4/20 新型コロナウィルス感染を防ぐための乗り方 〜Cycling UK Newsletter〜



一般社団法人日本サイクルツーリズム推進協会が提携する英国の自転車協会「Cycling UK」から新型コロナウィルス感染を防ぎ、サイクリングをするためのアドバイスが届きました。

英国ではロックダウンで外出制限が敷かれていますが、散歩やランニング、サイクリングは心身の健康を保つ手段として認められています。ただし、2メートルというSocial Distancing(ソーシャルディスタンス)を保つため、以下のような制限が課せられています。日本の皆様におかれましても、十分参考になる項目ばかりですので、心に留めて自転車に乗っていただければと存じます。

  • 集団やグループで走らない
  • 他の人と2メートル以上離れる
  • 走行中も手を清潔に保つ
  • 前を走る人と十分な距離を保つ
  • 人通りの多い道や狭い道を避ける
  • 川沿いのルートや緑道、狭い自転車専用道路などは空いている時に走る
  • 歩道よりは、車道を走る
  • 車道を走る時は歩道を歩く人に配慮を!


一人、または同居する家族で走ります(家族に自主隔離の人がいる場合はN G)。











一昨年来日し、日本でもサイクルインストラクター講習を行ったCycling UKのトレーニングマネージャー、マット・ウッドコック氏は「人とすれ違う時は、スピードを落とし、軽いギヤに変え、惰性でホイールを回しながら、できるだけスペースを空けるようにしてください。ルート上に狭い道がある場合は、そのルートは避けるようにします。また、後ろから追い越す時は、短くHelloと声がけをするかベルを鳴らして、自分が追い越そうとしていることを知らせ、追い越しぎわに軽くThank youとお礼を言いましょう。このような状況下では、いつもよりほんの少しフレンドリーな気持ちになれると良いですね」とアドバイスしています。



Woman cycling along a canal





注:この内容は、Cycling UKより2020年4月18日に配信されたニュースレター(件名: #keepthewheelsturning appeal, cycling and walking in narrow spaces, cycling as a solution to climate change, and our next instalment of An audience with…)を元に作成したものです。オリジナルのニュースレターはPDFの下にあります。


ご参考までにCycling UKのニュースレターの本文を併せて追記します。
Thursday, 16 April 2020

Coronavirus: A guide to social distancing and cycling

What’s the best way to maintain social distancing on off-road trails or narrow lanes? Campaigns officer Sophie Gordon finds out.

In theory, public health guidance to stay at least two metres away from other people when out in public seems simple. However, whether you’re shopping for groceries at the supermarket or looking for somewhere to ride for your daily exercise, it’s sometimes a little tricky. We’ve received various questions about the best way to practice social distancing in different situations when out on your ride, so we’ve aimed to answer some of them here.

Why is keeping our distance important?

Government guidance is to stay at least two metres away from other people when you go outside.

GP and Cycling UK member Dr Kate Hattersley explains why:

“The Covid-19 infection is spread by droplets of fluid carrying the virus. If an infected person coughs or sneezes (even if they have no symptoms) the droplets can land on a hard surface and stay there for a while or land directly on another person. This is the reason why we should keep at least two metres away from others when we are outside our home.

“If we touch a surface contaminated by the virus then touch our face, we will infect ourselves. This is why it is important to wash our hands frequently and clean surfaces regularly.”

Recent research suggests that a greater distance may be needed when you are behind someone else, as droplets from coughs and sneezes can remain in the air behind someone who is moving. It’s important to note that this was a simulation and the paper hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed (verified by other scientists), but it might be something to bear in mind if you are approaching another cyclist or runner.

We all have a responsibility to ride carefully during this outbreak and maintain social distancing, to ensure we can continue to cycle.

Have a look at our extensive coronavirus Q&A for the latest cycling advice.

Shared-use paths and off-road trails

If you are going for a ride off-road, Cycling UK guidance is to plan your route to avoid parts you know are narrow and likely to be busy, and think about the time of day you pick for your ride.

On wide paths, it’s fairly easy to stick near the edges. If it’s less than two metres wide and you’re approaching people heading towards you, be prepared to stop and move over onto the verge to let them have enough space to pass.

Cycling UK training manager Matt Woodcock advises, “Give people as much room as possible when passing. Slow down and get into an easy gear to allow you to freewheel, and give them space. If you know your route you will know the pinch points, so you can try and anticipate where it is going to be difficult to pass.

“If you’re approaching someone from behind, let them know you’re there by calling out or using a bell if you have one, as they may not realise you’re about to pass them. Try and say hello and thank you to build good relations with other users – everyone appreciates a bit of extra friendliness at the moment.”

Canal towpaths

Canal towpaths are a little more tricky because of the lack of extra space at the edge. Cycling UK Head of Campaigns Duncan Dollimore says: “On narrow towpaths at busy times of the day, it’s likely that you will find it difficult to pass those on foot while leaving the recommended two metres of space. You’ll end up either riding at walking pace behind people or breaching the social distancing guidelines – so it’s worth going at a quiet time of day, or considering an alternative route.”

Woman cycling along a canal

Shared-use footways

Many shared-use footways (which are often just pavements where cycling has been legally allowed) aren’t wide enough to leave two metres of space when passing people. There’s less traffic on some roads at the moment, so if you feel confident to do so, you might find it easier to ride on the road.

Alternatively, you can always get out the map, go online, or use an app to try and plan a quieter local route.

On roads

When riding on the road past someone who is walking along a narrow pavement, remember to still leave two metres of space.

Matt Woodcock explains, “If you are riding past someone walking on the pavement, check behind you and, if it’s safe to do so, pull out towards the centre of the road as if you were turning right. You can then move back in to the left once you have passed them.

“On narrow country lanes, if you meet people walking towards you along the road, if it’s safe to do so try and move right over to the other side in order to leave as much space as possible.”

It’s important to remember that provided we observe social distancing, the health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks – so choose a nice quiet route, follow public health advice and let’s all enjoy our time outdoors when we can.