You know what’s a rare sight in New York City streets these days? Empty roads. Yet, this is what I am seeing when I go out on a ride. Of course this is due to a large percentage of the population working from home due to the pandemic.
Though I am doing my part in staying home daily, I try to go out for a quick bike ride in my borough of Queens. For the last 3 weeks I have taken a few rides from my home in Maspeth towards Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
My ride to the park is Less than 15 minutes and a little over 3 miles. Once I get to Flushing Meadows, I ride a few loops around Meridian road which goes around the Park. It is a quiet ride and I rarely see people during my ride. It is the perfect ride that gets me a decent workout and keeps me socially distant from other people.
By the time I get home, I have completed a 13.5 mile ride in under an hour. It is the perfect lunch break ride during a work-from-home day.
Now that the days are getting nicer and warmer, it should be the season to get out on the bike and get those miles. However, due to the pandemic, I still feel a bit of unease riding long and hard. I feel that all it takes is me breathing in someone’s sneeze or cough on the road and get infected.
Is this a legitimate concern? Sure. Especially when you are outside on the road and everyone is wearing a mask while walking the streets. And here I am riding a bike with nothing in my face to shield me from any dangers. Maybe I’m making too much of this. Or maybe I’m not.
I’m caught up between these two thoughts:
- Stay home and avoid the streets where you can be infected.
- Go out and ride! Take advantage that there are way less cars and people on the streets and you are still socially distant from others.
COVID-19 lives in aerosols for up to 3 hours. According to an article I read, this means that someone with the virus on the street who is breathing, sneezing or coughing allows the virus to travel in the air for a period of time. As a result this can cause infection to someone passing by.
However, I read another article that said that though it is true the virus can live in aerosols 3 hours, it doesn’t travel in the air long enough to infect. Only if you are within close distance of an infected person. This is why the recommended 6 ft distance is a thing.
Don’t you just love when articles contradict each other?
Tomorrow is another day
Thursday‘s weather promises to be sunny, but very windy. I’m still undecided on whether I should ride or not. Will the wind bring greater risk of the virus traveling in the air? Who knows? I wish someone with a PhD can clear this up, because as of today, I still have legitimate concerns. I also have an extreme itch to go out there and push some pedals.