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Lakehead University cyclists get a surprise

Free bike lights are handed out to support safe active transportation.
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New bike lights were left Tuesday for all bikes parked on campus (EcoSuperior Environmental Programs)

THUNDER BAY — Cyclists at Lakehead University received a surprise on Tuesday when volunteers "tagged" all parked bicycles with a new set of lights.

The blitz was part of this fall's Light the Night initiative.

Led by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, it will see almost 1,000 lights distributed locally as part of a larger provincial initiative.

"Our goal is to remove barriers to accessing bicycle lights," said EcoSuperior Program Coordinator Caroline Cox.

"Active transportation is a great choice for human and environmental health. We want to encourage cyclists to ride safely and visibly as daytime hours become shorter."

Bike light blitzes are taking place across Thunder Bay throughout the month in high bike traffic areas such as the university, Confederation College and shopping areas.

Light the Night is funded by the City of Thunder Bay and delivered in partnership with the United way.

Ontario's Highway Traffic Act requires bikes to have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector from 30 minutes before sunset until 30 minutes after sunrise.