Local bicycle shops facing shortage during coronavirus pandemic

CHICO, Calif. – Local bicycle shops are facing a shortage due to gyms being closed and people finding alternative ways to exercise.

“It has gotten progressively more frustrating because the demand has not dropped,” said Manager at Amain Cycling, Evan Billman.” There are still people looking for bikes.”

Billman said that they have customers come into the store every day, but can’t always provide bikes for their customers.

“We have people coming in hoping to buy a new bike, and a lot of them, unfortunately, we have to put on a waitlist or tell them we just can’t get it at the moment,” said Billman. 

Currently, Amain Cycling only has a third of what they normally carry. 

“Most of what we are missing is the most popular stuff,” said Billman. “The entry-level, and the four, five hundred dollar bikes are very popular and we sell a lot of them and

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Coronavirus pandemic helps bicycle shop as people opt outside

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    MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — Changing habits because of the coronavirus has been forcing more people outside, some of those folks have turned to biking to spend their free time.

That in turn made bicycles a hot commodity during this pandemic and Cadence 120 was sold out at one point and customers were waiting days if not weeks to hit the trail.

“There’s no way to predict this,” said Brad Burton, Owner of Cadence 120 Bicycles. “I wouldn’t have even predicted this at the beginning of March.”

It would be an understatement to say the bike business is booming.

“This will be our best year ever by far,” Burton said. “Not by a little bit, by a long bit.”

For months the shop has not been able to keep bicycles on the shelves.

They have a few ready to go right now and they

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State releases school transportation guide for local planning amid coronavirus pandemic

State education officials on Wednesday released a set of bus transportation guidance for local officials to use as they put together fall school plans.

The “core health and safety practices” in the document sent by Department of  Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to superintendents and local school officials includes a requirement all students and staff wear a mask at all times, with exceptions allowed for students with medical or behavioral issues.

Seating will be limited to one student per bench seat, with children from the same household allowed to sit together.

Windows will be required to be open at all times — except for in cases of extreme weather.

Acknowledging the difficulties created by changes, the department suggests local officials consider “strategies such as adding bus routes, staggering schedules, and pursuing a waiver for student learning time requirements if needed.”

DESE also directs districts to make an estimate

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Brian Brenberg: Coronavirus stimulus serving as a ‘vehicle’ for Dems’ progressive agenda

Democrats are using coronavirus stimulus negotiations as an opportunity to push their big-government liberal agenda, The King’s College Professor Brian Brenberg warned Saturday.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Brenberg said he has been worried that efforts from politicians are not about recovery anymore.


“This is about a convenient vehicle to get the Democrats’ progressive agenda through Congress,” he stated.

“I mean, you look at what we are talking about right now,” Brenberg pointed out. “We are talking about things that look like head-scratchers when it comes to recovery. We are talking about forgiving student loans. We are talking about massive new programs for rent relief and mortgages. We are talking about another round of stimulus checks.”

“And, the question is, do these things really help us recover? Is this what the economy really 

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A WHO driver was killed when his vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples was attacked in Myanmar

A World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples came under fire in Myanmar, in an attack that killed the driver and seriously injured a government official, the UN said Tuesday.

The attack happened on Monday in Minbya, in the country’s northwestern Rakhine state, where the military has been fighting with the Buddhist insurgent group Arakan Army.

The UN’s Myanmar mission named the driver as Pyae Sone Win Maung, saying it was “deeply saddened” to confirm his death.

Driver killed in attack on WHO vehicle carrying coronavirus samples in Myanmar
Pyae Sone Win Maung was driving a World Health Organisation vehicle carrying coronavirus test samples when it came under fire in Myanmar. (Supplied by Pyae Sone Win Maung’s family.)
“The WHO colleague was driving a marked UN vehicle from Sittwe to Yangon transporting COVID19 surveillance samples in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports. The United Nations is seeking further information on the circumstances of the incident,” the mission said in
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Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects

Nearly everyone in the Bay Area is sticking close to home during the coronavirus shelter in place, which has left the region’s roadways unusually empty and sped up typically congested commutes for the relatively few people still on the road.

Caltrans is also taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place slowdown by speeding up work to revitalize the region’s rail system.

The goal for these agencies is to get construction work done before the Bay Area reopens and congestion starts to return.

“This is getting a lot of talk in Caltrans and BART and other agencies as well,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “They want to get as much work

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Coronavirus: Doctor finds bicycle stolen after night shift

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Dan Harvey discovered his bicycle had been stolen after a shift treating coronavirus patients

A hospital consultant treating patients with coronavirus says he has been overwhelmed with offers to replace his stolen bicycle.

Dan Harvey noticed his transport home was missing when he finished a nine-hour night shift on an intensive care unit in Nottingham.

It had been locked in a staff area of the Queen’s Medical Centre.

After sharing details of the theft on social media, Mr Harvey had dozens of offers to replace the bicycle.

Mr Harvey, 44, said he finished his shift at 02:00 GMT on Thursday and soon realised the bicycle he used for commuting had been taken.

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It had been secured with a combination padlock in a bicycle park that required a hospital staff ID to access.

“There were many bikes

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Ford’s first-quarter China vehicle sales down 35% as coronavirus hits demand

FILE PHOTO: The Chinese national flag flies on the roof of a Ford car dealership in Beijing, China October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Thursday that its China vehicle sales in the first three months this year fell 34.9% from a year earlier to 88,770 units, as the novel coronavirus epidemic hit demand in the world’s biggest auto market.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based company said, however, all its dealers in China had resumed work and its sales in March had returned to 75% of the same period last year.

In China, Ford makes cars through Jiangling Motors Corp Ltd (JMC) (000550.SZ), in which it has a stake, and a joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd (000625.SZ).

Ford has been trying to revive sales in China after its business began slumping in late 2017. Sales sank

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Auto industry: China is giving cash to car buyers to revive sales crushed by coronavirus

Car sales declined 42% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to last year, according to data released late last week by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). While that is largely because of a whopping 79% plunge in February — when the country of 1.4 billion people recorded just 310,000 sales — the market remains very weak. Only 1.43 million vehicles were sold in China last month, a 43% decline over March 2019.

The auto industry plays a crucial role in China’s economy. More than 40 million people in the country rely on the sector for jobs, either directly or indirectly. The industry generates more than $1 trillion in revenue each year, roughly 10% of China’s manufacturing output.

A healthy Chinese car market is also important to the rest of the world. Global automakers like Volkswagen (VLKAF) and General Motors (GM) sell millions of
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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic postponed because of coronavirus

Memorial Day weekend in Durango is synonymous with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. It’s the symbolic start of summer tourism season, as thousands of cyclists line up in a 47-mile road race from Durango to Silverton to try to beat a locomotive from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

It’s been that way for 48 years, but not this year.

As the new coronavirus pandemic has continued to bring the world to a halt in all walks of life, the famed cycling event wasn’t spared. In uncertain times with no clear picture of when the COVID-19 outbreak will slow down or be controlled, the IHBC was forced to announce a postponement Thursday in an email to all registered riders.

“We just want everyone to understand this is based on obvious safety concerns. We don’t want to be part of the problem,” said IHBC Race Director Gaige Sippy. “We hope

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