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COVID-19 Riding Stage 4

With the COVID-19 Stage 4 isolation rules back in force, the WBUG committee have suspended official rides. Confirming that Whittlesea is part of Melbourne and the Restrictions apply.

Key points

 

The following Victorian Government Stage 4 exercise rules have been established for the safety of all for residents of Metropolitain Melbourne

 

Exercise and Cycling

  • You can leave home to exercise but there are limits: 

  • You must not travel more than 5km from where you live to exercise. 

  • You can exercise with one other person you live with or a friend or family member, as long as neither of you travel more than 5km from your home. Please use common sense and limit the number of people you see in person right now. It is safer to connect with friends and family using phone calls, social media and video calls. If you are exercising with someone else, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between you. Don’t hug, kiss or shake hands.

  • You must limit your exercise to once a day and for only one hour. 

  • If you are a parent or guardian who is caring for a young child or someone who cannot be left unattended then they may accompany you.

 

WBUG Recommends

Use our exercise time to get out and stay healthy, raise a hand or give a nod to your fellow cyclists, and be mindful everyones time on the cycle tracks is now precious.  If you have an exercise bike or a bike trainer at home keep up the schedule and perhaps join a virtual exercise class or follow an online workout.  VicHealth has an excellent website that outlines how exercise can help during the coronavirus.

Remember to pack some hand sanitiser containing at least 60 per cent alcohol and stay at least 1.5 metres away from to other people. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds as soon as you return indoors.

We look forward to seeing you on an official WBUG once restrictions are relaxed, until then a big wave if we pass on the bike track.

ref: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stage-4-restrictions-covid-19

ref: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/be-healthy/exercise-covid-19

How far is 5km?

The Age Online has an interactive map that shows a five kilometre circle around your home.

Type your address into the search bar and a circle will appear showing your five kilometre radius.

Interactive map by Richard Lama and Mark Stehle for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

COVIDSafe App

Whittlesea BUG supports the use of the COVIDSafe App and askes that all riders have this enabled on their mobile devices.

covidsafe app help The COVIDSafe App can be downloaded here: 

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Team App

Whittlesea BUG uses Team App to register rides and communicate with members and riders.

Team App Download Team App and search for "Whittlesea BUG" 

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Changes to footpath cycling laws

Last Updated on October 16, 2019

Vicroads has introduced new bicycle laws that will make it easier for kids to cycle safely.

What's new?

  • Under 13 years can now ride on footpaths.
  • 13 years and older can accompany a person who is under 13 to ride on a footpath.
  • 18 years and above? You can now ride with a child in a child seat or pedalling on a hitch bike on the footpath.

vicroads cycling changes

For more info visit: http://bit.ly/35A6T24


Sponsors

Last Updated on September 18, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Bicycle Centre - South Morang has renewed its sponsorship of the Whittlesea BUG, and both Wilckens Roche Lawyers and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers are new sponsors of the Whittlesea BUG.

 

Bicylce Networks - Swapping Seats

Last Updated on December 4, 2018
 

The 'Swapping Seats' intitative by Bicycle Network sets out to raise awareness about how people walking and riding should position themselves around trucks and heavy vehicles.

The blind spots of heavy vechicles and trucks block out a lot more of the road than people who ride bikes realise.

As part of Bicycle Network's 'Swapping Seats' campaign bike riders at Around the Bay were invited to sit in the drivers seat of a truck, to get an understanding of which parts of the road and road users a truck driver can see (the video below).

Bicycle Network has a full write-up including suggestions on how to be seen by large vehicles or trucks, which can be read at the link, https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/our-campaigns/swapping-seats/.

 

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