The popular Glow Ride is back for another year! Saturday 10 November sees the return of Portsmouth City Council's annual Pedal Portsmouth Glow Ride with a new location on Southsea seafront, an extended route and brand new event village. 

Be Bright, Be Seen! Get your 'glow on' and help us light up the night. Dress yourself and your bike with lights, hi-vis and other glow-in-the-dark accessories to make this the brightest event yet.

New this year, the Glow Ride event village will be open from 2pm with food, drink, music from Express FM and an abundance of cycling-related activities and advice. Before the ride starts you can get your bike checked over by our Bike Doctor team, security marked (between 2pm and 3pm), or chat to local bike suppliers.

Road safety officers can assist you with cycling advice including how to enjoy quieter routes around the city, self-guided cycle tours or social rides, as well as guidance about safe cycling. The event village will also feature music and chat from Express FM's Darren Gamblen.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport, said: "I'm so excited to be attending this year's Glow Ride and can't wait to see all the fantastic effort that people always make with their lit cycles, high vis and outfits.

"Glow Ride is always a popular family event; we had over 1100 people take part in 2017, and this year's ride looks to set to attract at least that amount, if not more, with a new extended route and event village.

"The serious message behind the fun is to be bright, be seen, to increase cyclists' visibility amongst other road users and stay safe on the road after dark. Glow Ride gets this message across in a fun way and creates lasting memories."

If you wish to leave your bike while you visit the event village you can use our secure, temporary cycle parking along Avenue De Caen. Cycles are left at the owners risk and cyclists should bring a suitable lock to secure their bike. 

Starting at 4.30pm on Clarence Esplanade, near the junction with Avenue De Caen, cyclists will ride the 3km traffic-free, circular route along the Esplanade, around Southsea Common, to Clarence Parade and the Ladies' Mile. Cyclists and spectators can enjoy music along the route with The Pompey Pluckers and Parasamba providing the soundtrack for the evening.

Also new this year, there will be a shorter separate route for younger cyclists. Children can enjoy our mini assault course in the event village, or cycle the route ahead of the main event at 4.30pm.

Southsea Skatepark will be open from 10am, starting with mini-wheelers morning sessions for children, aged 3 - 10, followed by general admission (normal rates apply). If you just want to watch all the action at the skatepark, you can do this for free - find out more http://bit.ly/2yx2TzJ.

Glow Ride is open to all ages and abilities and is fully accessible for adapted bikes and child trailers.

British Cycling are organising led feeder rides from Cosham and from Farlington Marshes, ending at the event. If you want to arrive in style, visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/cycling and follow the links!

All prebookable tickets have now been sold. There will be a limited number of tickets available on the day. 

On the day, registration will be open from 2pm.

Event schedule

•         12 noon - 3.30pm cycle route open

•         2pm event village opens

•         3.30pm - 4.30pm cycle route closes (in preparation for the main event)

•         4.30pm - 6.30pm Glow Ride

•         6pm prizes for best-lit cyclists

•         7pm event village closes

 

Action on lights

Did you know police can issue a £50 fine to cyclists found without front and rear lights between sunset and sunrise?

 

Don't be dim

With less daylight during the winter months it's even more important that cyclists are seen by other road users. You can get good quality lights and hi-vis accessories from the council's website, visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/cycling.

 

Top tips for being seen

•         Get bright front and back lights

•         Check they're fitted and working correctly

•         Wear something reflective

•         Use brightly-coloured kit, like a helmet, gloves and bag cover

Find out more

You can find a useful video about cycling in the dark at www.britishcycling.org.uk; search 'How to be seen in the dark'.