‘People may be put off altogether’: Concern over Welsh government’s new rules on coronavirus lockdown cycling

Authorities in Wales announced new restrictions on cycling, including a 10-mile limit from your home

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Strict guidelines from the Welsh government on cycling have been met with concern from both Welsh Cycling and Cycling UK.

On Friday (April 24) Welsh authorities introduced new coronavirus lockdown rules including a tightening of the guidelines around cycling, with riders now instructed to stay within “a reasonable walking distance” from their home, and adding that cycling “significant distance” is not a valid reason to leave home.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.