Choose Freedom brings Speed of Light ride back to Liverpool

Liverpool’s popular Speed of Light Christmas ride returns to the city on Thursday 11th December 2014, run by Liverpool City Council’s Choose Freedom project, delivered by local firm BikeRight!

Commencing at Garston Urban Village Hall, at 3.30pm and finishing at BikeRight!’s offices in Kirkdale, the Speed of Light Christmas ride encourages  people to travel safely on the streets of the city during the long winter nights and attracts dozens of cyclists every year. It’s a fun celebration of cycling with an underlying safety message.

The annual ride promotes cycling, walking and active travel among residents in Speke/Garston and North Liverpool. Choose Freedom is funded by the Department for Transport through its Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

All year round, the project offers residents of Liverpool free cycle training and bike repair courses along with community walks and bike rides to inspire  people to take up healthy forms of travel.


The Choose Freedom project is aimed at both employed and unemployed residents of Liverpool to promote the freedom cycling offers when exploring employment opportunities across the city, as well as highlighting the health and welfare benefits of exercise.

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “It certainly gives a different meaning to Christmas lights! But while this ride is a lot of fun it has a serious safety message and  will encourage more people to take up cycling. So I am looking forward to lots of cyclists joining the Speed of Light Christmas ride."

Jo Somerset, Director of BikeRight! comments,“Every year the Speed of Light Christmas ride gets more and more interest and we are delighted for the first time to be leading an 8-mile ride across the city between our two offices on 11th December.

“It’s a really fun event and we are encouraging anyone with an interest in cycling to come and join us. We’ll even provide bikes and helmets for people who need them. The Speed of Light Christmas ride is one of the highlights of the Bikeright! calendar and we look forward to seeing lots of cyclists safely riding through the city with lights blazing and festive glitter flashing.”

To book onto a ride please e-mail freedom@bikeright.co.uk or telephone 0151 427 8686.  Bikes are provided if needed.