Coronavirus: Cycling UK cycling advice following tough new Government measures

Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19
One of our advisors practising GP Dr Kate Hattersley of South Devon Cycling UK group on a spring ride
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Coronavirus: Cycling UK cycling advice following tough new Government measures

Cycling UK is advising the cancellation of all group rides and activities following the latest Government guidance and is urging everyone to follow best practice to minimise risk.

Updated 23 March 2020

Following the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s address to the nation announcing strict new curbs on life in the UK, Cycling UK has updated its advice on cycling.

Although people are now being told to stay at home during the pandemic, one form of exercise is allowed a day.

This means it remains advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being, but in line with our previous guidance, you should only do this alone or with members of your household unless any of them have reason to self-isolate.

Under no circumstance should you cycle or take part in any cycling activity in groups.

This is critical to stop the coronavirus disease spreading between households.

We are also advising that anyone who needs to travel to work if it’s absolutely necessary should consider cycling to avoid using public transport, where possible.

Cycling should also be considered as the best means of transport when essential shopping for food for medicines

The guidance for avoiding contamination remains unchanged, keeping at least two metres away from anyone else, regularly washing your hands and catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and throwing them away immediately. See further advice on the NHS website.

We will continue to evaluate the latest advice from Government and update our guidance accordingly.

Statement from Cycling UK

As the national cycling charity, our aim is to support the UK’s population to cycle. This remains true during this period of Covid-19 affecting the UK.

Above all, the safety and welfare of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, participants at our rides and events, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public is always our main priority.

We are closely monitoring the situation and taking advice from the Government, the NHS and partners. 

Advice for Cycling UK groups and volunteers

Following renewed advice from the Government, Cycling UK is advising cyclists should not take part in club runs or any group activity until further notice.

On Monday (16 March), the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson appealed to the public to avoid ‘pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues’ to curb the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

He added that avoiding social contact was particularly important for people over 70, pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.

As a result of this revised guidance, Cycling UK has taken the decision to ask all its member and affiliate groups not to run any group activities, including club runs or events.

This is in line with advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UCI, with the aim of ensuring the maximum protection of people across the world.

In light of the latest Government advice on COVID-19, and guidance on social distancing designed to reduce the risk of spreading infection, cover provided under the Organiser’s Liability insurance could potentially be invalid if a club or affiliated group decides to go against the advice issued by Cycling UK and arranges a group ride.

For individual cyclist's the Third Party Liability insurance included within membership will protect a member of the public against the risk of a cycling related incident involving an insured member.

However, people should not avoid cycling altogether as it remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity.

The safety and wellbeing of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, riders, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public remains our number one priority.

Cycling UK will continue to monitor the situation and will be taking advice from the Government, the health sector and partners.

Guidance for avoiding contamination remains the same:

  • catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue and throwing them away immediately
  • washing hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds (or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if not available)
  • avoiding close contact with people who are unwell

You can find more advice about avoiding Coronavirus on the NHS website

And more information about social distancing on the Government’s website.

Symptoms

Following recent guidance released from Gov.uk, ​we ask that all of our volunteers and members stay at home if you have the below symptoms and do not attend Cycling UK activities which might still be happening despite the above stated advice.

For your information, it advises you to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if you have:

  • a new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher).

Do not go to a surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read recommended government stay at home advice and NHS coronavirus advice

Further updates

We’ll continue to monitor the situation carefully and will update groups and areas via the website and Velocheer, our volunteer newsletter. If any further action is needed, such as the cancellation of rides and events, we will contact groups and event organisers directly.

If you have any questions please contact the Volunteer Groups Engagement Officer on 01483 238338 or via  groups@cyclinguk.org.

This advice was last updated on Wednesday 23 March. 

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