June 1st, 2020
Bicycling recommendations made by Dr. Michael Roshon during USA Cycling webinar on March 17, 2020:
- First and foremost: if you think you’ve been exposed, self-quarantine. Including being outdoors. Do not ride outside.
- Do not go for group rides with people who live outside of your household. Only ride with people you are already staying at home with and, when passing someone else on the road or trail, leave as much space as you can to ensure you are adhering to social distancing best practices.
- If you are going for a bike ride, ride from your place of residence.
- Do not put your bike on your car or leave your community to ride.
- Wear a mask or a buff while riding to protect yourself and others.
- Practice good hand hygiene at all times.
- Get your sleep! Your immune system is stronger when you practice healthy sleep habits. Roshon recommends 8-9 hours.
- Eat healthily. Now is not the time to fast; fasting hinders your immune system.
- But keep in mind that it’s important not to overdo it. When you push yourself too hard, you can limit your immune system’s response to a virus.
- Do not spit or snot-rocket on rides or around other people walking or biking. Carrying a kerchief or bandanna in your pocket is a good alternative that will mitigate the risk of any spread.
- If you have to do so and don’t have bandanna or kerchief, make sure no one else is around you. Check out this article from Bicycling Magazine which dives deeper into the topic.
- If you’re in a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home area that prohibits you from riding your bike, it’s important to heed those rules and stay home. Don’t put yourself or your loved ones at risk because you want to go for a ride. For a list of communities with shelter-in-place orders, scroll down to the “What We’re Hearing” section.
- Finally, don’t ride risky. This is an especially bad time to be in a bike crash. You don’t want to go to the hospital right now, and doctors don’t want to see you unless they need to, so taking reasonable precautions while riding is especially important right now.
1. FOLLOW THE RULES
2. STAY LOCAL
3. KEEP IT SHORT
4. STAY IN THE SAFE ZONE
WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING
The deeper we get into this pandemic, the more apparent it becomes that we need a much more radical approach to cycling outside than simply saying “ride alone”.
Oakland, California, to close 74 miles of city streets to cars, inviting walkers, runners and cyclists instead
OAKLAND, Calif.— This Bay Area city will join a growing list of others around the country that are closing streets to cars in favor of increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic during the COVID-19 crisis, an official said Thursday.
“We’ll announce an emergency measure that allows Oakland residents more space to walk, bike and run safely through their neighborhoods, and we’re calling it the Oakland Slow Streets” Alexandria McBride, the city’s chief resilience officer, told a town hall meeting held via Zoom video conference.
McBride said Oakland will open up 74 miles of car-free streets and will begin rolling out the program Saturday.
Other cities, including St. Paul, Minnesota, and Philadelphia, have taken similar measures, and several other U.S. cities are discussing the possibility. By one count, Oakland’s road closure is the largest by far of any American city during the pandemic.