Getting out and about – walking and cycling
While we’re going to be spending most of our time indoors, we can currently get out for one form of exercise per day by either walking, running or cycling.
There will be lots of children out walking during the daytime, and while the roads are quieter, now is the perfect time to teach them the Green Cross Code and how to be a safe pedestrian.
We’re also expecting lots of cyclists to be out and about while the roads are quieter, people are avoiding public transport and doing exercise. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist, or jumping on a bike for the first time in ages, you should perform an “M-check” of the bike to ensure it’s in good nick.
If you’re out cycling with the kids, get them to perform their own M-check and show them how to fix a puncture and how to carry out regular maintenance, make sure they wear a helmet, and try to avoid roads with heavy traffic or without cycle lanes. Avoid routes where you are likely to encounter lots of people walking like parks and canal towpaths.
Electric bikes are also a great way to get around. Even though your cycle shop might still be open please remember to keep two meters away from other people if you need to visit.
If you are out driving during the pandemic for essential reasons, always expect cyclists to be around. Learn how to do the Dutch each when getting out of your vehicle.
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