Bicycle Network's CEO Craig Richards shares some important things he wants our members and the wider community to know as we face the unknown challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
I’m sure your inbox is filled with COVID-19 updates with important advice to wash your hands, self-isolate and keep 1.5 metres apart (wish all cars would do that and the Victorian government would make it a law!).
Sorry to send another one but there’s three things I’d like to say.
1. Keep pedaling
It’s more important than ever that we keep active for our physical and mental health.
If you’re no longer commuting, go for a pedal each morning. If you need to be isolated but are feeling well, set up a stationery bike in your cubby hole. If you need to go to the shop, hop on the treadlie. If you just want to feel normal and clear your mind, head down to the bike path for a pedal.
2. Let’s have each other’s backs
The hording of supplies is sad. So here’s an idea: us bike riders should lead the way by embracing the spirit of our on-ride WARBYS who’ll give you a tube if you need it (of course, they appreciate it if you give them one back when you can).
So, if a fellow rider, neighbour or human is down to their last few squares of 3-ply or grains of rice and your own stocks are okay, pedal around there and leave a little love on their doorstep. Put out a post on your social media pages using the hashtag #PedallingPositivity and let your friends, family and community know that you're happy to help any way that you can.
3. We will survive and thrive
Humans are incredibly resilient and ingenious. We’ve been through so many crises. Some we experienced first hand: 9-11, aids, the oil crisis, the polio scare, World War 2, the great depression. Others like the Spanish Flu we can only imagine. They all have one thing in common: we find a way and come back stronger.
Our team and events
There are also two functional things about how Bicycle Network will be operating that I wanted to let you know about:
We’re working from home
Like so many organisations, as of Monday 23 March, our team in Melbourne and Tasmania will be working from home. We’re well prepared and are confident we’ll be able to overcome any challenges while looking after our members and riders. But please be patient. If you need to get in touch and it's not urgent, send us a message via the Contact Us section of our website or via our social media channels and we’ll call you back.
Stay tuned for event news
We can’t wait for spring and the event season to get going. But as we put everyone’s health first, ticket sales for United Energy Around the Bay and the Great Vic Bike Ride may open later than usual. We’ll keep you updated and keep pedaling in preparation!
Planning for the Great Top End Escape is still in full swing however and there's nothing like having the sunsets, swimming holes and saltys of the top end to look forward to in 2021.
Of course, to any member, rider or loved one who is unwell, I wish you a speedy recovery. Best wishes to you and your loved ones as you adjust you’re lives to minimise the potential impact of COVID-19.