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ENTHUSIASTIC children and saddle-sore cyclists have launched Redcar and Cleveland's newest cycleway.

The pounds 150,000 new route runs from Plantation Road to West Dyke Road and Corporation Road in Redcar, passing the town's Lakes Primary School.

To promote the new route, a dozen keen cyclists - a mix of staff from the council, construction company Carillion and sustainable transport charity Sustrans - pedalled two-hour shifts to complete a 12-hour ride up and down it.

They had free pencils, pens and T-shirts to hand out to walkers or cyclists they met.

And the route even has colourful new signs, thanks to Lakes Primary pupils Jordan Goodman, ten, and Rachel George, 11. Their designs finished first and second in a poster competition run by Redcar and Cleveland Council and Carillion.

Redcar Racecourse general manager Amy Fair presented prizes to Jordan and Rachel, who won a family day out at the races and a goodie bag respectively.

And to add to the fun, they and their classmates got to meet Redcar and Cleveland's road safety mascot, Spike the hedgehog.

The first part of the new route is partially funded by Sustrans' Links to School programme, which is financed by the Department for

Transport and Cycling England.

Work has taken around three months to complete and includes path widening, new lighting and, for the first time, gives priority to cyclists and pedestrians crossing Greystoke Road and Woodside.

Lakes Primary headteacher, Chris Evans, said: "We want our children to take regular exercise and cycling is a fantastic way of achieving that.

"We've already got lots of children cycling to school and this provides them with a much safer route, particularly as it takes them directly to one of our entrances." She said the cycleway helped finish off the school's travel plan..

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BRAKE TIME: Jordan Goodman, above, with her winning design and, above left, cyclists take to the route Pictures by DOUG MOODY Go online to see a gallery of pictures from this event
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 20, 2009
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