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  • Thursday, July 02, 2020 6:15 PM
    Kristen Armstrong Municipal Park on Walnut St in Boise
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    Meridian Cycles - 1203 N. Main Street in Meridian
  • Saturday, July 04, 2020 9:00 AM
    Eastside Cycles at Bown Crossing

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CBR Covid 19 Precautions and Idaho Re-opening Status

CBR COVID-19 Precautions for Group Bicycle Rides Context: All Idahoans have a responsibility to protect themselves and others. (https://rebound.idaho.gov/stages-of-reopening/) That includes participants on CBR Rides. Each stage of the state’s plan for reopening is grounded in these basic practices for individuals and businesses:

All Stages – individuals should continue to:

    • Engage in physical distancing of at least six feet
    • Wear face coverings in public places
    • Stay home if sick
    • Practice good hand hygiene
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect surfaces and objects regularly
    • Read more here.

Govenor Little's Stages of Reopening Relative to Gatherings

Stage 1

(May 1-15)

All gatherings,  both public and private, should be avoided.

All CBR Group Rides cancelled during Stage One. 


Stage 2

(May 16-29)

Both public and private gatherings, of less than 10 people, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed can occur.

All vulnerable Idahoans should continue to self-isolate. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not always possible, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.

Stage 3

(May 30-June 12)

Both public and private gatherings, of 10-50 people, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed can occur.

Vulnerable Idahoans can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed. 

Stage 4

(June 13-26)

Both public and private gatherings, of more than 50 people, where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed can occur.

Vulnerable Idahoans can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed . 

CBR Group Rides -  Keeping You Safe during Stages 2 through 4 

BASIC PRACTICES FOR INDIVIDUALS

  • CBR participants are expected to follow the basic practices listed for individuals in the Governor’s plan (see above).
  • CBR participants are encouraged to take their temperature prior to coming to a ride to verify that they are not becoming sick.

FACE COVERING AND GLOVES

  • Consistent with the Governor’s basic practices, CBR participants are expected to wear a face mask while in the starting area. These are public locations where other people (non-riders) are often present.
  • Wearing a facemask while riding is not advised due to the increased physical exertion placing a strain on breathing and heart function. That being said, riders are expected to take a face mask with them during the ride in the event there is an interruption during the ride (e.g. mechanical) or they need to go into a store to get supplies or use a restroom.
  • There isn’t a CBR guideline regarding wearing of gloves. That is up to the individual rider. Of course, gloves are recommended for hand protection as a cycling safety basic. Due to personal hygiene issues, it is recommended to take cycling gloves off when entering a store or other building. 
  • It is also recommended that CBR participants bring their own hand sanitizer gel or wipes with them for use as needed. Once again, this is a generally good safety item to carry.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Ride Leader will post rides with starting locations in large parking lots allowing people to be spread out while awaiting the start of the ride.
  • Ride Leader will separate participants into subgroups of no more than 8 cyclists to create spacing (this is a good practice for cycling safety reasons as well.)
  • Ride Leader will create large gaps between subgroups (at least 3 minutes or 500 yards) to reduce chances that the subgroups will meet down the road.
  • Ride Leaders will send faster paced subgroups first followed by slower subgroups to reduce chances of subgroups meeting.
  • While riding, CBR participants within each group shall maintain spacing of at least 15 feet (three bike lengths) between bikes. The COVID-19 virus remains airborne for some time, so you need more than 6 feet if you’re riding behind someone. The key is to avoid being in the slipstream of the riders in front of you. Think of it as practicing to be a tri-athlete.
  • If riding two abreast, cyclists will be 6+ feet apart. However, riding two abreast while road cycling will be quite difficult without disrupting the flow of car traffic. Limit riding two abreast to quiet rural roads.
  • Be aware of other riders, and pass safely with enough distance to keep both riders safe.
  • Observe social distancing rules at all times, even while waiting at stop lights..
  • Use caution riding on roads. Although there may be fewer cars, this can lull you into feeling safer. However, the drivers on roads can be stressed and distracted. Be alert at all intersections. Avoid door zones. Use your lights during daytime. Wear your brightest, contrasting colors. Use a mirror.

HYGIENE

  • Don’t spit or blow “snot rockets.”
  • Carry tissue or a handkerchief if needed, and carefully dispose of tissues.
  • Handkerchiefs, gloves and sleeves attract germs; isolate them and wash them after every ride.

SUPPLIES

      • Carry your own food and water rather than stopping at grocery stores, as this will decrease the likelihood of spreading the virus and avoid straining these shared resources.

AFTER SPOT

      • Ride Leader will determine if an appropriate location is available for our Afterspot gathering to enjoy food and fellowship.
      • This may include a message to CBR participants that a nearby park location will be chosen for a post-ride picnic. Some examples include:
        • Albertson’s 36th & State - Veteran’s Park (across the street)
        • Eastside Cycles - Marianne Williams Park (on Warm Springs Ave)
        • KAMP - Kristen Armstrong Municipal Park (on Walnut Street)
        • Meridian Cycles – Storey Park (Main & Franklin)
        • Reed Cycle Boise - Camelsback Park (13th Street)
        • Reed Cycle Eagle - Arboretum Park (3rd & State St) or Heritage Park (2nd & State St)
        • Riverside Hotel – Esther Simplot Park (off Whitewater Park Blvd)
        • Ten Mile Comm Church - Hillsdale Park (next to Meridian YMCA)
      • If a nearby restaurant is available with appropriate seating, CBR participants are expected to respect the seating arrangement. Do not attempt to move seats or tables closer together.

Thanks for your time and consideration in reading and adhering to these precautions. As we re-establish CBR Group Rides, we should do so in a manner to ensure we don't contribute to the number of people getting sick or inadvertently finding ourselves in the hospital due to a bike mishap or crash.


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