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COVID-19 Response and Return to Cycling Plan
     May 19, 2020 — Mike Connolly

May 18, 2020

Dear Island Cycling Community,

Cycling PEI’s Board of Directors and Staff continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 upon our organization and the Island’s cycling community at large. Cycling PEI has remained in contact with Cycling Canada since the onset of this global pandemic, and is working closely with our local sporting authority, Sport PEI, to ensure responsible “Return to Play” guidelines can be developed for our organization that align with PEI’s “Renew PEI Together” phase-back plan.

PEI’s provincial government recently announced that Phase 3 of the “Renew PEI Together” plan may be moved forward to begin on June 1, 2020. This Phase allows for gatherings of no more than 20 people outdoors.

Cycling PEI recognizes that the Phase 3 maximum gathering limit of 20 people poses a considerable challenge with respect to launching our annual programming and race series. Despite this, the Board is confident that by introducing procedures and adopting cautionary measures that maximize physical distancing behaviors, we can commence programming, group rides, and select events in the near future.

This process is complex, and will require the cooperation of you, our membership, to mitigate the risk posed by COVID-19. The aim of CPEI is to reintroduce organized cycling programs and events with a responsible plan in place that accords with guidance from our provincial public health officials.

In the coming weeks, Cycling PEI will announce further details regarding its Return to Play plan, especially in relation to the Rigid Riders, the High Performance Development Team, weekly group rides, and other events.

Cycling PEI would like to thank all riders for their continued vigilance with respect to adhering to social distancing guidelines at all public trails and related cycling facilities.

We encourage all riders to continue getting outdoors in groups which accord with the province’s “Renew PEI Together” guidelines.

We would also like to remind our membership that coach development opportunities remain available. Please contact Mike Connolly at mconnolly@sportpei.pe.ca for more details.

In regards to tomorrow's Ride of Silence. We ask interested event participants to ride solo, with their family or same household members or "virtually" (on a trainer) as there will be no group ride.

Keep riding, and stay safe!

Cycling PEI’s Board of Directors & Staff



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