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Earth Hour: From spinning around to switching off

 

Have you ever seen a fully grown man wearing a panda onesie cycling down the street in London? We have! For Earth Hour this year a group of keen cyclists called IBikeLondon took to the streets to show they care about the future of our planet. Once the disco lights had been attached and all wild animal costumes had been put on, they were ready to embark on their Earth Hour adventure. Here’s what they got up to!

IBikeLondon in panda onsiesDressed in panda onsies and ready to take to the streets of London for Earth Hour! © Niamh Coughlan

We IBikers love any opportunity to cycle around the city with our disco bikes and bring the buzz with us wherever we go. What’s a better excuse to party, than to help raise awareness about climate change?

This time we took part in Earth Hour, which is organised by WWF. This global celebration sees iconic buildings all over the world switch off their lights for one hour to send a symbolic message to show how much they care about the future of our planet. IBikeLondon helped spread the message by hosting a fancy dress Earth Hour Night Ride through the streets of London. What more would you want to do on Saturday night? We brought along our infamous disco bikes with killer sound systems and donned our playful panda onsies (kindly lent to us by WWF). Our terrific cyclists wore it wild by dressing up as their favourite endangered animals (and some mythical ones too!) and lit up their bikes to add some radiance to the ride.

Cyclists dressed in costumesome of the people who took part in the ride for Earth Hour dressed up in celebration © Niamh Coughlan

We kicked off at the usual spot under Waterloo Bridge just before sunset, the usual suspects were present as well as quite a few newcomers! Approximately 150 riders took to the streets of London following our Disco Panda in their wildest wear as we took a route along the Cut through Southwark to our first pit stop (and to wave at the mayor!) at City Hall.

After a couple of circuits around the mayor’s office, we rolled on across Tower Bridge through the city, passing the famous Ai WeiWei bike sculpture at the Gherkin, through the Barbican and Smithfield Market. We followed the Disco Panda down to St. Paul’s Cathedral where we took a little break at Paternoster Square for a quick refuel. Our disco bikes started an impromptu party with some epic scratching on our sound systems to keep the buzz going!

A bike covered in LED lights and the rider wearing an animal costumeSounds system and LED lighting at the ready, the cyclists take to the streets © Niamh Coughlan

We continued down along Embankment testing out the new Superhighway towards Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. We were lucky enough to see the switch off! A quick loop around Parliament Square & then we rolled on across Vauxhall Bridge and then back towards the Southbank. It was really moving witnessing these iconic buildings switch off their lights, and experiencing the darkness of the city as we rode along the river.

We ended the ride at the infamous Leak Street Tunnel hosting an impromptu tunnel party, where we broke out our smoke machine and lighting it up with our LEDS and Dynamos. It was awesome to be able to take part in such an iconic an important event and spread the message about saving our planet. We want people to continue enjoying the streets of London and to spend more time outside cycling and walking, one of the many reasons to continue fight to save our planet! All in all, it was another awesome night ride and a huge thanks to everyone that came. Oh and thankfully no one got hurt.

Keep riding your bikes!

Come along to our Superhero Superhighway Ride on the 16 April

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