be included in the list of those businesses considered essential.

As we were contacting the administration and putting together a letter/petition campaign, the Mayor issued an updated list of essential businesses and announced that bike shops are considered essential and can open for business.

So, you can now keep your bike in good repair and support your local Philly bike shop.

Thank you Philly bike shops! Thank you Mayor Kenney!

Keep safe out there!

Sarah Clark Stuart


Sarah’s foray into trail and bicycle advocacy began in 2004 when she became involved in the “Free Schuylkill River Park” campaign to preserve public access to the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City, now known as Schuylkill Banks. Since joining the Bicycle Coalition in 2006, she has been a key player in the Bicycle Coalition’s key accomplishments: the $23 million TIGER trail-building grant; naming and building out the Circuit; lobbying successfully for legislation mandating the inclusion of bike parking in new construction projects; Philadelphia’s Complete Streets policy; and coordinating research and analysis of several reports on bicycling in Philadelphia.

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