Brighten up. Be Seen!

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With the clocks going back on Sunday 31st October and with evenings getting darker – all road users need to take extra care and look out for others. Bike Friday would like people to continue enjoying the freedom of cycling in Greater Manchester and are encouraging people to ‘Brighten Up – Be Seen’ and cycle safely and with confidence during the winter months.

Participants in the Bike Friday “led rides” will be wearing a range of bright and reflective cycling styles to show that it is possible to cycle safely with style. To encourage people to “Brighten up and Be Seen” five lucky participants will receive Love Your Bike.org hi-viz jackets and all participants will have the chance to win a free battery charger and set of rechargeable batteries donated by Manchester Friends of the Earth (co-organisers of Bike Friday).

Catherine Thomson, from Manchester Friends of the Earth said:

Just because winter is on its way we don’t have to put our bikes in the shed. Cycling is a healthy and safe way to travel but during the winter months it is really important to be bright and visible on your bicycle.”

Bike Friday combines a range of cycle rides into the City Centre from various locations as well as working with companies and local authorities in Greater Manchester to promote cycling, improve cycle facilities and to encourage more people to continue cycling to school, work and for leisure all year round. [1]

CONTACTS FOR COMMENTS

Pete Abel, Manchester FoE Mobile: 07951 642858

Catherine Thomson, Manchester FoE Mobile: 07956 577206

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

[1] The Bike Friday cycle rides start at 8am from Chorlton Library, Levenshulme Station, Prestwich Pizza Express, Stretford Mall and Withington Library and finish at approx 8.30am at the Triangle, Corporation Street, City Centre. The Worsley ride starts at 7.40am. The Bike Friday cycle rides take place on the morning of the last Friday of every month (except December). The rides go a moderate pace, have experienced ride leaders, are entirely law-abiding and can help people develop more confidence in their cycling abilities.

For details of the routes see: www.bikefriday.org or join the Bike Friday Facebook group www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=99198337652

[2] Friday 29th October is “Transport” day in Energy Saving Week. The Energy Saving Trust are encouraging people to try using their car less to save money and reduce CO2 emissions. See

www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Easy-ways-to-stop-wasting-energy/Energy-Saving-Week

[3] Bike Friday is part of the Love Your Bike Campaign. www.loveyourbike.org