Cycling During COVID-19: Aug. 2020 Update

Faculty and Staff
Sustainable Transportation


As many of us return to campus, bicycling remains a great option for fun, fitness and viable transportation—as long as some simple precautions are prioritized. Follow the 4 Maryland protocols, which promote critical health behaviors that prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

  • Wear a face covering when riding within six feet of others: Even if you do not expect to have close contact with other people during your trip, carry a face covering so you are prepared.
  • Wash your hands before and after each ride: After completing your bicycle ride, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Cyclists should carry a personal container of hand sanitizer or know there's a way to wash or sanitize their hands at their destination.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet or more from others: Avoid crowded and/or narrow routes where it might be difficult to maintain six feet of distance between yourself and other cyclists or pedestrians. When passing others, leave as much space as possible. If you see someone moving towards you, stay as far to your right as possible. Or, step off your bike and safely cross the street to maintain your physical distance of six feet. 
  • Stay home if you are sick.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides these cycling precautions based on evidence collected since the outbreak occurred in March 2020:

  • Avoid touching surfaces that are frequently touched by others, such as pedestrian or cyclist call buttons. If you must touch these, clean your hands as soon as you can.
  • Avoid spitting or clearing your nasal passages in public. 
  • If using shared bikes or e-scooters, sanitize your vehicle before and after riding. The Veo operation team is disinfecting all fleet vehicles daily, but riders can also do their part by washing their hands, and sanitizing or wiping down handlebars before and after use. 

For more information about BikeUMD’s COVID-19 response, including our Fall 2020 service plans, view our COVID-19 Bike and E-scooter updates