22nd March 2021
IT IS FANTASTIC NEWS THAT WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THE COVID SITUATION IMPROVING AND THE RELAXATION OF THE RESTRICTIONS.
Based upon the government’s roadmap out of lockdown document with the proposed relaxations to restrictions in England on or after 29 March '21, we thought it would be a good idea to set out the club’s policy for our group rides and socialising for the next few months.
Please remember that we will flex our plan according to any change in the government’s approach – so watch out for updates here.
The good news is that we can re-start small group rides on 29th March which can be groups of up to six people, or two households. The roadmap also indicates (para 102) that organised sports can restart, which will not be subject to the rule of six gathering limit, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies which in our case would be British Cycling.
Octagon Cycling Club is NOT a British Cycling-affiliated Club and so the widely published information relating to British Cycling-affiliated Club rides or recreation programme rides for up to 15 participants is not applicable.
The summary of the steps beyond 29th March is as follows:
STEP 1 - FROM MARCH 8:
• People can leave their house to cycle alone, within their household bubble or with one other person – no club rides organised.
FROM MARCH 29:
• Club group rides of up to six people (or two families) can restart – arrange these yourselves and plan to meet in different places across Ely and at different times so we don’t break the guidelines as a club.
• Rule of 6 applies to coffee stops when outdoors only.
STEP 2 - FROM 12 APRIL AT THE EARLIEST:
• No change
STEP 3 - FROM 17 MAY AT THE EARLIEST:
• Club group rides up to 30 riders can restart – our Ride Captains will start to organise and publish rides on our FB groups.
• Rule of 6 applies to coffee stops when inside, max 30 people if outdoors.
STEP 4 - FROM 21 JUNE AT THE EARLIEST:
• All club group ride formats and socialising to resume.
>>> IN TERMS OF WHERE YOU RIDE
Octagon Cycling Club encourages people to continue to cycle for exercise during the current and future circumstances over the next few months, but to do so in a manner which minimises risk. In the absence of specific regulation on how far they can travel, members of the group should use their common sense: for example, avoiding crowded or narrow routes where social distancing is difficult to maintain, but also bearing in mind that you may put others at risk if you suffer an injury or mechanical problem far from home and require rescue. To minimise unnecessary travel, start and end your rides at home if this is practical; however, common sense may dictate that travelling a short distance to a more suitable location is reasonable.
If you have any questions, please contact us directly.
Christian Griffin & Ian Smith
22nd March 2021