Bicycling in the Era of the Corona Virus

The COVID-19 pandemic is an extremely important public health concern. What is the “right” thing to do as a bicyclist?

All the experts agree that group rides are out. It’s ok to ride outside, but ride solo. Dr. Deb Harrigan, physician and year-round bike commuter from Dover advises, “At this time, I would recommend solo riding only. I wish I had a different response, but for safety, this would probably be best.”

Consider choosing a route where you are less likely to pass people walking. If you do encounter a pedestrian, provide a wide berth (at least 10’) to accommodate air currents.

Consider the ethical issues of outside riding. If you get injured, would you be diverting valuable medical resources from persons infected with COVID-19? Err on the side of caution and consideration. Can you ride your trainer or do weight training inside instead?

As we all know, it’s important to stay in your home if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone who is sick, in order to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus to others.