Published: 27th JANUARY 2022

Invite your school to take part in Big Walk and Wheel

Between 20 and 31 March 2023, your child’s school can take part in Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel. If their school hasn't already signed up, you can send them the invitation below.

Invite your school to take part

You can copy the wording below or download the letter:


Dear [NAME],

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is the UK’s largest inter-school walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling challenge. It aims to get more children taking active travel to school to improve air quality in their neighbourhood and discover how these changes benefit their world.

On each day of the challenge, schools compete to see who can record the greatest proportion of their pupils taking active journeys to school.

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2023 takes place from 20 to 31 March.

I am writing to ask that [INSERT SCHOOL NAME] takes part in the challenge. It would be a fun way to encourage healthy habits, improve local air quality and help tackle climate change.

It’s free to take part. Participating schools could win some fantastic prizes and will also have access to a range of exciting resources, including curriculum-linked lesson plans, and ideas to get all pupils involved.

You can find out more and register at

Regular physical activity promotes good physical and mental health. Walking, wheeling, scooting or cycling is a great way for children to build physical activity into their daily routine. It helps children arrive more relaxed and alert, ready to start the day. It also helps reduce traffic congestion and improves air quality around the school.

A 2021 YouGov study showed nearly half of UK children worry about air pollution near their school. Children thought walking, wheeling, scooting or cycling was the best way to bring down these pollution levels. It also showed more children want to travel actively to school than currently do.

You can download free educational resources and materials and a letter to parents inviting them to take part. Participating in the Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel also contributes towards gaining Modeshift Stars accreditation.


In 2022 pupils at 1,519 schools took part and children were active for over 28 million minutes as part of the event. Also, 1,335 tonnes of CO2 were avoided if the journeys logged would have otherwise been made by car.

I really hope our school can take part this year! I am really excited about the positive difference our school could make.

Kind regards,


Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2023 logo

Find out if your child’s school is taking part. 

Big Walk and Wheel schools map

What is the Big Walk and Wheel?

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is the UK’s largest inter-school active travel competition. It’s designed to increase the number of children taking active journeys (walking, using a wheelchair, scooting or cycling) to school, during the event and beyond.

Last year, around 1,500 schools took part. Children were active for over 28 million minutes as part of the event and it helped prevent around 1,500 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions. Will your family join in this year? 


For more tips on walking, scooting or cycling to school, you can download our free guides.

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