Cycle through Christmas lighting loop

Cycling coalition hosting annual Terry Van Fleet Memorial Christmas Lights Ride

Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition members (front

Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition members (front

Go green and get some exercise at the same time, as the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition presents its 14th annual Terry Van Fleet Memorial Christmas Lights Ride on Saturday (Dec. 17).

This year, the roughly 20-kilometre road ride weaves its way through Saanich, starting from the First Church of the Nazarene, 4277 Quadra St. near Chatterton Way. Stops will be made in areas of colourful lighting displays, and riders are encouraged to decorate their bikes with lights or other Christmas-related items.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the ride takes off at 6:30. There is no cost, but donations for the coalition are accepted. The round trip back to the church hall is expected to take about two hours. Free refreshments and door prizes are up for grabs after the ride.

The ride is held is memory of Terry Van Fleet, a cyclist who was hit by a truck and killed as he rode along Blanshard Street with full lights and reflectors.

All participants in the Christmas lights ride must have functioning front and rear lights for their bike.

For more information call 250-480-5155 or visit www.gvcc.bc.ca.

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