You can't outpedal Covid-19: Tips for cycling while masked


Make sure the face mask you wear while riding your bicycle fits snuggly so it doesn’t slip. — dpa

Face masks are important in stopping the spread of the coronavirus, and in many countries, they are compulsory in public.

While the rules vary for cyclists, if you’re on a bike and wearing a mask, make sure it’s one that fits tightly. Otherwise, you’ll be continuously stopping and starting as you fight with keeping your mask from slipping off your face.

Even where there are exemptions for cyclists on wearing a mask, it’s important to cover your face if you’re pushing your bicycle in a pedestrian area where restrictions are in place.

And remember, on a bike as elsewhere, a mask does not replace the need to socially distance and maintain personal hygiene.

Germany’s Bicycle Press Service (pd-f) suggests using scarves that can be pulled up over the nose as a possible alternative to a medical mask.

On cold days, special jackets with sewn-in masks are also a viable alternative, though a normal cloth mask will be more permeable to air and might be a better option while exercising.

Glasses can also steam up with a mask, but this often subsides after a while. Possible alternatives are contact lenses or sports glasses with a special coating that prevents fogging.

The pd-f says that it’s not entirely clear how virus transmission occurs when cyclists ride behind or next to each other. It’s a good idea to maintain distance when you stop at traffic lights or when parking your bike. – dpa

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