Cycling routes: How to find cycling routes near me amid the lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s has announced changes to the guidelines and regulations regarding exercise and outdoor activity. On Monday, Mr Johnson elaborated on the Government’s new slogan “Stay Alert” for tackling the pandemic, saying: “We’re now asking people to stay alert, control the virus and save lives and yes, staying alert for the vast majority of people still means staying at home as much as possible.

“But there are a range of other actions we’re advising people to take as we modify our measures.

“People should stay alert by working from home, if you can, limiting contact with other people.”

The Prime Minister said other measures include keeping distance from others, wearing a face-covering in enclosed spaces such as public transport and isolating if someone in your house has symptoms.

He added: “If everyone stays alert and follows the rules we can control coronavirus by keeping the R down and reducing the number of infections and this is how we can continue to save lives and livelihoods as we begin as a nation to recover from coronavirus.”


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The main changes relating to cycling, which come into force on Wednesday, May 13 are:

  • There will be no limit on duration or frequency of exercise; however official advice remains that you should stay at home “as much as possible”
  • You will be able to travel any distance in order to exercise
  • You will be able to meet and exercise with one person who is not a member of your household, provided you maintain social distancing of at least two metres

These rules only apply to England, as the governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland rejected the Prime Minister’s new guidelines.

When asked by a member of the public whether people can meet friends and family at the park while observing social distancing rules, the Prime Minister said: “What we are saying is that you can go to the park to exercise on your own in an unlimited way, you can go with members of your own household.

“But if you want to meet somebody from outside your household, it’s got to be you and that other person just as a pair and you should observe social distancing while you’re there.

“And so each of you basically on a one-on-one thing but with social distancing, keeping two metres apart.”

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How to find cycling routes near you

Your local council should have issued cycling routes and maps on their website.

Simply search for your council plus cycling routes on your browser to find out where you can go for a ride near your home.

If you live in the capital, you can use Transport for London’s cycle map to find open and proposed routes, as well as Santander Cycle docking stations across the city.

How to discover new cycle routes

  • Take an unfamiliar side road
  • Explore your local area using Google Street View
  • Take a look at local riders’ routes on Strava
  • Ride a sportive

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