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Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby Boring_Username » 20 Mar 2020, 8:45pm

Apologies if I am duplicating a thread, I did attempt a search.

Recreational cycling, even solo in remote locations, has now been banned in France, Spain and Italy. Madness, in my view, as the net benefit in terms of mental and physical health (and ability to fight the blasted bug) must surely outweigh the potential negatives.

Is this likely in the UK?

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 20 Mar 2020, 9:11pm

It’s coming. Probably within a week. The Government have deliberately left cycling out of their list of ‘approved physical activities’ because of the risk of getting flattened by cretins in vehicles, and detracting from the stretched NHS.

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby Bonefishblues » 20 Mar 2020, 9:22pm

Surely not?! We were only saying today how much we were looking forward to some family cycling on quieter roads.

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby LinusR » 20 Mar 2020, 9:24pm

Marcus Aurelius wrote:It’s coming. Probably within a week. The Government have deliberately left cycling out of their list of ‘approved physical activities’ because of the risk of getting flattened by cretins in vehicles, and detracting from the stretched NHS.


No that's not it. They're just incompetent and left cycling out. Plenty of pedestrians get flattened by the cretins

I have a friend who lives in Spain and he explained to me what is happening there.

I you are an essential worker going to work, or you are going to the shops or pharmacy, you can walk, run, cycle, motorbike, or drive to your destination. All other forms of outside activity are banned - including going to the beach on your own for a swim in the sea. If you have a dog you can go out to walk it. Apart from that you are not allowed to leave your home on foot, by bicycle or car.

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 20 Mar 2020, 9:25pm

LinusR wrote:
Marcus Aurelius wrote:It’s coming. Probably within a week. The Government have deliberately left cycling out of their list of ‘approved physical activities’ because of the risk of getting flattened by cretins in vehicles, and detracting from the stretched NHS.


No that's not it. They're just incompetent and left cycling out. Plenty of pedestrians get flattened by the cretins

I have a friend who lives in Spain and he explained to me what is happening there.

I you are an essential worker going to work, or you are going to the shops or pharmacy, you can walk, run, cycle, motorbike, or drive to your destination. All other forms of outside activity are banned - including going to the beach on your own for a swim in the sea. If you have a dog you can go out to walk it. Apart from that you are not allowed to leave your home on foot, by bicycle or car.

Whichever way you cut it, it’s completely incredible.

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby gxaustin » 20 Mar 2020, 9:26pm

If they are worried by ambulances being required at accidents on the roads then maybe they should ban cars!

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby LinusR » 20 Mar 2020, 9:40pm

gxaustin wrote:If they are worried by ambulances being required at accidents on the roads then maybe they should ban cars!


They should. But the Mayor of London has now suspended all charges - ULEZ and Congestion Charge - for everyone

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 20 Mar 2020, 9:49pm

LinusR wrote:
gxaustin wrote:If they are worried by ambulances being required at accidents on the roads then maybe they should ban cars!


They should. But the Mayor of London has now suspended all charges - ULEZ and Congestion Charge - for everyone

Oh my good god, it’s going to be like the good old bad old days in the eighties. I expect to spend a fair proportion of my life sliding off of some idiot’s car bonnet in the not too distant future then :shock:

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby pwa » 20 Mar 2020, 9:53pm

I don't think a ban on cycling is coming. Everything I've heard from the Government and experts on TV has suggested it will, if anything, be encouraged. And rightly so. Ditto walking in the countryside.

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 20 Mar 2020, 10:01pm

How are they going to enforce it?

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby thatsnotmyname » 20 Mar 2020, 10:23pm

Marcus Aurelius wrote:It’s coming. Probably within a week. The Government have deliberately left cycling out of their list of ‘approved physical activities’ because of the risk of getting flattened by cretins in vehicles, and detracting from the stretched NHS.


There is no such list.

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby mjr » 20 Mar 2020, 10:24pm

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer at today's gov.uk press conference specifically mentioned cycling as good exercise. It's also being promoted in Belgium, while Germany suggests it for transport.

Reports from France are conflicted. There's at least one Facebook post about cycling being banned which I'm 90% sure is a hoax.
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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby thatsnotmyname » 20 Mar 2020, 10:30pm

mjr wrote:Reports from France are conflicted. There's at least one Facebook post about cycling being banned which I'm 90% sure is a hoax.


Worth a read of this: it 'clarifies' just how 'unclear' the ruling is.. ;)

https://www.thelocal.fr/20200319/france ... s-lockdown

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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby mjr » 20 Mar 2020, 10:35pm

thatsnotmyname wrote:
mjr wrote:Reports from France are conflicted. There's at least one Facebook post about cycling being banned which I'm 90% sure is a hoax.


Worth a read of this: it 'clarifies' just how 'unclear' the ruling is.. ;)

https://www.thelocal.fr/20200319/france ... s-lockdown

Site redirects to something called "project shield".
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Re: Coronavirus - Possible ban on cycling in the UK?

Postby Marcus Aurelius » 20 Mar 2020, 10:38pm

Italy have banned cycling.