January 29, 2021

Lockdown lowdown - guidance from British Cycling

Lockdown lowdown - guidance from British Cycling
Confused about where you can and can't ride, or who you can and can't ride with? Here's the latest advice for group and solo riding, as explained by British Cycling

British Cycling have published the following guidance on cycling during lockdown. For further information head over to their website.

Can I continue to ride?

Under the lockdown restrictions you are permitted to cycle, and encouraged to do so, while following these rules:

  • You should only ride alone, with your household/support bubble or one other person.
  • Stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient. 

  • Leave the house to exercise only once each day. 

  • Keep a safe distance from others and practice good respiratory hygiene (i.e., no spitting, use a tissue).
  • If you need to travel, such as to work or go to the shops, you are encouraged to cycle where possible.


What do they mean by local?

We know many of you will want to know what is meant by 'staying local'. The Government’s definition of this is stated as ‘your village, town or the part of a city where you live’.

We understand that this definition is particularly restrictive for cycling, and British Cycling is working to seek further clarification on this. On January 14 British Cycling wrote to the Government alongside British Triathlon and Cycling UK following the continued confusion over this matter, and will have promised an update shortly.

In the meantime, we recommend that you follow the advice to stay local, ride well within your ability and ensure that you are self-sufficient.

Are there any exemptions?

Yes. Under the new restrictions, elite sport and organised outdoor sport for disabled people are both exempt. However, due to restrictions on facility access organised activity for disabled riders will be limited by the availability of a suitable location for it to take place.

Can one-to-one coaching, leading or instructing continue?

Coaching, leading and instructing can continue on a one-on-one basis, however sessions must take place in a public outdoor space and social distancing should be maintained throughout. Any coaches or instructors undertaking sessions should ensure they’re complying with relevant safeguarding policies.

Speaking for ourselves, we would also encourage using common sense if the weather is very cold and the roads possibly icy. Many of our friends and customers work for the NHS locally and, trust us, they do not want to be dealing with your "optional" broken hip/wrist/collarbone on top of everything else. We know it can be a drag at times, but at WildSide we strongly recommend everyone to follow the guidance - let's pull together now so we can look forward to a return to something resembling normality next season. Stay safe everybody!

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