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Photo Melanie Garrido

Downieville, CA) April 30, 2020 – The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, in partnership with Yuba Expeditions bike shop and The Lure Resort in Downieville today announced a generous donation from Santa Cruz Bicycles of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) face shields for local Sierra and Plumas County first responders. While the cycling community is staying away from mountain towns and trails due to social distancing and protection of local citizens, Santa Cruz Bicycles still wants to show community support and sincerely thank first responders for their service, help and commitment. 

Although Santa Cruz, California is in a shelter-in-place like most of the country, Santa Cruz Bicycles’ Research and Development team is at work producing face shields for medical and first responder staff using sheets of plastic cut using their machinery typically used for cutting carbon fiber as well as 3D printers used for prototyping composite bicycles. The face shields are reusable and sterilizable.

Photo Melanie Garrido

The company spent ten days evaluating designs, developing multiple prototypes and getting feedback from health care professionals to ensure the end product suited their needs.  

“With a little help from everyone, we’ll get through this together and come out as an even tighter community on the other side,” said Santa Cruz Bicycles in an official statement.

The Lost Sierra medical and first responder groups that received the protective face shields include: Downieville Fire, Sierra City Fire, Beckwourth Fire, Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District, Eastern Plumas Health Care, Graeagle Fire Protection District, Plumas Eureka Fire Department, Long Valley Fire, Greenhorn Fire, Quincy Fire, Plumas District Hospital, Care Flight Ground and Care Flight Air. 

We will keep you informed through our websites and social media (@sierratrails @lureresort @yubaexpeditions @santacruzbicycles) as life hopefully returns to normal in the region and public recreation returns again.