Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014 on 2:50 pm

Over 30 schools in West Yorkshire sign up for The Big Pedal 2014

The Big Pedal 2014

Barney Harwood launches Sustrans The Big Pedal 2014

Over 30 schools in West Yorkshire have signed up to take part in a nationwide inter-school competition which aims to get more children active.

Through The Big Pedal initiative, launched by the Sustrans charity, schools will compete with one another to make the most journeys by bike or scooter over the period of 10 days.

In West Yorkshire, schools from Leeds are at the top of the list with 20 schools taking part, whilst Bradford comes second with 10.

Five schools from Kirklees are taking part and four are taking part from Wakefield.

Positive for this year, Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans Chief Executive, said: “Last year hundreds of thousands of journeys were made by over a thousand schools and this year it will be even bigger and better!

“The average primary school journey is just 1.5 miles which is the perfect distance to walk or cycle, so this year we’re aiming to get children in two thousand schools to make over one million journeys by bike and scooter over 10 school days.”

Over seventy schools in the whole of Yorkshire have already signed up to The Big Pedal, which has also been supported by children’s TV presenter Barney Harwood.

He said: “I’m supporting The Big Pedal because I want to show parents that cycling and scooting to school is fun, cheap, and it keeps kids healthy too.

“Taking part is easy, and it’s a great way for parents to incorporate a little exercise into their children’s daily routine.”

By signing up to The Big Pedal, schools receive tailored lesson plans, posters, maps, and ideas on how to encourage everyone in the school to get involved. Schools will also be in the chance to win prizes.

To get your school involved, please visit www.bigpedal.org.uk.

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