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Coronavirus and cycling.

Coronavirus and cycling.

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Re: Coronavirus and cycling.

     Jim Gagne is right that the slip stream makes it difficult for even a few cyclists to ride together, unless they keep a separation distance of 30 - 60 feet.  Here are my thoughts:  First, it would probably be OK for members of the same household to ride together, unless one of them works at a high risk job (e.g - health care, grocery store, etc).  Secondly, two - four riders could start a minute apart, with the faster riders starting first.
They could meet at planned rest stops, and take care to keep their distance while on break.  Thirdly, there may be a limited number of opportunities for two riders to ride double file, where the virus risk is less.  Some roads, like Hanover Pike, have wide paved shoulders where riding two abreast should be OK.  Other level roads like Deereco that parallels York Rd, have four lanes with a center turn lane.  With traffic being light, it might be feasible to control the right lane and ride two abreast.  Where conditions make riding double file unsafe, riders could switch to Plan B and ride single ride 60 feet apart.  The virus is going to be around awhile, and we need to be creative.  Be safe.

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Looking over the separation recommendations, riding two abreast doesn't permit sufficent separation.  The research indicates that riders travelling in the same direction still need 12 - 15 feet of separation.  Obviously, the shoulder or traffic lane doesn't allow this much separation.  The remaining safe option for unrelated riders is to ride 60 feet apart, as they do in a time trial.

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Tour de France postponed for 2020.

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