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BikeMN Applauds Protection of Bicycling, Walking, and Bike Shops Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

[MINNEAPOLIS, MN] — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tim Walz today announced an emergency executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home starting this Friday, March 27th. We urge everyone to take this order seriously to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Under Emergency Executive Order 20-20, outdoor activities including biking and walking are permitted activities, and bicycle shops and distribution facilities have been classified as critical services and will be allowed to continue operating. On Monday, Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) and other transportation advocates sent a letter detailing these requests to Governor Walz.

“Thank you to Governor Walz for his leadership during this crisis and for acknowledging that outdoor activity is critical to our physical and mental health. Biking and walking is the only transportation option for some to acquire necessary supplies and services or get to work in critical sectors,” said Executive Director of BikeMN, Dorian Grilley.

Several other states that have issued similar executive orders have allowed bike shops to remain open, including Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois. BikeMN also encourages bike shops and businesses that stay open to take measures to properly care for and compensate their employees. 

Bicycling, walking, and staying active outdoors can help boost mental and physical health, which are critically important to everyone during this challenging time.  Individuals should follow Minnesota Department of Health and CDC social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart from individuals from other households.

BikeMN strongly believes that no loss of human life or injuries are acceptable, and that nearly all accidents are in fact preventable crashes. As workers in both the Metro Area and Greater Minnesota choose to walk or bike during times when transit services are limited, BikeMN wants to remind everyone driving, walking, biking, and rolling to be safe and vigilant.