Just because restrictions are easing doesn’t mean you cannot continue to be vigilant about physical distancing:

Tips for Cycling during Covid 19 or Be Contrarian- Ride when and where others aren’t.

  1. Go early. There’s a world of difference between starting at 8am and 10am. Car and bike traffic are both less busy the earlier you go.
  2. Avoid shared paths. The CVG becomes a cycling and pedestrian superhighways on sunny days. Ride on the street so you can give and receive the 6ft distance recommended. There’s less car traffic in general, another reason to stick to the streets.
  3. Avoid bridges. Are you tired of some unitard-wearing mouth-breather trying to pass you on the Lions Gate Bridge? Ride somewhere bridgeless, for the same as the above reason. Exceptions include going southbound on Burrard bridge and Cambie Bridge northbound.
  4. Ride in the Rain. You’ll have the road pretty much to yourself. If you don’t ride in the rain, dear Vancouverite, you just don’t ride.
  5. Keep it Short. Unrelated to crowds, your usual stops for bathroom breaks may not be open, so plan your ride accordingly. Pack a snack and enough water.
2 Responses to “LOVE of cycling IN THE TIME OF COVID”
  1. Colin S says:

    Thinks I’ve found useful to stay safe while riding:

    – carry and display a baseball bat.
    – wear a leather jacket with motorcycle club regalia.
    – get your bike wheels from the set of Ben Hur (see chariot scene.)

  2. teresaot says:

    Colin, are you saying that going for a ride has become a Mad Max scenario? Or maybe just the buying toilet paper part?

    See the Whatsapp discussion about pool noodles for deterring cars. Maybe they can serve double duty for thumping anyone getting too close.

    BTW, tip 3 is probably not correct: you can pass people within 6 feet outside with little risk. It’s the hanging out close enough to share spittle that is bad.

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