Bristol cyclists urged to join in first night-time ride
CYCLISTS are being encouraged to take part in Bristol's first ever night-time cycle event.
Bristol Bike Night has been organised to raise funds for city hospital charity Above and Beyond.
Money raised from the 63-mile cycle around Bristol will benefit the city centre hospitals.
Previously keen cyclists had to travel to London to take part in such events and a group took part in the Nightrider Cycle last year.
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Organisers hope that bringing such an event to Bristol will encourage more people to take part in support of Above and Beyond.
Chairman of the charity, Graham Nix, took part in the London event on a tandem with his wife Joy, of Nailsea, and will be among the participants in Bristol Bike Night on June 30.
Mr Nix, 56, said: "I am a keen cyclist and to do something like this is just a tremendous experience.
"I think it is great and will get people involved in our charity for the hospitals in Bristol.
"To cycle around your own city, which is a cycling city, is fantastic and will be fun.
"We all cycled together last year and if we saw someone cycling by themselves we picked them up.
"It will raise money to make things better for all the patients and the environment they are in when they are in there.
"We spend about £3 million a year for the hospitals in central Bristol."
Above and Beyond community fundraising manager Clair Cusack also took part in the London event and has been planning Bristol Bike Night for months.
"We will be cycling through a mixture of rural and urban," she said.
"It is entirely different cycling at night to during the day. Your senses are more heightened and you are more aware of the sights and smells you probably don't notice during the day.
"People can be as general as raising money for Above and Beyond or can choose specific hospitals.
"It is the first ever Bristol Bike Night and is open to anyone over the age of 16. I am pleased we are doing this and hope it can build year after year."
The 63-mile cycle will start at 11pm, beginning and ending at the Blaise Castle Estate. It will take in the city centre and Clifton Suspension Bridge as well as heading out to Winterbourne and Kingswood.
To take part in Bristol Bike Night call 0117 3700486 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.