Published: 3rd MAY 2019

The Big Pedal

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 for 2020

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

People cycling, walking and scooting to school
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It was our first year and we didn't really realise how big a thing it was! It was a great way of bringing all interests together and celebrating healthy living practice. Blockquote quotation marks
Teacher, Laburnum Lower School

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, walking 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. 

There are daily prizes up for grabs, including equipment and accessories to help schools travel actively. Free school resources are available to make the challenges a success. 

Big Pedal 2019 was an amazing year

  • 70% of surveyed schools said Big Pedal decreased levels of car use during the challenge.
  • 65% of schools surveyed said that pupils continued to cycle, walk or scoot to school following Big Pedal 2019.
  • 94% are likely to participate in Big Pedal 2020.
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If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch.

Chris Bennett

Head of Behaviour Change and Engagement at Sustrans