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Riders at 2018 Glow Ride web

Back for another year! The annual Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride returns on Saturday 26th October with a 3km circular cycle route around Southsea Seafront and Common.

Portsmouth City Council has opened registration for this fun cycling event, encouraging riders to be bright and be seen during the darker winter months. Over 1,000 bright bikes are expected to light up the night as cyclists dress themselves in high-vis, with lights and glow-in-the-dark accessories for their bikes.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport, said: "We want to encourage people to keep cycling safely through the winter, by being bright and being seen.
Wearing light or reflective clothing and making sure you have a working set of lights on your bike can make a big difference when it comes to being seen after dark.
Glow Ride will hopefully help riders understand the need to be visible to other road users at this fun event. It's fantastic to see the amazing effort that goes into decorating bikes and I can't wait to see the glow of riders this year."

Glow Ride is open to all ages and abilities and is fully accessible for adapted bikes and child trailers. The event village, on Avenue De Caen, will be open from 3pm with food, drink, music and plenty of cycling-related activities from local bike suppliers.

Younger children who are not quite ready to take part in the main event can join a minis route near the event village, or cycle the route ahead of the main ride which begins at 5.30pm.

The council's safer travel team will be on hand with cycling advice, including how to enjoy quieter routes around the city, self-guided cycle tours and social rides.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, said: "Cycling is a great alternative to the car which helps to improve our air quality. We want people to cycle day and night and throughout the year, not just in the warmer and lighter months.
When people switch their car journeys to cycling, it's not only great news for the environment, but also for our residents, particularly older people, children and people with heart and lung conditions, including asthmatics like myself, who are vulnerable to harmful emissions from motor vehicles. I'm really looking forward to joining fellow cyclists and taking part in the Glow Ride again this year."

Places are limited so to take part in this year's Glow Ride and receive a free glow bag we recommend that participants book online, ahead of the event. To register visit the Eventbrite link at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/cycling.

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