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1, 2, 3 - The tiers explained for cycling

Updated: Nov 4




Before reading the following post, plese see the latest guidance whilst we are in Locdown #2. To understand the Lockdown #2 rulings for cyclists please read here

  Guidance on 26/10/20 - What do the tiers 1, 2 and 3 mean for cycling?


Confused at what you can do and when you can do it?


We thought it'd be helpful to provide you with latest guidance on what you can and can’t do when looking to go out for a ride around Nottinghamshire and it’s surrounding counties.


The following information was correct at the time this post went live, but be aware the picture can change daily. We will be updating this post if new guidance comes in, so be sure to keep checking back for the latest on how you can enjoy cycling during these times.


As it currently stands, there is no limit on duration or frequency of exercise, but you should continue to stay alert and limit your contact with others.


Around 2 weeks ago, England received new guidance and regulations, with COVID alert levels - or tiers as we now know them.

Tier 1 - Medium Tier 2 - High Tier 3 - Very High


For cycling there are different restrictions that apply within each tier, and this post will try to help you understand what you can and can’t do within each of these tiers. NB: Areas can move at brief notice to a different tier, so before you ride, check the current alert levels. Remember to not just check where you're starting from, but where you're going too! To see the latest tiers of your ride, please visit here.


*Please also remember that it is currently forbidden to enter Wales other than for essential purposes, so rides across the border are not permitted*.


What do the tiers mean for cycling?

Tier 1 - Medium

  • There is no limit on duration, distance or frequency of exercise

  • You can travel to other spots within the country to ride as long as they are in tier 1 or 2 (medium and high risk)

  • You can meet outside with up to 5 other people as long as you still follow social distancing guidelines by staying at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble) this includes in your group ride, so if riding side by side, stay at least 2 metres apart.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds (use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available)

  • If you are traveling by car to start your ride or on completion of a ride, you shouldn’t travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practice social distancing.

Tier 2 - High

  • As well as the points in tier 1 which must still be complied with, you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. This means that café stops on group rides are no longer possible, unless the group is made up of household or support bubble members or the café is serving outside.

Tier 3 - Very High

  • Still following Tier 1 & 2 restrictions, it is likely there will be different localised restrictions in place for Tier 3 areas, which will be put in place by local councils. These can change from area to area, so please check here before planning your ride.

  • You can not cycle into or out of a Tier 3 area purely for leisure or exercise, but you can ride if you are commuting for work, education or caring responsibilities that have been permitted by the Tier 3 council.


So now you know what you can and can't do for each tier, lets talk practicalities.

  • Check all county postcodes you are going to ride through.

  • Notify someone close to you of your intended route.

  • Make sure your bike is in good working order and serviced regularly, you can book your service with us here with our online calendar booking form.

  • Carry enough spares to get you home, as you won't be able to hitch a lift home from outside your bubble. We have stock instore from all our suppliers, which you can see here.

  • Make sure to carry a face covering or mask with you, to wear into and outside of any buildings.

  • Take hand sanitiser with you (Make sure you get one with a good cap so it doesn't leak in your back pocket).

  • If you are to stop for a coffee or an intended break, use cashless payments to support the social distancing measures.




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