Ride The Lights

Ride The Lights

The fabulous, traffic free way to preview the Illuminations!

Get on your push bike or pull on your walking shoes, and enjoy Ride the Lights. It’s the brilliant car free night of Illuminations before Switch On.

Ride the Lights – Tuesday 28 August 2018

A fun family evening out that’s absolutely full of atmosphere.

Have a look at our photo gallery from the 2017 event here

Ride the Lights, a fun evening for all the family, on foot or on a push bike
Ride the Lights, a fun evening for all the family, on foot or on a push bike

You can cycle as much or as little of the route as you like, or just come along for a walk to soak up the atmosphere. There’s no competition about it – just a race to have fun!

It’s the Tuesday night just a few days before Switch On. The Illuminations are switched on to check them, and it’s now a great big free event.

The promenade is completely closed to traffic, making it the one day when you can go right down the middle of the road in safety.

Ride the Lights, traffic free preview of Blackpool Illuminations
Ride the Lights, traffic free preview of Blackpool Illuminations

Join the route anywhere between Starr Gate at South Shore and Red Bank Road at Bispham in the north. You can ride or walk in either direction and join in at any point on the promenade so you can enjoy as much or as little of the course as you like.

It will still be light when the promenade is closed to traffic. The event gets really busy right from the beginning.

Ride the Lights, a fun evening for all the family, on foot or on a push bike
Ride the Lights, a fun evening for all the family, on foot or on a push bike

Tens of thousands of cyclists arrive at Blackpool Promenade for the annual Ride the Lights event. It really is a big thing, that holidaymakers and Fylde Coast residents alike enjoy, along with those who come along just for the event.

Cycle through the Pleasure Beach

Still TBC – whether by popular demand the cycle through the Pleasure Beach will be back.

If it is, the gates will be open from about 7.30-10pm (times approximate) for you to ride through the park, with entertainment from a live DJ set.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach staff kindly volunteer their time to give you this fantastic experience.

Road Closures for Ride the Lights

The Promenade will be closed for the full length of the Illuminations between 6pm and 10pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Traffic will be diverted off the Promenade between Red Bank Road at Bispham and Squires Gate Lane at Blackpool South Shore.

Pennystone Road and Beaufort Avenue from Pennystone Road to Red Bank Road will also be closed. Traffic will be diverted along Fleetwood Road, Devonshire Road, Whitegate Drive, Waterloo Road and St Annes Road to Squires Gate Lane.

Light Yourself up for Ride the Lights

Why don’t you get into the spirit and light yourself up when you come to Ride the Lights?

Light yourself up for Ride the Lights
Light yourself up for Ride the Lights

Honestly, anything goes, so go to town with your own personal light show and really get into the spirit of the event.

Lots of people wear fancy dress, and decorate their bikes with all kinds of lights. You’ll see lots of exciting sights on the night!

Light yourself up for Ride the Lights
Light yourself up for Ride the Lights

Stop at the Comedy Carpet at Tower Festival Headland where hundreds congregate to enjoy the evening and look at each others creations.

Aerial view of Ride the Lights 2016, credit Photo Wings
Aerial view of Ride the Lights 2016, credit Photo Wings

Bike Safety for Ride the Lights

In order to keep safe on your bike, there are a few things to remember:

  • All bikes should have safety lights
  • Riders are advised to wear cycle helmets
  • Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • The tramway will be operational throughout the ride so DO NOT cycle on it
  • Marshalls and first aiders will be on hand along the route
  • Support vehicles will be on hand to assist with bike breakdowns
  • The road will be closed from 6pm and will re-open to traffic at 10pm so try to plan your ride to reach your destination by 10pm and be aware of traffic after this time
  • Access to the Pleasure Beach is at the North Gate, to cycle North to South only through the Park, with no access for pedestrians just cyclists. Please note rides will not be open during this time.

Illuminated Heritage Trams at Ride the Lights

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will be operating the Western Train, Fisherman’s Friend Trawler and HMS Blackpool Frigate Illuminated Trams on Ride the Lights night.

More information about Illuminated Tram Rides here.

Ride the Western Train Illuminated Tram

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