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The Big Pedal

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The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, powered by Sustrans and supported by the Bike Hub.

The Big Pedal 2016 will run from the 18 April until the 29 April. 

During the Big Pedal 2015, schools made an incredible 1.4 million journeys by bike or scooter... that's 300,000 more than 2014. Well done to everyone who took part!

Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand MBE is supporting the Big Pedal

A gold medallist from London 2012 (amongst countless other world, Commonwealth and European titles), Joanna took time to speak to us about cycling to school and why she is encouraging schools to sign up for the Big Pedal.

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How does the Big Pedal work?

The challenge is based on the proportion of the school roll taking part, so everyone has a fair chance to win. It is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school.

For schools unable to take part in the main challenge we have an alternative version which can include cycling and scooting activities during the day as well as on the journey to school.

To register visit the Big Pedal site.

Can't make the Big Pedal this time?

Try our Big Shift online challenge - free-to-access and available all year round.

For more information about the Big Pedal, Big Shift or any of our other resources, events and initiatives, please contact the Education and Young People Team at

Find out more about our work with schools and teachers in Wales.