We trust that you are well and managing to get out and about for some form of daily exercise. The Government has announced new plans to start a phased return to normal life as quickly and fairly as possible, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect the NHS. While cycling is now very much encouraged, you must still adhere to the social distancing guidelines set by the Government.
From today, Wednesday 13th May, the guidance in England is changing. Please find new guidelines below from British Cycling:
- You may now exercise outdoors as many times each day as you wish.
- You can only exercise alone, with those you live with or with up to one person from outside your household. Gatherings of more than two people from different households are not allowed at this time.
- You should maintain a 2-metre distance from anyone you meet from outside your household while out riding, stopping and waiting for people to pass at a safe distance when necessary. This is particularly important when riding on narrow paths and trails.
- You can sit and rest outside before, during and after your ride.
- You may drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance, but should follow social distancing guidance while you are there
- When cycling in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, you should follow the guidance and regulations issued by the relevant devolved administration.
- In line with UK Government guidance, those aged over 70 should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.
- If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home.
What will happen if people don’t ride responsibly?
While the restrictions on cycling outdoors will be eased from today, the Government has made it clear that this is contingent upon people continuing to act responsibly. The infection rate will increase if people begin to break these rules and, for example, start to meet up and ride in groups. This will also trigger the need for further restrictions. By riding responsibly and following the guidance, you’ll be securing our right to ride outdoors, protecting the NHS and saving lives.
As a reminder, all British Cycling sanctioned activity is currently suspended until 30th June, if this changes in the meantime we will of course let you know.
If you have any questions, or something you’d like to share with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever and wherever you ride, ride safe.
Wishing you good health, we look forward to seeing you soon.