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Quieter roads are an opportunity, says bike shop owner

A local bike shop owner has suggested that residents take advantage of quieter roads to get exercise on their push bikes.

Glidez and Scooters for Everyone owner Ms Liz Macnamara said: "The Peninsula has some wonderful bike paths along the water.

"I'm also a psychotherapist, so I know the enormous benefits of getting out of the house for some fresh air and exercise.

"Now is a great time to dust off that old bike in the shed and go for a ride," she said.

"It can really blow the blues away.

"Bike shops are considered an essential service, just like petrol stations, so we expect to keep trading through the crisis.

"We have reduced hours from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm and have implemented social distancing instore.

"We also offer free local pick-ups and delivery for sales and service and have begun a routine of disinfecting stock with scrupulous cleaning.

"It's good for us and it's good for our customers," she said.

Guidelines for safe cycling during the crisis have been developed.

Ms Macnamara said that, even for those people who should stay at home, there were ways of converting a bike into a home trainer so that you can keep fit from the comfort of your home.

These set-ups range from cheap drum rolls to state-of-the-art systems that allow you to experience some of the great rides of the world, including the Tour de France.

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