Two methods of social distancing for Kangaroo Island Bicycle Users Group

At DJs Corner are Nigel Jefford and Willie Johnson, Graeme and Cheryl Casey, Fred and Min O'Neill, Bruce and Wilma Somerfield, Jan and Eric Baker, Jane Evans and Steve Gregor - all socially distant. Photo Ants Harris
At DJs Corner are Nigel Jefford and Willie Johnson, Graeme and Cheryl Casey, Fred and Min O'Neill, Bruce and Wilma Somerfield, Jan and Eric Baker, Jane Evans and Steve Gregor - all socially distant. Photo Ants Harris

After four months of only bike riding as individuals, Kangaroo Island BUG (bike user group) riders finally hit the road as group on Sunday, July 19.

The weather forecast of a proper winter's day with gusty winds and showers turned out to be great riding weather.

We met for coffee at a barbecue shed at American River and shared that space with the KI dragon boaters, who had just been paddling as six of them are also riders.

Over coffee, of course, we talked about COVID-19 and worked hard at keeping 1.5 metres apart. It's surprisingly difficult.

Then 11 riders headed off along the Independence Trail, a lovely winding path, followed by Muston Mountain, well Hill really.

We stopped at DJ's corner for a group photo where only people together were only those who lived under one roof. The rest kept the 1.5 metres social distance.

We talked about the coincidence of the 1.5 metre distance for cars passing bicycles on the open road.

A car passing KI BUG cyclists at a safe distance. Photo Ants Harris

A car passing KI BUG cyclists at a safe distance. Photo Ants Harris

The riders have all had experiences of cars passing very close to their right shoulder. The other common thing is cars passing by crossing double lines ignoring cars approaching from the other direction.

Certainly it is legal to cross the double lines but only "if safe to do so". You probably need to be a bike rider to fully appreciate the "rush" of a car doing the wrong thing.

From Hog Bay Road we went north and then along Redbanks Road.

Some riders added a detour down Flea Castle Road for a great view of Redbanks' scupltured cliffs.

Then all met back at the River for a barbecue lunch. We are really fortunate to have at American River great shelters with barbecues right on the water's edge.

Till our next ride at Brown Beach on Sunday, August 16. - Bugants

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