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Apr
10

Good News from the Industry as it Rallies Against the Spread of Covid-19 [Update: Muc-Off Launch Anti-Bac Fight Back Program]

Among the constant bad news about the worsening spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and people in the bike industry are trying to make the most of a bad situation. Check out some of the positive news stories to come through our inbox.

Muc-Off launch ‘Anti Bac Fight Back’ project

Muc-Off has added to their recent efforts of assisting with the shortage of plastic bottles for hand sanitiser by launching their new ‘Anti Bac Fight Back’ project. The new program from the UK based company sees them take three different approaches to the situation. Support front line workers, protecting people and global support.

Adding to their previous efforts Muc-Off is now providing ITU nurses with anti-bacterial moisturising creams to help with the soreness creating by wearing face masks during their shifts. The aim is to donate 100,000 products to front line health workers.

They have also released a new range of anti-bacterial sanitisers and gels for everyone which will see 10% of profits from the products go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Finally, they have also started using their R&D team’s 3D printer to produce PPE faceguards for local hospitals.

You can find out more here.


Oakley Donate 20000+ units of protective eyewear to Healthcare Workers while also developing protective shield for front line health workers.
Oakley has announced on social media that they have so far donated over 20000 units of protective eyewear that will be sent across America and Europe. In addition to their sizeable donation, the company have also put their R&D and Manufacturing teams to work on a protective shield that they hope to mass produce for first responders and front line medical staff.

bigquotes Wanting to help in these trying times, the R&D and Manufacturing teams here at Oakley, have been working diligently to put their time and talents to good use. In collaboration with the local medical community, the teams have developed a protective shield that will be mass-produced and provided to our first responders and front-line medical workers. In addition to this we have also made a donation of 20,000 units of protective eyewear that will be shipped across North America and Europe. We will continue to offer our support wherever possible throughout this crisis. We’re all in this together. Oakley

Santa Cruz Bicycles’ R&D Team Uses CNC Machinery to Produce Face Shields for Local Medical Staff

Although Santa Cruz, California is in a shelter-in-place like most of the world, Santa Cruz Bicycles’ R&D team is at work producing face shields (PPE) for local medical staff using sheets of plastic cut using their CNC machinery typically used for cutting carbon fiber as well as 3D printers used for prototyping.

The equipment is able to make up to 20 face shield lenses every 9 minutes, yielding ~1000 shields per day. Ten days were spent evaluating designs, developing multiple prototypes and getting feedback from local healthcare professionals to ensure the end product suited their needs. 3D printers are used to make

Apr
7

N.J. counties shutting down parks to slow coronavirus spread, but state parks still open

In line with Gov. Phil Murphy’s order Monday to tighten a state lockdown on public gatherings, parks in at least two New Jersey counties will be closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

“We had started to close some parks to the public last week in an effort to curtail large gatherings and because of a lack of social distancing,” Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines said in a statement.

Ocean County as of Monday had 874 cases of coronavirus, according to New Jersey health officials.

“Because the power of social distancing cannot be stressed enough, we are taking this next step and shutting down all of our parks and natural land sites to the public.”

“Parks and natural lands will be closed to the public starting at 6 p.m. (Tuesday) until further notice,” Ocean County officials said in a statement. There are 27 parks across the county spread across 4,000 acres, along with 30,000 acres of natural lands, officials said.

Ocean County had already shut down its two golf courses, public playgrounds, playing fields, in response to COVID-19, Haines said.

“It’s important we take this step (of closing all parks) to further protect our citizens from the spread of the coronavirus,” Haines said. “We have to take this seriously.”

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco last week ordered parks in his county closed as of 8 a.m. Saturday. The county on Monday continued to have more reported cases than any county in New Jersey – 2,482 across 69 municipalities, according to state officials.

“Keeping the parks open has placed a tremendous burden on local law enforcement, the Bergen County sheriff and other critical resources during this pandemic,” Tedesco said in an email.

Bergen County has nearly two dozen parks, miles of bicycle trails and numerous dog parks, according to its website.

“Local authorities have reported complications, including but not limited to traffic congestion, parking issues and non-compliance with social distancing guidelines, related to park visitation, resulting in the need for closure,” Tedesco said.

In the city of Hoboken, parks were closed 8 a.m. Monday for two weeks to halt the spread of COVID-19, said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

Across New Jersey, state parks remain open but facilities — like restrooms, visitor centers and campgrounds — are closed until further notice in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

Other county-maintained parks in New Jersey as of Tuesday remained open but many of them with restrictions.

In Middlesex County, all events and picnics are suspended until April 30.

“Parks and open space will remain open to the public for passive recreation, including roads, parking areas, trails, lakes and other open space areas,” Middlesex County stated on its website.

“However, restrooms, comfort stations, playgrounds, dog parks, basketball and tennis courts, the flying field, and similar facilities are closed until further notice,” the county said.

Coronavirus cases in New Jersey continued to climb Monday with 16,636 cases spread among all 21 counties as of Monday. There have been 198 deaths