Local school pupils take part in 640km cycle relay
Up to 90 children from nine schools across North Kirklees will be taking part in the School’s Yorkshire Tour baton relay to celebrate National Bike Week and encourage more young people to cycle.
Developed by 12 Local Authorities in partnership with Sustrans and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the relay will see hundreds of children and young people from over 160 primary, secondary and special schools pass a baton 640km (400 miles) across Yorkshire.
The wheels are already in motion
The relay started on 5 June at Pickering, North Yorkshire and passes through East Riding, York, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Barnsley, Wakefield, Kirklees, Bradford, and Calderdale, before ultimately finishing in Millennium Square, Leeds on Tuesday 3 July.
When does it get here?
It arrives here on Friday 22 June, when children from Orchard Primary Academy in Chickenley will pedal-power it to pupils of Paradise Primary School.
The baton will then pass onto Headfield CE (VC) Junior School, Boothroyd Primary Academy, Westmoor Primary School, Headlands CE (VC) Junior, Infant & Nursery School, Millbridge Junior, Infant & Nursery School, Littletown Junior, Infant & Nursery School, and finally Whitechapel CE Primary School – travelling a total of just over 15 miles across Kirklees before moving onto Bradford later that day.
Accompanied by members of Streetbikes, the young cyclists will use off-road cycle paths when possible. In addition there will be a variety of events planned at some of the schools taking part in the relay and at some historic locations along the tour route.
Cllr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member responsible for Health said,
“This is an exciting opportunity for our young cyclists to promote the benefits of cycling and inspire others to get on their bike. Cycling is fun and is good for the health and wellbeing of our children. It also improves the air quality for local residents and helps to relieve congestion outside school gates. I’d like wish all the children, and the people supporting them, a very enjoyable ride.”
Finish line celebration
The relay is due to finish in Leeds with a celebration event presided over by Cllr Mulherin, Executive Board Member for Children and Families, Leeds City Council and Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive Welcome to Yorkshire at Millennium Square. This year’s special guest is Brian Robinson BEM, who was the first Briton to finish the Tour de France in 1955 and the first to win a stage in 1958.
Bling a bike
All schools taking part in the relay also have the opportunity to ‘bling a bike’ in a Yorkshire theme. Cllr Khan will be judging the best bike for Kirklees. Selected pupils from the winning ‘bling a bike’ school in each Local Authority will be invited to attend the celebration event where they will be treated to a cycle stunt show before the overall winner is announced, bringing the Schools’ Yorkshire Tour to an end.
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