Be Seen, Be Safe

Be Seen, Be Safe

The clocks are going back, the nights are drawing in, and the weather will soon be taking a turn for the worse… Autumn is here, and for the parents of children who ride their bikes to school – often in dark, cold and wet conditions – it can be a worrying time of year.

So, Leigh Neighbours, the Lottery-funded community project based in Leigh West, is hosting Be Seen, Be Safe – a cycle safety event designed to help keep children safer on their bikes over the winter by offering free services and useful gadgets to improve a cyclist’s visibility for other road users.

Pictured: Norman Smith from the school brought his bike to be serviced at last year’s Be Seen, Be Safe event.

Together with Wigan-based social enterprise, Gearing Up, Leigh Neighbours will host the free event for cyclists of all ages aimed at promoting safer cycling, tackling bike theft and advising riders on how to look after their two-wheels.

Leigh Neighbours board member John Gredecki, says: “Leigh Neighbours is pleased to support community safety initiatives such as Be Seen, Be Safe. Children can become very vulnerable on the roads in winter, so it’s important they understand all aspects of road safety including how to maintain their bike so it doesn’t let them down when it matters most. Just like cars, bikes need to be made ready for adverse weather conditions so this free event is a great opportunity to have their bike prepared for winter and will give parents some peace of mind.”

Be Seen Be Safe is the latest in a series of free community events run by Leigh Neighbours to meet the needs of local residents. When Leigh Neighbours was originally awarded £1 million of Big Local National Lottery money back in 2011, they carried out extensive consultation in the community to find out how and where local residents wanted the money invested.

Community safety is one of the main local priorities; others include tackling grot spots, improving housing quality and building community cohesion. Over the past six years, the charity has made some headway in tackling these issues, in partnership with other agencies, charities and community interest companies.

The event takes place at Sacred Heart RC Primary School on Windermere Road, Leigh after school on Friday 18th October.