The Halifax Cycling Coalition has been organizing a yearly campaign called I Light HFX since 2016. Inspired by Cycle Toronto’s Get Lit campaign, and HUB Cycling’s Bike the Night event, we want to help make it safer for people to ride bikes at night.
We organize the I Light HFX campaign to raise awareness and create a sense of community visibility about cycling after dark. The campaign includes a community ride with well-lit bikes, free light giveaway stations, and raising funds for the Halifax Cycling Coalition. We host the campaign in the fall because that’s when the evenings begin getting darker earlier, and we don’t want anyone to get left in the dark.
The community ride is a fun way to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get creative with lighting up their bikes as bright as possible and riding together through our city. We give out prizes for the brightest bikes to encourage people to have fun with it! The 2020 ride happened on October 16th. Check back in the summer of 2021 for an announcement of the 2021 ride date.
Several businesses and organizations support the I Light HFX campaign and we couldn’t do it without them!