NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Bike use in New York City is on the upswing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and retailers are seeing the positive effects. However, they are bracing for a possible shelter-in-place order that could curtail retail shopping or even mandate store closures. And, like retailers everywhere, they are anticipating tough times ahead as the economy appears headed toward a major slowdown.
New York bike counters are registering increased bike traffic over key bridges, and the Citi Bike share system is seeing usage increase of 50% or more. New York is increasingly accepting of bikes as a key part of the transportation system. On Twitter, Mayor Bill Di Blasio has urged residents to ride or walk to work during the COVID-19 outbreak. With restaurants closed except for pick-up and delivery orders, Di Blasio has told police to stop enforcing a ban on the use of throttle e-bikes by food delivery workers. Advocates are urging the city to take further steps to accomodate the increased bike traffic.
“We’re an important part of the whole system right now and we’re doing our best to keep it going” — Charlie McCorkell
At Bicycle Habitat, which has three locations in the city, …read more