Record number of pupils in Cumbria to cycle to school for Big Pedal
Last updated at 16:43, Tuesday, 04 March 2014
A RECORD number of schools in Cumbria have signed up for this year’s Big Pedal, a national travel to school challenge.
A total of 30 schools across the county are taking part in the event, which aims to encourage children, parents and staff to cycle or scoot to school over the next two weeks, from March 3 to 14.
Schools can record pupils’ journeys on to the Big Pedal website so they can take part in a virtual race around the country.
The top performing small and large primary schools in Cumbria will win a fun cycling session from Cyclewise, which is contracted by the county council to provide cycle training in schools.
The county’s leading secondary school will receive a guided mountain biking session for several students at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick.
The Big Pedal is organised by national cycling charity Sustrans with support in Cumbria from the county council’s Active Travel team.
Active Travel have provided a bundle of cycling goodies for each school to award as spot prizes to recognise pupils making a special effort to get active.
Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for transport, said: “I’m delighted so many schools are taking part in this year’s Big Pedal challenge, which is a great way to encourage everyone to think about leaving their cars at home and consider alternative ways of travelling to school.”
A total of 17 Cumbria schools took part in the Big Pedal in 2013, making nearly 10,000 cycling and scooting journeys to school over three weeks.
Pupils are being invited to take part in a fundraising event on the final day of this year’s challenge, on Friday March 14, when they can dress up as their favourite superhero to raise funds for Sustrans.
Schools taking part include Victoria Junior School in Barrow, and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Ulverston.
First published at 15:43, Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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