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Modified Shelter-in-Place Order Allows Bicycle Shops, Some Social Services to Resume

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Humboldt County’s Joint Information Center sent out a press release this afternoon clarifying how Gov. Gavin Newsom’s modified stay-at-home order changes things here in Humboldt. (Spoiler alert: not much.)

The modified order allows some real estate work to resume, bicycle shops to re-open and faith based social services to resume, all as “essential” activities. It also clarifies what types of outdoor recreation are allowable, while still practicing social distancing with everyone who is not a member of your household.

Check out the full press release below.

May 1, 2020 – Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Updated: Most Activities Already Allowed in Humboldt
707-441-5000 ; covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us ; Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm ; Saturday 10am to 5pm Opens in new window
California Governor Gavin Newsom further clarified the state’s Stay-at-Home Order in a series of posts and statements yesterday, though many of the activities mentioned are already allowed in Humboldt County.

Clarifications to essential services pertain to real estate, bicycle shops and faith-based social services. A summary is listed below.

Real estate: Residential and commercial real estate workers are limited to scheduled property viewings to a potential buying party. This does not extend to open-house viewings, nor viewings with more than one buying party at a time.
Bicycle sales and services: Clarified as an essential service.
Faith-based social services: Services for seniors, people experiencing homelessness, those with substance use disorders and those with behavioral health needs are clarified as essential services.
Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said, “While we are still awaiting more clarification, the governor indicated that outdoor activities that are done solo or at most with two individuals other than household members, will be allowed under his order.”

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said, “This is a step in the right direction as we prepare to move into the next phase of COVID-19 response. Humboldt County residents have been doing a great job of practicing responsible social distancing, and I encourage members of the community to keep it up while enjoying the outdoors.”

Social distancing measures include wearing facial coverings in shared indoor spaces other than the home, using facial coverings outdoors when within 6 feet of others, maintaining spacing of 6 feet or more from others at all times unless they are members of your household, frequently handwashing or using hand sanitizer and staying home when ill. “These measures will be more, not less important, as we begin to spend more time outside our homes during the coming weeks and months,” Dr. Frankovich said.

Below is the state’s non-exhaustive list of outdoor recreational activities that can be enjoyed while meeting social distancing requirements:

Badminton (singles)
Throwing a baseball/softball
BMX biking
Canoeing (singles)
Exploring Rock Pools
Gardening (not in groups)
Golf (singles, walking – no cart)*
Hiking (trails/ paths allowing distancing)
Horse Riding (singles)
Jogging and running
Kite Boarding and Kitesurfing
Outdoor Photography
Picnics (with your stay-home household members only)
Quad Biking
Rock Climbing
Roller Skating and Roller Blading
Rowing (singles)


This is a social distancing bicycle / Boing Boing

This is a social distancing bicycle / Boing Boing

Colin Furze modified his bicycle to maintain social distance on the road.

“I’m keeping 2m apart vertically,” he writes.

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The Vintage 2020 Cafe EV Bicycle: Social Distancing With Style

Vintage Electric Bikes

Vintage electric bikes were developed for multiple reasons — the thrill of the ride, helping save gas and carbon emissions from automobiles, getting great exercise, and essentially helping the planet.

Vintage is a transportation company established in 2013 in Santa Clara, California, that engineered and designed its first electric bikes with a vintage aesthetic and world-class engineering. Today, Vintage’s electric-bike engineering has evolved to include a variety of models, from a powerful commuter bike to a rugged off-roader, all integrating the brand’s design ethos.  All of the models are engineered for speed, and outperform other electric bikes on the market. They use lithium-ion batteries paired with direct drive rear hub motors.

Social Distancing made easy with the Vintage Cafe Electric Bike

But during this time when social distancing and personal separation strategies have become so needful, Vintage is launching a new special edition 2020 Cafe bike with up to a 60-mile range, allowing riders to experience exceptional outdoor rides while also exercising safe and now needful social distancing.

The new 28 mph Cafe series also features increased storage capacity with new Suffolk pannier bags, designed to help riders comfortably stow and transport essential travel items for short or longer bike trips.

“As people continue to exercise caution in their daily lives for public safety, we want to remind everyone that Vintage as a brand was built on the idea that riders may use our bikes to improve their lives by forgoing conventional transportation,” Andrew Davidge, Founder of Vintage says. “Regardless of whether someone takes one of our bikes or not, riding instead of taking a car for essential errands is helpful on so many levels: being outside in a safe way, and getting fresh air and exercise while saving gas, all helps people and our planet. And, transporting groceries on the ride back is easier with Vintage’s powerful pedal-assist technology.”  

Vintage Cafe Electric Bike, Bronze

Further, the 2020 Vintage Cafe bike allows riders to explore the road conveniently as a powerful EV machine is capable of speeds up to 28 mph. The bike also doubles as a pedal bicycle. With five power levels of pedal assist, riders can choose the power they prefer with the push of a button. So, the rider can pedal the Cafe like an ordinary bicycle for more exercise, or engage the battery at anytime to experience Vintage’s powerful EV propulsion. 

Vintage 2020 Cafe Electric Bike, Red

The new 2020 Cafe also features more storage capacity with a pair of pannier bags. Made from waterproof, bluesign® material, these Suffolk roll-top panniers include a convenient large outer pocket and additional four-way stretch side pockets to secure groceries or any other essential items, ensuring that riders will be able to pack plenty while running any essential errands. Woven with nylon and cotton blended fabric, the large durable bags weigh 2 pounds for an easy start to any ride while the powerful new 2020 Cafe bike battery allows for easy, convenient and most importantly, safe