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Cycling charity calls for all group rides in UK to be cancelled amid coronavirus pandemic

Cycling UK made the announcement following the UK government's latest guidelines

Wicklow Mountains Group Ride
Joe Robinson
17 Mar 2020

British cycling charity Cycling UK has called for the 'cancellation of all group rides and activities following the latest government advice' on the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity released a statement on Tuesday morning advising all group rides to be stopped until further notice and it had 'taken the decision to ask all its member and affiliate groups not to run any group activities, including club runs or events'.

On Monday 16th, Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked for the public to avoid 'pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues' in a bid to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

He also added that social distancing should be observed and all but essential travel should not be taken.

The government is yet to put an official ban on cycling although British Cycling has also cancelled all events until the end of April.

Cycling UK's advice does not call for all cycling to be avoided, either, with the statement saying, 'people should not avoid cycling altogether as it remains a great way to keep fit and active and is a good way to boost immunity.'

Over the weekend, both Spain and Italy put temporary bans on cycling to certain extents.

In Spain, it appears that all recreational cycling has been banned for a period and that anyone caught riding could be subject to a fine of up to €3,000, unless travelling for food or medical supplies. 

In Italy, all recreational cycling has been advised against, solo or in a group, with exemptions for people travelling for transport or professional riders.

Rather than the ban being put in place to limit the spread of the virus, it is believed these precautions were made to reduce the strain on health services with non-coronavirus related cases.

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