Most of Europe is taking precautions to contain the spread of and help those infected with COVID-19 or Coronavirus. In Denmark, our HQ is adhering to the suggestions of the government. We are also arming our Shepherds network-wide with gloves and sanitisers. They will be giving handle-bars of Donkey Bikes a good wipe down while they are out on the streets, to make cycling during the coronavirus lockdown a safe option.
For safety and hygiene recommendations please scroll down.
Cycling during coronavirus lockdown – is it safe?
Yes, it is. If you keep to the hygienic regulations and recommendations then it is one of the safest forms of transportation:
- Wear gloves. Wash your hands with soap before and after cycling (disinfectant also works on the go)
- Cough or sneeze in your elbow
- Keep away from other road users
Both the Danish government and the German Health Minister have recommended cycling as a lower-risk mode of transport to get to necessary appointments so our operations will continue running as usual. We will monitor the situation closely and keep all our riders updated. If you have any concerns or suggestions on how we can do even better, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
Updates on our cities and operations
If you don’t see your city on this list it means that we are doing our best to run operations as usual, to make sure that essential travel is done as safely as possible during this highly infectious period.
Barcelona: we are aware that the local bike-share Bicing has closed down their operations. We respect their decision and their concerns are something Donkey Republic also shares. We have decided to keep our Donkey Bikes available mainly for those who still have to go to work – our healthcare and social workers, employees of essential services and everyone who is keeping our cities running – and are dependent on bicycles right now.
Neuchâtel: bike-sharing operations are closed until further notice
Hygienic recommendations for cycling during Coronavirus lockdown
The following basic safety and hygiene measurements can go a very long way, and take only a few minutes a day. Take a look and work these into your everydays, whether you are cycling, scooting, driving a car, walking and even if you stay at home most of the time:
Use soap and wash your hands and wrists for a minimum of 20 seconds. If you need help with keeping time, one of our developers has put together a singalong guide (see at the bottom of this post) to get the recommended 20-40 seconds under the tap. Alternatively, you can sing Backstreet Boys songs, or this song while you wash your hands too.
Close and open the tap with your elbow while you are washing. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes and mouth with your hands.
Keep your gloves on while you cycle, while you use your keys, while you open doors, when you pay and when you hold your phone. Wash your hands before putting on your gloves and similarly, wash your hands after taking them off.
Disinfect your phone and other items
Phones carry a lot of nasty bacteria and coronavirus can sit on them for up to 9 days. Clean your phone screen and the back of your phone every day with disinfectant wipes, as many times as you think is appropriate. Use sanitizer to clean your hands after using your phone. Take similar action with objects you touch often.
Avoid close contact with people and participating in big gatherings. When you can, keep a 2-meter distance from colleagues and friends. Do not visit your elderly relatives, call them instead. Avoid handshakes and hugs.
Help each other
Do you have an elderly neighbour or somebody in need of support? Ask if you can help them with their shopping, cooking, etc. Avoid personal contact, deliver goods by the door.
Take care of yourselves and look out for those around you that need help.
You can sing this song while you wash your hands