Pleas made for people to maintain their social distancing

People are being asked to maintain their social distancing while the lockdown to the coronavirus pandemic continues and are asking walkers, cyclists and runners to keep two metres apart.

It comes as the weather for the coming week is set to attract further people out to enjoy the sunshine with the fear that some may not heed the measures.

Many have taken to the social media site Nextdoor to express their concerns with Jenny Hobbs, from Great Barton, even saying that one runner spat close to where her husband was out walking.

She said: “Beware of runners. This beggars belief. My husband was overtaking by a runner. He spat on to the verge, my husband used a choice word to him. If this is going to carry on we will never get rid of this coronavirus if we have people like that living amongst us.So my advice is to watch out for runners.

Jayne Dixon, who lives on the Moreton Hall Estate, in Bury St Edmunds, added: “The runners are getting as bad as the cyclists, calling out expecting us to move out of their way. I have lived on Moreton Hall for over 13 years and since the lockdown I have never seen so many people out. I have to make sure my dog keeps away from where people have been spitting on the ground, it’s not a nice thing to witness.”

But cyclist Kevin Auden, who also lives on Moreton Hall, responded by saying: “Please do not tar everyone with the same brush. I am a cyclist and I always ring my bell well in advance of catching up with a pedestrian or other cyclist and I make sure I give them a wide berth.

“If you ask me it’s dog walkers with dogs on long leads or no leads at all who are the biggest problem as you never know what the dog is going to do.

“And what about the non cyclists who walk in the cycle lanes?

“Cyclists who ride and take their dogs for a run on a long lead. I very nearly had a bad accident a few days ago between Bury and Thurston. I was about to overtake a cyclist who had a dog on a long lead. He knew I was there and about to overtake him. As I got close he did not rein the dog lead in and there was a concrete bollard set in the path. He went one side of the bollard but unfortunately the dog went the other. So once the lead reached its limit they both stopped dead. I had nowhere to go but luckily braked to a stop in time otherwise there would have been a nasty accident.

“Let’s all try to be more considerate to each other shall we?”

And David Lyness, also from Moreton Hall, added: “99% of the runners we have seen out there are courteous and decent.  It is unfair to tar them all with that brush.”

And Kevin Auden, also from Moreton Hall South, said: “I forgot to say that very often walkers actually say thank you to me for making them aware that I am catching them up and doing my best to keep as much distance between us. Consideration people.”

Richard Mortlock, from Mildenhall Road, in Bury St Edmunds, said: “What I want to know is why all the new walkers we see about now are wearing back packs. I see people walking about now who have never done a day’s exercise in their lives. Still some walking about at 11pm. Where have they been, where are they going? We may all be in this together but there are some right ‘herberts’ out there who think they are immune.”

Jane Slade, from Fornham St Genevieve, said: “The majority of cyclists and runners are considerate.

“I had an unsettling experience walking from All Saints in the direction of St Martin. A jogger came up behind me and around me at the last minute breathing heavily as she went past. She was definitely not two metres away.

“The road and path were both deserted and it would have been appreciated by me if she had called out so I could have crossed the road away from her or she had put more distance between us.

“I must have been seen by her a long way off.”

Jane Slade, from Fornham St Genevieve, said: “I think if we all stick to the regulations and are considerate no more needs to be said really .

“I’m a runner and if I see anybody whilst out running I will cross the road to avoid people. It is very wrong to say watch out for runners, the majority of us are very respectful and courteous.  On a separate note, what makes walkers take the moral high ground on others moving out of your way – we all have the responsibility of social distancing.”

1 thought on “Pleas made for people to maintain their social distancing

  1. Wether you run, walk, cycle or dog walk all you need is common sense. If you are out with your dog you and not the dog should be on the side of the path. Don’t use those long leads. That way anyone else can pass on the other side. Don’t use ear buds or head phones, then you can hear others approaching. If you are out with anyone else go behind each other and not next to each other. If you are side by side I will expect one of you to move. If you are on a road bike stick to the roads like I do. They are quite quite anyway but I can cruise at over 20mph which I think is an unsafe thing to do on a cycle path. Some runners are actually out training on watch so they don’t want to stop or slow down, that’s fine if others respect the fact that you should keep to one side of a path. If your dog is off the lead you need to know your in control of it, if it’s spooked by a runner or cyclist that’s your fault not the dogs. Put it on a lead. If you are out doing any of the above exercise remember there may always be someone faster and expect to be passed. That way if someone does come up from behind you are already over to one side and won’t suddenly jump and end up moving to the wrong side. If you are out with little kids keep them to the side too.

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