Opinion: Sent by Abigail Harper
Our government, at this time and for the past month, has been pleading with us to STAY HOME! COVID- 19 has genuinely caused a chaotic new reality. One where economies are tanking, people are getting sick, they are scared to go outside, and we are being asked not to ride our bikes. Well, not literally. However, given the fact that we are not supposed to be out for non-essential activities, it is assumed that taking our bikes for a spin is going against what we are being asked to do. At this point in Ontario, there is no legal reason against us putting one leg over our iron horse and going for a ride.
Social Isolation at its Best
Riding a motorcycle, in my opinion, is one of the safest recreational activities one can partake in during these times of distancing and isolation.
There is a reduction in traffic (is it just me or is starting/stopping one of the most annoying aspects of riding in congested city traffic?), and people are not in the typical commuter rush. The roads are empty and pretty much calling your name.
Social Distancing measures, according to Health Canada:
avoiding crowded places and gatherings
While riding, ensure that you are not stopping anywhere with large crowds (supermarkets, coffee shops, ice cream shops, etc.).
avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
The moto wave should still be okay as long as you watch where you are going and keep your eyes on the road.
limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
Avoid long-term care homes and hospitals, and you are good to go!
keeping a distance of at least two arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
Take a break. Admire the lake, the forest, the skyline - stay away from people.
By following the guidelines of Health Canada, you are acting like a responsible citizen and helping to flatten the curve. You are also working on your mental health, something that many of us are having trouble with during this global pandemic.