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2/3/2012 - Pupils have pedalling power for national virtual race

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School pupils all over Cumbria are getting ready to jump on their bikes and scooters to take part in a national travel-to-school challenge on Monday (5 March).

The press are invited to photo opportunities for the ‘Big Pedal’, at 8.45am on Monday 5 March, as follows – Cockermouth School Crosby-on-Eden CofE School, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle Cummersdale School, Carlisle Grasmere CofE Primary School, Grasmere Solway Community Technology College, Silloth Stainton CofE Primary School, Penrith Victoria Junior School, Barrow-in-Furness Thomlinson Junior School, Wigton

The challenge encourages pupils, parents and staff to cycle and scoot to school. Every trip to school will count toward a ‘virtual’ stage race around the UK. There are three categories, small Primaries, large Primaries and Secondary schools.

Schools will log in to the website the day of the ‘race’ and record how many people took part at their school. All school results are then published the following day on the website and schools can track how they and other schools are doing throughout the ‘race’.

Pupils can also use the opportunity to use the initiative to raise money for charity, as they can register their ‘Big Pedal’ challenge as a fundraising event.
Sustrans, a cycling charity, are attempting to get 1000 schools on board and over 1 million bike or scooter trips to and from school.  They are offering fantastic regional and daily stage prizes, such as cycle storage, a day with a bike display team and resources.

In the UK it’s estimated that nearly 50% of pupils would like to cycle to school but less than 4% do.

Lois Baird, Headteacher, Solway Community School “We have registered for the event as it’s such a great way for our pupils to keep fit and healthy while raising money for a good cause.

“The Big Pedal helps demonstrate to children and parents that cycling is fun, quick and easy.”

Media enquiries to communications adviser Charlotte Thompson on 01228 226325