Children cut pollution

Shoreside Primary school's 'Superheroes' in Big Pedal

Children and teachers saved over 847 tonnes of carbon dioxide during the Big Pedal

16 May 2016

Almost half a million children cycled and scootered to school as part of our Big Pedal competition this year. They saved over 63 million balloons of carbon dioxide from being emitted in car journeys by pedalling over three million miles, according to our results released today.

The Big Pedal, which ran between 18 and 29 April, is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, funded by the Bike Hub. Over 1,300 schools competed to make the most journeys on a bike or scooter, saving parents over £384,000 in fuel not used for the school run.

During the two weeks of the Big Pedal children burned a total 57 million calories and travelled more than 123 times around the world! Five primary and four secondary schools across the country picked up prizes for overall UK winners in their categories, as well as many more regional prize winners.

Overall winners for UK schools are:

  • Russet House, Enfield (Primary Schools, 5 Day Challenge)
  • Coleridge Community College, Cambridge (Secondary Schools, 5 Day Challenge)
  • Ysgol Gynradd Esceifiog, Wales (Primary Schools, 1 Day Challenge)
  • Little Heath School, Reading (Secondary Schools, 1 Day Challenge)
  • Barcaldine Primary School, near Oban and Nun Monkton Primary Foundation School, York (joint winners for Primary Classes, 5 Day Challenge)
  • St Margaret Ward Catholic School and Arts College, Stoke on Trent (Secondary classes, 5 day challenge)
  • Straiton Primary School, Ayrshire (Primary Classes, 1 day challenge)
  • Limavady Grammar School, Limavady (Secondary Classes, 1 day challenge)

Ben Merry, Senior Project Officer for Primary Education said:

“School children across the country have made heroic efforts to beat air pollution this year and really demonstrated what a massive difference they can make by cycling or scooting to school.

"The Big Pedal gives us an idea of what could be achieved if there were more safe routes to schools and training to develop cycling and scootering.

"For two weeks during the Big Pedal school gates around Britain were less dangerous, the air was cleaner and children had a healthy, fun start to the day. With the right level of funding this could happen every week.”

Find out how to start cycling or walking with your kids.