Mar. 26 Update: The Colorado Stay at Home Order that went into effect Mar. 26 at 6:00 a.m. continues to allow exercise outside the home, and travel via foot, bike or car to trailheads. Boulder County has rescinded their stay at home order and adopted the state’s Order.
The COVID-19 situation and subsequent Stay at Home order from Boulder County is not something to be taken lightly. Getting exercise and getting outside is extremely important for our wellbeing and mental health, but we must keep open spaces safe and uncrowded. Here’s what BMA is doing, and our recommendations for safe trail use during this time.
BMA EVENTS ARE CANCELED
All BMA group rides, skills clinics, trail building events, parties and other social events are canceled or postponed until such time as group activities are deemed safe again.
SAFE RIDING OPTIONS
STAY AT HOME
The safest option is to stay at home. Hop on your trainer, there have been zero cases of COVID-19 in Watopia. There are also many online workout programs and BMA business partner Revo PT & Sports Performance is offering Zoom no-equipment-needed classes as well as free workouts on YouTube.
RIDE FROM HOME TO GRAVEL ROADS AND PATHS
Our trails have been very busy since COVID-19 was first detected, now is a great time to explore Boulder County’s extensive network of gravel roads. No special bike required, just turn off your suspension and have a sense of adventure.
The March 26 Boulder County Public Health Stay at Home Order for COVID-19 lists biking outside as an Essential Activity and permits traveling by car to essential activities. But do not organize a group activity of more than 4 people who don’t live in the same household. Also, as CPW says, Stay regional: Front Range residents should avoid traveling to the high country or small mountain communities that are closed to visitors.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
If people are not using our open spaces safely, it is entirely possible that the local governments will close access. The Manitou Incline, Waterton Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park have already been closed due to COVID-19 health concerns. But more importantly, the health and lives of our community is at stake. If you choose to ride trails during this time, please follow these guidelines.
KEEP OPEN SPACE UNCROWDED
- Pick off-peak times to ride, or less used trail areas. If there is no available parking at a trailhead, it is too crowded!
- Consider night rides where allowed (see BMA’s Where to Ride page for night ride suggestions).
- Ride fewer times a week.
- Don’t carpool, unless with household members.
- Don’t do shuttle rides.
- Consider riding solo. If you do ride with others, keep group size to 4 or less members of the same household and maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance at all times.
- Give plenty of room to all users on the trail. Instead of the Fruita Lean, step off the trail and lift your bike with you to let others pass. Please don’t take a longer path and ride off trail to avoid users.
- Don’t ride if you are sick.
- Avoid touching other’s bikes, racks or other equipment like pumps and tools.
- Don’t share drinks, food, or anything else that goes in your mouth and can be inhaled.
- Be mindful of your snot rockets and loogies.
- Use the bathroom before you leave the house. Some trailhead restrooms are open but aren’t being maintained, others are closed.
KEEP RIDES SHORT AND CONSERVATIVE
Ride within your limits and don’t take risks. Now is not the time to send it, our healthcare system has enough to do without setting your broken collar bone.
KEEP IT LOCAL
- If you can safely ride to the trailhead, please do so.
- Communities like Moab and Salida are either shutting down lodging and camping or are requesting visitors stay home. They do not have the resources or infrastructure to handle visitors during this time and are trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their own towns.
BE SAFE AND BE SMART
We want to ride with you when this is over, please take this pandemic seriously!