Cyclists gear up to enjoy Lights

Blackpool Ride The Lights
Blackpool Ride The Lights
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BLACKPOOL is gearing up for one of its most eagerly awaited and ‘illuminating’ nights.

On Tuesday five miles of Promenade will be closed to traffic as thousands of cyclists, young and old, enjoy a sneak preview of the Illuminations.

The Ride the Lights extravaganza continues to grow in popularity each year since its launch in 2006 with more than 14,000 cyclists participating last year.

Charities are invited to use the event as a fundraiser by encouraging their supporters to participate and get sponsored.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture at Blackpool Council, said: “The beauty of this event is people can ride for as little or as long as they like. As there’s no set start or finish, families, groups and individuals, can just access the Promenade from the most convenient location to them.

“It’s always great to see the many thousands of people enjoying one of Blackpool’s most famous attractions in a healthy and active way.

“There is a lot of excitement building around the Illuminations Switch On and this is just the first event in an action packed Illuminations season.”

This special sneak preview of the ‘Lights’ offers everyone the opportunity to view them from the saddle of their own bike, before they are officially switched on by cult comedian Keith Lemon a week tonight.

The event is free and takes place between 7pm and 10pm.

A council spokesman added: “The roads will be blocked off, so there is no need to worry about cars and you can join the fun anywhere between Starr Gate and Bispham.

Cycle the whole way and back or just do your favourite section – with as many breaks as you fancy along the way.

“The minimum requirement is that you have a light front and back – but you’re not going to settle for that, are you? Everyone is encouraged to dress up themselves and their bikes with as much glitz and extra lighting as possible.”

The Promenade will be closed to traffic from 6pm from Starr Gate (near Squires Gate Lane) all the way to Red Bank Road, Bispham, in readiness for the traffic-free roads opening at 7pm for the start of the event.