Published Wednesday, 13th June 2018
In the tyre tracks of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, York school children have been pedalling a relay race as part of the Schools Yorkshire Tour and have passed the baton on to South Yorkshire.
A baton has been cycled from school to school and between the region’s local authorities by pupils.
This year, Dunnington primary school pupils and The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of York had the honour of taking the baton for York from East Riding at the city boundary on Stamford Bridge viaduct on Friday 8 June.
This week York pupils have been cycling the baton around the city. Dunnington Primary school children started the relay, with Badger Hill Primary School, Lord Deramore’s, St Lawrence’s, St George’s RC, Knavesmire, Dringhouses, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Carr Junior School and then St Barnabas primary schools taking part.
Yesterday (Tuesday 12 June), St Barnabas’ primary school pupils cycled the baton to nearby York railway station and, with Cllr Keith Myers, head teacher Karen Boardman and members of the council's sustainable travel team passed it on to a representative from Doncaster on the 10am Virgin train, who carried the relay and baton on to South Yorkshire.
Cllr Keith Myers, executive member for education, children and young people, said: “I’m so pleased our schoolchildren can enjoy being part of the Tour – it’s all part of our Move More campaign. The Tour teaches them so much about making connections with other school communities, responsibility and travelling around the city safely.
“You can follow the baton’s progress and support the schools at #SYT2018.”
Cllr Andrew Waller, deputy leader of City of York Council and executive member for the environment, said: “Besides being great fun, the Schools Yorkshire Tour is a way to show all pupils ahead of Clean Air Day on 21 June that cycling is an environmentally-friendly mode of transport.
“It’s all part of engraining lifelong active travel habits in young people which are better for them, better for our air quality and our planet.”