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Last week the Grb. Medical Advisory Committee made up of local Grb. Doctors unanimously recommended that the county postpone Bicycle Sunday's. The concern: Cyclists wouldn't practice social distancing and some people without masks could infect others.
Concern: BIcycle Sunday’s --social distancing not practiced (SEE PHOTOS)
Last week the Greenburgh Medical Advisory Committee made up of local Greenburgh Doctors unanimously recommended that the county postpone Bicycle Sunday’s. The concern: Cyclists wouldn’t practice social distancing and some people without masks could infect others. They were right.
I recognize that county leaders share concerns for public safety. Although I did not ride my bicycle on the parkway today, I rode on side roads and took photo of cyclists biking at different locations off of the parkway. . Based on my personal observations there were significant incidents of failure to socially distance (see attached photo’s) and I estimated that 15-20% of the cyclists did not wear masks.
AMONG PROBLEMS- On Main Street in White Plains the county police required bicyclists to stop every few minutes so cars could drive on Main Street into White Plains. Some of the cyclists weren’t wearing masks. If a bicyclist was forced to stop social distancing is impossible. All the bicycle riders were much less than six feet away from each other while waiting to cross the street.
AN OUTDOOR SNACK STOP- At the Main Street Parkway outdoor snack location--bicycle riders were not practicing social distancing.
PEOPLE STOP AT THE HILL NEAR FISHER AVE IN WHITE PLAINS -Some cyclists stopped at the bottom or top hill as they approached White Plains creating social distancing problems and potential for infection
IF THE COUNTY CHOOSES TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW BICYCLE SUNDAYS DURING PANDEMIC
the police should not stop cyclists at the White Plains/Main Street crossing or at the Scarsdale/Eastchester border. When cyclists stop for a few minutes waiting for traffic to cross the parkway the bicyclists can’t social distance.
I worry - if even a small segment of cyclists infect others when participating in Bicycle Sunday’s - there is a great risk that some people can get sick or even die. That’s why we close schools, businesses, restaurants, cancel proms, work from home. Bicycle Sunday is a fun activity. Was it premature to hold it?
I love Bicycle Sunday’s. And, came up with the idea over 46 years ago. I think holding this event during a pandemic sends mixed messages to the community that the pandemic is over. Most people who participated in Bicycle Sunday’s had a fantastic time. I hope some don’t get sick.