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To our biking and trail user community:

First and foremost, we want you to know that the trails are OPEN during this difficult time. Find time in your day to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and maybe squeeze in a little social time when and where it’s safe to do so.

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 on Vancouver Island and recommendations from the provincial and federal health authorities, we’re cancelling all of our organized group rides until it is safe to resume them. 

  1. If you choose to ride with friends, please keep the group sizes small and try to be consistent with the same group of people if you can. Feel free to take advantage of the private NMBC Facebook Group if you’re looking for a riding buddy to ride with at a distance.
  2. If you are riding alone, try sticking to popular trails and areas with cell service in case of an emergency.
  3. When riding with others, keep a good distance apart from one another to err on the side of caution.
  4. Please ride smart and make conservative choices when you’re out on the trails. Our local health services will not have the capacity to deal with biking injuries at this time.
  5. Please be respectful of others and keep your distance, for your own health and that of the community – many people are self-isolating and just hoping to get out for a bit of movement.
  6. Wash your gear after every ride, especially your gloves.
  7. If you even remotely start to feel ill, please be considerate of those around you and stay home.

According to the World Health Organization, the disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. You can see how this might be an issue if you’re riding behind someone who’s unknowingly carrying the virus.

This situation is changing constantly and we encourage everyone to make informed decisions about their recreational activities by following along to the live daily updates from the provincial and federal governments on Facebook and news websites. Let’s all do what we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Ride safe, stay healthy, and happy trails.

Sincerely,

The Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club