In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and in keeping with official recommendations not to gather in groups of more than 10 people we are cancelling our Sunday bike rides until further notice. Like the rest of the country, we will continue to monitor the virus situation and will restore our Sunday rides when it is prudent to do so. Your ride leaders agree that this is the responsible thing to do.
Just FYI, the St. Pete Bike Club came to this decision on March 15th. The statement on their Facebook page is so well-written that I hope they will forgive me for copying parts of it here.
While we do not recommend any form of group rides during this period, your decision to participate in any ride, other than solo, is entirely at your own risk, and should depend on your overall health, age and comfort level with the situation. Don't let anyone pressure you into a decision you are not comfortable with. If you should make the personal decision to ride with others, please follow the precautions listed on the CDC website below:
Additionally, please observe the following do's and don'ts while riding with others:
1. If you are not feeling well, even if you think it's allergies, please ride solo or stay home. Just regular coughing may alarm other people.
2. Please refrain from shaking hands and hugging or touching your friends or their equipment.
3. Leave a little larger gap between you and the rider in front of you whenever possible.
4. If you need to spit, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, please check to be sure you are clear, signal, and move out of the pace line (to the left if possible). This may require asking a rider alongside of you to give you room. Most of all, make sure there is not one behind you. Yes, it is allergy season, but please do your best. Cough into your elbow if you can't get out of line.
5. Wash your clothes including gloves and helmet pads after every ride. Wipe anything that can't go into the washer (like your helmet and shoes) with alcohol, or spray with a disinfectant.
6. Disinfect your handlebars and saddle and gear bags often.
7. Many rides and events are being cancelled. Check before you go. As you know, we are in the midst of a very dynamic situation and things will be changing on short notice.
May you and your families remain safe and healthy during these trying times.