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Leeds pupils get pedalling for Bike Week

Children from seven Leeds schools will be trying out the Leeds Core Cycle Network to encourage more people to take to two wheels as part of national Bike Week.

Later this week over 80 Leeds school pupils will be cycling along three routes of the Leeds core cycle network to Leeds Dock to take part in cycling related activities and raise awareness of the benefits of cycling.

As part of national Bike Week, which runs until Sunday (21 June), pupils from Brigshaw High School, Kippax North Primary School and Ninelands Primary School will cycle along the Garforth route, whilst pupils from Horsforth Newlaithes will cycle along the canal towpath and those from St Phillip’s, Low Road and Windmill primary schools will all cycle along the Middleton route.

On arrival at Leeds Dock, the pupils will be welcomed by the Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake and will be treated to a display by Danny Butler, an extreme stunt cyclist and dance troupe DAZL.

Media opportunity:

When: Wednesday 17 June 11.00am

Where: Leeds Dock near the entrance to the Royal Armouries

Members of the media are welcome to attend the Bike Week event for Leeds pupils. Photography and filming opportunities will be available.

As well as helping to improve their cycling skills and road safety awareness, the event will also make pupils aware of the safest routes into the city centre, and hopefully encourage more children to say ‘no’ to the car, and cycle to school.

“Following the incredibly successful and amazing Tour De France Grand Départ last year we are committed to creating a lasting legacy of cycling in Leeds. The best way to do this is instil in our children the importance of cycling for a healthy and active lifestyle as well as creating a more pleasant environment for them, and future generations to grow up in. This is why events such as Bike Week are important to recognise and contribute to and also why we are creating the Core Cycle Network to make travelling by bike safer and more enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities.”
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council
“Bike week is an important event for us in Leeds. We are very keen to promote safe cycling across the city. It’s a sustainable form of transport which has the added benefit that it keeps you fit.

“We understand that some people can find cycling on busy roads intimidating so we are now creating a network of 17 quiet cycling routes in the city that will make up the Leeds Core cycle network. It is three of these quiet routes that the young people are trying out this week.

“So if you haven’t cycled in a while, Bike Week is a great opportunity to get back in the saddle on one of these quieter routes and find out what you have been missing.”
Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning