Walking in New York is common; however, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, cycling becomes the primary choice.
When the oldest bicycle sales and repair shop in the United States opened, the Spanish flu raged in the city “that never sleeps.” More than a century later, he’s helping New Yorkers work and maintain some physical and mental health.
Cycling has become vital during the coronavirus.
Almost all of the stores had to close due to the quarantine measures taken by the Big Apple to deal with the COVID-19.
But shops like Bellitte Bicycles, one of the most classic stores in the city, were considered essential and remains open.
The bike is critical for New Yorkers going to hospitals, for immigrant workers who make deals, and for residents looking to get some exercise on their own.
“Business has been good but it’s also about serving the community,” said Sal Bellitte, co-owner of Bellitte Bicycles, whose grandfather opened the store in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens in 1918.
New Yorkers try to avoid the subway or buses due to social distancing rules.
New Yorkers are fixing old bikes or buying new ones to make up for canceled Pilates classes and gym closings.