CITY WALKS

Due to the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled the City Walk program for the rest of the season.

Please continue to follow all up-to-date Public Health recommendations.

Currently (March 23, 2020) recommendations include staying home as much as possible, so if you do not need to leave your home, do not leave, and that includes going for walks.

In the update on COVID-19 Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health March 23, 2020 at 3:45 p.m., says in part:

"… I continue to strongly urge everyone to keep a physical distance of 2 metres, or 6 feet, to prevent virus spread. For you, in your day-to-day life, this means:

  • ·         Staying home as much as possible
  • ·         Getting groceries only when needed
  • ·         Washing your hands often
  • ·         Avoiding close contact with others

· When you stay at home, when you keep your distance from as many people as possible, you help to protect yourself and your loved ones. · But, just as important, when you stay at home, you help protect those providing essential services:

  • ·         Those who provide care to sick people in hospital
  • ·         Those who are protecting our city: our paramedics, our police and our fire services teams; and
  • ·         Those who make sure there is food on store shelves and our tables

· When we stay at home, we help to keep these essential workers healthy so they can do their jobs… so that our city can run safely."

Some participants in the City Walk Program have pointed out that:

Due to the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled the City Walk program for the rest of the season.

Some participants in the City Walk Program have pointed out that:

  • Being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine may be beneficial in preventing and treating respiratory ailments. Here is a website providing some information on this: https://medium.com/@ra.hobday/coronavirus-and-the-sun-a-lesson-from-the-1918-influenza-pandemic-509151dc8065
  • Walking may be a safer than some activities people might otherwise do
  • Meeting with a few friends outdoors, while practising social distancing, may help relieve feelings of social isolation
  • If you are unable to get out for a walk due to self-isolation or quarantine, you may still be able to get fresh air and sunshine in your back yard or on your balcony.

Keeping in mind that Public Health recommendations may change suddenly, and may change what activities are considered safe or are permitted, if you would like to go for a walk, perhaps you could:

  • Walk alone or:
    • Contact a few friends to join you,
    • Post your walk info on the TBN Unofficial Events Forum (HOME – FORUM – UNOFFICIAL EVENTS / MEET UPS), asking people to respond to you if they are interested or have questions
  • Meet in an open area, such as a park
  • Avoid taking Public Transit (still considered to be safe, but is used by large numbers of people, so may be best avoided). Instead:
    • Walk from your residence
    • Drive to the start
  • Avoid coffee shops and restaurants:
    • Bring your own beverages (thermos of tea or coffee, bottled beverages, in reusable water bottles)
    • Bring your own snacks
    • Eat and drink outside (in parks, etc.)
  • For routes to walk:
    • Most of the last year’s City Walks (from January 13, 2019 to March 8, 2020) have Ride with GPS routes that can be followed using your cell phone. They are accessible from the TBN web page by going to HOME – CALENDAR – TBN CALENDAR, then clicking on the “left arrow” to scroll backwards through the months.
    • You can plan your own walks:
      • Using Google Maps, select a destination, click on “Directions” and “Walking”, select the start point. You can change the route by clicking and holding, then dragging the route. You can also add multiple destinations. (Google Maps seems to be limited to a maximum of 9 destinations or a total of 11 route drags plus destinations).
      • Using Ride with GPS (https://ridewithgps.com/), which allows you to create more complex routes, but requires that you sign up for an account (free), and is a bit more complex to use.
  • Be sure to follow any Public Health recommendations, and practise Social Distancing, including :
    • Staying home if you are feeling unwell
    • Maintaining an adequate distance between people
    • No handshakes, hugging, kissing, etc., instead:

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions (by emailing me at citywalks@tbn.ca).

Live Long and Prosper,

John Burdett – City Walk Coordinator

(Thanks to several City Walk participants their for comments and suggestions.)


City Walks

Contents Copyright © The Toronto Bicycling Network Inc.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software