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Cycling During The Coronavirus Pandemic

13 January 2021
Cycling During The Coronavirus Pandemic Cycling during the coronavirus pandemic

This article was published on 12 January 2021 to reflect the latest advice and guidance from the UK government. Always check the government’s official guidelines for the latest advice on what the rules are in your area.

Can I go for a bike ride in lockdown?

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the UK, and the new highly contagious variant means that England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales all have been placed in lockdown and have orders to stay at home.

This said the new rulings all allow you to exercise locally, with slightly different rules depending on where you live.

What this basically means for cyclists is that you can ride from your home and with the exception of Wales you can meet with one other person who is not part of your household.

Can I cycle with a friend?

The reason for the national lockdown is to prevent the virus from spreading via interactions between people, so really the best thing to do is to ride alone.

If you do end up riding with another person who is not from your household the regulations in England stipulates that you should remain two meters apart at all times.

Where can I cycle during lockdown

Where can I cycle during lockdown?

Exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)

Overnight stays are not permitted, and cafes and pubs will be closed unless they are operating a takeaway service.

Ride safe. Ride responsibly.

Many of us rely on cycling as a form of exercise and a great way to stay fit both physically and mentally.

For this reason, it is important for us all to ride responsibly and safely to help get the Coronavirus pandemic under control and keep cycling outdoors available to us during this time.

Can I cycle to work during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Cycling to work has been encouraged by the government during the coronavirus pandemic, as it minimizes the use of public transport. It’s much safer to be out in the open fresh air than cooped up on a bus or train.

The government is encouraging those who can work from home to do so.

If it is essential that you go into your place of work, cycling is a great way to minimize your risk and help prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

You can also jump on your bike to go shopping for essential foods or medicines. Remember to make sure your bike is securely locked up before you leave it unattended, or you may be walking home.

Indoor cycling

Another option available to cyclists wanting to ride for pleasure and fitness is to cycle indoors using a turbo trainer.
This option lowers the risk of the virus spreading whilst allowing you to stay healthy and focus on your cycling fitness.

Indoor Cycling

Government guidelines

The situation is continually developing, so always check the government’s official guidelines for the latest advice on what the rules are in your area.
 
England
Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
 
Keep safe out there and ride responsibly.

This article was published on 12 January 2021 to reflect the latest advice and guidance from the UK government. Always check the government’s official guidelines for the latest advice on what the rules are in your area.



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