Blackpool Illuminations sneak preview Ride the Lights event announced

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In past bike rides, participants have been known to get creative and put their very own Illuminations display on their bikes with colourful lights, lamps and lanterns.

The 'Ride the Lights' event will take place on August 31 and offers a chance for you, family and friends to get a on a bike and get a sneak preview of Blackpool Illuminations before the main switch on
The ‘Ride the Lights’ event will take place on August 31 and offers a chance for you, family and friends to get a on a bike and get a sneak preview of Blackpool Illuminations before the main switch on (Image: Visit Blackpool)

A chance to get a sneak preview of Blackpool Illuminations before the main switch on event has just been announced.

The ‘Ride the Lights’ event will take place on August 31 and offers a chance for attendees to get a on a bike and view the installations from beginning to end.

Riders can join at any point along the Promenade from Starr Gate at South Shore to Red Bank Road in Bispham and can cycle as much or as little of the route as they are able.

The event, run by VisitBlackpool, is not a bike race but a fun and free bike ride open to all.

In the past, participants have been known to get creative and put their very own Illuminations display on their bikes with colourful lights, lamps and lanterns.

Participants at a past 'Ride the lights' events riding a Blackpool Pleasure Beach log flume
Participants at a past ‘Ride the lights’ events riding a Blackpool Pleasure Beach log flume (Image: Visit Blackpool)

It starts at 6pm when the road will close for cyclists and will re-open to traffic again at 10pm.

Bike Doctors and support vehicles will be on hand to look after breakdown and marshals and first aiders will be on hand along the route.

Please be aware that the tramway will be operational throughout the ride and take special care in the area around North Pier and Metropole Hotel area.

All bikes must have a minimum of one white light at the front and one red light at the back and it is highly recommended that all participants should wear a cycle helmet.

Charities are encouraged to use the event as a fundraiser by encouraging their supporters to participate and get sponsored.

To find out more about the ‘Ride the Lights’ event, click here.