Schools in Cumbria clocked up over 19,000 journeys cycling and scooting to school during the Big Pedal, a national active travel to school challenge.
More than 50 schools in Cumbria braved snow and rain to take part in the annual two-week challenge (from 20-31 March) which encourages children, parents and staff to leave their cars at home and take to two wheels for journeys to school. They logged a total of 19,525 journeys, beating last year’s figure of 19,054.
Cumbria County Council supports the Big Pedal, which is run nationally by Sustrans, and offered bike and scooter pod prizes to this year’s top performing primary schools in Cumbria. Category winners were: Plumbland CE Primary School, near Wigton (small primary), Milburn Primary School (small class primary) and Ewanrigg Junior School, Maryport (large primary). Solway Community College, Silloth, was the leading secondary school in Cumbria, winning a trip to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester next month.
Plumbland, Milburn and Solway also came top of the North West of England school rankings in each of their respective categories.
Judith Aris, Cumbria County Council Active Travel Officer, said: “Each year more schools in Cumbria sign up to take part in The Big Pedal - everyone loves the event and children, staff and parents are really committed. They’ve cycled and scooted in all weathers - the first week of the challenge was rainy and snowy! We find that long after the Big Pedal has finished, most children keep on coming to schools on wheels all summer which is great for them and the environment.”
Amanda Tweedie, of Ewanrigg Junior School, Maryport, said: “The Big Pedal is a fantastic initiative that motivates the children to travel to school by scooting and biking rather than by car. It’s wonderful to see how enthusiastic the children are, encouraging each other to travel together and asking every day how we are doing compared to all of the other schools!"
The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.
Nationally, nearly 1,700 schools took part in this year’s Big Pedal, logging more than 1 million active journeys to school during the two-week challenge.
For the full Cumbria results of Big Pedal, visit http://bigpedal.org.uk/lists/2
Beacon Hill School