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I agree that while riding in itself is not problematic, riding in the sort of groups that clubs ride in does not follow the social distancing guidelines. Pre- and post-ride socializing, coffee stops, etc. are not compatible with the current situation we are in. Also, and I mean no disrespect, but a significant proportion of club members are in the high risk age range. With that, I agree with the decision to suspend club activities. For those wanting to ride alone, I would suggest utilizing the club's library of routes.
That's my read, too. Just to clarify, I did NOT intend to suggest that people should form groups and go on rides, and I bet the police would have something to say to such a group. But riding alone or with a partner would seem to be fine.
Here (attached) is the alameda county directive. I agree that recreational bicycling is allowable under section 10a(iii) so long as the social distancing guidelines are met. - david critchfield
Per David's earlier message (https://ffbc.groups.io/g/info/message/1208), all rides are cancelled until further notice. The rest of the PRS is cancelled, and the Primavera Workers' Ride will not happen on April 11, likely not at all.
I have deleted all rides for the next two weeks and will delete future rides on a week-by-week basis. Some rides, such as the cancelled PRS and LAS rides, show up in May and beyond for "storage." They will not occur on those dates. Rides will only restart after David send such announcement on behalf of the FFBC Board.
We still hope to have our annual pizza and beer rides this summer and the Mt. Hamilton training series that typically starts in the fall. The PRS and LAS ride leaders are thinking of collaborating on an extended Mt. Ham training series, starting in the summer, and constructed from LAS, PRS, Mt. Ham training and other rides. Something to look forward to!
By now you may have heard of the three-week shelter-in-place order for seven Bay Area counties: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/news/Pages/press-release-03-16-20.aspx. The order considers outdoor activity to be an exempted essential activity: "To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, or running." See https://www.sccgov.org/sites/phd/DiseaseInformation/novel-coronavirus/Pages/order-health-officer-031620.aspx for the full text including the social distancing requirements.