Cycling UK advice for families continuing to ride during COVID-19 outbreak

Following the latest Government advice announced (Wednesday, 18 March) about the closure of schools to help reduce the further spread of coronavirus Covid-19, Cycling UK has updated its advice to families to let them know with sensible precautions their children can still cycle.
  • Families can still go out on rides if they follow hygiene precautions
  • Health experts contribute to Cycling UK’s briefing on safe cycling
  • Advice meets Public Heath England and Government guidelines at time of issue, but is subject to change

Following the latest Government advice announced (Wednesday, 18 March) about the closure of schools across the UK to help reduce the further spread of Coronavirus, Cycling UK has updated its advice to families to let them know that with sensible precautions their children can still cycle.   

Earlier this week, Cycling UK advised all cycling groups and clubs to cancel planned events and rides, in response to Government advice to avoid unnecessary travel and social contact, including visits to pubs, clubs and restaurants.

However, not all cycling needs to stop says the charity and provided you follow sensible precautions it is still possible to continue to experience the physical and mental wellbeing benefits offered by getting out on your bike.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday, March 18 that schools were set to close across England from the end of the school day on Friday, following similar announcements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Some pupils will continue to receive education in schools, including children of key workers such as those working in frontline services.

Experts in healthcare have helped Cycling UK to compile information about precautions to take for those without any COVID-19 symptoms to continue riding during the school closure.

If your children normally cycle to school, they can continue to ride even if they no longer have face-to-face lessons to go to.

Provided your children are old enough to go out alone and in good health, Cycling UK is urging parents to arm their children with the right knowledge before letting them out. This includes:

  • Highlighting the importance of keeping two metres’ distance from others
  • Take tissues with you on the ride and dispose these when used in the nearest bin
  • Wash their hands and cycle gloves when they return

Provided everyone is well and not self-isolating because of cough or fever symptoms, riding as a family is also OK says Cycling UK as everyone is already living in close proximity. Unfortunately the traditional café stop on a bike ride is not advised, as the charity asks everyone to follow Government advice and avoid public venues.

Matt Mallinder, Cycling UK director said:

“Being cooped up all day in the same place while absolutely necessary for our physical health, will play havoc with people’s mental wellbeing – especially our young.

“Both Government and health experts have pointed out it’s fine to go out and be active – so long as you take the appropriate precautions, which is why Cycling UK is issuing our guidance for parents who might like to ride with their children or have children old enough to go out by themselves.

“Cycling UK also has plenty of tips for fun and safe activities parents might like to consider when out on their bikes with their families.”

A full article on how to keep cycling during the Coronavirus outbreak is available on the Cycling UK website and will be updated constantly to meet current Government and health professionals advice.

Notes to editors

1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century's experience tells us cycling is more than useful transport it also makes you feel good, gives a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.

2. For advice on cycling with your family see

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