Published: 3rd MAY 2019

Sustrans Big Pedal

Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. It inspires hundreds of thousands of pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to school.

Save the date

The Big Pedal will take place Wednesday 22 April - Tuesday 5 May 2020. 

Download the Big Pedal info sheet

Download the Big Pedal info sheet in Welsh

People cycling, walking and scooting to school
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How it works

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

A school’s best five days will determine their final position and schools at the top of their leaderboards will receive an exclusive Sustrans Big Pedal Trophy.


All schools and classes in the UK can take part in the Big Pedal.

Special Education Needs (SEN) schools can compete too. If your pupils are able to cycle, walk, scoot or use a wheelchair to school then you may enter the Sustrans Big Pedal just like any other school and count your journeys.

SEN schools with pupils who are unable to scoot/cycle to school may use school/static/ adapted bikes and count journeys made at school, e.g. during school break times, in the playground.


A school must register online on the Big Pedal website. You will need your school identification number (DfE/SEED/Inst Ref Number) and the details of a staff representative who will be responsible for entering journeys throughout the challenge.

Schools can register from the end of January 2020 any time ahead of the challenge by visiting

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All schools will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards if over 15% of your school cycle, walk or scoot on each day of the challenge.

Prizes up for grabs include accessories and equipment to help your school travel actively.

Big pedal top tips poster

School resources

We provide a suite of free, fun and interactive resources to help make your challenge a success including:

  • A school account on the Big Pedal website
  • A human body wallchart with curriculum-based fact cards
  • Daily classroom activities
  • Posters
  • Top Tips
  • Leaderboards.

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019 was an amazing year

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