Armley school children celebrate Tour de Yorkshire with bike chain land art

[caption id="attachment_3247" align="alignnone" width="450"] Artists Tim Curtis and Alice Clayden with pupils from Armley Primary School.[/caption]

Pupils from Armley Primary School have been busy rehearsing a dynamic piece of land art to celebrate this year’s Tour de Yorkshire (3-6 May).

The artwork at Armley Park will feature “ARMLEY” in white grass paint with a moving bike chain powered by children from the school.

It is hoped the artwork will feature in TV helicopter footage of the race as the final stage passes through the area this Sunday (6 May).

The project is a collaboration between Bradford artist Tim Curtis and West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £60m CityConnect programme, which is aimed at making it easier for people to cycle and walk.

On Sunday the Tour de Yorkshire will pass alongside one of CityConnect’s flagship projects, the Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway, as the peloton travels through Armley on the final stretch into Leeds.

The award-winning Cycle Superhighway, which stretches 14km and connects two of Yorkshire’s major cities, is the longest continuous route of its kind in the UK.

Since opening in July 2016 it has been used for more than half a million journeys, increasing access to work, education and leisure opportunities.

Lindsey Callaghan, Headteacher at Armley Primary School, said: “Everyone at Armley Primary School is really excited to be a part of the Tour de Yorkshire.

“We are proud of our community and pleased CityConnect is putting Armley on the map.

“We are looking forward to more cycling activity in and around the school in the future.”

Artist Tim Curtis said: “We’ve been made to feel so welcome at Armley and it’s really exciting to be working with Armley Primary School to animate our static drawing.”

Alongside a programme of ambitious new infrastructure and improvements to existing infrastructure, CityConnect also offers free adult cycle training, tailored advice and support to help businesses and schools be more bike friendly, grants for community groups, route information and cycle challenges.

Visit the CityConnect team at the Tour de Yorkshire event village, Millennium Square, Leeds, from today until Sunday (6 May), 11am-8pm or near Woolshops, just off Market Street in Halifax on Sunday, from 10.30am.