Washington state health authorities have specifically allowed bicycling as a healthy activity. The Washington cycling community assembled guidelines for safe cycling during this time period.

  1. Stay home if:
    • You have been tested and are positive for COVID-19.
    • You have been tested for COVID-19 but have not yet received results.
    • You, or anyone in your household, are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
    • You have been in close contact with someone who is suspected of being infected, or confirmed to have been infected, with COVID-19.
  2. Ride alone, or only with members of your household.
    • Let family members or emergency contacts know your route and when you will be home. Set up a “ride tracker” if you have one.
    • Group rides increase the likelihood that a member of your group is infected, and the larger the group, the harder it is to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  3. Maintain social distancing guidelines at all times, on and off the bike.
    • Health experts recommend a minimum of six feet of buffer.
    • The COVID-19 virus remains airborne for some time, so you may need more than 6 feet if you’re riding behind someone.
    • Riding side-by-side on multi-use trails makes it hard to maintain social distancing, and should be avoided.
    • Be aware of other riders, and pass safely with enough distance to keep both riders safe.
    • While waiting at stop lights, continue to observe social distancing rules.
  4. Avoid multi-use trails if you are comfortable riding on roads, especially when trails are crowded, and traffic should be unusually low on streets at this time.
    • Because bicycling has been promoted as a “safe” activity, many novice cyclists are taking to multi-use trails which is increasing the chances of accidents.
    • When the trails are full of inexperienced users, it is difficult or impossible to maintain social distancing.
    • Caution riding on roads. Although there are fewer cars, this can lull you into feeling safer, and the drivers on roads can be stressed and distracted.
  5. Carry your own food and water rather than stopping at grocery stores, as this will decrease the likelihood of spreading the virus and avoid straining these shared resources.
  6. Avoid bathroom stops by planning your ride appropriately. Many public bathrooms and parks are now closed.
    • Use sterilizing hand wipes, hand sanitizer, or a clean cloth, to open doors.
    • If you absolutely have to stop at a restroom, wash your hands before using the facilities (to avoid spreading the virus if you happen to be a carrier) and after (to avoid picking up the virus).
  7. Don’t spit or blow your nose
    • Carry tissue or a handkerchief if needed, and carefully dispose of tissues.
    • Handkerchiefs, gloves and sleeves attract germs; isolate them and wash them after every ride.
  8. Ride slower and more cautiously. Heed stop signs. Avoid door zones. Use your lights during daytime. Wear your brightest, contrasting colors. Use a mirror and check it periodically.