Motorists told to 'keep 2 metres away from cyclists where possible' in coronavirus transport guidelines

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
A car overtakes cyclists in Richmond, south west London on April 23, 2020 during the lockdown aimed at halting the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 PANDEMIC. - Britain's health ministry on Thursday said 616 more people had died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus in hospital, taking the country's official death toll to 18,738. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Motorists have been told to keep a minimum distance of 2 metres from cyclists “where possible” on roads, under England’s new coronavirus lockdown guidance.

Commuters took to roads and public transport networks this week after Boris Johnson advised those who need to return to working away from home to do so, in a public address on Sunday night.

Passengers are being asked to drive, cycle or walk to their destinations instead of using public transport in the the amended coronavirus lockdown rules - but numbers have already started to rise.

But on the official gov.uk website, the Department of Transport (DoT) has published “safer travel” guidelines, urging travellers on Britain’s roads to stick to social distancing.

People on bicycles wait in front of traffic on a road in London on May 12, 2020, during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - The British government on Monday published what it said was a "cautious roadmap" to ease the seven-week coronavirus lockdown in England, notably recommending people wear facemasks in some public settings. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The advice reads: “Allow other road users to maintain social distance, where possible.

“For example, give cyclists space at traffic lights. Public Health England recommends keeping a 2 metre distance from others, where possible.”

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The new advice also reminds car users to limit time spent “at garages, petrol stations and motorway services” and to “wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands when arriving and leaving”.

It continued: “Be aware of the surfaces you or others touch. If people from different households use a vehicle (for example through a car share scheme), you should clean it between journeys using gloves and standard cleaning products. Make sure you clean door handles, steering wheel and other areas that people may touch.”

“Where people from different households need to use a vehicle at the same time, good ventilation (keeping the car windows open) and facing away from each other may help to reduce the risk of transmission.

“Where possible, consider seating arrangements to optimise distance between people in the vehicle.”

The site, which recommends people to “avoid public transport where possible”, also advises cyclists to maintain social distancing when on the road.

“Where possible, try to maintain social distancing when you cycle, for example when waiting at crossings and traffic lights,” it advises.

Guidance also remind cyclists that “where using bikes (private, docked or dockless), wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before and after cycling.”

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