Cycling in the time of Corona

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  • haha. yes. will ask her to tut loudly and tap her feet too just for the full experience of group riding.

  • Do it the Fiddy way... Lycra for the pub, jeans for the road...

  • I've had a turbo wheel spontaneously go bang with nobody near it.

    Other the traumatised-for-the-rest-of-the-day cat.

  • I.e you can only exercise near your home and for a reasonable amount of time, generally seen as an hour as the upper limit.

    Maybe they should have specified times and distances so we wouldn't have to disagree. All of my exercise recently has been reasonable and local, not like I have ridden to Deal overnight or gone ahead with Drag Sprints.

    Seriously though, on a personal level.

    Do you think, me riding alone, on known routes, moderately, fully provisioned and equipped, keeping well to myself(which is SOP anyway), not stopping and then returning to an empty house that I am really going to be a factor here?

    Maybe your energies should be directed more usefully.

  • Shrews aren't particularly palatable*, luckily.

    * If you're a cat. YMMV.

  • Lycra feels such a faff for a 1 hour ride.

    Lycra is only for rides over 100KM.

  • Seen a few things suggesting not sure everyone is fully across the rules. Meeting up with people and riding 2m apart. Drafting (I've twice had to wave away choppers who think it's fine to draft). Snot rockets in busy town centres.

  • Still free to be out and about as regular here in Sweden. Lots of people out exercising and being active in general along paths outside the city. Not debating on if that's good or bad. We're obviously taking a different route than all other countries but i'm grateful for that. I'm sure more restrictions will be implemented in the coming weeks but and i get the feeling that people squeeze in as much outdoors time as possible before that happens.

  • with Swedish winter lasting as long as it does it would be fucking cruel to deny folk the chance to get a bit of fresh air in the sunshine!

    Friend on FB moaning about still having to teach tho-understandably stressed about the risks involved...

  • In Denmark no one gives a shit... The beach is packed, as are the playgrounds. Cycling acquaintances are boasting about racking up more miles than than usual and introducing their friends to road cycling or clipless riding...

  • For all those talking about exercising for an hour and doing so close to home, can you point out where it says that in the official guidelines.


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  • https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coron­avirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-space­s

    1. stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
    2. if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air

    Nothing about time but various Ministers have suggested in interviews an hour but it isn't written down

  • That's not the guidelines, that's the law. Government guidance supplements that, but is just that - guidance. Not binding.

  • Are the police issuing fines on the basis of the law or the guidance? If the latter, are they open to challenge?

    Before someone tells me I will 'upset locals', to 'suck it up', or implies I'm 'an entitled cunt', I am following both the law and the guidance. As I understand it, we are still allowed to ask questions in this country though.

  • I'm avoiding the cycle paths in Edinburgh.

    issue with the width of cycle paths is extremely relevant now with almost all paths and separate cycle ways to narrow to allow any meaningful distancing.

    Cycle infrastructure (apart from cycle streets and filtered networks) is too narrow to carry decent capacity and give riders enough space to ride 2 abreast, or to be overtaken with enough room.

  • You know what else was guidance? The fucking referendum.

    Yeah. I went there.
    LFGSS dorks.

    (I don't know. It seemed funny at the time. I'm watching captain underpantS)

  • Do you think, me riding alone, on known routes, moderately, fully provisioned and equipped, keeping well to myself(which is SOP anyway), not stopping and then returning to an empty house that I am really going to be a factor here?

    Maybe your energies should be directed more usefully.

    All I'm saying is that if a small percentage of cyclists continue to go on rides that aren't in close proximity to their homes I believe that recreational cycling will become restricted further. The conversations about this have already begun.

    So it doesn't matter if you are a risk to anybody or anything. It's not about that. It's about the fact that a small number of people, rightly or wrongly, are creating an issue that might lead to withdrawal of a privilege.

    Sometimes the perception of a non existent problem can be just as damaging as a real problem.

    I don't think anybody going for a long bike ride is causing a problem. And you don't think that either. But it's not you or I calling the shots.

    Don't worry about my energy, it takes very few calories to post in this thread once or twice a day.

  • So true, unless two passing people stay right to the edge of the paths, there is no chance of maintaining the 2m rule (at least on the old railway paths that run through Edinburgh).

  • That was my point. I was just being opaque.

  • And for the record, I'm only being so consistent on this because I'm trying to warn you guys.

    Hint: Policy makers and their researchers do research by reading internet forums.

  • What's your source for the claim that conversations have already begun?

  • Repeated statements from the government that if people continue to stretch the rules, they will be tightened, a statement from the Royal Parks and a conversation with an officer in the Royal Parks Police.

  • Policy makers and their researchers do research by reading internet forums.

    There is a lot of people on here who would be qualified for a career in policy research then!

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