Dear Bicycling Australia family,
Our sport of cycling is facing the most surprising, significant and unprecedented challenge of our time, the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Bicycling Australia have always been staunch supporters of cycling in Australia. The title has existed for close to three decades and, over the past 5 years, has evolved into a wide-ranging media platform and the team behind several major events including the Clare, Mudgee, Noosa & Bowral Classics.
With that in mind we are launching the #RideOutTheCrisis campaign and urging the Aussie cycling public to band together, join us in this battle, and make the sport stronger in the face of the biggest challenge of our time.
Stage one is this short survey. It will only take a couple of minutes to complete – your answers will help make cycling stronger.
We will also be launching a series of articles, social posts & online content to help keep you up to date with all things Coronavirus and cycling. Of course it’s not all about COVID-19 and, like you, we regularly need a break from the non-stop news. We’ll continue to bring you helpful articles, product reviews, bike tests and more … stay tuned to Bicycling Australia print & online and together lets’s #RideOutTheCrisis
James Yaffa – Publisher
Nat Bromhead – Editor
Coronavirus Precautions & Cycling
Cycling is clearly a wonderful way to beat of the Coronavirus blues, there are a number of common sense precautions riders should take. These include –
- Feeling even marginally unwell? Don’t ride with others. We all have a responsibility to reduce the spread of this illness and all precautions must be taken. Sometimes getting out for a ride can be a great way to clear the system but our advice is to go alone and not put others at risk.
- Groups. Our advice would be to stick with smaller groups and / or ride solo. Remember people can have the virus and not show symptoms. Discuss your concerns when planning a ride and be aware of each other recent travel history, hygiene habits and general awareness of COVID-19.
- Hygiene. Pack antibacterial hand cleaner with you on each and every ride. Clean your hands before, during and after the ride – and definitely as you stop at the coffee shop or meet up with others.
- Touch. Studies have shown humans touch their faces some 3,000 to 5,000 times per day! Astonishing figures … great to keep in mind as a reminder to limit hand and finger contact with your eyes, nose, ears and mouth.
- Space. ‘Social Distancing’ seems the latest buzzword but it is a very important aspect to keeping the spread of disease and illness at bay. Maintain a safe distance from other riders when on the bike and at the cafe afterwards.
- Helmets & Gloves. Stopping for that mid or post-ride coffee? Remove your helmet and gloves and leave them with your bike. Your mates don’t want sweat-soaked equipment on the table.
- Share Bikes? With more people cycling – a recent study in New York finding an uptake in commuter biking by 55% this month alone! – sanitising a share bike before use is highly recommended. Use spray or hand sanitiser to clean the hand grips and saddle, then again clean your hands.
Over To You …Your Comments On Coronavirus & Cycling?