13 response to "Cycling in the time of plague"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: March 17, 2020

    Camus & Reverend Gary, they’re existentially delicious!

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: March 18, 2020

    Ah, sorry to hear. I hope you can still get out on the bike somehow since you aren’t near anyone while riding. Just don’t touch anything other than the bike.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: March 18, 2020

      Em, now that Sonoma County has officially joined (most of) the Bay Area (including Kathleen EDIT: and now Janet and Jack) under “shelter in place quarantine lockdown,” bicycling is explicitly allowed. Although everyone (except folks working in essential services or buying groceries) is supposed to stay home, pedaling is allowed on trails, paths, roads, and streets for exercise. Hiking also allowed. But cyclists (and hikers) are expected to maintain social distancing of at least six feet from other people, including other cyclists and hikers. (Of course, if hiking or biking with spouse, social distancing doesn’t really matter.) At least some Bay Area bicycling organizations have cancelled all their regularly scheduled group rides.

      My ace support crew and I are under a double whammy. First, we are both in the age group that needs to self-isolate at home under state guidelines. Now our county has issued the “shelter in place quarantine lockdown” order for all Sonoma County residents, regardless of age. Because we’re allowed to bike and hike, this won’t dramatically impact my mostly non-social lifestyle. On the other hand, my highly social support crew can be expected to explode at any moment. 😉

      • By: The Navigator Posted: March 19, 2020

        Would your ace support crew do any online stuff? I know my support groups (for all my insect diseases that compromise the immune system) are all doing skype or zoom online chats. Some of them will all watch a netflix movie at the same time and chat about it while they all watch it together. There are heaps of social things being posted on line for all sorts of different interests.
        I’ll still be riding my bike, even in the thick of it. I figure the most likely way for me to be injured cycling is from a driver, and there should be significantly less on the roads if the measures become really strict which means my chance of being injured would be less than normal. Plus, for people with crap immune systems, you would want them to be doing all they can to bolster their body. Exercise and VItamin D are known to boost the immune system! And if worse comes to worse, and they say you can only leave your house to go to the grocery store, well, I’ll just ride to the grocery store 🙂 The nearest one is 22 kms away, so I’d get a good ride in with that. Stay well, stay safe and keep riding as much as seems sensible.

    • By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 18, 2020

      Good article Rich. My sister-in-law is in the medical profession & has been busy testing Covid-19 people since the outbreak in Washington. Since the knowledge of this virus is so new, they are discovering new things as they go. This article she sent us was released yesterday: https://www.sciencealert.com/who-recommends-to-avoid-taking-ibuprofen-for-covid-19-symptoms
      I think it’s worth sharing. May we ALL stay healthy & be spared this virus.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 18, 2020

        Thanks for the link! Very helpful advice.

        It mentions paracetamol which I was not familiar with — but discovered its aka acetaminophen — which is also known as Tylenol here among others.

        This is going to be a process for sure — All the Best!

  3. By: Scooter Posted: March 18, 2020

    Also, regarding Bill’s note that the California ban explicitly allows cycling and hiking as long as you keep your distance. That could change fast though. Spain and Italy have both explicitly banned cycling. They want to do everything they can to minimize trips to the emergency room, including cycling accidents. Hopefully we won’t go there too, but just in case we’re buying an indoor trainer This morning. And we’re going to give some thought to where and how aggressively we bike, to minimize our risk of having an accident.


    • By: Bill Stone Posted: March 18, 2020

      we’re buying an indoor trainer this morning

      Be sure to review my video for safety tips!

      PS: There is no statewide “California ban” or lockdown per se. Other than the age-specific guidelines for the state as a whole, all the other big “shelter in place quarantine lockdowns” are being done on a county-by-county or municipality-by-municipality basis. Not all have the same restrictions, and most have no lockdown at all right now, so the state is a real patchwork of different rules and regulations at this time. I doubt if there will be a statewide ban on recreational cycling. Could happen, but more likely this would show up — if at all — in a few specific counties or localities as part of their particular package of restrictions.

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: March 18, 2020

    Great music and photo and idea!

    I, too, think it is just as important for us cyclists to avoid accidents at this time as to avoid contagion, as Scott mentioned.

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 19, 2020

    UPDATE: As of 19 March, Governor Newsom has ordered all of California to go under the same “shelter in place quarantine lockdown.”

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