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Coronavirus - Walking and Cycling FAQs

Walking and Cycling during the Coronavirus outbreak

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Last updated 30 November 2020

Here we provide information and advice in response some of the questions we've been asked about walking and cycling during the Coronavirus outbreak.

1. Am I allowed to walk and/or cycle now and when we go into Tier 3?

2. Is it safe to walk or cycle?

3. Where can I walk or cycle?

4. I am a key worker. How can I get a bike to ride to work?

5. Are bike shops open at the moment?

6. My bike needs some repairs. How do I show my bike some TLC?

7. Are there any cycling-related activities I can do with the children?

8. What about public transport - are buses and trains running as normal?

 

1. Am I allowed to walk and/or cycle now and when we go into Tier 3?

Until 2 December:

Yes, you can. You can walk or cycle with members of your household or bubble, with up to one person from another household or bubble in a public space. The current national restriction rules are still in place until 2 December and must be followed until they expire.

From 2 December:

The guidance from www.gov.uk states:

From, and including, 2 December, new local restriction tiers will apply in England. If you are in a high or very high tier, you should aim to reduce your journeys.

Across all tiers you should:

  • walk or cycle if you can – where that is not possible, use public transport or drive
  • plan ahead and avoid the busiest routes, as well as busy times
  • avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble

The Tees Valley is in Tier 3 - Very High. The government website states:

If you live in a very high tier:

  • you should avoid travelling outside your area, including for overnight stays, other than where necessary, such as for work or education
  • where travel is necessary, you should continue to follow very high tier social contact rules when you travel to a medium tier or high tier area
  • you should also look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

The 'Rule of 6' applies to meeting people in public outdoor places.

Public outdoor places include:

  • neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
  • public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • outdoor playgrounds

2. Is it safe to walk or cycle?

Yes, it is safe to walk or cycle for exercise. If walking or cycling with other people (up to a maximum of 6 people including you) outside your household, you should stay 2m apart from each other or wear face coverings if that is not possible.

 

3. Where can I walk or cycle?

You can walk on pavements or cycle along the road network, as you would normally. However, please bear in mind that there may be more people out walking and cycling than usual and you may need to overtake others by going out into the road. Please do so only if it is safe.

Please use routes that you know well and are suitable for your abilities.

Walking and cycling maps for your area can be found here.

The guidances on www.gov.uk states:

Public outdoor places include:

  • neighbourhood streets, parks, beaches, and the countryside
  • public gardens and grounds (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • outdoor playgrounds

 

4. I am a key worker. How can I get a bike to ride to work?

Some of our partners may be able to provide a bike to cycle to work. Please email us at info@letsgoteesvalley.co.uk with details of where you live and work and we will do our best to help.

 

5. Are bike shops open at the moment?

Under government guidance, bike shops are able to stay open, if they can do so safely. Please contact your local bike shop before visiting, in case they have changed their opening hours or are operating an appointment only scheme.

To our knowledge, the following bike shops are open:

The Sustrans website provides information about open bike shops and offers for key workers. Visit the website here.

If you know of any other bike shops that are open at this time, please let us know and we will add them to the list. You can email us at info@letsgoteesvalley.co.uk

 

6. My bike needs some repairs. How do I show my bike some TLC?

Please ensure your bike is roadworthy before going out on a ride. The first step is to carry out the M-Check, which is a way of checking the important parts of your bike to make sure it's safe to ride. Follow this video to see how it's done:

 

There are many minor repairs that can be done at home, with a little guidance from the experts online! Check out these YouTube channels for help with looking after your bike at home:

If you would prefer to leave it to the experts, the following bike shops are open to carry out repairs:

If you know of any other bike shops offering a repairs service during this time, please let us know and we will add them to the list. You can email us at info@letsgoteesvalley.co.uk

The Sustrans website provides information about open bike shops and offers for key workers. Visit the website here.

 

7. Are there any cycling-related activities I can do with the children?

British Cycling has a great website for cycling with kids, including fun activities that can be done at home without a bike. Find out more here.

 

8. What about public transport - are buses and trains running as normal?

Bus and train operators are running, although some services may be reduced or altered due to the ongoing situation. Please check the Connect Tees Valley website for the latest information.

 

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