Statement from Cycling UK – COVID-19

As the national cycling charity Cycling UK’s aim is to support the UK’s population to cycle. This stays true during this period of Covid-19 affecting the UK. Above all, the safety and welfare of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, participants at our rides and events, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public is always our main priority.

Therefore, Cycling UK is now advising the cancellation of all group rides and activities following the latest Government advice and is urging everyone to follow best practice to minimise risk.

Cycling UK are constantly monitoring the situation and taking advice from the Government, health sector and partners.

Advice for Cycling UK groups and volunteers

Following renewed advice from the Government, Cycling UK is advising cyclists should not take part in club runs or any group activity until further notice.

On Monday (16 March), the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson appealed to the public to avoid ‘pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues’ to curb the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

He added that avoiding social contact was particularly important for people over 70, pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.

As a result of this revised guidance, Cycling UK has taken the decision to ask all its member and affiliate groups not to run any group activities, including club runs or events.

This is in line with advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UCI, with the aim of ensuring the maximum protection of people across the world.

However, 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.

The safety and wellbeing of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, riders, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public remains our number one priority.

Cycling UK will continue to monitor the situation and will be taking advice from the Government, the health sector and partners.

You can find more advice about avoiding Coronavirus on the NHS website   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

And more information about social distancing on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people

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