Getting outside -- in good times and bad -- is one of the best things you can do for yourself. In addition to improving your health, it also lifts your mood and relieves stress.
In light of this, it's no surprise that people everywhere are turning to electric bikes to help them cope with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In that case, we wanted to provide you with a few common sense steps to stay safe out there on the trail.
COVID-19 Riding Tips:
- Stay home if you're feeling sick. It's not worth infecting others. Your route will still be there when you feel better.
- Ensure that you understand the outdoor activity guidelines set by your county's health department before you begin riding. Different regions may have different rules, and it is important to follow public health protocols. We are all in this together.
- Wear a mask if you're traveling through an area where you may encounter groups of people. Bring one along just in case you stop somewhere unexpected on the way home. You should choose a mask made of a breathable material and avoid taking rides in extreme heat. With a mask on, you'll naturally be a little hotter, and you want to avoid overheating.
- Keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and others, according to the Center for Disease Control. The same applies to bike trails. When passing, move quickly. Since Coronavirus is spread through droplets in the air, like spit, you may want to consider using your bell as a means of signaling your approach to your fellow rider instead of yelling.
- Plan ahead and scout out routes that will be less crowded, or go during a time when there will be fewer people.
- Be sure to bring enough water for the entire ride. Many parks are without restrooms and drinking fountains, and you don't want to be caught high and dry.