Dear Fellow Bike Portland People,
Can we talk about alllllllllll the cyclists out and about not wearing face-coverings?
Look, I don’t want to breathe my own hot breath on a bike ride anymore than the rest of you all do… but my husband and I have been pretty appalled by what we’re seeing on the daily.
Maybe 2 in 100 cyclists are covering their mouths/noses.
Can we please agree to do better?
There’s a ton of research coming out about people breathing around the the largest contagious viral load up to 2 days before they feel sick.
And there’s more solid research about how being outdoors and exercising (and being in someone’s draft/downwind space) is especially not a great idea.
I get it… I really do… it’s gonna mess up your Strava time or whatever.
It’s not fun.
I do not like it either.
BUT COVER YOUR FACES UP PLEASE.
It’s the right thing to do for yourself and out of consideration for other people out in the space with and around you.
You feel fine. I know you do. I do too. But that doesn’t mean we’re not capable of putting other people in danger. In fact, when you’re still feeling ok is when you’re MOST likely to spread the COVID funk about. So grab a bandanna. I know you have like 4 laying around at least because they all come out for the naked ride!
I am hopeful we can we see the value of following the public health guidelines and current science data to further the larger community benefits we typically agree that biking has already.
Not giving a shit about keeping our germs contained during a global pandemic is hypocritical, especially when cyclists are quick to cite the importance of environment, community, and health values around biking.
People are quick to think of cyclist as self-important jerks. I know we’re not. So let’s do better.
Stay safe out there,