Bike Shops are Essential to Our Communities

One thing you can do right now to help your community, your business, and the industry is contact your state's governor and request that bike shops be classified as "essential services" and remain open in the event of a shelter-in-place order.

Phone Script
"My name is [name] and I'm the [position] at [bike shop name] located in [city, state]. Please declare [state's] bike shops as essential businesses under a shelter-in-place order. For many essential workers, the bicycle serves as a primary mode of transportation, and in places where public transportation is no longer a safe option, the bicycle is increasingly being used as an alternative way to get around. The cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York City have already taken this action.
Thanks for your consideration."  

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Additional Talking Points and Tips

  • From March 1–11 this year, Citi Bike's bikeshare program saw a 67% increase in use compared to the year prior in New York City, meaning more people are choosing biking over other forms of transportation during the pandemic. [Bicycling Magazine]
  • Since 2005, states have seen, on average, a 46% increase in the share of people commuting by bike. [League of American Bicyclists]
  • Personal stories are a powerful way to grab your governor's attention. Share a short story about what kind of critical services and community outreach you've provided in your area.

Spread the Word
The more people who contact your governor about this issue, the likelier it is that action will be taken. Here's an email template you can quickly complete and send to your customers to help get the word out. 

Subject Line
We Need Your Help—Contact Gov. [your governor's name here] Now

Body
Tell Governor [your governor's name here] that Bike Shops are Essential Business
If anyone understands the importance of the bicycle, it's you—our customers. And in these unprecedented times, the role that the bicycle serves in transporting people is more critical than ever.

Here's where you come in.

We need to make sure that, if Governor [Governor's name] enacts a city- or statewide shelter-in-place order, bike shops like ours are able to stay open so that essential workers who rely on us for repairs, maintenance, and products can get what they need.

Governor's Contact Information:
[Governor's name]
[Governor's phone number]

Phone Script:
"My name is [name] and I'm from [city, state]. Please declare [state's] bike shops as essential businesses under a shelter-in-place order. For many essential workers, the bicycle serves as a primary mode of transportation, and in places where public transportation is no longer a safe option, the bicycle is increasingly being used as an alternative way to get around. The cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York City have already taken this action.
Thanks for your consideration." 

 

Governor Contact List

State

Name

Phone Number

Alabama

Kay Ivey

334-242-7100

Alaska

Mike Dunleavy

907-465-3500

American Samoa

Lolo Matalasi Moliga

011-684-633-4116

Arizona

Doug Ducey

602-542-4331

Arkansas

Asa Hutchinson

501-682-2345

California

Gavin Newsom

916-445-2841

Colorado

Jared Polis

303-866-2471

Connecticut

Ned Lamont

800-406-1527

Delaware

John Carney

302-744-4101

Florida

Ron DeSantis

850-488-7146

Georgia

Brian Kemp

404-656-1776

Guam

Lou Leon Guerrero

671-472-8931

Hawaii

David Ige

808-586-0034

Idaho

Brad Little

208-334-2100

Illinois

JB Pritzker

217-782-0244

Indiana

Eric Holcomb

317-232-4567

Iowa

Kim Reynolds

515- 281-5211

Kansas

Laura Kelly

785-296-3232

Kentucky

Andy Beshear

502-564-2611

Louisiana

John Bel Edwards

225-342-7015

Maine

Janet Mills

207-287-3531

Maryland

Larry Hogan

410-974-3901

Massachusetts

Charlie Baker

617-725-4005

Michigan

Gretchen Whitmer

517-373-3400

Minnesota

Tim Walz

651-201-3400

Mississippi

Tate Reeves

601-359-3150

Missouri

Mike Parson

573-751-3222

Montana

Steve Bullock

406-444-3111

Nebraska

Pete Ricketts

402-471-2244

Nevada

Steve Sisolak

775-684-5670

New Hampshire

Chris Sununu

603-271-2121

New Jersey

Phil Murphy

609-292-6000

New Mexico

Michelle Lujan Grisham

505-476-2200

New York

Andrew Cuomo

518- 474-8390

North Carolina

Roy Cooper

919-814-2000

North Dakota

Doug Burgum

701-328-2200

Northern Mariana Islands

Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres

670-664-2280

Ohio

Mike DeWine

614-466-3555

Oklahoma

Kevin Stitt

405-521-2342

Oregon

Kate Brown

503-378-4582

Pennsylvania

Tom Wolf

717-787-2500

Puerto Rico

Wanda Vazquez Garced

787-721-7000

Rhode Island

Gina Raimondo

401-222-2080

South Carolina

Henry McMaster

803-734-2100

South Dakota

Kristi Noem

605-773-3212

Tennessee

Bill Lee

615-741-2001

Texas

Greg Abbott

512-463-2000

Utah

Gary Herbert

801-538-1000

Vermont

Phil Scott

802-828-3333

Virginia

Ralph Northam

804-786-2211

Virgin Islands

Albert Bryan

340-774-0001

Washington

Jay Inslee

360-902-4111

West Virginia

Jim Justice

304-558-2000

Wisconsin

Tony Evers

608-266-1212

Wyoming

Mark Gordon

307-777-7434