Published: Thursday, 14th June 2018

Schools across Medway have been awarded certificates for taking part in a national competition which aims to get children more active on the school run.

Wayfield Primary School, Chatham, St Mary’s Island Primary School, Chatham, Greencare Academy, Walderslade, and Bradfields Academy, Chatham, all took part in this year’s The Big Pedal which aims to encourage pupils, parents and staff to cycle, or scooter, to and from school.  

The annual event, organised by Sustrans, and promoted by Medway Council’s Safer Journey’s Team, aims to get children more active and cut down on the number of car journeys being made to and from schools. This year’s Big Pedal took place from 23 April to 4 May and 1,608 schools from across the UK took part. During the 10 days pupils made an astonishing 989,414 journeys by bike and scooter.

During the challenge more than 30 per cent of pupils from Wayfield Community Primary School and St Mary’s Island Primary School cycled, or scooted, to school. Pupils from Greenacre Academy and Bradfields Academy ranked 14th and 16th in the national competition.

To celebrate their achievements Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, and Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, visited the schools on Monday, 11 June to award them with framed certificates.

Medway Council’s Road Safety Team will also be promoting safe cycling and offering Bikeability taster sessions at the Medway Big Ride Together Family Festival, part of the Medway Cycling Festival, at The Strand, Gillingham, on Saturday, 16 June, between 10am and 3pm. Families can also take part in a gentle two-mile bike ride along the riverside cycle path from Riverside Country Park to the Strand, where lots of activities are taking place. The event is a good way for the whole family to get active whilst enjoying the views from the award winning country park. This event is free for both adults and children and every participant in the ride will receive a medal for completing the route.

'Cycling is a great way to stay healthy'

Cllr Phil Filmer, said: “Cycling is a good way for children to get more active on the school run and it is a great way to stay healthy. It’s also great for the environment as it reduces the number of cars on the road. I would like to congratulate pupils on their hard work and I would encourage them to continue to cycle, or scoot, to and from school.”

'Congratulations to all of the pupils who took part'

Cllr Howard Doe added: “I would like to congratulate all of the pupils who took part in The Big Pedal. I would also encourage residents who are interested in cycling to find out more about the Medway Cycling Festival and the Medway Big Ride on Saturday. There will also be a number of activities for all the family to enjoy at the Strand.”

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