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!
2020 I Light HFX Ride Details
The 2020 I Light HFX bike ride is taking place on Friday, September 18th.
We will meet at the Cyclesmith parking lot (in the back past the NSLC entrance) to register and for some announcements before we head out for the ride. Social distancing will be required. Please stay 6ft apart from anyone who doesn’t live in the same household as you and follow posted signage at the event.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting an outdoor only event this year, and we will not be hosting an after-party. We will be monitoring provincial regulations and adhering to safety protocols during the event.
7:00 PM – Registration Begins
7:30 PM – Ride Begins
8:30 PM – Ride Ends
Many things have been uncertain lately due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. As of now, we feel safe and confident in our choice to host this event. If the situation changes, we may have to cancel. If we do cancel the event because of provincial regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be issuing refunds for the $30 ticket price. Your ticket fee will be considered a donation to the Halifax Cycling Coalition and the funds will go towards our work. We appreciate your support and your understanding.
2020 I Light HFX Light Giveaway Details
We want to make sure that everyone in HRM who needs bike lights has access to lights. Bike lights and other accessories can be expensive so we are removing the barrier by making lights FREE for anyone who needs them. Lights are essential for night time riding to keep you safe.
We are hosting pop-up light giveaway stations at the following dates and locations:
Wednesday, September 2 from 4pm – 6pm
@ the Dartmouth side of the Macdonald Bridge bike lane
Wednesday, September 16 from 4pm – 6pm
@ Victoria Park, corner of South Park and Spring Garden Road, near the South Park Street bike lane
Stop by to pick up lights if you need them.
Several businesses and organizations support the I Light HFX campaign and we couldn’t do it without them!