Coronavirus – What does social distancing mean for mountain bikers?

***This article has been updated to include the latest Government advice from 23rd March 2020***

Please don’t ride in groups, ride well below your limit, don’t travel to your riding spot and avoid busy areas whilst the country is trying to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). You should only partake in one form of exercise a day – alone or with members of your household.

Everyone plays a part in reducing the transmission of Coronavirus, and social distancing measures are hugely important in reducing transmission rates. There’s loads of useful information on the internet about social distancing (check out the Government website) but what does it mean for cyclists who wish to get some fresh air and exercise?

Cycling is important to us, and fresh air and exercise are good for the mind and body. However, that does not mean it is OK to ignore the Government advice on social distancing. Do not ride in groups and do not travel to the busy areas where it is difficult to observe social distancing guidance. Ride local, quiet areas, observe social distancing guidance and ride well below your limits to reduce the risk of accident. Our health service has enough on their plate.

Cycling UK provide more advice on cycling during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak:

“Following renewed advice from the Government, Cycling UK is advising cyclists should not take part in club runs or any group activity until further notice.” – https://www.cyclinguk.org/news/what-does-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak-mean-cycling 

The Peak District National Park have stated:

“If your visit to the National Park is not absolutely necessary, please consider alternative green spaces closer to home, and we will update our coronavirus pages regularly with how government guidance may affect our activities.” – https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/learning-about/news/current-news/coronavirus-covid-19-update

We all want to avoid a situation where we are in lockdown in our own homes. If we all do our bit to slow down the transmission of Coronavirus COVID-19 now, we’ll be safely enjoying the trails with each other sooner.

22 March 2020