electrical bike Herman: Metropolis and Mellow Johnny’s conform to section out bike contract – Information – Austin American-Statesman
You maybe recall that final month the oldsters at native bike store Mellow Johnny’s determined they not need to promote bikes to the Austin Police Division.
The choice, the store mentioned in a press release, was made “within the context of the present analysis of neighborhood policing in Austin.” And it got here after Austin cops’ use of bikes at downtown protests brought on some consternation amongst some people. These people included some Mellow Johnny’s workers.
There was one potential impediment to Mellow Johnny’s effort to de-couple from the cops. That impediment is a few items of paper, 40 on this case, that attorneys name a “contract.”
Town and the store signed a type of in October 2019 and it requires Mellow Johnny’s to promote 40 bikes a 12 months for 5 years to the cops for a complete buy value of $314,000. The bikes are Trek fashions generally utilized by legislation enforcement businesses, although the favored bike maker has additionally expressed concern about how cops are utilizing its merchandise.
“Just lately we have now seen images and video of Trek bikes which were utilized by police in methods which can be abhorrent and vastly completely different from their supposed use,” Trek mentioned in a press release.
In order that’s the backdrop. And now it appears like Mellow Johnny’s goes to must proceed to promote bikes to APD, if wanted and if obtainable, till a brand new vendor may be signed up. It appears like either side are OK with the result.
Again on Aug. 6, Cyrenthia Ellis, the town’s procurement supervisor, spoke with Will Black and Dave Ryther of the bike store. The main points of what they talked about and the way Mellow Johnny’s can be allowed to get out of the contract have been detailed in a letter Ellis despatched to Ryther final week.
“Town understands that Mellow Johnny’s Bike Store not needs to carry out the necessities of their contract with the town,” she instructed him. “Per the phrases and circumstances of the contract, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Store doesn’t have the correct to cancel or to terminate the contract with out trigger.”
She continued: “As the town depends on this contract to help a portion of its legislation enforcement and public security companies, ending the contract earlier than the town can put a brand new contract in place may negatively impression the town’s skill to offer these companies.”
In order that’s an issue, however one which appears to have come to a mutually accepted answer, as delineated in Ellis’ letter. The phrases:
“Mellow Johnny’s Bike Store will proceed offering gear and companies as required beneath the present contract. Town’s Buying Workplace will proceed with the event of a brand new solicitation, with the intention of awarding a contract someday earlier than or shortly after the start of the brand new calendar 12 months. And as quickly as the town awards a brand new contract, the Buying Workplace will problem a bilateral modification to Mellow Johnny’s Bike Store to finish the present contract with 30 days’ discover — in accordance with the contract’s phrases and circumstances.”
Looks like an inexpensive path to permit the bike store to roll away from a contractual obligation.
Will Black, normal supervisor at Mellow Johnny’s, mentioned his store complied with the town request to proceed to offer bikes till a brand new contract is signed with one other supplier. Typically, APD orders some within the fall. However, citing the nationwide bike scarcity brought on by pandemic-spurred purchases, Black mentioned he’s unsure if Mellow Johnny’s will be capable of get those APD makes use of.
“We’re more than pleased to work with the town and make this as straightforward on them as doable,” Black mentioned, conditioning future gross sales on availability.
How scorching is the bike market?
“I began working in bike retailers as a 13-year-old child,” Black mentioned. “I’m 53 this 12 months. I’ve by no means, by no means, ever, ever seen something remotely near this. I joked with Lance when this primary began … I have never seen individuals shopping for bikes since he was successful seven Excursions (de France).
“And he form of chuckled and laughed. After which, most likely two weeks later, I instructed him, ‘Dude, that is such as you successful Excursions occasions 5.’ I imply it’s insane,” Black mentioned.
Lance is Mellow Johnny’s founder and co-owner Lance Armstrong. You recognize about him.
As anticipated, the store’s choice to cease promoting bikes to the cops has divided Austin.
“I’ve definitely heard either side,” Black mentioned. “We have been bombarded with principally dangerous. However as a enterprise we’re nonetheless thriving.”
There are many different bike retailers on the town. Will probably be fascinating to see if any of them need to promote bikes to the cops. I’ve bought a sense some may not.
However the greater query could be whether or not there’ll be any bikes for anybody to promote to anybody.