Published: Friday, 24th May 2019
Schoolchildren across Medway have been praised for taking part in a national challenge which encourages young people to ditch the car and walk, cycle or scoot to and from school.
More than 20 Medway schools took part in this year’s Big Pedal which was held from Monday, 25 March to Friday, 5 April.
The Big Pedal is organised by Sustrans and promoted by Medway Council’s Safer Journey’s Team and encourages children to become more active and cut down on the number of car journeys being made to and from schools. During the national challenge more than three million human powered journeys were completed.
Medway Council has awarded the top Medway schools with certificates to congratulate them on their achievements.
St Nicholas Church of England Infant School in Strood won the small primary, five-day challenge with 71.67 per cent of pupils walking, cycling or scooting to school. Temple Mill Primary School in Strood won the small primary one-day challenge with 100 per cent of pupils taking part.
Walderslade Girls School were named the winners of the secondary school five-day challenge with 80.63 per cent of pupils taking part in the Big Pedal. They also came second in the national secondary school competition.
Pupils at Greenacre Academy in Walderslade completed 66.86 per cent of human-powered journeys and placed sixth in the national competition.
Well done to everyone
Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in the Big Pedal challenge. Cycling, scooting and walking are fantastic ways for children to keep active and it also reduces the number of cars on the roads for the school run. I would encourage pupils to keep up their good work and continue cycling, scooting and walking to school.”