I have been cycling for a while now and I make sure to do longer rides during weekends and on weekdays I mostly run or do workout (mostly functional), this is my schedule for the entire week.
However since the pandemic, things have changed drastically for each and every individual on this earth. No one is spared.
As time progressed, everyone found their way to live with it. The administration has also played a crucial role in managing the pandemic.
Last year during lockdown I mostly rode on an indoor trainer and clocked a good amount of kilometers per month.
Things were just getting better and lots of cycling events were organised by various organisations until the second wave of corona hit Mumbai and many states & cities across the country.
This caused the administration to put partial lockdown in Mumbai until 30th April 2021. (Partial lockdown means, night curfew from 8:00 PM to morning 7:00 AM weekdays and from Friday 8:00 PM to Monday 7:00 AM, along with lots of restrictions for various businesses, schools and collages.) This caused a lot of anxiety in most citizens, SOP was released and in a few days people started following lockdown procedure.
Here comes the second side of the coin where all the athletes, mainly cyclists and runners, were not sure whether to venture out for their early morning workouts.
I am in a couple of WhatsApp groups and members from various groups had the same question whether to ride/run during weekends. However everything is clearly mentioned in the SOP and following is the jist:
Imposition of Section 144 and Night Curfew
a) Section 144 to be imposed in the State.
b) From 7 AM to 8 PM on Monday to Friday, no more than 5 people to move together or
gather in any public place.
c) Rest of the period (i.e. From 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM on weekdays and from 8:00 PM Friday to 7:00 AM Monday) no one to move in a public place without valid reasons or by permission.
- Remember the basics, always wear a helmet and have proper head & tail lights.
- Ride Solo as far as possible, however if you are doing longer rides than do ride in a group but don’t exceed more than 5 riders.
- Always wear a mask wherever possible. You can slide down the mask while riding but make sure your mask is on while halting or around crowded places.
- Finish your rides well before specified time to avoid any consequences.
- Check for containment zones, same can be obtained on MCGM website. Click here to see containment zones
- Watch news for all latest updates on lockdown and follow them.
- If you are part of a cycling club, do follow the club rules. This will help the club organisers manage the club properly.
- If you have an indoor trainer, setup and start riding.
- Avoid rides before 7:00 AM and after 8:00 PM and follow the rules.
- Even between 7:00AM and 8:00 PM don’t ride in a bigger group as 144 is imposed throughout the day, so you can’t ride with a group of more than five.
- Most importantly NO RIDES on weekends that is from 8:00 PM Friday until 7:00 AM Monday.
- Avoid riding in containment areas.
- Don’t pass any news without verifying the same.
So to Summarise Cycling Dos and Don’ts in Lockdown, these are hard times of pandemic, so as a responsible citizen we should follow the lockdown procedure and also help fellow riders follow the same.
Let’s together win over this pandemic and create a better place to live. Let me end with a quote:
Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!Robert Schuller