The nights are drawing in, but one group of local residents are doing the opposite of hibernating – and they want you to join in!
They have formed the ‘Beeston Nightriders’, and will be leading free local community bike rides, at night, through the winter. Their first ride is Friday 29 October, meeting at 7pm in the Aldi carpark on Tunstall Road; the next will be Friday 26 November, also 7pm at Aldi. Future dates and venues might change: watch out on their Facebook group or South Leeds Life for further details.
Paolo Griffiths, one of those behind the new group, commented:
“Some friends and I started doing night rides back in first lockdown, for exercise: we needed to get out and doing something! We’re now turning it into a community group, so more people can join in: everyone is welcome.”
Rides are likely to take about 2 hours, including plenty of stops. Participants are asked to bring lights (as many as possible!) – although if they haven’t got any, there will be a limited number to lend out. The group is currently only open to people aged 18+. And the organisers are keen to shape the project according to the ideas and input of others, and also to hear from others willing to help out. The group is supported by the local Big Bike Fix.