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In the age of the coronavirus, public transportation is less in vogue, festivals are canceled, events are mostly a no-go, and the usual places for socializing, recreating and exercising are either closed or fraught with restrictions and added risks. Put another way: Biking is booming.

“We’ve been sold out since early June and there’s no real end in sight as far as our reservations are looking,” said Sam McNichols, owner of Mountain Adventure Equipment in Mountain Village. “And we probably have to turn away about 40 people per day. A lot of people are renting bikes for one or two weeks at a time.”

But it’s not just that people are rushing to the local bike shops to purchase or rent bikes, though that is part of the equation. When the global pandemic shut down much of the manufacturing sectors around the world, disrupting the production of everything from processed

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Opinion: Beckett’s bicycle: Lessons on cycling from the great dramatist

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Gideon Forman is a transportation policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation.

For 40 years I’ve been reading the literary works of Samuel Beckett. But until recently, I hadn’t noticed his contribution to transportation policy.

This spring I picked up for the first time his novel Molloy, written in French in 1947. The title character is a kind of brilliant homeless philosopher whose quest is to reunite with his elderly mother. The circumstances of the adventure are far from clear. But I was struck by the fact this gentleman, who is disabled, pursues his journey by means of a bicycle.

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Perhaps for Mr. Beckett, the bike telegraphs destitution. Too poor to purchase an automobile or even pay train or bus fare, Molloy is forced to cycle. Its creative purpose might be comedic: Here is a man with leg problems so severe he requires crutches managing,

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Pandemic a boon for the bicycle as thousands snap them up

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joel Johnson hadn’t owned a bicycle since he was 15, but the pandemic changed all that.

Johnson first bought a multipurpose bike to avoid the germs on crowded buses and trains but then discovered a passion for pedaling around San Francisco, where some streets are now closed to traffic. He has been taking regular morning rides to stay fit and weekend excursions in leafy Golden Gate Park or along the Pacific Ocean. He has since upgraded to a new road bike.

“It’s addictive,” he said.

Johnson, 25, is among thousands of cooped-up Americans snapping up new bicycles or dusting off decades-old bikes to stay fit, keep their sanity or have a safe alternative to public transportation. The pandemic is proving to be a boon for bike shops, which have seen a surge in demand, with people waiting in line at still-open shops and mechanics struggling to

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Ride on Zwift with Froome, Dygert and Campenaerts for World Bicycle Day

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Chris Froome (Team Ineos), Chloé Dygert (Sho-Air Twenty20), NTT Pro Cycling’s Victor Campenaerts and mountain bike star Jolanda Neff (Trek Factory Racing) will all lead separate rides on virtual platform Zwift on Wednesday, June 3, which is the United Nations’ World Bicycle Day.

The cycling stars hope to encourage as many people to get on their stationary bikes as possible in the hope of encouraging riders to donate to World Bicycle Relief, which provides bikes as a reliable form of transport to health workers in rural Africa.

The Zwift schedule begins on Wednesday at 9am Central European Time (CET) with a ride with time trial specialist and Hour Record holder Campenaerts on a relatively flat, 8.8km section of the Innsbruck 2018 World Championships course, followed at midday CET by a 7.9km off-road ride with 2017 cross-country world champion Neff on Zwift virtual world Watopia’s Jungle Circuit.

At 6pm CET, four-time

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