Bike & Walking During COVID-19

Tips for Employees/Commuters

  • Get Prepared: Visit your local bike shop and get yourself and your bike geared up. There is also a bounty of helpful tips & tricks videos from Local Motion. Check out the Smart Cycling series on the League of American Bicyclists website which can help you understand how to ride safely, improve comfort, find the right bike and gear, and know your rights as a bicyclist.
  • Practice Your Route: Use Google Maps Bicycle Directions to plan your route. Then try it, and if it doesn’t feel right, try another route option. Check with your local bike coalition or regional bike map for assistance.
  • Allow Extra Time: Leave additional time in your commute; you may unexpectedly have to wait your turn to park your bike or shower if other employees are arriving at the workplace at the same time.
  • Practice Good Hygiene: Protect yourself and others by wearing face coverings while at your workplace. Bring your own hand sanitizer, soap/shampoo, shower sandals and towels if you shower at work. If you use shared DIY tools in a bike room, be sure to wash your hands afterwards.

Tips for Employers

  • Bicycle Route and Path Analysis: Identify all of the common bike routes to your facility and any COVID-19 issues on the routes, such as bottlenecks where riders end up crowding. Adjust, prioritize, make one way, or close these bicycle routes accordingly.
  • Bicycle Parking: To reduce the touching of other bikes, limit rack space by blocking off locking locations and adding additional racks. For high use bike parking, consider a temporary bike valet service where only the valet attendants are going in and out of a bike parking facility.  With fewer employees working on site, consider allowing employees to bring their bikes to unused space adjacent to their working area.
  • Signage: Post information that instructs users to park as far away from other users as possible; to only touch one’s own bike and gear; and provide information on how and how often the area and surfaces are cleaned.
  • Locker Rooms & Showers: Ensure users can maintain physical distancing. Clean and disinfect showers daily, preferably after the morning commute hours and in the evening after employees have left for the day. New construction considerations should focus on ventilation, designing for one-way traffic with multiple entrances/exits, minimizing touch points and replacing curtains with doors.
  • Communication: Communicating any changes to your facility’s bicycle parking infrastructure (and corresponding policies) is a vital step in the process. Include FAQ’s on commute-specific questions.

This guidance is compiled from resources developed by The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) and CDC to inform employers, commuters, and communities on how we can all get back to the workplace safely and efficiently.