Message from Cycling New Zealand around riding in public - keeping everyone healthy and safe 

 

With all the uncertainty around at the moment, we recognise for everyone it is vital to look after their physical and mental health.  It’s important to look after yourself as well as family, friends and the rest of the community. We know as a cyclist, going for a ride is one of the most important things we do to reduce stress.    

However, this pandemic is bigger than sport and bigger than cycling and so whatever you choose to do, please know that Cycling New Zealand absolutely stand by following the Ministry of Health Guidelines found here at  https://covid19.govt.nz 

Their guidelines are updated regularly and will provide you with the most correct and relevant information around what you can do to keep physically active whilst keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

 
Alert Level 4 means we must severely limit travel, with driving only permitted for essential travel such as getting food or medicine from your local area. The best way to reduce the risk of exposure to yourself and others is to stay at home.   However, we do realise that people will want to get out and exercise.

If you do go out, please limit yourself to short walks or rides, following the government’s recommended hygiene guidelines.  Here are some tips to help you protect yourself and others in the current environment

  • If you can, ride indoors on a trainer or exercycle
  • If outdoors, ride solo or in your family bubble.
  • Ride from home.  Don’t drive and then ride.
  • Don’t ride if you or your family are unwell!
  • Ride short and local so that you do not increase the pressure on the emergency services if something goes wrong. This means no long-distance or epic rides away from your region or extreme riding.
  • Tell people where you are going and how long you will be.
  • Ride sensibly and safely to avoid accidents and putting unnecessary pressure on medical services or expose yourself to the heightened risk of infection
  • If you see other cyclists just wave from a distance and do not break your bubble
  • Pretend you have COVID-19 (PMs words)
  • Avoid touching any surfaces that could be contaminated such as gates, handrails, fences, benches and picnic tables. The virus can remain on surfaces for three days.
  • Avoid using public toilets. Go before you ride.
  • Don’t touch your face while you’re riding. Wash your hands, disinfect your handlebars and clean your bike when you get home.

 

In essence, be calm, be kind and patient.   Show the community you care and as cyclist let’s all try to create and maintain a really responsible and positive profile for the sport of cycling during this time so we don’t lose the ability to get out and stay active.

Jacques Landry

CEO

Cycling New Zealand