Finally, we pedal!

Enfin, on pédale!

In containment with ants in the legs, the envy of the pedal is felt earlier this spring. Good news ! The season of the bike, certainly different because of the sanitary standards in force, is at our doors.

“The clean-up of the bands and bike trails is in progress “, has recently announced the City of Quebec, who will carry out the marking of bike lanes ” as soon as the temperature will reach at least 10 °C at night “.

Some of the priority work will be carried out in view of the gradual opening up of the network with a total of 362 km, in which ” 20 km link paths will be added or enhanced this year.”

On the side of the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes (FQSC), is ” a good hope to hold on to a calendar of events, interesting “, despite the upheavals caused by the COVID-19, supports its director general, Louis Barbeau. “I’m sure that there will be a season, remains to be seen what the magnitude of it will be “.

The current situation could also encourage the use of cycling as a mode of active travel, in particular “with the approach of beautiful days, and the fear of proximity in transit,” says Magali Bebronne, in charge of the programs in the active transportation at Vélo-Québec.

And since the holidays will likely be in Quebec this summer, why not explore the regions on two wheels ?

Whatever the reason that will push you to pedal this summer, here are three tips to follow in this time of health crisis.

1. Distancing

“This is not the time to go ride in a group,” says Ms. Bebronne. The distance of two metres must be respected. The FQSC favors even a difference of five meters when we pedal behind a cyclist, “not so much because of the droplets, but because the two meters of distance leave very little reaction time if anything happened to him,” says Barbeau.

2. Autonomy

Provide all the material necessary repair in case of a puncture or mechanical breakdown, as well as snacks and water in sufficient quantity can be stand-alone, without the need to visit the store or shop. Ensure “respect for the regions confined” and learn about the closing or opening of trails, it is also a part of good planning, lists Mrs. Bebronne.

3. Caution

For athletes who want to train outside, Mr. Barbeau advised to exercise caution. That is to say, driving close to the house, once per day rather than two, on a road you know well, whose pavement is in good condition. “What we want is to reduce to a minimum the risk of a fall, in order to avoid going to the hospital in the context of a pandemic,” he said.

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