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Cycling, walking and scooting to school are great year round - not just during the Big Pedal

children dressed as superheroes cycling

The Sustrans Superhero day is a great way to celebrate the end of Big Pedal

Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge. It inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Big Pedal 2018 has finished. Check out the final results on the Big Pedal website:

How it works

The challenge runs for two weeks and 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.

A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish. 

2018 was an amazing year

Over 100 participating schools completed the online survey and report:

  • 86% of surveyed schools said Big Pedal raised awareness of cycling and scooting in their school.
  • 82% of schools surveyed said that pupils continued to cycle or scoot to school following Big Pedal 2018!
  • 94% will look to participate in Big Pedal 2019!

Can’t take part in the main Challenge?

For schools unable to take part in the main challenge we also have a one-day version, which can include cycling and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.


In 2017, thousands of children across the UK transformed into their favourite superhero for the day to celebrate the finale of Big Pedal. The day was a great success and raised more than £8,000 for Sustrans. We are excited to be running Superhero day again during the 2018 challenge on Friday 4th May.


All schools will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards including bike stunt shows and equipment, if over 15% of your school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge.  Information on our prize sponsors and all the lucky winners can be found on the Big Pedal Prizes page:

For more information please contact the Education and Young People Team at [email protected]