WHEN it comes to safer cycling in the darker days of winter riders in Hindley Green have been given the green light to pedal away.

They'll also have orange, pink and purple ones from the funky range of Knogs flashing bike lights as part of a seasonal safety campaign by Wigan Council and partners in the area.

Local councillors, Hindley Green Residents Association and PACT - Partners And Communities Together have provided funding for the piurchase of 100 sets of bike lights and over the next few weeks, PCSOs on patrol who see youngsters riding without lights will offer to fit a set of Knogs to their bikes on the spot, free of charge.

"Many young cyclists who ride without lights simply don’t realise just how vulnerable they are, especially at this time of year when it goes dark so early," said Inspector Anne Scott of Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Unit. "This funding has enabled us to buy lights which will literally save lives this winter."

Local Cllr Bob Brierley said: "The Brighter Borough budget enables ward members to fund grass roots initiatives which directly benefit local residents - and how better to invest it than in the safety of our young people."

Ivy Dickens, acting Secretary of Hindley Green Residents Association said: "Everyone involved should be commended for their support and generous donations."