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The annual Light the Night event in Uptown Normal features safety-checks, giveaways and free bike lights for everyone who brings a bike. Any bike without lights gets a free front and rear LED light. Connect-Transit was on hand offering hands-on demonstrations of its front-loading bike racks.  

Those walking and driving around Uptown may have noticed more bikers than usual on Sept. 5, not only to soak in the last few days of hot weather, but for a great cause. 

Growing up, children are always told to wear a helmet when riding a bike, but there is so much more to bike safety than most realize. 

The Town of Normal has been raising awareness for bike safety with its annual Light the Night. 

“It’s especially important when it’s dark, or even when it’s dusky,” Town of Normal Planner Mercy Davison said, “you have to have lights.” 

Davison has planned this event for seven years since it started and is a bike enthusiast. 

“Riding a bike is amazing, it feels great, it’s super fun, it’s good for your mental and physical health, it’s good for the environment, you see your community better, and interact with people,” Davison said. 

When it starts to get dark, bikers may think everyone else can see them just because they can see everyone else but that is not always the case. 

In previous years the event took place at Uptown Circle but in 2019 was switched to the Normal Public Library parking lot. 

“I wanted to be around to welcome people and encourage them to remember bike safety while also having fun,” Jane Jankowski said, who is a children’s service librarian. 

Light the Night featured safety-checks, giveaways and free bike lights for all. There was even a roped off section for bikers to ride around. 

Most stopped by for the bike checks and lights and continued their way riding around Normal. 

KOURTNEY CUNNINGHAM is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @NewsKourtney

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