Schools urged to sign up for challenge

Schools in Northumberland are being encouraged to sign up to take part in The Big Pedal 2019, from March 25 to April 5.

Monday, 4th March 2019, 9:18 am
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The event encourages pupils, parents and staff to use human power to make the journey to school, and calls on them to cycle, scoot or, for the first time this year, walk to school.

Journeys are logged on The Big Pedal website and are ranked daily against other schools.

The initiative is organised by national cycling charity Sustrans and supported by Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council.

The theme for this year’s challenge focuses on health, and all schools entering will receive a human body wall chart with curriculum-based fact cards as well as posters, top tips and daily classroom activities.

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Schools can join the scheme at

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, said: “The Big Pedal event is a brilliant way to get children thinking about their physical health and wellbeing, and ditching the car to get to school is a great way to start! For the first year walking journeys will now count as well, so we are hoping to get some new schools signing up for the first time.

“Not only is it 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 not just about the children but their families and staff too.”

During last year’s event, more than a million journeys were logged nationally.