Coronavirus: guidance for cyclists

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Coronavirus: guidance for cyclists

Coronavirus rules and restrictions vary across the UK and are changing all the time. Here is the latest guidance

*** This is a live document and was last updated Friday 4 June to reflect the forthcoming changes in Scotland and Wales.

Note that it is not possible to cover every local variation across the UK here, and you should always follow local restrictions where these are imposed.

Please also see Coronavirus and cycling: your FAQs answered by our experts for further advice.***

The graphic below shows the position from Monday 7 June


Introduction

Regulations and guidance on meeting and exercising with people outside your own household change regularly and vary between the four nations of the UK. The advice in this article reflects the legal position as to what cyclists can and cannot do in various parts of the UK, but Cycling UK reminds riders to use their own judgement when deciding whether it is sensible to ride. 

Cycling UK therefore encourages people to continue to cycle for exercise during the current lockdown, but to do so in a manner which minimises risk. In the absence of specific regulation on how far they can travel, cyclists should use their common sense: for example, avoiding crowded or narrow routes where social distancing is difficult to maintain, but also bearing in mind that you may put others at risk if you suffer an injury or mechanical problem far from home and require rescue. To minimise unnecessary travel, start and end your rides at home if this is practicable; however, common sense may dictate that travelling a short distance to a more suitable location is reasonable.

Cycling as an organised group

Different rules may apply for organised group rides in each nation: please check Coronavirus: guidance for Cycling UK groups for more information. We also have a separate article called Coronavirus: how to organise a safe group ride with tips on socially-distanced riding and maintaining hygiene.

Cycling with friends and family

There is different guidance on cycling with friends and family in each of the four UK nations. Please remember to check your area's rules on social-distancing, local restrictions and what constitutes households and support bubbles. Remember also to check restrictions on the areas you may be cycling to and from, and whether or not borders between nations are currently open for leisure cyclists. 

England

From Monday 17 May, up to six people from different households, or two households, can meet indoors, and up to 30 people can meet outdoors. However, in line with our guidance to organised groups, Cycling UK advises that group rides are limited to no more than 15 people.

From Monday 12 April, as well as outdoor hospitality venues such as pub gardens and cafés with outdoor seating being permitted to reopen, it is permitted for members of one household to stay overnight away from home.

Scotland

From Saturday 5 June, much of mainland Scotland moves to Level 1, but some areas remain in Level 2, while island areas previously at Level 1 move to Level 0. You can find your current level using the Scottish Government postcode checker. Informal exercise outdoors is permitted in groups of up to eight people from up to eight households in Level 2 areas; up to 12 people from up to 12 households in Level 1 areas; and up to 15 people from up to 15 households in Level 0 areas. Organised group rides will be allowed with up to 50 participants. Cycling UK's advice will still be to limit such rides to no more than 15 people.

Travel between Level 0, 1 and 2 areas, or other nations of the UK, is permitted.

More details are available in the latest guidance from Scottish Cycling.

For further information see our separate page on organised group activities.

Wales

From Monday 7 June, guidance in Wales allows people to meet outdoors in groups of up to 30 people (a relaxation of the previous restriction which limited such groups to six people from up to six households), and such groups can cycle together without any time or distance limit on the length of that ride. However, Cycling UK's advice is that such groups should be limited to no more than 15 people.

Organised events in groups of up to 100 people will be permitted, however Cycling UK's advice is that group rides should be limited to no more than 15 people. 

Restrictions on cross-border travel to or from England have been lifted.

Northern Ireland

From Monday 24 May, the latest guidance allows groups of up to 30 people to meet outdoors without the need for risk assessments. However, Cycling UK's advice is that group rides should be limited to no more than 15 people.

    Queries

    Please get in touch with the team via publicity@cyclinguk.org if you have any queries about coronavirus. If you have any queries about group cycling, please contact groups@cyclinguk.org.

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