Central Bedfordshire school is best in the country for cycling and scooting

Pupils, teacher and Bicycle officer pose outside school bicycles

Alister Barclay from Sustrans celebrates with teachers and pupils from Fairfield Park Lower School near Stotford, Bedfordshire

25 July 2018

We recently presented Fairfield Park Lower School near Stotford, Bedfordshire, with a trophy to celebrate their success in this year’s Big Pedal competition. Fairfield Park finished ahead of over 1,600 schools throughout the country who took part in the competition between 23 April - 4 May.

The school recorded 3,460 active journeys during the two week challenge, with 81% of pupils choosing to scoot or cycle to school. Alister Barclay, our Schools Officer for Central Bedfordshire, presented the award during a special celebration assembly.

The Big Pedal is the biggest annual competition of its kind in the UK and its aim is to get more young people cycling and scooting to school. 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.

Thirty eight schools in Central Bedfordshire took part in the Big Pedal challenge this year, clocking up 90,000 active travel miles between them. Other schools that achieved a top 100 placing included Moggerhanger Lower School, Slip End Lower School, St Vincent’s Roman Catholic Primary School (Houghton Regis), Gothic Mede Lower School (Arlesley), Etonbury Academy (Arlesley), Priory Academy (Dunstable) and All Saint’s Academy (Dunstable).

Speaking after the presentation Alister Barclay said;

“The school and community always get behind this challenge and I’m really pleased that their efforts have been rewarded with this first place. The network of safe, off-road routes connecting Fairfield Park to Arlesey, Stotfold and Letchworth clearly supports pupils and their families, and would have a massive impact if replicated elsewhere.”

This year’s competition was backed by world record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont and sponsored by Micro Scooters and Tonik. To mark the launch of the annual event we commissioned ICM to carry out a poll of children aged 6-15 around air quality issues. The survey found that a third (32%) of respondents in the East of England were worried about poor air quality. Almost one in three (32%) of those surveyed thought that encouraging more people to cycle, scoot or walk to school would be the best way to help to reduce levels of air pollution.

Find out more about the Big Pedal