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15 January 2019
Health, sport & fitness

Light up your bike with Hackney Cycling Campaign

Over 2,000 free bike lights are being given out as part of a campaign to encourage people to keep on cycling during the colder months.

LIGHT UP BIKE-M

The freebies will be handed out by roving volunteers from Hackney Cycling Campaign throughout January, who will give them to anyone they see riding without lights, and in a series of pop-up giveaways hosted by social enterprise CarryMe Bikes during the month.

Cyclists will also be able to get a free bike service at a pit stop hosted by Hackney Council at the junction of London Lane and Martello Street, in London Fields, on 25 January, from 4-7pm.
 

Pop-up light giveaways

  • 16 Jan - Pitfield Street, at the southern end where it meets Old Street on the traffic-free section, 4-7pm
  • 19 Jan - Clissold Road, north end near Clissold Park and Clissold Leisure Centre, 4-7pm
  • 23 Jan - Northchurch Terrace, by De Beauvoir Square, 4-7pm
  • 25 Jan - London Fields, at the London Fields/Broadway Market entrance, 4-6pm.

 

Top tips for cycling in winter

Cycling in the winter months needn't be a chore - in fact, it's a great way to keep active. Following these simple tips to get the most out of cycling this winter:

  • Lights - white at the front and red at the back. Make sure they can be seen by others.
  • Reflectors - required by law on all bikes built since 1990
  • Reflective clothing - wear something with reflective strips after dark, and bright clothing during the day
  • Be confident - be aware of your road position, stay away from the kerb and ride far enough away from parked cars to avoid opening doors
  • Cycle considerately - remember that pedestrians have priority in shared spaces with cyclists, in particular parks and canal towpaths
  • Tyres - replace your tyres if they look worn and watch out for slippery leaves on the road.
Updated: 11 February 2019

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