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4 July 2020 - Updated Guidelines on Group Riding from Club Secretary Mat Ivings

British Cycling continually update their guidance so all club members should be aware of and follow this guidance. From the BC website (updated on 2nd July https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/about/article/20200512-about-bc-news-British-Cycling-Updated-Coronavirus-Guidance-0) the following is particularly relevant:

In England, groups of up to six people from different households are now permitted to exercise together, however they must still follow social distancing guidelines and keep at least two metres apart from those outside their household. Current measures in England also state that:

  • If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home.
  • In line with UK Government guidance, those aged over 70 should continue to take care to minimise contact with others outside their household. [Old men are particularly vulnerable]

While the Government guidance now permits groups of up to six to ride together, British Cycling believes that the need to maintain a two-metre distance while riding as a group of six may present practical difficulties and potential risks. For this reason, in some environments we would encourage riders to continue to cycle in smaller groups at present, and only ride in a group of six if they are absolutely sure that it is safe to do so.

You should also make yourself aware of any local lockdown measures – such as those currently in place in Leicester – and adhere to the relevant restrictions within the area.

What is changing on Saturday 4 July?:
We appreciate that in certain circumstances maintaining a two metre distance may not be safe or feasible – such as when overtaking other cyclists on busy roads or when navigating a junction on a small group ride.  In light of the new guidance from Government, we are changing our guidance to say that in such instances you should maintain 1m plus mitigations (ie. avoiding face-to-face contact). Find out more about 1m plus here.

In addition to the above I would like to point out that:

  • the risk of transmission of covid outdoors is low
  • riding 2 m behind another rider is higher risk than riding side by side (even if it's less than 2m)
  • riding single file, with 2 m gaps, in a group of 6 will be a pain to traffic
  • the longer you spend with someone the higher the chance of you passing on the virus.

In Buxton CC:

  • Ride leaders are responsible for organising their rides (eg splitting people into groups) so that the ride complies with the BC guidelines.
  • Also all individuals are responsible for their own behaviour, should apply social distancing and comply with requests of the ride leader.
  • Different ride leaders / groups may wish to organise their rides differently depending on numbers, the length and type of ride and what people feel comfortable with.
  • Ride leaders should have contact details for everyone in their group (or at least know how to quickly get them) so that people can be contacted in case someone develops symptoms after the ride.