Herman: Metropolis and Mellow Johnny’s conform to part out bike contract – Information – Austin American-Statesman
You maybe recall that final month the parents at native bike store Mellow Johnny’s determined they now 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 group policing in Austin.” And it got here after Austin cops’ use of bikes at downtown protests brought about some consternation amongst some of us. These of us included some Mellow Johnny’s staff.
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 kind 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 worth of $314,000. The bikes are Trek fashions generally utilized by legislation enforcement companies, although the favored bike maker has additionally expressed concern about how cops are utilizing its merchandise.
“Not too long ago we now have seen images and video of Trek bikes which have been utilized by police in methods which can be abhorrent and vastly totally different from their supposed use,” Trek mentioned in a press release.
In order that’s the backdrop. And now it appears to be like like Mellow Johnny’s goes to must proceed to promote bikes to APD, if wanted and if out there, till a brand new vendor could be signed up. It appears to be like like either side are OK with the end result.
Again on Aug. 6, Cyrenthia Ellis, 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 had been detailed in a letter Ellis despatched to Ryther final week.
“Town understands that Mellow Johnny’s Bike Store now not needs to carry out the necessities of their contract with town,” she informed 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 town depends on this contract to assist a portion of its legislation enforcement and public security providers, ending the contract earlier than town can put a brand new contract in place may negatively affect town’s means to offer these providers.”
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 tools and providers as required underneath 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 town awards a brand new contract, the Buying Workplace will subject 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 town request to proceed to offer bikes till a brand new contract is signed with one other supplier. Usually, APD orders some within the fall. However, citing the nationwide bike scarcity attributable to pandemic-spurred purchases, Black mentioned he’s undecided if Mellow Johnny’s will be capable of get those APD makes use of.
“We’re very happy to work with town and make this as straightforward on them as potential,” Black mentioned, conditioning future gross sales on availability.
How sizzling is the bike market?
“I began working in bike outlets 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 sort of chuckled and laughed. After which, most likely two weeks later, I informed 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 realize about him.
As anticipated, the store’s resolution to cease promoting bikes to the cops has divided Austin.
“I’ve definitely heard either side,” Black mentioned. “We had been bombarded with largely unhealthy. However as a enterprise we’re nonetheless thriving.”
There are many different bike outlets on the town. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see if any of them need to promote bikes to the cops. I’ve received a sense some won’t.
However the larger query could be whether or not there’ll be any bikes for anybody to promote to anybody.