Barnsley Schools will need pedal power for the Schools Yorkshire Tour

Shawlands Primary school will pedal the way for Twelve schools from Barnsley on Monday 18 June as they will be the first Barnsley school to pass the baton over two days of the Schools Yorkshire Tour. The tour relay will start on Tuesday 5 June as part of national Bike Week. The relay will see pupils from primary, secondary and special schools in Yorkshire pass a baton over 400 miles from the start in Pickering to its final destination in Leeds on Tuesday 3 July.

Barnsley schools will play their part on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June with twelve schools involved. Kicking off the Barnsley Leg will be Shawlands Primary who will make their way to the Town Hall for a quick photo stop with the Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Steve Green.

The tour has been organised by 12 Yorkshire local authorities in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Sustrans and PWLC Projects.

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.

Cllr David Leech, Barnsley’s cycling champion, said: “It’s great to see so many of Barnsley’s schools involved in this scheme. It helps to continue the legacy of cycling in Barnsley following last month’s fantastic Tour de Yorkshire as it gives our children an opportunity to discover new routes and infrastructure that Barnsley has which is perfect for riding bikes on.”

“Barnsley has a number of schemes to get kids and families involved with riding, from bike hire, a town centre cycle hub, and a recycled bike scheme. With the Trans-Pennine trail on our doorstep, we have incredibly routes as well. I’d really encourage anybody to see for themselves how they can get into cycling by visiting Barnsley.gov.uk/cycling”

Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive at Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

“The Schools Yorkshire Tour is a tremendous initiative and seeing it grow over the last 12 months has been really exciting. Welcome to Yorkshire are delighted to be involved in this fantastic project which promotes healthy living, environmentally friendly travel, and brings young people from across the county together.”

Pupils from the schools taking part in the cycle relay will also be able to take part in a ‘bling a bike’ competition – the winners of which will be invited to attend the celebration event at the end of the tour at Leeds Civic Hall.

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