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19 March 2018

Schools urged to sign up for The Big Pedal 2018

Schools across Cumbria are encouraged to sign up to take part in The Big Pedal 2018, run by Sustrans and supported by Cumbria County Council’s Active Travel team. The Big Pedal takes place between 23 April and 4 May this year.

The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge and inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.  During last year’s event, over a million journeys were logged nationally by school pupils, staff and parents.

Schools compete on each day of the challenge to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school.  Journeys are logged on the Big Pedal website and are ranked each day against other schools in Cumbria, the North West and the UK. 

The theme for this year’s challenge is inspired by Mark Beaumont’s record-breaking trip cycling around the world in 78 days. All schools entering the competition will receive a free 2018 wallchart and classroom resources that follow in Mark’s footsteps - stopping off in a different location around the world on each day of the challenge. The wallchart comes with a set of fact cards for pupils to learn more about each country including its population, capital cities and more!

During last year’s Big Pedal, 52 schools in Cumbria logged 7,910 bike journeys, 9,396 trips by scooter, with supporting families logging 2,219 journeys - a fantastic achievement and a high target to aim for this year!

Judith Aris, Active Travel Officer at Cumbria County Council, said:

“The Big Pedal event is not only good for the environment, but travelling actively to school results in healthier and fitter children, and we hope they will carry this habit in to their teens and adulthood. 

“This is a fantastic way to get children thinking about their physical health and wellbeing, and cycling and scooting to school is a brilliant way to start!”

The council’s Active Travel team is offering a scooter island or mini-pod to the winning small primary and large primary schools in Cumbria and a trip to the Manchester Cycling Centre for students from the winning secondary school on Tuesday 19 June.

To celebrate the finale of the challenge there is also the option to join our superhero fundraiser day by submitting photos of pupils dressed as superheroes on their bikes or scooters! A £100 Halfords voucher will be up for grabs for the best photo on the day!

Schools can register now at www.bigpedal.org.uk and click on Cumbria County Council as your local authority.

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Schools across Cumbria are encouraged to sign up to take part in The Big Pedal 2018, run by Sustrans and supported by Cumbria County Council�s Active Travel team. The Big Pedal takes place between 23 April and 4 May this year.