Published: Wednesday, 22nd February 2023

Children and young people across Medway are being encouraged to cycle, scoot or walk to school as part of a national initiative.

The Big Walk and Wheel challenge encourages the whole school community, including, pupils, parents and teachers to make active journeys to school, improve air quality in their neighbourhood and discover how these changes benefit their world.

The competition has been running since 2010 and sees primary and secondary schools compete to see who can get the highest percentage of their pupils walking, using their wheelchair, scooting or cycling to school. Each school’s best five days will determine its final position, but journeys can be logged on all ten days.

More than 1,500 schools across the UK have already signed up to take part in the challenge which will be held from Monday, 20 March to Friday, 31 March. The Big Walk and Wheel is free for all schools to register and take part in.

We are encouraging schools to sign up for the challenge and take advantage of the fantastic free resources available.

Keeping active and reducing the number of cars on Medway's roads 

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “The Big Walk and Wheel is a fantastic challenge as it encourages children and young people to keep active and reduces the number of cars on Medway’s roads. I would encourage all schools across Medway to sign up for this exciting challenge.”

The challenge also supports our aspiration to make Medway even more child-friendly. 

Find out more about the Big Walk and Wheel

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