Melville’s First GLOW Ride Lights up the Foreshore
Let’s GLOW Riding, a first time event for the City of Melville, saw nearly 240 people illuminate the foreshore as they enjoyed a night ride on Friday, 24 March 2017, having decorated their bikes and themselves with lights, neon paint and high-vis clothing.
Celebrating Bike Week from 17 to 26 March this year, cyclists of all ages and levels joined their neighbours for a seven kilometre ride around Deep Water Point Foreshore.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the debut free community event was a fantastic way to encourage safe cycling practices; encouraging visibility while riding at night and promoting the physical and mental benefits of riding at the same time as reducing your carbon footprint.
“The City has many cycle paths and residential roads ideal for taking a twilight ride or stroll and with over 18km of foreshore, abundant parks and open green spaces, getting out and cycling couldn’t be easier,” Mayor Aubrey said.
“Let’s GLOW Riding showed families, neighbours and the local community how safe it is to ride at night and encourages riders to be more visible and use residential roads and shared paths for recreational riding both day and night!
“It was great to see everyone support and enjoy the event by dressing themselves and their bikes with luminous materials, neon paint, lights, glow sticks and high-vis clothes, and enjoy a fun, family bike ride like no other.
“Many participants said they would love to see more events like this in Melville and would definitely attend if the event was held again.
Travel Smart Officers encouraged beginner, avid and recreational cyclists to explore other great cycle routes in the City and to keep their bikes decorated so they could take impromptu twilight or night rides with family, friends and neighbours.
All bikes require lights on the front and back. All riders must have a good fitting Australian standard helmet and be courteous to other path users.
For more information, ideas on how to illuminate your bike, cycle routes and tips to travel smart visit www.melvillecity.com.au/travelsmart