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Coronavirus - Walking and Cycling FAQs

Walking and Cycling during the Coronavirus outbreak

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Last updated 11 May 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 during the Coronavirus outbreak?

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. What is happening with the cycle schemes under construction in my area?

8. Are there any cycling-related activites I can do with the children while home schooling?

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

 

1. Am I allowed to walk and/or cycle during the Coronavirus outbreak?

The UK government has instructed us all to stay alert and use our common sense when it comes to transport and outdoor activity. We are able to leave the house

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres/6.6ft apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Some people are choosing to walk or cycle instead of using public transport to go to work.

 

2. Is it safe to walk or cycle?

Yes, it is safe to walk or cycle for exercise. On exercising, the www.gov.uk website states:

"There is no limit on how long you can exercise for, but you should spend as short a time away from your home as possible. Stay local if you can and act responsibly at all times. Once you have undertaken exercise, you should go home immediately. Do not linger in public places. For example, after having gone for a run or a cycle, you should not sit down or rest away from your home, unless necessary for health reasons."

  • You stay close to home, if you can
  • You keep 2 metres away from other people (apart from people you live with)

Do not go out in groups and keep your cycle rides short and close to home. Now is not the time to start training for an endurance event!

 

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.

All playgrounds and many public parks are now closed or have limited access. Please check your local authority website for information about your local parks.

 

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

Our partners at Bike Stop Darlington are offering FREE bike loans to NHS and care worker staff in Darlington. For more information, please call them on 01325 788857 or contact them via their Facebook page. Visits to the shop are by appointment only.

Sustrans, the national walking and cycling charity, has created a map of cycling offers and cycling support services for key workers around the country.

 

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. What is happening with the cycle schemes under construction in my area?

Darlington:

The Allington Way cycle route was substantially completed just before the lockdown and whilst the grass seeding needs completing, it is open for use. Cycle infrastructure at Lingfield Way junction and Tornado Way junction (through about) is currently halted. Work will resume as soon as possible. Planning continues in the background for future schemes.

 

Middlesbrough:

Low Lane connections

The Council have recently completed a section of foot/cycleway from Jack Simon Way to connect with Low Lane. There were previously no connections in this area from the new housing developments on the Brookfield site. The intention is to continue this provision in 20/21 to better connect the network in this area.

Mandale interchange

Funding has been secured from Tees Valley Combined Authority to make provisions for the crossing of the Mandale interchange slip roads with the A19. This will create a safe crossing for pedestrians and cyclists between Acklam and Thornaby. Works have not started yet, but anticipated completion is December 2020 (depending upon current situation being resolved). Stockton Council have also been awarded funding to make improvements along Acklam Road within their Borough, which will improve connectivity.

Cargo Fleet Roundabout

Works are underway to signalise the roundabout at Cargo Fleet Lane/Southbank Road and create a much-needed safe crossing point over the junction; this forms part of NCN1, and has been a missing link for a significant time. The works are being undertaken simultaneously to the A66 Throughabout, and will provide safe crossing points across the whole area. This is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2020, depending upon the current situation being resolved.

Riverside Park accessibility

Funding has been sought to make improvements to the accessibility to the TeesAMP site on Riverside Park. The funding seeks to consolidate and light the existing stone path from Newport Bridge to the Riverside entrance to the Tees AMP site along the river, and create a foot/cycleway link on the Western side of Riverside Park Road to the vehicular entrance to the site. Funding approval pending, this is anticipated to be delivered in 2020/21 financial year.

 

Hartlepool:

Bishop Cuthbert access routes

The only outstanding works are works to resolve drainage issues in a small section of the route.  Given the very dry weather this doesn’t present an issue.  Overall the works that have been completed are seeing very high use as they provide an excellent local resource to enjoy your ‘one a day’ exercise.

A689 Cycleway/Walkway from Brenda Road to Burn Road.

Most of the works on the new cycleways/walkways are complete and they are open and free to use.  The only outstanding element is the new toucan crossing across the A689 near to Brenda Road which is still to be installed.

Both of the above routes are open and are well used.

 

8. Are there any cycling-related activites I can do with the children while home schooling?

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.

 

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

Bus and train operators are running reduced services until further notice. Please check the Connect Tees Valley website for the latest information.

Are you a key worker? Bus operators are looking for feedback on what services are needed to enable key workers to get to work. If you would like to let them know what services you require, please email us at info@letsgoteesvalley.co.uk and we will pass your details on to the relevant operators.

 

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