Aug 312010
Candlelight Bicycle

Whilst fumbling for my front door keys a few nights ago I saw, in the reflection of my house’s bay window, flickering lights behind me. I turned around, looking out into the dimly lit road framed by the darkness of the park beyond, to see a procession of dancing lights rolling along the road.

In the next few minutes thirty, forty (perhaps over fifty cyclists?) bikes glided past me on a night cycle ride. It was an enchanting sight. The light from the lamps stretched out through the darkness. First white, then red. So many lamps in such a small space looked magical and playful. Almost like a fairground ride.

Cyclists rode alone or several abreast. Silent or in calm, untroubled conversation with each other. There were few cars to break the rhythm of the riders as they passed along the road and into the night.

I have yet to find out whether this was a ride organised by friends or a club or whether it was simply a spontaneous outing. If I did not have kebab in my hand I would have got my bike out and joined the group. However, I have decided, now the nights are getting longer and there is more black stuff to cycle in, to find such a group of cyclists and join them on their night ride. However, I will make sure that I have more powerful lighting than one candle (see image above) to guide me through the dark!

  One Response to “Night Riders…”

  1. I do hope it doe,s take off ,just so long as everything does not revolve around London. I would think the towns with the biggest student populations will be the main supporters of night rides to begin with, however the main consideration is safety for the riders, perhaps a study of the basic amount of luminosity recommended for city use, and if some daring souls want to venture onto some dark country lanes then the appropriate level of recommended lighting can be used. It would seem to be a case of the more money you have to spend the safer you might be, however there must be an acceptable price range for a safe degree of night usage.

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