Note: Follow the guidance for movement in your local area. Stay safe, ride solo and be responsible.
Here at See.Sense, we’re definitely not experts in public health, virology, nor are we epidemiologists (or anything else with a long title like that!). But one thing that we are, and we always will be - is cyclists. We all share a love for cycling, and we’re on a mission to bring technology and cyclists together to improve everyone’s journey. That’s not going to change anytime soon…
CHANGE IS THE ONLY CERTAIN RIGHT NOW
While we usually like to keep things positive and upbeat in our blogs, the thought of not mentioning the virus just didn’t feel right to us. But don’t worry, we aren’t going to try and talk about it in any level of detail. However, there's no denying that our daily lives and routines have changed massively - and they are probably going to continue to keep changing for the next while. With there being so much uncertainty during these strange and challenging times - we start to realise what’s really important - and that’s our health (mentally and physically) and our families. So we are here to help you realise why now is actually a great time to cycle more. Here we go.
1. RIDE IT OUT (SOLO)
Our first tip? Keep cycling solo for whenever you can. If you need to head out and grab some food - why not ride to the shops for a quick spin? What a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while avoiding public transport and staying safe.
2. ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF CYCLING ON YOUR OWN
The See.Sense data and cycling insights from our app actually shows so far that people are still out on their bikes! And that is great to see. Why did you fall in love with cycling in the first place? For many people, including us, it’s that feeling of freedom and getting away from it all. Which you can certainly do on an individual cycle.
3. QUIET ROADS
All cyclists love quiet roads - don’t we? Every road is like a Sunday road at the moment and there really is something quite nice about that, it’s good to see a positive thing. And if you haven’t been out on the bike in a while - then now is a good time to build your confidence.
4. LUNCH HOUR RIDES
More and more of us are now working from home, spending more time indoors, deep cleaning - lets just say doing things a little differently from the norm. If you are working from home, or even if you are still at work - an individual lunch hour ride is an amazing way to help break up your day. You’ll come back to your desk feeling revived and energised.
5. FRESH AIR IS KEY
Did you know that, even in isolation, it’s still good to get out and get some fresh air? Get yourself some light that doesn't come from a bulb or a computer screen for a bit, and the bike is brilliant for that.
6. THE WEATHER IS GETTING BETTER
Another positive in the situation to look at. Daylight savings is coming up soon, and the weather is generally starting to get milder, warmer and brighter here in the UK and Ireland. Take advantage by getting out on the bike more when you can. Remember to keep yourself visible on the bike even in the brighter weather by using daylight visible lights.
7. THE GYMS ARE CLOSED
We know a lot of gyms have closed to stop the spread of the virus, and we already know that cycling outdoors is better than in a stuffy, sweaty gym anyway.
8. CYCLING LOOKS AFTER YOUR BODY & YOUR MIND
We can all be guilty of spending a bit too much time watching the news at the moment or reading social media posts that can be simply unhelpful (and in all honesty, a bit grim) at this time. What better way to distract yourself and look after both your mental health and physical wellbeing than by going for a ride?
9. CYCLING INSIGHTS
We mentioned before that See.Sense cyclists using our lights have still been getting out and cycling recently which is awesome - we know this as we can see it in the data that they are collecting.
When you opt-in to share cycling insights in our app, you’re helping us map your city in greater depth than ever before. Our lights detect where you swerve, slam on the brakes, and hit potholes; all things that impact your experience. So, when you opt-in to share your Ride Insights, you’re improving the chances that your own future rides are improved. Not to mention, the more you ride, the stronger the case is that your city needs to listen to the insights you provide and make smarter decisions.
10. RIDE STATS COMMUNITY
You might be out cycling on your own for now, but when you are using the See.Sense app along with our lights, you’ll be a part of our community.
With See.Sense Ride Stats, you’ll be able to track your cycling stats in the app - community members will access their mileage, calories burned, CO2 saved from biking and more unique facts and stats.
It’s now more important than ever to keep ourselves fit mentally and physically, and we believe the bike is the answer.
How are you staying active during social distancing? Let us know!Note: Follow the guidance for movement in your local area.