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Old 03-24-20, 02:25 PM
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Covid 19 restrictions for cycling

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It would be interested to know how cycling outdoors is affected by the restrictions imposed against the new covid virus.
For me, it seems that road cycling is forbidden, not only in peloton, but also as a solo cyclist...
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Old 03-24-20, 02:53 PM
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Look in General and some other forum for threads about this.
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Solo is fine here in Washington State

We have just entered a lock down for Washington State but exercise is allowed. I would not use the 6 foot rule for riding with other cyclist. Riding solo seems best. I've stopped riding some bike paths around here because there are too many cyclist. The virus can hang in the air.

Look at slow motion pictures of a sneeze on Youtube. A cloud of small droplets are expelled and they hang in the air. The small droplets on fall only slowly to the ground so anybody riding behind a sneezing cyclist is going to contact that crud. Cyclist ride at like at 20 feet per second and these droplets could float for several seconds. Its not safe riding behind somebody.
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Where are you? Oregon is encouraging outdoor cycling, so as long as social distancing is upheld.

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We have just entered a lock down for Washington State but exercise is allowed. I would not use the 6 foot rule for riding with other cyclist. Riding solo seems best. I've stopped riding some bike paths around here because there are too many cyclist. The virus can hang in the air.

Look at slow motion pictures of a sneeze on Youtube. A cloud of small droplets are expelled and they hang in the air. The small droplets on fall only slowly to the ground so anybody riding behind a sneezing cyclist is going to contact that crud. Cyclist ride at like at 20 feet per second and these droplets could float for several seconds. Its not safe riding behind somebody.
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Depends on how wet it is, and if there is any clothing to catch "droplets"
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Where are you? Oregon is encouraging outdoor cycling, so as long as social distancing is upheld.

Who's delivering the beer?
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That's interesting!
From health safety point of view, I see no danger in cycling solo on the road - it is very unlikely that you come too close to an infected person.
But I was wondering about the legal restrictions. In my area, they recently allow only "short trips, near the home / household, related to the individual physical activity of the people". It looks difficult to say that riding on 20-30 km radius around the home would rank in "short trips near the home".
Although... "short" is debatable...
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Don't do anything that might put you in hospital.

I'll also note that most road users seem more distracted than usual lately. A bike probably isn't something they expect to see out on the road right now either.
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In all seriousness, it has been found that SARS (like this coronavirus) can be transmitted by gaseous emissions. An early outbreak in China was traced to a guy in an open plan office who had massive, nasty gas one workday.
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AZ is allowing restaurants to include alcohol with food purchases, and it's available at grocery stores/gas stations.
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There are no restrictions on cycling here. All restrictions, so far, are voluntary except for prohibitions against visiting nursing homes and assisted living centers. A lot of our restaurant dining rooms are closed, but it is purely on a voluntary basis.

But then, we have zero cases in our county or in any of the adjoining counties.
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Originally Posted by Seu View Post
We have just entered a lock down for Washington State but exercise is allowed. I would not use the 6 foot rule for riding with other cyclist. Riding solo seems best. I've stopped riding some bike paths around here because there are too many cyclist. The virus can hang in the air.
Sounds reasonable.
But it looks that in my area they have a foolish focus on full isolation, rather than a reasonable "social distance". They allow "short trip near the home / household, related to the individual physical activity of the people". A 60-90 km ride seems to be hard to include there.
I was just wondering how to deal with that - it will come into force as for tomorrow.
Sure, I'm not from USA.
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Illinois has a shelter in place but ok for walks and exercise. I assume no group rides that would be a bit dumb but frankly it is very cold here now for time of year. I have been going out solo each morning and I had 305 mile week trying to ride about 50 a day. Not a much else to do at this point and I am getting bored sticking to some main roads I ride just to be safe. They are all out in the country but I don't want to venture off too far just in caution. I am retired although they called me back to work just have not heard anything yet. So for myself maybe not as much different.

I am a lone ranger all the time I like to ride early in morning. I go sometimes a hour before sunrise usually the wind is better and no one else probably does. Also to note it has been 30 degrees when I take off in the AM. Hopefully the virus is not as harmful under freezing temps.
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Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
There are no restrictions on cycling here. All restrictions, so far, are voluntary except for prohibitions against visiting nursing homes and assisted living centers. A lot of our restaurant dining rooms are closed, but it is purely on a voluntary basis.

But then, we have zero cases in our county or in any of the adjoining counties.
Good luck. We had the voluntary but recommended restrictions because our Governor is a softy. This last weekend saw small coast towns blocking inroads due to the influx of people trying to "get out" of the cites. State parks were so crowded that there were major traffic jams going to and from them. After the weekend crapshow, the Governor put her adult pants on and ordered Shelter in Place, punishable by class B misdemeanor. The many ruined it for the...more many (?).
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Good luck. We had the voluntary but recommended restrictions because our Governor is a softy. This last weekend saw small coast towns blocking inroads due to the influx of people trying to "get out" of the cites. State parks were so crowded that there were major traffic jams going to and from them. After the weekend crapshow, the Governor put her adult pants on and ordered Shelter in Place, punishable by class B misdemeanor. The many ruined it for the...more many (?).
Yes, but this is Tennessee. So far, people are different here. This morning, my wife went grocery shopping. Found all our preferred brands, toilet paper, Kleenex, food, meat, etc. in adequate supply. Nobody was hoarding or panicking. It was a normal grocery day . . . except, for some reason, the store was out of Pace Hot Picante Sauce. (But it doesn't seem to me that picante sauce would be a hoarding item.)

Ship me Pace Hot Picante Sauce and I'll send toilet paper!
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Cycling, while observing responsible social distancing, is allowed in California. My son and I went out for a mellow gravel ride on the local levees this weekend. Really pleasant actually.
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In all seriousness, it has been found that SARS (like this coronavirus) can be transmitted by gaseous emissions. An early outbreak in China was traced to a guy in an open plan office who had massive, nasty gas one workday.
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Bicycling Magazine had a sensible article on how to ride during this COVID-19 pandemic. I'll attempt to post the link.

https://www.bicycling.com/health-nut...g-coronavirus/

I hope the link works and is helpful to others.
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I am not aware of any cycling restrictions here in CT. I'm on my rollers indoors and hoping the weather will allow me to get out tomorrow.
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Yes, but this is Tennessee. So far, people are different here. This morning, my wife went grocery shopping. Found all our preferred brands, toilet paper, Kleenex, food, meat, etc. in adequate supply. Nobody was hoarding or panicking. It was a normal grocery day . . . except, for some reason, the store was out of Pace Hot Picante Sauce. (But it doesn't seem to me that picante sauce would be a hoarding item.)

Ship me Pace Hot Picante Sauce and I'll send toilet paper!

Things might change there. Be careful.
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Hello,
It would be interested to know how cycling outdoors is affected by the restrictions imposed against the new covid virus.
For me, it seems that road cycling is forbidden, not only in peloton, but also as a solo cyclist...
It depends on your area. Where I live, our Government has been very proactive and is taking great precaution to avoid a disaster (Italy, Spain etc.); gatherings are the only thing forbidden (more than 2 persons) inside or outside (except for families of course) right now and people are asked to keep a 1-2 meter distance between each other at any moment. This applies to basically everything, including bicycle. However, snow is not completely melted outside so we can't ride yet

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No restrictions for biking as it is encouraged for exercising as of now.

Originally Posted by znomit View Post
Don't do anything that might put you in hospital.

I'll also note that most road users seem more distracted than usual lately. A bike probably isn't something they expect to see out on the road right now either.
Seems like drivers are now giving me MORE CLEARANCE as they pass.
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Washington has a stay at home order, but we're allowed out for exercise. I don't know if I'm allowed to drive 70 miles to a Nordic area to ski alone, if they groom the trails that what I'll be doing this weekend. No more grooming regardless come April so I've been planning to ski logging roads until my podiatrist clears me for cycling.
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Depends on how wet it is, and if there is any clothing to catch "droplets"
Asssssssos Brand Shammy Creme works to hold the Corona Virus in your bibshorts. It is not effective against the Tecate Virus.
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