First off, wherever you are reading this - we genuinely hope that you and your family are safe and well. A huge thank you to our NHS and all front line workers.
“When this is all over”, “I can’t wait until this is over” - you do hear a lot of people saying this on their social media at the moment, don’t you? But that very thought of when this is all over might just be the thing that is getting us through this tough time - and thinking about the good that will come after. The whole world has changed since our last blog - and with change being the only thing that’s constant at the moment, we thought this would be a good topic that might help uplift us all.
We know that crises change history - but with that, we want to think positively, and to be hopeful that things might transform things for the better. Also, this will be interesting to look back and see how far we’ve come in the future (and see if we got any of it right).
1. WILL CYCLING WILL BECOME THE NATURAL CHOICE FOR JOURNEYS AND FITNESS?
It was only right that our first point was about cycling, right? During this time, we have seen more of the young, the old (and the in-between) the key worker commuters, the shoppers and more roadies getting out on their bikes and enjoying the freedom of two wheels. As our friend Barry from the The Cycling Blog said: "Since the Coronavirus landed on these shores and the lockdown followed, single cyclists are now to be seen on every main road, back road and bodhreen that you could imagine." We’ve also had a lot of messages from people who are wanting to get into cycling, which has been awesome to see! Bike shops are inundated with people looking to get their old bikes back up and running, and many cities are now starting to realise the importance of cycling, making pop-up cycle lanes (with social distancing making public transport options very limited).
THE PART WHERE WE HEAR FROM YOU
The opinions from the cycling community and the wider community are a split about the distance & time outside cyclists should be riding their bikes during lockdown. However, with current government guidelines currently allowing outdoor exercise and with public transport options limited, many have turned to the bicycle for leisure, exercise, mental health and commuting purposes. From the See.Sense insights we’ve seen at this time, and also from our survey results from cyclists and key workers, we know more journeys are being made on your bikes. But what has inspired us has been some of the comments we've seen come in about how the bicycle is helping you. Here are a few favourites:
"Cycling is a massive relief and a chance to take a healthy perspective on the situation."
"Just started cycling at 64 and loving it."
"Cycling is much more pleasant with less cars on the road. I find it’s good therapy for me pre and post work as a nurse."
2. WILL THE AIR BE CLEANER FOR GOOD?
Have you noticed how much clearer and cleaner the air seems without mass aviation in the sky and so many vehicles on the road? Air quality has been making the headlines ever since the lockdown had started with cities seeing massive decreases in the levels of air pollution. Air quality has always been really important to us here at See.Sense, we have been working with our partners WeForest, planting trees over the world since 2014. You can help us plant even more trees here on our clean air campaign.
3. WILL THE WAY WE WORK CHANGE FOR GOOD?
A lot of companies might now be realising that they can function just as well when working remotely, and other companies might be really missing that personal interaction. We know web-cams and home desk setups have been selling out. So will large companies still need their massive offices in city centres after this? We're not sure what will happen - but we do know that people won't be flocking back to their offices as normal any time soon.
4. WILL THE WAY WE MOVE CHANGE FOR GOOD?
We've talked about the amazing increase in cycling and how public transport options are very limited at the moment - and we just don't see the trains and tubes going back to being as rammed as they were before. We also know people are using their cars a lot less. Help us shape the answer of this question by taking our one-question survey here about car use after the pandemic to let us know what you think!
COMMUNITY SPIRIT | WILL THE WAY WE INTERACT CHANGE FOR GOOD?
Community has always been a MASSIVE part of cycling - and we love this. But at the moment, isn’t there a massive sense that people just want to help each other out? And that nothing else really matters? That really is one thing that this time will be remembered for, and our hope is that this sense of community spirit only continues.
We had to round this up by talking about cycling again. We truly hope that this level of enthusiasm and love for cycling will be here to stay and that more and more people fall in love with cycling.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support.
Stay safe, Team See.Sense
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