Avid bicyclists are urged to mark their calendars for the Light the Night event on September 5 located on College Avenue and Constitution Trail Boulevard in the Trail East parking lot.
The first 500 people to arrive will receive a free LED bicycle light kit and installation by volunteers.
“I see a lot more bikes this year,” sophomore Giovannina Peconio said.
“If students are riding their bikes at night then having the lights will be safer and cars can see them.”
The event will also feature bike repair classes, tune-ups and other bicycle education venues.
Connect Transit will be teaching riders how to load and unload bikes from a bus correctly.
“I think the location is good,” Sabrina Kay, sophomore elementary education major, said. “Students who need their bikes fixed won’t have to go far to get it done and can go right to Uptown.”
There will be food, music and other giveaways while the classes and light installations are in progress.
The League of Illinois Bicyclists is giving away free yogurt to those who come and take a quiz. Other venues, such as Connect Transit, will also be giving away prizes.
“College kids love free stuff,” Kay explained. “And it’s good free stuff.”
Light the Night is more than just a huge day of giveaways. The main purpose is to educate community members about bicycle safety as the town starts thinking of a bigger bike plan.
“Having this event shows college kids that Normal cares about other forms of transportation,” Kay said. “They are promoting a more eco-friendly way to get around town.”
Companies such as Uptown Partners, Connect Transit, Good to Go and Bike BloNo are partnering with the Town of Normal for Light the Night.
All bike riders, both experienced and new, are encouraged to come out on September 5 and get educated on both bicycle safety and other interesting tips.
Participants are reminded to plan ahead for this event and remember to always practice proper bicycle safety.