Masked man

In our newspaper today, a letter to the editor complained because, someone wrote, bicyclists around Santa Rosa refuse to wear masks when riding. Hunh? I promptly masked up, cruised out the Greenway, and snapped a selfie to demonstrate that some of us understand our social responsibilities. Meanwhile, I managed to slip away when a deranged guy tried to accost me after I stopped for a drink of water downtown. He wasn’t wearing a mask. Maybe I should write to the editor about deranged guys who refuse to wear masks.

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

8 response to "Masked man"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: June 11, 2020

    When it comes to stores and other enclosed areas, the Twin Cities has a pretty high percentage of responsible mask-wearers, but almost none of us wear them while cycling. That’s got to be uncomfortable.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 11, 2020

    Not required while cycling in Illinois so long as you maintain social distancing — which in my case is easy, Im always behind. 🙂
    Almost everyone in the grocery store and pharmacy wear masks, elsewhere its pretty spotty.

    “Who was that masked man?”

  3. By: BobinVT Posted: June 11, 2020

    In Vermont, wearing masks in stores is pretty universal. In my town, they passed an ordinance making it mandatory. Not required when out exercising though, as long as social distance is maintained. I’ve taken to wearing a buff around my neck whenever I ride, so I can pull it up if I happen to stop and talk with somebody. I’m actually getting to like the buff for the neck sun protection.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 11, 2020

    Locally, we are “required” to wear masks inside businesses (except restaurants, which are just now reopening), and when within six feet of another person while outdoors. Almost everyone obeys the indoors rule. Outdoors? Not so much. I estimate when walking, hiking, or biking approximately 25 percent of people wear mask, 25 percent hold mask in hand and lift to face when someone comes near, and 50 percent don’t bother with mask at all.

    On popular trails and paths like Spring Lake, Greenway, etc, people constantly come within six feet of each other when walking, hiking, and biking. Therefore, in my opinion everyone should remain masked in those conditions. A mask is no guarantee of safety, but it should be a social obligation to try to protect each other as much as possible.

    In my case, I bought a pack of three lightweight, washable, reusable masks that fit comfortably. They really don’t bother me much, even in hot weather, except when I’m grinding uphill, in which case I temporarily pull down the mask enough to improve intake of oxygen.

    Perhaps I’m just a silly old man, but I really feel like I have a certain responsibility to model safe behavior when I’m on popular trails and paths, and when I’m riding through populated areas. Of course, if I could get to some of my favorite remote routes in deserts and mountains and backwoods, I wouldn’t bother to wear a mask.

    • By: BobinVT Posted: June 11, 2020

      I don’t think it’s silly at all. If I were riding trails where there were other people I would definitely wear a mask too. I’m fortunate that the only people I usually see on my rides are in cars.

  5. By: Scooter Posted: June 12, 2020

    Oregon is probably more lax than some states. Masks are recommended, but not mandatory in general, except for restaurant employees as one example. The culture really varies with region. In eastern Oregon and outside of urban areas you don’t see masks commonly worn at all; but in Portland and Corvallis most people wear them in public. Bikers in masks are a rarity, but almost everywhere we bike we hardly see anyone on the road anyway.

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