Getting outside -- in bad times and good -- is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. It doesn’t just boost your health, it also helps lift your mood and relieve stress.
With that in mind, it's no surprise that people everywhere are turning to electric bikes to help them navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If that applies to you, we we wanted to offer up a few common sense steps to stay safe when you're out there on the trail.
Pandemic Riding Tips:
- If you’re feeling sick, just stay home. It’s not worth running the risk of infecting others. Your route will still be there when you’re feeling better.
Before you start riding, make sure you understand the outdoor activity guidelines set by your county’s health officials. Some regions may have different rules than others and it’s important to follow public health protocols. After all, we’re all in this together.
If you're traveling through an area where you may encounter groups of people, it's wise to wear a mask. You should also bring one along just in case you make any unexpected stops on the way home. Just make sure to choose a mask that’s made of breathable material and avoid taking rides in extreme heat. You’ll naturally be a little hotter with a mask on and you want to avoid overheating.
The Center for Diseases Control recommends keeping a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others. This should apply to the bike trail as well. When you do have to pass, make sure you do so quickly. Since coronavirus is spread through droplets in the air, like spit, you may want to consider being extra courteous to your fellow rider by using your bell to signal your approach instead of a voice warning.
Plan ahead and scout out routes that will be less popular, or go during a time when you know there will be less people.
Make sure you bring enough water for your full ride. Access to restrooms and drinking fountains in a lot of parks have been cut off and you don’t want to be caught high and dry.