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Positive Things We’ve Learned From the Coronavirus Crisis

By Adam Marsal

While the latest studies suggest that lockdown saved millions of lives in Europe, many countries have returned to normal life with coronavirus in retreat. Even though we’re allowed to cycle almost the same as before the outbreak of the epidemic, some habits adopted in the emergency situation seem to remain valid even in the days of relief.

Indoor cycling next to perfection

When you wanted to stay fit through the winter, pedalling with a white wall across your entire field of vision used to be the only option. Indoor trainers underwent unbelievable progress since then. Using apps like Rouvy in connection with modern trainers, we now enjoy a variety of amusing adventures from the warmth of our homes. In many countries, cycling was restricted or limited, but virtual training proved to be almost as good as the real deal. On top of that, Rouvy developers launched the charity Ride for Italy, intended to help one of the most affected countries.

An Uber Eats delivery man cycles in Paris, France, 21 April 2020. © IAN LANGSDON / EPA / Profimedia

Cities realised that cycling is an alternative for future

While some cities, such as Paris, allowed cycling only in case of emergency, authorities elsewhere recognised cycling as a vital part of the transportation system and encouraged people to get on bikes. Cycling as individual means of transport proved to be a much safer alternative to crowded buses or subway trains, which spread the contagion through cities just like blood cells in a sick body.

We rediscovered the beauty of riding alone

Sharing cycling experience has always been one of the main reasons why we are attracted to the sport, but cycling alone enables you to set your own pace, focus your mind exclusively on yourself and enjoy cycling as a kind of meditation.

Face masks with certain advantages

In some countries, face masks became mandatory when entering public places, including cycling on the streets. Breathing through the wet rag was close to impossible, but the same piece of textile worked as a protection against cold air streaming into your lungs when you’re descending fast.

 A man wearing a face mask cycles in central London, Britain, on May 28, 2020. © Profimedia

People behaved nicely to each other

Discussion about relationships between cyclists and drivers will always divide people, but one thing could be taken for granted: when coronavirus reached its peak, people behaved more politely to each other as if the threat of disease helped to build an illusion of tolerance among people. Are we really able to understand each other only under extremely worsened circumstances?

We’ve learned to refrain from spitting around

Blowing your nose freely while riding has always been kind of rude, but since sneezing was proved as a way of spreading infection, any kind of such reliefs became unacceptable. Let’s keep to this rule for as long as possible.