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Pupils at the start of today's bike relay
Pupils at the start of today's bike relay

More than 700 Yorkshire pupils to take part in 245-mile cycle relay

12 June 2017

Children and young people from 95 schools across Yorkshire will be taking part in a cycling relay covering ten local authority areas over the next two weeks.

The Schools’ Yorkshire Tour relay has started today at Stocksbridge Nursery and Infants School as part of National Bike Week.

Year one and year two children at the school learned to ride as a peloton in today’s launch, supported by Sustrans and Sheffield City Council.

The relay will see pupils from primary, secondary and special schools in Yorkshire pass a baton over 395km (245 miles) from the start in Sheffield to its final destination in Leeds on Tuesday 27th June.

The tour has been organised by the ten Yorkshire local authorities in partnership with Sustrans and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and supported by YPO.

A baton will be passed by school children and young people from school to school and local authority to local authority along a pre-planned route across Yorkshire. In addition, there will be a variety of events planned at some of the schools taking part in the relay along the route and at historic locations. (Due to time constraints and accessibility the relay will not be a continuous route in some of the local authority areas).

From Stocksbridge, the relay passes through Barnsley, Wakefield, Doncaster, East Riding, York, North Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale before finishing in Leeds with a celebration event.

Sheffield City Council has recently stepped up a gear in providing Bikeability training for thousands of school pupils.

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Bikeability is a government-recognised practical and professional training and cyclists of all ages become more skilled and confident when they have taken part in it.

Sheffield City Council has been providing bikeability training in Sheffield Schools since 2007.

The training is grant-funded by the DfT and bikeability Level One and Two is  offered free of charge to schools on a first-come first-served basis.

1,200 pupils benefited from the training last year and we have funding for around 1,500 places this year.