Leeds gets riding for Bike Week

Children all over Leeds are jumping on their bikes and cycling to school as part of Bike Week.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 3:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 4:58 pm

Primary schools have organised a range of cycle-themed activities to mark the annual celebration, with pupils being given the chance to take part in Bikeability training, playground obstacle courses, helmet design and poster making sessions and poetry workshops.

Colton Primary have opened a new cycle track on their site, Methley Primary staff have organised race training and rewards for the children who clock up the most journeys, and Rawdon Littlemoor children will ride around the school grounds every afternoon during June.

Today over 100 pupils from Bramley, Greenhill, Holy Family, Calverley Parkside, Raynville and Park Spring primaries have signed up for the Bike Bash event, which will see them cycle along the canal towpath to Hunter Greave Activity Centre for the chance to watch a BMX show.

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As part of Bike Week, Leeds City Council has launched a competition inviting schools to submit blogs or vlogs about cycling at their school. £200 is on offer to the best entry with £100 for the runner-up to spend on bikes or cycling accessories, as well as a day of fun cycling activities. The council has also provided resource packs to schools which are planning activities.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families, said:

“Leeds has really embraced cycling over recent years, with massive support being shown for events like Tour de Yorkshire.

“We want to instill in our children the importance of cycling for a healthy and active lifestyle.”