Riding a bike to stay healthy and combat Covid-19

As coronavirus continues to rage, it has become harder to keep fit and social. Furthermore, more gyms are closing down. More people have started to turn to bicycles for both transport and exercise. It’s easy to see why. Riding a bike is good for strengthening immunity. It is also good for avoiding crowds. However, bicycles tend to not only be bulky and clumsy to store. With that said, it might be time to consider switching to foldable bikes.

Bike Shops Considered as Essential Businesses

In Philadelphia, bike shops have been classified as “essential businesses” and are allowed to remain open during the coronavirus period. Halfords, a prominent retail chain in the UK, has said that many key companies and services relied on it to keep their motor fleets running. This includes the Ministry of Defence, the British Transport Police, and several large UK utility companies. Executive director Steve Garidis of the UK Bicycle Association said that cycling has a strategic role to play in local transport resilience – it allows key workers to get to work in towns and cities without public transport or relying on lifts.

However, the place it has seen most support in is In Bogotá, Colombia. The mayor has backed the bicycle as a vehicle that could play an essential role in reducing public transport congestion. It is good for maintaining and improving the citizens’ health while encouraging social distancing. She has even opened up 117 kilometres of new bike routes. Mexico City and New York have expanded their bicycle lanes as well.

Singapore is welcome to the idea as well, as they mention moving towards a “car-lite” Singapore in their 2015 Sustainable Singapore Blueprint. Currently, more than S$1 billion has been set aside for the expansion of cycling paths. Associate Professor Park however cautioned against spending too much on cycling facilities, suggesting that only a small percentage of commuters were likely to switch to riding a bike for their daily journeys. With E-scooters and PMDs being more heavily regulated nowadays, perhaps this situation is the push needed to encourage more local bicycle lanes.

Cycling in Singapore

Many people think of Singapore as an urban area, but there are plenty of green spaces as well. Rower’s Bay Park at Lower Seletar Reservoir is one of the best places to catch the sunrise or sunset in Singapore. It has many amenities along the path including shelters, toilets, vending machines, and even a do-it-yourself bicycle repair station. Eventually, it will become a 150km Round Island Route which will allow you to cycle around the entire island.

For wildlife lovers, the Kranji Marshes is one of the largest local freshwater marshlands. 170 species of birds, 54 types of butterflies and 33 different types of dragonflies call it home. It is built to cater to bird watchers, with a shelter featuring illustrations of birds who call the place home, as well as two lookout shelters and a 10.65-metre-tall tower.

However, if you prefer somewhere closer to the city, Marina Bay Sands is a great place to start, especially when you can cycle to East Coast Park without having to leave the park area or travel on major roads. The path goes through Gardens by the Bay, a place that encapsulates the phrase “garden city” well, despite being smack dab in the middle of the urban area, animals like Kingfishers and monitor lizards run around the area. It is also home to the local celebrities, the otters.

Speaking of otters, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is a great place for leisurely family-friendly cycling. Egrets, red jungle fowl, and the previously mentioned otters are some of the animals that can be found wandering the place. It is a safe place for children to get a handle on riding a bike.

Riding Solo

Even though cycling can be a group activity, riding alone can have its benefits. Once you try it, you might find it surprisingly freeing.

One of the most annoying things about cycling in a group is setting up the event. Everyone has different schedules, different levels of fitness and different levels of preparedness.

However, when you are by yourself, you can go where you want, when you want to do it. You can try riding a bike up a steep hill if you feel ambitious. Or decide not to if you prefer a safer experience.

You don’t have to stop for anyone else and nobody has to stop for you. There is no feeling of irritation of having to wait for others and you can continue as far as your stamina takes you. You can also slow down and take in the sights.

Riding a bike alone gives you a chance to stew in your thoughts or clear your mind of worries as the repetitive action of cycling invokes a meditative-like state. Although chatting while riding is fun, having time to think to yourself is great too.

However, the best part is the freedom to quit when you want to. Whether you’re aiming for a leisurely ride or training for a bike marathon, there is no stress to continue when you do not want to. If you want to stop at the nearest bus stop or MRT home, you can.

Why Use the CarryMe?

However, normal bicycles are not built for public transport. The CarryMe Compact Folding bike is. It takes 15 seconds to fold and unfold. It has small rear trolley wheels, making it easy to roll and stand. The CarryMe can also be easily bought onto public transport like the bus and MRT, as well as shopping centres and food centres. Despite being the lightest folding bike at 8.4kg, it can hold up to 100kg. Its wheels may be small, but the large crank more than makes up for it. It has 9 colours to choose from.

The CarryMe Travel Case is a very useful accessory. The Travel Case is made of hard ABS material to protect the inside from heavy impacts and is specially designed to hold the CarryMe. It also comes with extra storage compartments on the inside which can store clothes or additional bike accessories.

MightyVelo is the official distributor for Pacific Cycles in Southeast Asia. Our Mechanics have been trained directly at Pacific Cycles HQ in Taiwan and can do proper maintenance and repair work on our bicycles. Every bicycle comes with a 2-year warranty on frame and 1-year warranty on parts.

Test ride the CarryMe at our store. Head down to our new Experience Store at Breadtalk IHQ, 30 Tai Seng Street, #02-14, S534013 to view our various Birdy, Reach GT, IFMove, CarryMe and CarryAll bike models on display. We are open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm.

To check out more information of our bikes, head on over to our webstore at shop.mightyvelo.com.

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