For the third year in a row, Tideway joined with the City of London's Active City Network and City of London Police to host a 'Clocks Go Back' safety event on Blackfriars Bridge during the first commute after the clocks went back an hour.
Accidents and collisions are more common during commuting hours and the numbers increase further when journeys are made in the dark. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of these increased risks and the simple measures that can be taken, including wearing high visibility clothing and ensuring bikes have suitable lights.
Hundreds of passing cyclists were given free emergency bike lights and high-vis vests to make them visible when cycling home in the dark. The City of London Police were also marking and registering bikes for free as part of their initiative to reduce bike theft and assist in owner recovery.
PC Darren Green, Tideway's Police Liaison Officer, said “It’s great to join forces with the Active City Network and City of London Police in raising awareness of the added dangers that come with commuting and travelling in the dark. Utilising the great location we have at Blackfriars ensures we can engage with as many people as possible which is what we’re trying to achieve with the Clocks Go Back campaign”
Havebike were also on hand to conduct free bike maintenance and give out safety advice, while Electric Pedals had set up a pedal-powered-cinema showing a range of cycling clips and safety videos.
The 'Clocks Go Back' initiative is run by the Active City Network. The vision of the Active City Network is to work in partnership with City employers to create a safe, harmonious and healthy environment for travelling by active modes in the Square Mile.