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Discussion: Social.distancing on a bicycle

in: Chas; Chas > 2020-04-05

Apr 5, 2020 4:48 PM # 
mrmoosehead:
Hope they were managing it. Because if they lockdown fully, it will be a mental health disaster for some. There's a lot of hate for cyclists going around still, sadly, even though little traffic. :(
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Apr 5, 2020 5:32 PM # 
Chas:
I only saw groups of 1 or 2 (who all looked like couples). I gave everyone I overtook a wide gap of at least 2m.
Even still I'm worried what might be coming...
Apr 5, 2020 6:09 PM # 
Scrappy Doo:
If they do put on further restrictions, I hope it still allows an hour of exercise outdoors......
Apr 5, 2020 8:00 PM # 
mrmoosehead:
I think that's the point. Hancock has threatened no exercise outdoors if people don't play ball. But where is the line? Dog walking? Stories from italy of hiring a dog so you can go out.
I don't have a dog to walk and tha cat is a lazy sod.
Apr 6, 2020 1:49 PM # 
philm64:
True- the cats I'm lodging with are also lazy. Not much hope there, either.

After my 2-hour monstrosity yesterday, I'd be RELIEVED if they limit us to an hour!

(….. I'm kidding of course.....)
Apr 7, 2020 8:33 AM # 
Chas:
It's a lot easier to maintain social distancing on the deserted country roads around here than in the middle of a densely populated urban area. It's a difficult balancing act for those trying to make rules which cover the whole country.
Apr 7, 2020 9:23 AM # 
philm64:
100% agree.

Parks near here & shops , streets etc are busy every day. Yet I ran out on a cycle path for miles, and got some criticism.

There's no exactly right or wrong way about it. What's getting irksome is some people deciding they're experts & being judgmental.
Apr 7, 2020 11:12 AM # 
Chas:
And where's this max 1 hour a day coming from? I haven't seen it written anywhere official.
I got my letter from Boris this morning. Nothing in it about how long the one form of exercise per day can be...
Apr 7, 2020 12:31 PM # 
Ifor:
I am somewhat surprised that they are being sensible and not too prescriptive with the rules. This of course should allow for common sense. What your contacts are while out should be the driving factor.

The hour is coming from this.

'No mention is given to how long you can exercise for. But Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has said: "I would have thought for most people a walk of up to an hour, a run of 30 minutes or a cycle ride of between that, depending on their level of fitness, is appropriate."'

They have themselves in a mess with the second homes thing where they have been too prescriptive. If you drive to your second home with all you need, stay a few night and drive back so long as you don't actually contact any one outside your household while there there should be no issue.
Apr 7, 2020 7:10 PM # 
slow-twitch:
Over here when there's been similar messages about staying local, the places and types of recreation, and avoiding unnecessary driving, I think it's been made reasonably clear that it's about not putting any pressure on search & rescue, coastguard or other emergency services
Apr 7, 2020 7:12 PM # 
mrmoosehead:
The second home / holiday thing is not just about contact though - it's the potential strain on resources in the place that people migrate to.

Common sense should prevail, but the trouble with common sense is that it isn't very common.

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