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.
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.