Dear Members,

One of the positive things resulting from this COVID 19 isolation period, is the number of people out and about in our neighborhood. It truly is wonderful to see so many people walking, running and cycling around Bear Mountain.  It gives us a greater sense of community and also allows us to notice who lives in our neighborhood.  On top of that, it appears that the vast majority of people understand and are very respectful of social distancing. Good job, keep it up, you are all beautiful and we are proud of you!

Here is a link to an article written regarding sidewalk etiquette that was motivated by the writers’ experience of walking the streets of New York City. Now THAT would be a challenge. We are fortunate to have more room to maneuver around others.

This next link is very interesting and probably less obvious. We are not endorsing the validity of the study, but it seems to make a lot of common sense. It has to do with the slip stream effect. On the basis of these results the scientist advises that for walking, the distance of people moving in the same direction in 1 line should be at least 4–5 meter, for running and slow biking it should be 10 meters and for hard biking at least 20 meters. Also, when passing someone it is advised to already be in different lane at a considerable distance e.g. 20 meters for biking. Enjoy and please consider using these as a good suggestion.

Stay well,