Barnsley marks year of great cycling

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A South Yorkshire council is celebrating after encouraging more people to get on their bikes, thanks to a national partnership.

British Cycling and Sky marked a successful year of cycling in partnership with Barnsley Council, with the presentation of a framed GB Cycling Team jersey.

After the year that saw the Tour de France pass through Barnsley, the council’s schemes saw hundreds of people get out on their bikes.

Barnsley will also play host to stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire which runs through the town from Wakefield all the way to the finish in Leeds on Sunday, May 3.

Sue Thiedeman, head of Culture and Visitor Economy at Barnsley Council said: “Barnsley is a great place for cycling and we’re proud to be part of such high profile sporting events.

“We will continue to actively support cycling in the borough and promote its benefits.”

British Cycling recreation manager, Steve Peters, presented the jersey.

He said: “It’s a great time to be inspired by cycling and we’ve really enjoyed working with Barnsley to get more people on bikes than ever before.

“The first Sky Ride Locals saw lots of people take to their bikes and we’re looking to build on that this year.”