Coronavirus – Message from our Chairman

Dear Members,

Our responsibilities during this period of the pandemic.

I received the following information from a concerned resident in Arnside which acts as a reminder to us all of our responsibilities.

Although I don’t think there is any connection directly to our club or indeed whether the cyclist mentioned are actually members of any cycling club?
I have omitted the persons personal details from the message and have sent a positive and reassuring reply and indicated that I would post the message on our web site and Facebook.

There were many people referred to in the message but typically cyclist’s are singled out because they are easily identified.

Some of us have already discussed this issue and I personally would suggest we should avoid riding in two’s, three’s or groups other than family groups.
Remember it is as important that we are seen to be doing the right things as well as doing them.

Lee Foster, Chairperson and Time Trial Secretary.

Message as follows:
I am a resident in the village of Arnside in South-Lakes and I would like to bring something to the attention of cyclists in this area.

Over the weekend, Arnside, was inundated by visitors, as if it were a Bank Holiday. No one was observing any social distancing advice. Among these were numerous groups of cyclists. They arrive and wander around the front and on the prom socialising in groups.

I feel it is beyond irresponsible at a time when the government has asked people to go out ONLY for essential reasons. It is disrespectful to the NHS staff who are struggling already to cope with the increasing numbers of ill people. And it is downright disgusting to go to someone else’s residential area and potentially spread the virus here.

I am sending this letter to all the cycling clubs in the area to ask if you have a policy or guidance and has this been communicated to your club members? If not, please can you advise your members that if they wish to cycle for exercise, then all well and good – but not to stop and wander around local villages. It should be a ‘there and back’ mentality.

I am a schoolteacher who is having to support the children of keyworkers and making huge sacrifices myself. I really do not appreciate this attitude from the cycling community.