This year’s Winter Solstice Night Bike ride took place at North Hagley Park on 22 June 2015 and promptly kicked off at 5.30pm. The crowd drew various age ranges all with their bikes light up and coming together to promote a safe riding establishment in the city and to support it.
A half an hour ride, there were groups of people and individuals who were all bike enthusiasts; from toddlers to senior citizens, all perfectly coordinated to promote a cause. Starting at the staging area, the estimated 400 bikers rode their bikes through Hagley Park until the ride halted at Cambridge Terrace, where there were plenty of food trucks arranged so that riders could get a nice hot meal on the cold night.
A well planned event, it had plenty of marshals stationed at various points along the route to ensure safety and a safety briefing was given at the start of the event. The ride was led by leaders who took us through the pre planned course of an event that took close to two months to plan. There were plenty of lights to buy on the day to light up your bike as well!
Winter solstice is a natural phenomenon that marks the shortest day and longest night of the year and occurs in the month of June in the Southern Hemisphere. Around the world, people come together to celebrate it differently and Christchurch chooses to celebrate it safely while promoting the same cause every year.
Do you know about any other events that take place particularly to mark this day either from here or around the world? Comment below and let us know!