Kids use pedal power for Le Tour bike day

Spring Gardens Primary School nursery taking part in a 'Le Tour' themed day as part of the Sustrans 'Bike It' project.  Lexi Craggs.
Spring Gardens Primary School nursery taking part in a 'Le Tour' themed day as part of the Sustrans 'Bike It' project. Lexi Craggs.

NURSERY pupils pedalled their own version of sustainable transport recently by holding their own version of the Tour de France.

Children at Spring Gardens Nursery, in North Shields, promoted cycling to school by hosting their own ‘Le Tour’ themed day as part of a regional initiative to encourage people to travel in a more sustainable way, and tied in with the 99th Tour de France which was held recently.

Youngsters took part in a number of games to improve their skills and confidence on their bikes and scooters.

And the French theme continued through the day with French inspired clothing – including red, white and blue colours, and berets – plus croissants and other food from the country.

Le Tour is part of the wider Sustrans’ ‘Bike It’ project running across schools in North Tyneside, which aims to develop a cycling culture within schools, involving families and school staff.

The nursery joined the wider project in Easter and has participated in route planning sessions, smoothie bike workshops and bike rides.

Bike It is part of a government funded sustainable travel scheme called ‘Schools Go Smarter’, designed to get more young people to cycle, walk and take public transport to school.

For more information about the scheme visit www.gosmarter.co.uk