Many of us are sheltering-in-place or working from home and are turning to cycling (plus walking, jogging, and other forms of outdoor recreation) as a way to get some much-needed outside exercise. While Bike Austin enthusiastically endorses this trend, here are just a couple of things to keep in mind to help ensure your safety.
1) Ride, but not in groups. For now, USA Cycling has recommended races and other gatherings, such as races and group rides be canceled or postponed. In general, it’s much easier to keep your distance from fellow riders if you ride alone or limit the size of your group to your immediate household.
2) Increase your following distance. The faster you ride, the farther you should be from other cyclists (ahead or behind). The ‘6-feet’ social distance guideline is for when you are on foot, but on a bike, you should give even more space. Play it safe; give yourself and everyone else plenty of room ahead of and behind you.
3) If you know you are sick, please don’t ride outside. If you have any symptoms, including a fever and a cough, or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should not be going for a ride, as you risk spreading it to others.
4) Ride to stay fit but don’t overdo it. Try avoid long, intense rides or workouts right now…in the hours following a hard ride or race your body’s immune defenses may be down.
5) Sanitize your bike, equipment and clothing after you ride. And of course, wash your hands!