11th Apr, 2021

Shirley pupils taking on own Two-Wheeled Challenge in honour of Vélo Birmingham and Midlands

Sarah Mason 1st May, 2019

PUPILS in Shirley have been inspired by the Vélo Birmingham and Midlands travelling through the borough next weekend and are completing their very own challenge.

Children from Woodlands Infant School on Woodlands Road have been asked to take to two wheels until May 6 in a bid to match the 100-miles cyclists will be completing on Sunday (May 12) in their ‘Two-Wheeled Challenge’.

Pupils are being sponsored to ride or to scoot (three-wheeled scooters will still count) as far as they can each day.

The miles will be added up for a personal and class ‘daily mile’ tally.

A prize will be handed out to the pupils who covers the most miles and a prize will be handed to the class with the greatest miles.

Over 17,000 cyclists are expected to pedal their way from Birmingham city centre through Solihull and Coventry as part of the Vélo Birmingham and Midlands Closed Road Sportive.

Roads will be closed from where cyclists first come into the borough in Shirley, through Cheswick Green, Bentley Heath, Knowle, Balsall Common and Berkswell before heading into Coventry.

As a result of the closures Woodlands Infant School have decided to hold a Family Fun Day on May 12.

There will be stalls, a bouncy castle, cake stall, crafts and games on offer on the green next to the school.

A spokesperson for the school said: “We think the Velo is a fantastic initiative.

“Our kids will have the opportunity to be inspired through sport and have the opportunity to get on their own bikes and scooters in order to support their school.

“Plus the roads along the route and surrounding the school will be closed and, for that day, accessible to families and spectators alike.

“This offers up a rare chance for kids to ‘reclaim the streets’ and play in an environment that is free from car congestion and pollution.”

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