With this Covid-19 crisis, which has just passed the pandemic level and is forcing governments to take containment measures, we are facing a health crisis unprecedented in modern human history.
In the days and weeks to come, we will all have to organize ourselves differently, review our priorities and, above all, use common sense. Most of us are going to have to stay at home, either because of parental constraints or simply because of working from home.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, already today, many countries are under quarantine. Governments have called for us to limit our travels to only those, which are strictly necessary.
Restrictions on the use of public transport have been imposed in major cities, across whole regions and even entire countries. This is probably a necessary evil to prevent the spread of the virus.
Using electric bicycle as an alternative to public transportation under the coronavirus epidemic
The quarantine period in many countries lasts from two weeks to a longer period, as no one knows for sure yet, how to stop the epidemic. In those extraordinary and unexpected conditions, such a convenient mode of transport as an electric bicycle (as well as a traditional bicycle or a scooter) is becoming much more handy.
Residents of major cities have already faced either with strict quarantine rules (homestay) or with severe restrictions on the use of public transportation. Metro lines have been closed, limits to a number of passengers in taxis and buses, trolleybuses and trams have been introduced.
To get around all the inconveniences and not to put yourself at risk of infection, you can use a two-wheeled vehicle.
If you already have an e-bike available, it is now the right moment to start using one. Riding your e-bike will not only help you get to your destination faster (or get your daily share of exercise) but will also help you comply with the social distancing (safe distancing) rule, that has been introduced across the globe (source).
This safe distance is, of course, impossible to keep in any of the following commuting scenarios:
- Traveling on a public bus
- Traveling by coach
- Traveling on a train or on a tram
- Traveling in a subway car
- Traveling in a work minibus
- Sitting in a taxi
- Sitting in your car with someone else
You can also see how you can rent an e-bike in the city you are living in.
If you are a new e-cyclist, keep in mind that many cities are still poorly adapted for bicyclists. Bicycle paths are catastrophically small. You may often find not a very friendly attitude of other traffic participants. Given that e-bikes are normally faster than traditional bicycles, you should be especially attentive and careful when driving an electric bicycle.
At the same time, under quarantine conditions, traffic most certainly is already lighter and there are certainly not as many pedestrians on the streets, so your trip is likely to be less tense and less risky.
Read also: Are electric bikes dangerous? What are e-bike risks? – in this article.
Extra safety: using your e-bike under coronavirus conditions
Yes I know, e-cycling is individual and open-air travel, so not many risks. However, under certain conditions, the risk of contamination, although very low, is not zero.
Many cycling associations worldwide have postponed, reduced or simply canceled their cycling events. Whether it is a question of utilitarian urban cycling as mentioned above, or whether it is for leisure or sporting purposes, once again there is no such thing as zero risks with coronavirus.
Easy update: Some recent studies have shown that as cyclists breathe faster when cycling, they leave a plume of breath behind them. This could increase the risk of contamination for people around them. Still, this risk is much smaller than that in closed areas (such as restaurants, metro, or shopping centers).
Moreover, beyond the health risk associated with this disease, it is a matter of using common sense and not putting yourself in trouble. If you get hurt on an e-bike and need to go to a hospital, you will not be able to do this easily, as you would have done prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the coming days or weeks, hospitals may need as many beds as possible. We should not go and mobilize them unnecessarily. The hospital staff will have other things to do than deal with light injuries.
On the same subject getting on your e-bike is a moment of grace. We are not suggesting that you stop your travels or your favorite sports activity. Just make sure you return home in good health. Go for an e-bike ride, but be careful.
Read more: Why e-bikes are cool? – in this article.
Hopefully, we will all work together to put a big stop to the spread of this damn virus. We will happily pedal again when all this is behind us.
Stay safe, ride safe and take care of yourself.