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Cycling to Work to Reduce Coronavirus Risk and Other Cool News from the World of Cycling

By Monica Buck

Another Monday is here, and so is our news from the world of cycling. So, what did you miss?

Commuting by bike helps to tackle the virus

Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the UK government’s new and emerging respiratory virus threats advisory group (Nervtag), urged members of the public to reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus through cycling.

Bicycle commute
If possible, try cycling to work instead of going on public transport. © Profimedia

“If you can, cycle to work, don’t go on public transport,” Prof Openshaw told BBC Breakfast.

“I think you should take matters into your own hands. Don’t wait necessarily for government policy. I’m very, very reluctant now to go into crowded spaces because I know that roughly one in 60 people in a crowded space are going to have the virus.

“I think do everything possible in your control to try to reduce transmission. Don’t wait for the government to change policy. The sooner we all act, the sooner we can get this transmission rate down, and the greater the prospect of having a Christmas with our families.”

UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid said this week that new cases could reach 100,000 a day. If cycling more does the trick, then count us in!

Easy to forget…

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