How can I continue to ride?
Under the new restrictions you are permitted to cycle, and we would encourage you to do so, while following these rules:
- You should only ride alone, with your household/support bubble or one other person.
- Stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient. ?
- Leave the house to exercise only once each day. ?
- Keep a safe distance from others and practice good respiratory hygiene (i.e., no spitting, use a tissue).
- You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of leisure (such as a picnic or a coffee break). ?
- If you need to travel, such as to work or go to the shops, you are encouraged to cycle where possible.?
What do you mean by local?
Last month British Cycling, along with British Triathlon and Cycling UK, wrote to the Government to ask for clarity on the use of the world local in its published guidance for the current national lockdown.
In his response, the Minister for Sport reiterated the importance of exercise for our physical and mental wellbeing, and stressed that riders should remain as local as possible while exercising and use their common sense to determine what is and is not a reasonable distance – reflecting the fact that each individual will have different personal circumstances.
As a result of this, our recommendation is that you should ride from your front door where possible, ride within your ability and ensure that you are self-sufficient. If you do need to travel for exercise, you should do this as close to home as possible. We all have our part to play in reducing the spread of the virus, and by riding responsibly and taking extra precautions (such as avoiding crowded areas) we’ll be helping to keep ourselves and our communities safe.