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12 April 2016

Schools gear up to get active for travel challenge

Big Pedal

A total of 34 schools in the county have signed up for this year’s Big Pedal event, which runs from 18-29 April. The Big Pedal promotes sustainable travel and encourages children, parents and staff to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Last year around 30 Cumbrian schools clocked up more than 21,000 cycling and scooting journeys during the Big Pedal fortnight.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for transport, said: “The Big Pedal is a great way for families to think about ways of getting to school without using the car. Schools in Cumbria recognise the value of this annual challenge, which encourages active travel and is good for the environment, and it’s pleasing to see that they’re regularly among the top performing schools nationally.”

The Big Pedal is a national event organised by Sustrans, with support in Cumbria from the county council. The county’s top two infant or primary schools notching up the most two-wheeled journeys during the challenge will win a cycle or scooterpod. The leading Cumbrian secondary school will win a trip for 15 students to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

A full list of Cumbrian schools taking part can be found at http://bigpedal.org.uk/lists/1 There is still time for schools to join the challenge - to register, visit http://bigpedal.org.uk
Thousands of school pupils in Cumbria will be getting on their bikes and scooters for a national travel-to-school challenge starting next week.