Biking During the Covid-19 Lockdown
What kind of bike riding can I do if my country is in a Covid-19 lockdown?
Below is a quick guide to the kind of riding you can do at the moment.
Please note that you should follow your Government’s guidelines at all times, which will supersede the guidance below.
Lockdown and being outside
In most places that are in lockdown, you’re allowed at least one outdoor exercise activity per day.
If you’re able to then we recommend going outside for a bike ride. It’s the perfect way to boost your mental and physical health, strengthen your immunity, experience a wonderful sense of freedom, and put a big smile on your face.
If you’re feeling sick – stay indoors
If you’re feeling unwell, stay at home, away from other people, even if you’re only feeling a little unwell. Some people who’ve had Coronavirus reported that they had very mild symptoms.
Only essential travel is allowed in most places under Covid-19 lockdown. During these times, it’s a great idea to ride your bike to the shop or pharmacy for essential supplies. On a bike, you don’t have to worry about meeting other people like on a train or a bus and you get all the physical and mental benefits of being on a bike while getting where you need to go.
No group riding
Group riding with your friends, club or group is not OK right now. You should NOT ride with anyone outside of your household.
It’s ok to ride with people from your house
You can ride with people you live with though! If each of you have bikes then you can ride together.
Make sure you keep 2m/6ft social distance to everybody else at all times while you’re out of the house.
Skip unnecessary stops
Avoid unnecessary stops & bring everything you need with you. Not stopping and touching things while you’re out on your ride reduces the risk of you catching or spreading Coronavirus.
Bring enough water, food, etc with you. Also bring some tissues so you can blow your nose responsibly if needed and dispose of the tissue appropriately.
Don’t overstretch yourself when you go on a bike ride. Ride locally and ride sensibly.
Play it safe – the last thing you or anyone needs is for you to injure yourself on a ride and require medical attention. We all need to play our part in helping to free-up medical resources for those people who could die as a result of the Coronavirus.
What about my local bike shop?
In a lot of countries bike shops are still open because they support people to travel in a safe, socially distant, and healthy way.
If your local bike shop is open and your bike needs fixing to be rideable, then get in touch with them over the phone or through email/social media and find out how they can help and what steps you both need to take when you arrive at the shop to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Information gathered from www.ride-healthy.com/biking-during-the-covid-19-lockdown (please visit for more information).