Clarity needed on bicycle shop opening in COVID-19 lockdown – TD

Clarity on the operation of bicycle shops in the COVID-19 lockdown is needed from the Government, says TD.

Paul McAuliffe TD (FF) said: “I am calling the government to clarify and amend the list of essential retail outlets to allow bicycle repairs to take place on a drop off and collection basis. The current guidelines are not clear.”

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Deputy McAuliffe made the comment on Twitter on April 16, but confirmed on Thursday that he has yet to receive a reply.

“They appear to suggest that these services can operate only when a bicycle is collected from a remote location such as the person’s home. For many bicycle repair shops this is not practical and exposes their workers to a greater risk. Instead Government should permit customers who need urgent repairs on their bicycle to drop it off at the repair shop and collect at a later time. Obviously it would involve the use of social distancing and other sensible precautions,” said McAuliffe.

He added: “Many essential workers travel to work on their bicycle and need to get repairs made. This is a small clarification that would allow Dublin’s cyclist to continue using a great mode of transport.”

Cycling has become more important for frontline and other essential workers. Last month we reported how River Cycles, a Dublin bicycle shop, is offering free repairs for front line hospital staff and firefighters.

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