|Around 72 children from 12 schools across the Bradford district are taking part in a cycling relay as part of national Bike Week.
The Schools’ Yorkshire Tour relay sees pupils from primary schools in the district pass a baton over 35 miles of the 395km (245 miles) route.
The event has been organised by the ten Yorkshire local authorities in partnership with Sustrans and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and supported by YPO.
A baton is being passed by school children and young people from school to school and local authority to local authority along the route across Yorkshire.
The event started in Sheffield on 12 June and has already passed through Barnsley, Wakefield, Doncaster, East Riding and York. It will pass through North Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale before ultimately finishing in Leeds on Tuesday 27 June with a celebration event.
The route will use cycle lanes and numerous off-road cycleways as much as possible. A number of famous landmarks will form the backdrop to the baton handovers, including in the Bradford district the original Woolpack Inn at Esholt made famous by the long running television programme Emmerdale, Salts Mill, Bingley’s Five Rise Locks and the iconic Haworth Main Street.
Pupils from Bradford will take part in Stage 11 – Leeds to Bradford and Stage 12 – Bradford to Calderdale.
Children from Baildon C of E Primary School will welcome the baton to the Bradford district at the famous Woolpack Inn in Esholt where they will receive it from pupils from Yeadon Primary School on Thursday 22 June at 2pm.
The baton will be taken to Byron Primary School, Barkerend for pupils from the school to start Stage 12 on Friday 23.
Stage 12 will start at 8.30am where pupils from Byron Primary School, will cycle down the Leeds Bradford Cycle Superhighway passing the baton to pupils from Rainbow Primary School, Bradford in City Park.
The next stop will be the Canal Road Greenway where pupils from Sandal Primary School, Baildon will take the baton along the Greenway to Salts Mill before handing it to children from Wycliffe C of E Primary School, Shipley.
The baton will then be taken along the Leeds Liverpool Canal and be passed to children from Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary School at Bingley’s Five Rise Locks. The pupils will then cycle along the canal to their school where they will be met by pupils from Eastwood Community School, Keighley, to hand the baton on.
The baton will then go to Parkwood Primary School, Keighley, Worth Valley Primary School, Keighley and Oakworth Primary School before being taken to Haworth.
In Haworth pupils from Haworth Primary School and Lees Primary School will take a tour of Haworth, including the children tackling the famous setts of Haworth Main Street.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “There is a real passion for cycling in Bradford district at the moment and I’m sure the children taking part in this event will have a great time, cycling with their friends and also meeting children from other schools.”
Pupils from the schools taking part in the cycle relay have also been given the opportunity to take part in a Twitter slogan competition – the winners of which will be invited to attend a celebration event at Leeds Civic Hall on 27 June 2017.
Thursday 22 at 2pm at The Woolpack Inn, Esholt, BD17 7QZ
Friday 23 8.30am to 2pm
9am – City Park, Bradford, BD1 1HY
9.30am – Gaisby Lane junction with Canal Road Greenway
10am – Salts Mill on Leeds Liverpool Canal by Victoria Road bridge BD18 1AE
10.30am Five Rise Locks in Bingley, Beck Lane Bingley BD16 4DS
11am Riddlesden St Mary’s Primary School, Riddlesden, BD20 5AB
12.15pm Parkwood Primary School, Keighley, BD21 4QH
12.45pm Worth Valley Primary School, Keighley, BD22 7AX
1.30pm Oakworth Primary School, Oakworth, BD22 7HX
2pm Haworth Primary School, Haworth, BD22 8DW
Pupils from Lees Primary School, Cross Roads and Haworth Primary School will cycle round Haworth including tackling Haworth Main Street.