2020-07-07 at 4:22 pm #61475
Covid19 Stage 3 restrictions are back effective 11.59 pm Wed 8 July.
My understanding is that although personal exercise is permitted in the metro area, Public gatherings will be limited to two people. Therefore, we should not be posting ride plans on the ARC forum until the restrictions are lifted. Stay Safe
2020-07-13 at 8:50 am #61569
- This topic was modified 4 weeks ago by Justin Murphy.
Please be advised that Police are stopping riding groups on Beach Rd.
Also cafes are under instructions not to have patrons congregating outside when drinking their takeaway coffees!
Take care and stay safe.2020-07-25 at 9:28 am #61576
I am struggling with current state of play with exercise restrictions so suspect many of you are too!
Everyone will need to make their own decision with respect to if and how far they venture out when riding. My ROT (rule of thumb) at the present, and subject to more specific guidance, is to stay within a 15km radius of home, keep to solo or 1 other rider, and mix it in with the trainer/zwift sessions. For info: The 15km radius allows for Black Rock, Jells Park, with Bolton St/Main Rd intersection (BondsRd) being almost exactly 15km from Ashburton Stn. The Basin is 21km. Please note 15km is NOT sanctioned or approved by DHHS or the Vic Police, it also not disallowed – you need to make you own assessment and decision.
A collection of info (long post) for your consideration below. Please add to this if you have a perspective or experience to share.
Department of Health and Human Services
Sport and Exercise Restrictions
Face Coverings – if you are doing exercise or a physical activity where you are out of breath or puffing, such as jogging or running, you do not need to wear a face covering. You must carry a face covering with you and wear it before and after you exercise.
Can I exercise outside my home – Yes. In metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire you can leave your home to exercise outdoors in a public space, either alone, with members of your household or with one other person outside your household. You should use the parks and public spaces which are closest to your home. This includes walking, hiking, bike riding, surfing, kayaking or yoga in the park.To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you cannot leave metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire to exercise. If you live outside of metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire you cannot enter these areas for the purpose of exercise or recreation. While exercising with people outside your household, you should keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
How will this be enforced – Directions will continue to be enforced through spot checks by Victoria Police and use of emergency powers by authorised officers to ensure compliance with the directions of the Deputy Chief Health Officer.
What are the penalties – Victoria Police can issue on the spot fines of up to $1,652 for individuals and up to $9,913 for businesses for:refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions, refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction, refusing or failing to comply with a direction by the Chief Health Officer to provide information.
Riders being stopped by police
Extract below. See the link for more details.
The new stance has created something of a conundrum for Melbourne’s cyclists: what is a reasonable distance from home to be riding? Is it 10 km, 5 km, or 1 km? Or must cyclists simply stay within their suburb? No explicit guidance has been given in this regard.
Police have stopped riders on the 1:20, Beach Rd and other popular riding routes. Riders with 15km from home were allowed to ride on.
How far should cyclists ride from home? Judging by the experiences of Perry, Arvanitakis and Green, 20 km from home is probably too far. Perhaps 15 km is fine, at least judging by Lopez’ experience, and from the plight of the Kilsyth resident mentioned by Arvanitakis.
In the absence of a hard-and-fast directive — such as the 1 km radius imposed by France — it will be up to individual police officers to determine what is a reasonable distance from home for a cyclist to be riding.
CyclingTips reached out to Victoria Police to clarify how far from home cyclists are allowed to ride. A spokesperson told CyclingTips that Victoria Police wasn’t able to divulge the details of operational matters and suggested that the specifics of the restrictions were a question for the Victorian government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). CyclingTips has sent two requests for comment to the DHHS but hasn’t yet received a reply.
A bit circular …
Take care and stay safe.2020-07-25 at 12:27 pm #61578
Thanks for posting the info Rusty. The restrictions plus cold conditions are impacting my motivation to keep getting out on the bike. I’m certainly not planning on riding in direction of pt melb and Brighton which was one of my regular routes. Thanks to you sharing the info on typical 15km and 20km destinations my plan will be to stick with loops like Mullum Mullum (via Jells Park, Eastlink etc) and kew/Yarra blvd (anniversary trail, kew, blvd, Kanteen and Gardiner’s CK). Mask will be at the ready incase the heavy hand of the law wishes to check-up on such dangerous activity. Hi to all Arcers.2020-07-29 at 5:31 pm #61579
I’ve been riding to Mordi 2 or 3 times a week since lockdown 2.0 began.
I figure the exercise commences from my driveway and is a lot safer than doing loops around the local neighbourhood with the inherent danger of stops/starts/turns and driver interaction.
Encountered a police check today on Beach Rd northbound at South Rd.
I slowed and approached the directing officer as I pointed to the turnout area as a question “do you want me to pull in?” He said “Na mate, you’re right, I know what you’re doing”.
Must just be checking driver’s reasons to be out and about, my reason was obvious.
I am maskless, but do carry one.
Good luck everyone.2020-07-29 at 9:08 pm #61580
If anyone has feedback, commentary or personal experience pls post!
That suggests police are being reasonable, esp if you are riding solo or in pairs.
Still anxious about heading too far from home – whatever ‘too far’ means. Everyone needs to make their own assessment as to riding options. [Refer to Dom’s non-specific email from DHHS]
Take care, Stay Safe.2020-07-29 at 10:27 pm #61581
Thanks Wayne, good feedback.
Justin2020-08-03 at 5:12 pm #61584
Thank you for your feedback guys. Apart from the obvious daily changes, the increasing restrictions have prompted many people/cyclists to think creatively about redesigning their exercise regimes and refocusing their efforts on making better use of a smaller area and “getting more out of a smaller reach”. During phase 3 I was riding with just one other and despite keeping within a 10 km radius from home was still able to discover plenty of challenging new hills in Hawthorn, Toorak & Kew. Now that we are in phase 4, I will refocusing my rides to the various hills within a 5 kms radius – quite a lot of them which I haven’t ridden up since I was a teenager (haha). It is great to see some of my friends keeping themselves active with Zwift sessions while others living around flatter areas like St Kilda choosing to improve their time-trial around Albert Park Lake. I posted the following link for this radius calculator in a new post but here it is again – you can adjust the radius but it should be currently set to 5km. Keep safe everyone.
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