Sharron Davies backs cycle and scoot to school

sharron davies and her son scootering to school
28 January 2015

Olympian and TV presenter Sharron Davies is encouraging families to cycle and scoot the school run by taking part in The Big Pedal, an inter-school competition.

Sharron Davies MBE, Olympic silver medallist and founder of said:

“Parents are often bombarded with advice on keeping their children healthy and while they’re juggling family-life with work-life the potential of the school run can easily be overlooked.

“When children live near to school, changing their journey can transform their health by incorporating a little exercise into their daily routines - before the school bell rings.”

Sharron, whose son cycles or scoots to school every day, continued:

“I believe that an active journey to school should become a part of a family’s morning routine, just like brushing your teeth.

“That’s why I’m encouraging parents across the UK to take part in The Big Pedal this March, and give cycling and scootering to school a try.”

The Big Pedal (2 - 20th March, 2015) encourages pupils to lead healthier lives and reduce traffic around the school gates, by challenging them to cycle or scoot their journey to school for 10 days.

A survey of teachers at schools that took part in the competition last year revealed:

  • 76% said that pupils continued to cycle and scoot to school following the event
  • 39% said that pupils who took part were noticeably happier throughout the day
  • 29% said the event reduced traffic congestion around the school

Bike Hub logoMalcolm Shepherd, chief executive at Sustrans said:

“The Big Pedal proves that when cycling and scootering is part of the daily routine it can play a vital role in improving the health, wellbeing and concentration of our children.”

“Schools can now register for The Big Pedal 2015, and I guarantee that parents, teachers and the children will all benefit from giving cycling and scootering to school a go.”

Run by Sustrans, and funded by the Bicycle Association on behalf of the cycle industry through its Bike Hub scheme, The Big Pedal has become the UK’s largest cycling and scootering competition.

Parents4Sport logoSharron Davies MBE is a three times Olympian and has broken or re-broken over 200 British records over her twenty year career.  Sharron has been at ten Olympic games so far as either an athlete or presenter poolside for the BBC, and worked on the bid for London 2012 and was a British Olympic Association ambassador. She now works in television, and business as a motivational speaker, has written for many newspapers and magazines and is passionate about what sport can do for all of us, but especially young people. 

Having been in sport from such a young age and now having three very sporty children, one a junior international on the track, Sharron recently set up this year to help parents create an on line sporting community, with useful links and advice from experts and fellow sporting friends to encourage all parents to put sport in their children's lives. 

Find out more about registering your school for The Big Pedal.

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