It is difficult to observe social distancing if you are on a bike on the pavement or on a footpath, meanwhile the roads are almost empty. This is the opportunity to ask for more space allocated for cycling. The government has now allocated £250 million pounds for emergency lanes for cycling and other measures thanks to lobbying by Cycling UK and other groups. Why not write to your councillor and ask for an improvement?
The only cycle route in Brighton Hill on the pavement along Hatch Warren Way is narrowed by overgrown vegetation (yes, we have asked for it to be cut down but neither Hampshire nor Basingstoke councils will take responsibility) and is crowded with walkers, runners and dogs as well as bikes. The safest place to cycle is on the road, but some car drivers believe (wrongly) that cycling is only allowed on the pavement overtake dangerously close. Fortunately, the majority of car drivers overtake safely by giving at least a 1.5 metre clearance, only a few fail to obey the Highway code.
Please let Cycle Basingstoke know if there are any roads which you think could be improved during the covid emergency and we will pass on your concerns to the council.