Cycle ride celebrates initiative

Coun Glynis Barrie.

Coun Glynis Barrie.

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NORTH Tynesiders are being encouraged to get on their bikes to celebrate a cycling scheme.

North Tyneside Council’s third annual ‘Cycling Roadshows’ initiative, supported by Sustrans, has toured the borough over the last four weeks.

Around 40 children benefited from the six sessions, which took place in the Rising Sun County Park in Benton, Westmoor Community Centre, Whitley Bay High School and The Parks leisure centre in North Shields.

And to mark the end of the project, families are being invited to take part in a celebration ride to Seaton Delaval Hall on Sunday, starting at 11am from The Parks leisure centre in North Shields.

Coun Glynis Barrie, cabinet member for leisure, culture, tourism and safer communities, said: “The roadshows have visited all four corners of the borough, teaching youngsters a range of different skills including looking after your bike, road positioning and junction techniques.

“Children also enjoyed scenic guided group rides, giving them a chance to make new friends and enjoy some of the borough’s best beauty spots.

“And to help us celebrate the success of the roadshows, we’d like to invite everyone to take part in this fantastic group ride up our stunning coastline, which should take around two hours to complete.”

The National Trust is offering participants free entry to the grounds and formal gardens of Seaton Delaval Hall, where there will be ball games taking place.

People are also encouraged to take along picnics.

To book a place call (0191) 643 7439 or e-mail tracey.morton@northtyneside.gov.uk.

Limited return transport is available, but there is a circular route back to the ride start point.