Social Distance Cycling - Recap

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Is it safe to ride outside?

Thursday, April 30, 2020


"Yes—as long as you’re alone. When people congregate together and someone sneezes or coughs, droplets get onto objects that people touch, and then people touch their face. The best plan for riding right now is to go out and ride solo and enjoy the outdoors, in noncrowded areas.  And, try timing your rides for when you know your route will be less crowded.

 

Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay. Be sure you know what’s going on in your area and if there are any restrictions or mandatory self-quarantines. And, if you’re sick or at-risk of spreading the virus, you shouldn’t go out." - Bicycling Magazine

 


Social Distance Cycling in NYC - Central Park & Prospect Park
Both parks are car-free and there’s plenty of roadway width to maintain 6+ feet between you and others.
Central Park Full Loop (6.1 miles, 340 feet of climbing)
Central Park – fewer hills (5.2 miles, 247 feet of climbing)
Central Park – Harlem Hill repeats (1.5 miles, 111 feet of climbing)
Prospect Park (3.4 miles, 136 feet of climbing)

 

Central Park to Wards & Randalls Island: 

Wards & Randalls Island
If you want a quieter, more chill experience away from crowds, this is a good option. It’s not a “go fast” sort of place, but that’s perfect right now. The only downside is that the paths you’ll be cycling on aren’t as wide as the roads in Central Park or Prospect Park so there may be brief moments where proper “social distancing” is difficult. But generally you’ll pass far fewer people on Wards & Randalls than you will in Central Park. Since you may never have gone there we’ve included safe routes between Central Park and Wards & Randalls Island.


https://ridewithgps.com/ routes/32177694 (5.1 miles, 123 feet of climbing)


https://ridewithgps.com/ routes/32177674 (4.1 miles, 107 feet of climbing


https://ridewithgps.com/ routes/32177727 (5.1 miles, 112 feet of climbing)


https://ridewithgps.com/ routes/32177579 (4.0 miles, 93 feet of climbing)


Best route from Central Park to Wards Island
Best route from Wards Island to Central Park

 

Suggestions For Safe Cycling During The Pandemic


  • • Never ride if you’ve lost your sense of smell (loss of sense of smell indicates you may have a mild case of COVID-19 and could easily infect others)
    • Never ride if you don’t feel up to it (malaise is an early symptom of COVID-19)
    • Never ride if you have a low grade fever, cough or shortness of breath.
    • Think twice about riding if you’re in a risk group for complications from COVID-19.
    • Never encourage someone else to ride.
    • If you have high viz outerwear, wear it. 
    • Use flashing lights front and back during daytime rides – they reduce your chances of crashes by 19%.
    • Do not ride at dusk or dawn – that’s the most dangerous time for cyclists
    • Think twice about cycling at night. It’s safer to cycle during the day.
    • Take it easy, slow down, and don’t push yourself. 
    • Know your limits and stay well within them. Never try to keep up with someone else, or do what someone else does if you wouldn’t normally do it yourself.
    • If something is potentially dangerous (an intersection, a pothole, a curb, etc.) handle the situation with an abundance of caution. Spend the extra 5-15 seconds it will probably take to handle the situation most safely.
    • Choose routes that are as safe as possible and as uncrowded as possible (see list below for suggestions).
    • Avoid taking the subway or a train to the start or from the end of the route.
    • Try to stay 8 feet from other people when stopped (since you may underestimate how close you are). If you can both stretch out your arms and have your fingers touch, you’re definitely too close.
    • Stay 20+ feet behind other riders except to pass. 
    • If you pass another rider on a roadway, use the entire lane to get distance between the two of you.
    • If you pass another person on a trail, go to the far edge of the trail and pass as quickly as you (safely) can (most trails are only 6-8 feet wide).
  • Check out Bicycling.com’s suggestions for cycling safely during the pandemic. 

RIDES AND EVENTS CALENDAR

FRI

22

FEB

Fort Lauderdale Pride Weekend - recap
OutCycling Fort Lauderdale

TUE

05

MAR

March Member Happy Hour / Meeting - recap
Come Hear The Latest On The 2019 Season

WED

06

MAR

Jock-A-Thon 2019 - recap
Check out the LGBT Sports Teams in NYC!

SUN

02

JUN

NYC Pride Ride 2019 - recap
Ride With World Pride!

SAT

22

JUN

Inwood to City Island - recap
25 miles

MON

01

JUL

THU

04

JUL

Tarrytown OCA Gravel Ride - recap
38+ miles

THU

04

JUL

Riding to the Rockaways - recap
50 miles

SUN

07

JUL

↕️ Nyack, Maybe More - recap
42 (or 57?) miles

TUE

09

JUL

Monthly Bar Night @ Boxers Chelsea - recap
non-riding event

TUE

09

JUL

NYC bike Mass Die-In - recap
Non riding

TUE

09

JUL

SAT

13

JUL

Larchmont, Scarsdale & Rye - recap
65 miles (20, 43, 56 w/ MetroNorth return)

SAT

13

JUL

SAT

13

JUL

Rockaway First LGBTQ pride celebration block party - recap
Not sure of the distance

SUN

14

JUL

Palisades Park to 9W Market - recap
33 Miles

SUN

14

JUL

Fire Island Pines - recap
non-riding event

SAT

20

JUL

SAT

20

JUL

SUN

21

JUL

Fire Island Pines - recap
non-riding event

FRI

26

JUL

Rockaways Ride! - recap
App. 25 miles

SAT

27

JUL

Rockland Lakes & Nyack - recap
~57 miles

SUN

28

JUL

Harlem Valley Rail Ride - recap
80 to 100

SAT

03

AUG

Summer Streets 2019 - recap
18 miles

SUN

04

AUG

Bronx River & Purchase - recap
45 or 65 (hilly)

TUE

06

AUG

TUE

13

AUG

Monthly Bar Night @ Boxers Chelsea - recap
non-riding event

THU

15

AUG

Palisades Park to 9W Market - recap
33 Miles

SAT

17

AUG

Palisades Park to 9W Market - recap
33 Miles

SAT

24

AUG

C4C - Ride Preview Day - recap
56 miles, 67 miles

SAT

24

AUG

FRI

30

AUG

Orchards via 9W - recap
80 ish

SUN

01

SEP

Catskill Mountain Cycling Challenge - recap
29 / 57 / 99 nukes

TUE

10

SEP

Monthly Bar Night @ Boxers Chelsea - recap
non-riding event

SUN

15

SEP

BEAR MOUNTAIN - recap
70 miles

SAT

21

SEP

SAT

28

SEP

BIKE TO THE SOUTH POLE - recap
25-45 miles

TUE

08

OCT

Monthly Bar Night @ Boxers Chelsea - recap
non-riding event

SUN

03

NOV

Palisades Park and 9W - recap
App. 20 miles

THU

07

NOV

OC Karaoke Night - recap
Join the fun!

SUN

10

NOV

LGBT Sports Mixer - recap
Party with the Sexy Gay Jocks!

SAT

23

NOV

Go Fourth & Ride Further - recap
12 miles

FRI

06

DEC

Larchmont Ride - recap
35 miles (+/-)

SAT

14

DEC

Holiday Party - recap
Another Great Year - Time to Celebrate!

SAT

21

DEC

Holiday Lights Ride - recap
20 miles

FRI

27

DEC

Post Holiday Ride pt. 1 - recap
50 - 65 Miles

SAT

28

DEC

UPDATED-Post Holiday Ride pt. 2
40 Miles, +2800 ft Elevation - cancelled

SUN

23

FEB

Brooklyn Greenway - recap
15 miles

TUE

10

MAR

OutCycling Bar Night @ Boxers Chelsea - recap
Get to know other OutCycling members…

WED

11

MAR

OutCycling Tours and Travel Information Night - recap
Come meet the folks from Tourissimo Travel

SAT

14

MAR

THU

26

MAR

THU

30

APR

Social Distance Cycling - recap
Is it safe to ride outside?

MON

11

MAY

Voguing 101 - recap
Come support the Fearless Flyers Virtual Voguing 101

SUN

17

MAY

Grand Fondo NY - OC Members
50 or 100 Miles - cancelled

MON

25

MAY

WED

27

MAY

Evening Ride - recap
25 miles

SUN

31

MAY

SUN

07

JUN

Market Diner Ride - recap
30 miles

SUN

21

JUN

Tarrytown & Cuomo Bridge - recap
50 miles

TUE

23

JUN

ABC News - B roll video ride - recap
Couple of miles in Central Park

SUN

28

JUN

SAT

11

JUL

SAT

11

JUL

Summer Series Brunch
Summer Series Brunch - cancelled

FRI

17

JUL

Nutrition/Hydration Webinar - recap
FUEL YOUR RIDE LIKE A PRO!

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

18

JUL

SAT

25

JUL

SAT

25

JUL

SAT

25

JUL

SAT

01

AUG

SAT

01

AUG

SAT

08

AUG

SAT

08

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

15

AUG

SAT

22

AUG

SAT

22

AUG

SAT

22

AUG

SAT

22

AUG

MON

24

AUG

Fire Island Adventure Cycling - recap
10 - 20 miles

SAT

29

AUG

WED

09

SEP

Midweek Spin - recap
App. 20 miles

SUN

13

SEP

NYC Pride Ride 2020 presented by Colavita - recap
#cyclinginsolidarity

TUE

22

SEP

Montauk Ride - recap
Multiple Distances

FRI

09

OCT

Kingston Trip - Bag Transport - recap
SAG Vehicle Payment

SAT

10

OCT

Fall Foliage Ride - Upstate and Chill - recap
30 - 60 miles per day

SUN

18

OCT

Fall Ride - recap
50 miles

SAT

24

OCT

SAT

31

OCT

Hallowheel 🎃
Under 20 miles

SAT

14

NOV

Speed Freak Fast paceline ride Steady Eddy Moderate paced ride Easy Rider Gentle paced ride


RIDE LEVEL KEY

A - Speed Freak - Fast paceline ride

B - Steady Eddy - Moderately paced ride

C - Easy Rider - Gentle paced ride

The 'Ride Speed' indicates the target cruising speed on flat roads.