Cycling Seeks Clarification on Social Distance Guidelines

Cycling Ireland is seeking a number of clarifications on the Government Roadmap for reopening business and society.

It has said that the phased easing of travel restrictions for exercise, which is set at 5-kilometres until June 8th at the earliest, is a welcome development for leisure and racing cyclists, albeit the limitation will continue to curtail training and leisure cycling to a large extent.

Internal discussions on the phased return of activities have raised a number of issues, relating to implementing social distancing guidelines on club training rides, races, and leisure sportives, while ensuring cyclists remain safe on the roads.

Bearing in mind the timetable the decision has also been taken to postpone all National Championship events up to July 20th.

“We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and look to provide further guidance to clubs, members, and event organisers as soon as possible,” said a statement issued this afternoon.

“We envisage this may include tailored guidance for different disciplines based on the feasibility of adhering to government guidelines and social distancing requirements.”

“In the meantime, we respectfully ask that until further notice, members of the cycling community ride solo or with members of their household and adhere to the limit of 5km from home for those within the Republic of Ireland. Within Northern Ireland, restrictions remain unchanged with cyclists permitted to exercise outdoors once per day.”

 

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