Neon Bike Party promises to Light up Bridgwater

Bridgwater will light up on Thursday 5 March as a Neon Bike Party rides into town to provide an eye-catching finale to the Bridgwater Way Project.

Starting and finishing at Bridgwater Town Hall, a procession of children will precede the main Neon Bike Ride, followed by a post-ride celebration in the Town Hall.

Participants are encouraged to join the “Lighting up Workshop” in the Town Hall from 5pm where free fairy lights, reflectors and neon goodies will be provided. People can also bring lights, reflectors, neon clothing and ‘glow in the dark’ accessories from home to join in the fun.

A walking procession will set off at 6pm for a thirty minute parade, with bikes, scooters, wheelchairs and walkers welcome – as long as everyone is lighting up the night.

The bike ride will set off at 6.20pm for a fifty minute fun ride, following many of the routes that have been delivered through The Bridgwater Way project.

Following the bike ride all participants are invited to a post event celebration at Town Hall, where refreshments will be available, as well as information on the Bridgwater Way Project. The event will also include some presentations and news about the project and future activities.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “I am certain that this event will prove a wonderful way to celebrate The Bridgwater Way project. The work that has been achieved through physical infrastructure and community work is commendable and I know that local residents, communities and commuters to the town will feel the benefits for years to come.”

Spaces in the ride and procession are limited, so please sign up for FREE at http://www.thebridgwaterway.co.uk. Terms & conditions apply.

The Neon Bike Party is the finale to a series of events held as part of the Bridgwater Way project, funded by the Department for Transport. The initiative aims to transform travel in the town by making travel options clearer, easier and safer. This includes cycling, walking, public transport and sharing journeys where possible, whether you’re going to work, school or just getting around. The project is being delivered through a partnership of Somerset County Council, Sustrans and Sedgemoor District Council.

Funding for The Bridgwater Way has come from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), successfully bid for by Somerset County Council and Sustrans.

Other aspects of the project include:
• Cycle Training – Anyone can also take part in cycle training and cycle maintenance training. These can be tailored to all abilities and ages and can be on a one-to-one basis, or to a small group or family. Visit our website for details. All courses are free.
• Businesses travel planning – Work with businesses in the town to improve the commute to work through new bike lock ups and facilities, cycle safety training for staff and preparing for major investment such as the Colley Lane Link.
• Bike It Plus (provided by Sustrans) – Work with schools to encourage pupils to be more active on their journey to school and to promote cycling, scooting and walking as an alternative to the car.
• Cycle services – Help and training for cycle repairs and maintenance is being given to school children across the area through the popular Dr Bike scheme.
This sort of support is also available to businesses in the area through a ‘repair and ride’ scheme which can tackle up to 20 bikes at a time.