Did you know that a bicycle is about 6 feet long? This means by riding a bike and keeping a few feet away in front, behind, and beside you, you can easily meet the current public health guidance of keeping a 6 feet distance from others to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Of course, while on a bike, besides the 6-foot distance to be safe it is good to continue to use regular cycling best practices of obeying traffic laws, being alert and being predictable.
For those without a car, biking may just be the safest way to get around in an urban environment. Some say biking is safer than walking during this time of COVID-19 because it is rare that a sidewalk is wide enough for you to pass by others with 6 feet of clearance. Public transit has the disadvantage of the potential for close contact with others and multiple surfaces that need to be disinfected on a regular basis. Ride share puts you close to another individual that is driving the vehicle plus there is the same issue with surfaces.
One more benefit of prioritizing cycling for transportation in these times is that there are less cars and trucks on the road resulting in clear and fast routes. Take social distancing seriously and use a bike for transportation when you absolutely must be out and about.
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