Youngsters join in part of 1,000 mile bike ride

Pupils from Morpeth Road First School meeting  a group of cyclists at Gallagher Park in Bedlington who are on their way to Glasgow  as part of the cross-country cycle tour Pedal On UK. GM020797
Pupils from Morpeth Road First School meeting a group of cyclists at Gallagher Park in Bedlington who are on their way to Glasgow as part of the cross-country cycle tour Pedal On UK. GM020797
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Schoolchildren from south east Northumberland joined a group of cyclists riding from Newcastle to Bedlington on Wednesday as part of a 1,000 mile bike ride called Pedal On UK.

The national bike ride, and series of free community celebrations, was organised by charity Sustrans and backed by the Big Lottery Fund’s Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive campaign, and saw a group of youngsters from Morpeth Road First School cycle from their school to Gallagher Park in Bedlington.

Pedal On UK events have been taking place across the country over the summer to mark the success of extending new walking and cycling networks into the heart of communities.

The Newcastle cyclists who turned up to support Pedal On UK were treated to a free breakfast made by the youngsters, to celebrate the extension of new cycle networks in and around the city, where Sustrans staff handed out free cycle maps and information, and there’ll also be a bike doctor onsite who will be checking people bikes over for free.

Bryn Dowson, regional director at Sustrans, said: “Sustrans is very proud to be bringing Pedal On UK to south east Northumberland.

“This major event, travelling 1,000 miles across the UK, marks the culmination of years of work creating new safe routes for walking and cycling.

“Here in the north east there are many hundreds of miles of safe cycling and walking routes on people’s door steps, and we hope this event will help to raise awareness of them.

“It’s a great chance to get the community together to have some fun, be active and discover new healthy ways to travel around the area.”