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Schoolchildren show off their cycling skills with mass schools’ bike ride

Published on 05 July 2017

AROUND 350 schoolchildren from 11 schools will take part in a mass bike ride into the city later this week.

The annual schools’ bike ride allows Year 5 & 6 schoolchildren from across the city and county to put into practice the Bikeability skills they have learned and make the most of the city’s infrastructure of cycle tracks and rider-friendly routes.

On Friday 7 July, schoolchildren will set off on their rides – supervised by teachers and ride leaders – to converge at Leicester Cathedral from 11.30am.

Once there, they’ll meet BMX Champion Joe Sproat, enjoy a comedy show with comedian Tiernan Douieb and be awarded with Bikeability certificates by Strider, the mascot of UK walking charity Living Streets.

Cllr Sarah Russell, who will attend the event, is assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools. She said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the 10th annual schools’ bike ride. As a cyclist myself, I know the benefits of using a bike to get around, and I’m looking forward to seeing hundreds of schoolchildren riding into Cathedral Square. It will be quite a sight!”

Nick Quinn, director of St Martins at Leicester Cathedral, said: “We’re very happy to host this year’s schools ride. Leicester Cathedral will be a great venue for schools’ ride celebrations, and we look forward to welcoming them all.”

This year’s ride also helps to mark the opening of Leicester Cycle Circuit at New College, where people of all ages and abilities can ride a 1km, traffic-free circuit.

Janet Hudson, British Cycling’s partnership manager for the East Midlands, said: “As part of the city council’s new eight-year partnership with British Cycling, this year’s schools’ ride marks the opening of Leicester Cycle Circuit at New College – a fantastic facility for the whole family.

“We’re also encouraging new school riders and their families to join in the HSBC UK City Ride on 13 August, another fun opportunity for a free mass ride on traffic-free routes.”

For more information on Bikeability training, email cycletraining@leicester.gov.uk

More information on the HSBC UK City Ride and Leicester’s new cycle circuit can be found at www.letsride.co.uk/city-ride/leicester and  www.newcollege.leicester.sch.uk/community/ccircuit/

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