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'Stay safe, stay on a bike': oldest bike shop in the US helps New Yorkers ride out coronavirus lockdown

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When America's oldest bike shop opened, the Spanish flu was ravaging New York. More than a century later, it's helping residents work and stay sane as cycling takes on a vital role during the coronavirus pandemic. While almost all stores were ordered to close for the Big Apple's COVID-19 shutdown, bike shops like Bellitte Bicycles were deemed essential businesses and allowed to stay open. As people get back into cycling, Peter Frouws, co-owner of the shop, notices an increase in business activity. Oliver Bucknor, one of his clients, had to purchase a bicycle to make food deliveries after losing his job as a van driver at the start of the outbreak.

Added on the 12/04/2020 14:34:28 - Copyright : AFP EN

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