Children join cyclists as part of 1,00 mile bike ride across the UK

Schoolchildren have taken part in a 1,000 mile cycle tour across the country in a bid to recreate the spirit of the Olympics

 

Schoolchildren have taken part in a 1,000 mile cycle tour across the country in a bid to recreate the spirit of the Olympics.

Pupils from West Denton Primary School in Newcastle and Morpeth Road School in Blyth cycled parts of the region yesterday alongside volunteer cyclists from charity Sustrans, a charity which promotes sustainable transport.

The ride was part of Pedal On UK, a UK-wide series of community festivals organised by the charity and backed by the Big Lottery Fund’s Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive campaign.

Youngsters from West Denton pedalled from Newcastle to Tynemouth, while children from Morpeth picked up the route from Blyth to Bedlington.

The 1,000 mile route from London to Glasgow is to mark the new walking and cycling networks in the country.

Bryn Dowson, regional director of Sustrans, said: “Pedal On was brought to Newcastle and everybody loved it.

“In total about 60 riders took part and it was great to see them travelling up the coast - we were quite visible.

“It was an incredible day and we couldn’t have wished for better weather.”

After yesterday’s leg, Pedal On UK will continue to Glasgow, where it will finish on Saturday.

As part of the event, riders have cycled through cities, including Birmingham, Belfast, Newcastle and Glasgow. Mr Dowson added: “Here in the North East there are many hundreds of miles of safe cycling and walking routes on people’s doorsteps. I hope this event has raised awareness of them. It was a great chance for the community to get together.”

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