Pupils take to the road in cycling partnership

Morpeth Road First School staff and pupils set off on a cycle ride to Rothbury (left to right) Richard Rothwell from Sustrans, Dave Buchan from Steel's Cycles and Headteacher Mike Bell.

Morpeth Road First School staff and pupils set off on a cycle ride to Rothbury (left to right) Richard Rothwell from Sustrans, Dave Buchan from Steel's Cycles and Headteacher Mike Bell.

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YOUNG cycling enthusiasts have taken part in a bike ride from their school in Blyth – pedalling all the way to Rothbury.

The group of ten youngsters and six adults set off from Morpeth Road First School as part of a partnership with sustainable transport organisation Sustrans.

Sustrans and its cycling promoter Richard Rothwell has been working with the school encouraging youngsters to take to the road safely.

Pupils at the school are taught road awareness and are encouraged to take part in cycling activities, along with staff.

They also take part in longer bike rides, culminating in a 141-mile coast-to-coast ride from Workington to Tynemouth at the end of the summer term.

Headteacher Mike Bell said: “This is a real working partnership where everyone benefits, especially the children.

“They learn and develop a real life skill with the help of cycling experts.”