Cycling during Coronavirus – is it safe?
With individuals across the country adhering to stay at home orders, you may have wondered how your safety and health is compromised when you venture out on your bike. Many of us want to continue to enjoy our usual outdoor activity, but feel hesitant given the circumstances. Truth is, there are plenty of ways to be safe while cycling during social distancing. We’re discussing how to bike safely during quarantine, and why it can actually be of benefit.
Perhaps the most important guideline to follow is a simple self assessment before venturing out. It may go without saying, but if you’re experiencing any symptoms related to coronavirus, do not risk venturing out, even for a quick ride. Additionally, anyone with preexisting conditions is recommended to take additional caution when considering any activity outside of their home. To be safer rather than sorry, wait on the cycling ride until things have become more stabilized.
Your assessment won’t stop at your physical body. Thoroughly check all gear before your ride. While this may be routine already, be even more diligent during times of social distancing. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a pinch or need assistance on the road. The more avoidance of any physical contact, the better, and oftentimes our gear malfunctions can be the cause of unnecessary interactions on the road.
Riding solo may not be your cup of tea, but for now, it’s the best we can all do. If you’re living in the same household as other riders, group trips are permissible, but the general rule of thumb is to bike on your own. It may be tempting to do a quick meetup, and there are ways to be socially distant while riding; however, the safest way to get outside and prevent any risk is to do so on your own. Don’t worry, you’ll make up for lost time together later!
This isn’t the time to plan a road trip around your next cycling excursion. It may not be as exciting or adventurous, but staying local is the way to go for the time being. This will ensure you’re familiar with local guidelines and prevent any unnecessary spreading that could unexpectedly occur during your travels.
Cover Your Face
There has been an ongoing discussion as to whether or not its best to wear masks while outside of your home. One thing we know for sure is that coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets. While wearing a mask isn’t a must, wearing a Buff or other moisture -wicking face coverings is the safest way to prevent spread to any other individuals. It’s important to remember you can be a carrier without showing symptoms. Coverage of the face when possible while riding at high speeds is the safest way to ensure nothing is spread to other individuals.
Wash Your Hands
As much as possible, continue to wash your hands before, during, and after your ride. If you’re needing to stop anywhere for any reason, it’s recommended you wash your hands before continuing, as you’re most likely to touch surrounding areas when doing so. Additionally, bring hand sanitizer with you on your trip, as there may not be a good place to wash during or after your ride.
Don’t Overdo It
Lastly, it’s important to stay within your means during this time. The shorter the rides, the better in this case. It may not be how you’d like your ride to look, but it’s the safest way to protect your health and others. Keep in mind that your immune system is lower functioning after exerting a lot of energy, so the hours following your ride should be taken with extra precaution.
By following the above tips, you can definitely bike safely during social distancing. Keep in mind, getting out and enjoying the fresh air can be incredibly beneficial to your mental health during this time. It can even be a safer means of transportation if you usually take public transportation. While it’s not the perfect situation, we hope these tips help you get out and enjoy a nice ride with confidence. Soon enough, we’ll be able to do so together.