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Wet weather didn't dampen cyclists' spirits at Glow Ride 2018

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Cyclists from Portsmouth and beyond lit up the night to celebrate safe night-time cycling at the third Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride which was held on Saturday 10th November.

The event, now in its third year, was organised by Portsmouth City Council's active travel team. Around 500 people of all ages and abilities braved the heavy showers and came dressed in their brightest lights, high vis and glow-in-the-dark accessories.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Lee Mason, got the cyclists underway at 4.30pm to a chorus of bells and horns, then joined the riders for a lap of the 3km route on a bike donated by local cycle shop, Velopy.

The new circular route around Southsea Esplanade and Southsea Common was a hit with regular visitors as well as newcomers to the event. There was also a shorter route for younger cyclists along Avenue De Caen.

Express FM's Darren Gamblen kept the atmosphere alive with high energy tunes and chat, and the Pompey Pluckers encouraged the riders with their blend of energetic ukulele favourites.

The new event village offered visitors a selection of cycle shops and cycling information, food and refreshments.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: "It's wonderful that so many people turned out to take part in Saturday's Glow Ride despite the wet weather.
Participants were really creative in their use of lights and made a huge effort to light up their bikes and outfits to promote safe night-time cycling. I hope Glow Ride has helped to instil the message amongst cyclists how incredibly important it is to be visible to other road users and be bright, be seen."

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