Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Children, parents and teachers are being encouraged to ditch the car and cycle, scoot or walk to be more active on their journey to school.

The Big Pedal, aims not only to get children more active but to reduce the amount of car journeys being made.

Sustrans Big Pedal challenge runs from Monday, 25 March to Friday, 5 April and is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge. For the first time this year, walking will also be counted.

Children up and down the country will be using their bikes, scooters and walking power to get to school and Medway Council is encouraging all schools to sign up.

It’s free to take part and is open to all primary and secondary schools in the UK including SEN schools.

The Big Pedal will see schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling, scooting and walking to school.

Schools at the top of their leader boards will receive an exclusive Sustrans Big Pedal Trophy. Participating Medway schools will also receive a personalised certificate in recognition of their commitment to the campaign.

Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services, Cllr Phil Filmer said: “The Big Pedal is a fantastic way to get children, parents and staff to be more active on the daily school run and it’s a great way to stay healthy. Leaving the car at home benefits the environment and reduces the amount of cars on Medway’s roads. I would encourage all schools and residents to get involved and have fun.”

For more information on road safety, visit: www.medway.gov.uk/roadsafety

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