Gear up for Bike Week

This year’s Bike Week will begin on Saturday 15 June. Leeds City Council will be supporting almost 50 schools across the area who have signed up to the national event, meaning more than 16,000 pupils will be taking part in what has become the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event.

Since the amazing success of British cyclists last summer, Leeds City Council travelwise and road safety teams are working together with the schools to encourage children, parents and staff to dig out their bikes, get back on the saddle and fall in love with cycling all over again. They have been providing posters, stickers, lessons and assemblies on cycle safety, and even a competition for cyclists to win shopping vouchers.

A whole week of exciting cycling events within schools has also been organised. These fun activities aiming to promote cycling include designing a super bike, designing cycle helmets, raffles and prize draws for cyclists, school cycle rides, producing a local cycle route leaflet and Bikeability training.

The week will start with 40 pupils from Otley schools taking part in a cycling extravaganza on Monday 17 June. Pupils from Westgate Primary, Ashfield Primary and The Whartons will cycle to Otley St Joseph's Catholic Primary for a fun-packed day of relay races and an opportunity to try out some fantastic roller bikes. Roller Bikes are stationary bicycles used by Olympian cyclists and Tour de France riders to improve fitness and to warm up and down during races.

On Tuesday, the Leeds City Council road safety team will be supporting Calverley Parkside Primary School with their City Centre Cycle Challenge. More than 20 pupils will cycle to the city centre for lunch at Victoria Gardens, followed by a return bike ride back to school.

Roller bikes will also be seen in action again on the Tuesday and Thursday, where pupils at Brigshaw High School and Garforth Academy will take part in roller bike races.

On Wednesday, Corpus Christi Catholic College students are invited to a biker’s breakfast to celebrate the launch of their new bike shed. They will have the chance to get a free bike check and the opportunity to win an iPad mini if they cycle to school. In the afternoon, students at Rodillian High school will also be able to get a free bike check and join in with an after school cycle skills session on the school’s cycle track.

The week will be brought to a close with the first Leeds Bike Week Schools Off Road Race. Teams from Benton Park Technology College, Otley Prince Henry’s Academy, Rodillian School and Corpus Christi Catholic College have been invited to take part in after school races in the grounds of Benton Park.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development and economy, said:

“Bike week is the perfect chance for us to remind everyone just how easy and fun cycling can be and how it is a recreation for everyone. Not only is it good for you and a great way to keep fit and healthy, but as a sustainable form of transport, it’s also good for the environment.”

“It’s an important week where we will be doing all we can to promote safe cycling across the city, so make sure not to miss out and get involved in whatever way you can.”


For media enquiries please contact:

Francesca Foulkes

Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244

e-mail: Francesca.foulkes@leeds.gov.uk