Make a date for Ride the Lights – the fabulous, traffic free way to preview the Illuminations! Get on your push bike or pull on your walking shoes for the brilliant car free evening at Blackpool Illuminations. It’s on Tuesday night the week before Switch On.
Ride the Lights – Tuesday 27 August 2019
It’s a great, FREE fun family evening out that’s absolutely full of atmosphere. People young and old, who live here or visit, all come along to enjoy being part of the evening.
Watch this great video of the 2018 event from our friends at mediafilms –
Everyone looks forward to Ride the Lights on the Tuesday night before the big Switch On!
Cycle as much or as little of the route as you like. Or come along for a walk to soak up the atmosphere. There’s no sense of competition about it – it’s just a race to have fun!
The Blackpool Illuminations have to be checked before Switch On, and that’s a great opportunity for us to enjoy them. Now it’s a great big, free event for all of the family.
Get on your Bike and Ride the Lights!
While the promenade is completely closed to traffic, it’s the one day of the year when you can safely ride your bike down the middle of the road.
Join the route anywhere between Starr Gate at South Shore and Red Bank Road at Bispham in the north. It’s still light when the promenade is first closed to traffic. The event gets really busy, right from the beginning.
Ride or walk in either direction and join at any point on the promenade. It’s just about fun and atmosphere so enjoy as much or as little of the course as you want to.
Tens of thousands of cyclists congregate at Blackpool Promenade for the annual Ride the Lights event. It’s a really big thing, that holidaymakers, Fylde Coast residents and visitors all enjoy.
Road Closures for Ride the Lights
The Promenade will be closed for the full length of the Illuminations, usually between 6pm and 10pm on the night.
Traffic is 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 are also closed. Traffic is 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
Get into the spirit and 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 interesting sights on the night!
Stop at the Comedy Carpet at Tower Festival Headland with the other thousands of cyclists, to admire each others creations!
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. 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 on Ride the Lights night. Weather permitting the open top boat tram will also run.
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