This story was published 13 June 2017

The North Yorkshire leg of the Schools Yorkshire Tour takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 20 and 21 June, and has been organised by the County Council's Road Safety and Travel Awareness Team.

Child cycling in North Yorkshire.

As a celebration of national Bike Week, children and young people from 95 schools across Yorkshire are taking part in the 245-mile cycling baton relay which started on Monday, 12 June in Sheffield and will finish in Leeds on 27 June,.

The tour passes through Barnsley, Wakefield, Doncaster, the East Riding, York, North Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale before finishing in Leeds with a celebration event. A small group of pupils will cycle with the baton between each participating school.

On Tuesday, 20 June, the baton will be handed over from City of York Council pupils at the county border on the York to Selby cycle track near Escrick at 2.15pm to pupils from Barlby High School and Riccall Primary School.

On Wednesday, 21 June, a team of four pupils and their teacher from Barlby High School will carry the baton and cycle from Riccall Primary School on to Barlby and into Selby. From Selby, they will cycle along the canal to Brayton. They will then travel across the county, calling in at Thorpe Willoughby Primary School, Hambleton Primary School and Monk Fryston Primary School.

The pupils will then cycle from South Milford Primary School to Athelstan Primary School before travelling to Lotherton Hall to hand over the baton to a Leeds school.

Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire County Council's executive member for highways, said: "It is very exciting to be part of this regional event. The cyclists will be accompanied by County Council Bikeability instructors with members of the Road Safety and Travel Awareness Team in support.

"In the wake of the huge interest generated by the Tour de Yorkshire, Bike Week is an opportunity to promote cycling and to show our young people how cycling can easily be a healthy part of everyday life.''

To coincide with Bike week, 112 pupils from the Selby, Sherburn and Tadcaster areas are taking a two-day Bikeability course, designed to teach them how to ride safely on the roads.