The Big Pedal inspires half a million heart-pumping school journeys

The Big Pedal has seen pupils make more than half a million journeys by bike and scooter in just seven days.

Pupils across the UK have made 510,878 active journeys to school as part of The Big Pedal. This is an inter-school competition which encourages children to be more active; this year over 1,700 schools and over 555,400 pupils across the country are taking part in the event, which runs until 20th March.

Run by charity Sustrans and funded by the Bicycle Association on behalf of the cycle industry through its Bike Hub scheme, The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest cycling – and scooting – competition.

Registration for the competition is now closed but there is still time for secondary and primary schools to take part in a three day version of competition.

Gary Shipp, National Projects Co-ordinator at Sustrans said:

“The Big Pedal is fun, inclusive and it helps schools to encourage whole families to lead more active lives, as well as reducing car traffic and pollution around the school gates.

“Although the competition runs for a short period of time, it can have a lasting effect on the way that the school community travel to school; last year 76% of schools who took part in the Big Pedal said that pupils continued to cycle and scoot to school following the event.”

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