Live updates: COVID-19 and its impact on the cycling industry

The outbreak of COVID-19 has already sent shockwaves through our industry.
As we weather the storm, BikeBiz will keep you updated with all the latest updates from the trade.

Bike shops can remain open in the UK after prime minister Boris Johnson announced on 23rd March that all “non-essential” shops must now shut due to the spread of COVID-19. The ACT has provided advice for businesses choosing to close during the pandemic, as well as guidance on how to ensure business continuity and remain opportunistic throughout these uncertain times. BikeBiz has also reached to bike shops to find out how they have responded to the ongoing crisis, with Beyond Bikes, Arragon’s Cycle Centre, Dave Mellor Cycles, Pennine Cycles and Balfe’s Bikes sharing best practice.

The ACT is offering IBDs three months of free access to the UK cycle community with an ActSmart bronze subscription. In return, it is asking for a small charitable donation (minimum £5) towards the National Emergencies Trust. eBay has also extended its offer of a ‘free online shop window’ for new businesses joining the platform for a further two months.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps on 9th May unveiled plans to boost greener, active transport and create a “new era for cycling and walking”. Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund – the first stage of a £2 billion investment, as part of the £5 billion in new funding announced for cycling and buses in February.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL have unveiled their London Streetspace programme which will rapidly transform London’s streets to accommodate a possible tenfold increase in cycling and a fivefold increase in walking when lockdown restrictions are eased. Khan and TfL have also announced plans to transform parts of central London into “one of the largest car-free zones in any capital city in the world”.

Various distributors are now offering direct home delivery, including Chicken CycleKit, Exposure Lights and Ultimate, Hotlines, Moore Large, Upgrade, Velobrands and ZyroFisher. Marin Mountain Bikes is also introducing a ‘fully PDI’d’ drop-ship service for use throughout the ongoing crisis, and HKT has also added a new drop-shipping service to its B2B. Litelok is also directly shipping B2B orders for its new and existing customers.

Further updates on distributors’ operations during COVID-19 can be viewed below.

Below is a list of the latest events that have been cancelled or postponed:

Bentonville Bike Fest –  rescheduled to 7th-9th August
North American Handmade Bicycle Show – rescheduled to 21st-23rd August
Tour de France – rescheduled to 29th August-20th September
Ebike Summit – rescheduled to 8th September
Sea Otter Europe – rescheduled to 25th-27th September
Sea Otter Classic – rescheduled to 1st-4th October
Bespoked – rescheduled to 16th-18th October
Eurobike – rescheduled to 24th to 26th November
The London Bike Show – postponed to 5th-7th March 2021
Tour of Britain – postponed to September 2021
European Outdoor Summit – postponed
London e-Bike Festival – postponed
Eurobike Media Days – cancelled
Mountain Mayhem – cancelled
OutDoor by ISPO – cancelled
Prudential RideLondon – cancelled
Taipei Cycle Show – cancelled
Vélo Birmingham and Midlands – cancelled

The following companies have issued updates on their operations during the outbreak:

Chicken CycleKit
Extra UK
Moore Large

Read BikeBiz’s statement on our operations here.

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