Bike Shops Considered Essential During COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Looks like the city of Philadelphia has deemed Bicycle Shops necessary during our country’s time of crisis, and we can only hope that Maryland and West Virginia follow suite in the upcoming days! This way, Time 2 Shine can remain open during this volatile time facing our country!


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!

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