Without wishing to cause any further frustration whilst you are responsibly choosing not to ride, here are some links to a number of channels and sites to while away the hours.
Most of us would like to have better fitness on the bike. Why not use the down time from trail riding to improve your fitness? We appreciate we can’t go to the gym or may not have specialist equipment laying around the house, but you can improvise!
Dust off that mountain bike and get a little fix of the rough stuff!
In recent years the TRF has transformed our approach toward the community, from defending our entitlement to integrating with the community and demonstrating our value.
Trail Riders value the Emergency services more than most. The Air Ambulance regularly features at the top of our list of favoured charities and we are proud to work in support of the Police.
Here are someof the ways you could help
If you know of anyone organising civil response schemes please send them this link to The TRF work with the Emergency Services to promote responsible trail riding which has the TRFs proposal for the use of Dual Purpose Motorcycles (Trail Motorcycles) in Disaster Response
If you are concerned that your car or bikes existing MOT may be close to expiring, this recent announcement from the government means you need not worry.
We realise that our members and their families are likely to be affected financially at this difficult time. Money-Saving expert has produced a set of tips 14 coronavirus money & travel need-to-knows.
Whilst the TRF respects the right to individual liberty, we have a duty to fully support the latest government guidelines to not leave the house unless necessary.
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
Should a member in any doubt please see the latest government guidelines
The TRF has always recognised the importance of supporting local communities and this is even more important at this difficult time. Groups could offer additional support to;
- Local Community Centres
- NHS Volunteer schemes
- Social care teams at local councils
- Local farming groups
- Support for community policing initiatives
If you have first aid qualifications you may be able to offer your support to any civil response units that are created locally.
18 March 2020 - TRF Statement(this advice has been superseded - please read updated Stay at Home advice above)
The TRF respects that Group officers and members will make decisions based on local circumstances. The following offers general guidance.
- Follow government guidelines at all times
- Cancel / Postpone all social and riding events for the next 3 months or until government advice changes. It is suggested that no events be rescheduled at this time.
- Whilst it is recognised that there are risks involved in trail riding, and the last thing we should do is increase the burden on the NHS, the need for physical and mental health is more important than ever at this time. Therefore like other countryside user groups, members could continue trail riding whilst taking extra precautions
- Gentle trail riding only to reduce the risk of injury (Yes it is possible to fall at 5 MPH!).
- Reduce group sizes as small as practicable and maintain a separation distance of at least 2 metres.
- Don’t ride with anyone that has recently travelled from a higher-risk country.
- Don’t allow anyone from an “at-risk group” to join the ride. We recognise that this is tough on our older members, but we want you riding with us in the years to come.
- Take a packed lunch and do not use pubs, cafes or restaurants. We recognise that this is at odds with the TRF’s normal stance of supporting local businesses, but this supports government social distancing guidelines.
- Wear disposable gloves when refuelling.
- Stop for breaks away from built-up areas. Keep 2M apart from other riders when stopped.
- As is always the case the decision to ride is a personal choice but urge members to act for the greater good during this difficult period
If anyone has further ideas to add to this list please email email@example.com .