Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Brighten up your bike this Friday in Durham

This Friday (29th November 2013) sees a bike festival aimed at promoting being seen and therefore being safe when riding at night. The event takes place in Durham city centre, specifically starting at 3:30pm in the market place. The idea is you turn up on your bike, having decorated it beforehand with as many fancy lights as you can. There is then a guided ride around Durham starting at 4:30pm. You will need to book your place by 4pm on 27th November for this. There are plenty of other activities also on going to keep you interested - read the full press release below.

I would really like to go to this; I think it would be a great spectacle to see a whole load of bright bikes going through the city. I'd also take advantage of the bike marking on offer too.

However, I'll be up at Glentress when this starts, so I'll have to miss out. If you go, leave a comment on this post, or use one of the social links in the right hand pane of this page and let me know how it was.

Decorative bike lights! Image taken from christmasx.wordpress.com

Read the full press release below, or click here.

"Hot on the heels of the Lumiere festival, residents of County Durham will be able to enjoy another, smaller light festival when BicycleBright takes place on 29 November. Cyclists are being asked to ‘bling their bikes’ by decorating them with lights and all manner of sparkly things before joining a guided ride around Durham City. The event, a collaboration between Durham County Council, Durham University, Local Motion, Sustrans, Durham Constabulary and Breeze, will see prizes handed out for the best blinged-up bikes. Before the ride gets underway, there’ll be free security marking on offer from Durham Constabulary, information on bike safety and security, help from Dr Bike and other freebies and giveaways. The cyclists will also hear from Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration Cllr Neil Foster and Durham University’s dean for environmental sustainability Professor Tim Burt. Cllr Foster, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming cyclists to what promises to be a unique and fun experience. We hope that seeing blinged bikes cycling round Durham City will remind everyone of the importance of being visible when cycling during the dark winter nights. We would also love to see more people getting excited about cycling and taking up a healthier and greener way of travelling after seeing a pack of brightly decorated bikes touring Durham.” Professor Burt, said: “This is a good opportunity for us to promote and raise awareness regarding safe cycling to all our students and, at the same time, take part in such an exciting event. This also assists the university to promote alternative modes of transport and helps meet Green Travel Plan targets benefiting both the University and the local community.” The event will start at 3.30pm in Durham market place before the 3.5 mile guided ride around the city gets under way at 4.30pm. Cyclists who would like to take part in the ride are asked to book their place by emailing pedalpower@durham.gov.uk by 4.00pm on Wednesday 27 November."

via Durham County Council Press Releases

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