Keep cycling this winter with Hackney ‘pit stops’

LRSC Hackney winter cycling

Hackney Council is stepping up efforts to encourage people to continue cycling during the winter months, with a number of free drop in and training sessions.

Organised as part of the council’s ‘Be Bright, Stay in Sight’ campaign, the cycle ‘pit stops’ take place throughout November at various locations across the borough.

The pit stops, which are open to the public, include complimentary bike checks and marking by the Met Police – with attendees also receiving free bike lights and winter cycling tips.

The pit stops take place on:

  • 7 November (Goldsmiths Row/Hackney City Farm)
  • 14 November (St Peters’ Way/De Beauvoir Square)
  • 28 November – (location TBC)

Hackney Council also offers free cycle training sessions to anyone living, working or studying in the borough. Training is available seven days a week and can be arranged at a time and place to suit participants.

Cyndi Diamond, 58 who works in Hackney, and has received training through the Council’s programme, said: “The training has given me more confidence while on the road and taught me how to be in control whilst riding. 

“I have been given really practical advice which I use everyday, such as not to be too close to parked cars and how to handle a give-way junction.

“The training highlighted the need to be seen on the road at all times, which is incredibly important when it comes to road safety, especially in the winter months when visibility is decreased.”

22 October 2019