Children from across the UK have saved their parents £475,264 in fuel costs in just three weeks by cycling and scooting a 3,669,907 miles to and from school.
The journeys were made as part of The Big Pedal – the UK’s biggest inter-school cycling and scooting competition run by Sustrans.
This year 557,223 pupils registered to take part in the competition and together pupils, parents and teachers cycled and scooted nearly one and a half million journeys to school and back.
The Big Pedal is funded by the Bicycle Association on behalf of the cycle industry through its Bike Hub scheme and shows how choosing two wheels instead of four for the school run can help families save cash while getting fit. Statistics released by Sustrans to mark the end of the event revealed that the competition saved over two million car journeys from being made and prevented over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted.
Gary Shipp, Sustrans National Projects Coordinator for Education and Young People, said:
“The rising cost of living in the UK means that parents across the country are looking for ways to cut back on costs, and the school run is the perfect place to start.
“Research by Sustrans has previously suggested that by switching from driving to cycling or scooting to school, parents could save on average £642 a year.
“The popularity of The Big Pedal shows that when families live near to school it is possible change the way they get there.
“But cycling and scooting to school doesn’t just have financial benefit; children that regularly cycle to school are fitter, more alert and better learners too.”