“Make Filwood Glow” beats January blues

 Filwood Glow

By Community Reporter Yasmin Thomas

A glow event on Filwood Broadway helped beat the January blues – by bringing cyclists and families together for an evening of colour and spectacle.

Around 150 people brought their bikes and scooters to decorate with reflective lights during the evening – before joining a light-up parade.

The event was organised by Bristol City Council’s public health team with support from Better by Bike and Knowle West Together – a group of organisations working in the area.

Kate Cooke, Advanced Health Improvement Practitioner explains: “The event was …to bring local people together, use the early darkness to our advantage and get people to think about walking, cycling and why driving at no more than 20mph is important.

“What was really encouraging was that local people showed up and were really pleased with the event – it felt very positive…

Filwood Broadway playground was brightly lit by an illuminated garden and LED lights lit up the area during the cold winter night.

Travel West’s “Bristol’s better at 20” campaign promoted safety to children through fun activities, decorating colourful lanterns to display outdoors – while re:work provided glow-in-the-dark paint for children in the area to create colourful art pieces.

Among the bright displays and the residents’ bikes, different organisations also helped to make the event happen such as Bristol Playbus, artist Dee Moxan and the Learning Communities Team – with refreshments provided by Knowle West Health Association’s Community Kitchen and Knowle West Health Park’s men’s group, Man Alive!

Kate adds: “I think the pictures tell the story best but for me watching children and adults cycle round happily and seeing the lovely glow artwork in the dark was very special.”

Patricia Kimberley (80) came along with a group from Ride in the Park – which helps people gain confidence in cycling on a range of bikes and trikes.

She said: “(This event) brings the community together, it’s great to meet people who share the same interests. It’s a real buzz…”

Mum Mandy Yandell brought her three children Mitchell (14), AJ (10) and seven-year-old Shay with friends Lawson and Jayden McKeown (10 and seven).

She said: “They loved it, it was a good idea giving kids lights for their bikes …and there was no danger as the road was all shut off. They should definitely have more of these events.”