The Power of a Neighborhood Ride

May 1, 2020


Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together.

This spring, life is different. More of us are working from home, our happy hours are now virtual and even though weather is warming, we’re still spending too much time indoors.

The bike world, like everything else, has been affected by these changes. Races and events across the nation have been postponed, big trips to bike and play in far away places have been canceled and regular group rides have been put on hold. Amid stay-at-home orders, traveling to your favorite trail for a solo ride might not even feel like the best idea. Thankfully, when it comes to getting out on two wheels, a world of adventure is waiting right out your front door.

Whether it’s your first time around the block or you know it like the back of your hand, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the simple pleasures of a neighborhood bike ride. Skip the crowded parking lots and trailheads and don’t worry about plotting your route: you can Ride It Out from your own neck of the woods.

Every block opens a door to new exploration. Even in the few square miles surrounding your home, the opportunities are nearly endless. What you may have driven countless times becomes entirely different when slowed down and viewed from two wheels. Literally and figuratively speaking, you can stop and smell the roses.

Riding around your neighborhood, even just around the block, can provide what a lot of us need right now — a break. Simultaneously keeping our bodies and minds healthy and active, you might be surprised at how much a short ride can improve your day.

Just because you’re riding alone doesn’t mean you can’t share your ride with others, either. Thanks to Ride Spot, an app PeopleForBikes developed to reduce the barriers to riding, you can share all of your neighborhood adventures with family and friends. 

Here at PeopleForBikes, we’ve been sharing our local solo rides with our coworkers to inspire each other to keep getting out on our bikes. We’ve seen a fascinating array of wildlife, vintage cars, eclectic architecture, lush green parks and dogs of all shapes and sizes. Ride It Out from your front door and share your experiences on Ride Spot. Your friends and family (and the PeopleForBikes staff) will love seeing your views from two wheels.

One day, your neighborhood ride may be nothing more than a breath of fresh air between video meetings. The next, you might spend two hours weaving block-by-block. That’s the magic of the neighborhood ride — there’s no wrong or right way to enjoy them, and the opportunities for trying something new may be limitless.

While other public interactions this time might seem stressful, like wearing a mask and trying to navigate the grocery store, riding your bike is a great way to get some stress-free socially compliant enjoyment. Families on a walk to get the kids out of the house, couples enjoying the afternoon sun on their porch, even fellow riders out on their own pedal around the block — while we might feel more apart than ever, a simple ride around your neighborhood paired with a smile and wave at passers by is a pleasant reminder that we’re all still here, and we can get through this together.

While the next few months may be uncertain, through the simplicity of a bike ride, we can find some optimism. Together, and close to home, we can all Ride It Out.

 

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