I went for a ride on Seymour this morning and was quite concerned that some people are still not getting the social distancing message. The last thing any of us wants is for trail access to be shut down so I thought I'd throw out what I feel are some common sense guidelines for discussion and to hopefully increase awareness. I am not a epidemiologist so if there is anyone who thinks I've got something wrong, speak up. Also, if you feel the need to flame me, feel free. I have a thick skin and we all need our outlets in these crazy times ;)
1) Stay at least 6 feet away from everyone in the area (roughly one bike length) that you do not live with. That means if you have to stop beside the trail, only stop on one side and pull well off. If you and people with you stop on both sides of the trail, you are forcing other people coming up the trail to 'run the gauntlet' If you or they cough or sneeze, how will everyone stay out of the line of fire? If you are blocking someone who wants to pass, stop and pull well off the trail to let them by.
2) Don't ride in large groups. I know there are lots of opinions on whether riding alone is a good idea or not so I won't say ride alone, but is it necessary to ride with more than 1 or 2 other people?
3) (Similar to 1 & 2) Don't bunch up at the top of a climb / beginning of a descent. If there are already people there taking a break either drop right in or find a place further up the trail or further back so that you are not sharing the same space.
4) Ride within your limits so you don't end up needing medical attention. Further burdening the medical system in the next few weeks or months will not win anyone any friends and non-life threatening injuries for an otherwise healthy person will likely be way down the triage list right now.
5) Don't shuttle or share rides with people you don't live with. Why take the risk? Either bike to the trail head or drive separately. If you must, bring a separate bag to keep all your stuff in and hand sanitize before and after leaving the vehicle and stay as far apart as possible - honestly a mask might not be out of place. Don't pack 6 bros in your Tacoma!
6) Last, don't be a d**k and think you are young and healthy so this isn't going to affect you. The longer and more severe this is, the more it will effect us all in terms economics, personal freedom and probably a million and one ways we don't even realize yet. If everyone gets on board we can make a huge difference in how this all plays out and keep our fingers crossed that the coming of summer could at least give us a bit of a reprieve.
Cam McRae's excellent editorial ( https://nsmb.com/articles/ride-or-not-ride-during-global-pandemic/ ) and the comment section goes over most of this as well and has lots of food for thought.
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