Leeds children are gearing up with bike library

Allerton C of E Primary School pupil Bobbie Glew at the launch of a new bike library at Moor Allerton Library in Leeds.
Allerton C of E Primary School pupil Bobbie Glew at the launch of a new bike library at Moor Allerton Library in Leeds.
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Youngsters are being urged to show off their pedal power and get on their bikes.

And to help them gear up for the challenge a new Bike Library has been launched in Moor Allerton, Leeds, as part of the Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire legacy project.

More than 7,000 children across Yorkshire have been lent a bike as part of the scheme to help them discover cycling.

Pupils from Allerton C of E Primary School were on hand to launch the new library, along with representatives from Yorkshire Bank and retired pro-rider Dean Downing.

They were also joined by councillor Roger Harrington, executive member for cycling, at the event yesterday.

It is the latest in a chain of 22 across Yorkshire and will be run by Leeds City Council.

People can access the cycling scheme through their usual library membership card and all reservations are free of charge.

It comes as tourism chiefs welcome less than 100 days to go until the Tour de Yorkshire returns to the county.

Welcome to Yorkshire is calling on businesses, landowners, farmers, schools and community groups to get creative and enter a brand new Lining the Route land art competition. As part of the competition, people are being encouraged to once again attract the cameras by turning their local fields, hills, market squares and even car parks into unique works of art that celebrate their local community.

The public will then be able to vote for their favourite installation over the race weekend and during the days that follow.

The winning design will then take home the Lining the Route land art trophy.

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Yorkshire’s land art has attracted a lot of attention in the past, with people creating everything from multi-coloured sheep and spotty houses, to huge murals and striking street art.

“With coverage of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire set to be broadcast to countries around the globe, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your community and shout to the world about what Yorkshire has to offer.”

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