Dame Sarah Storey is backing the challenge

Big Pedal 2021

UK's biggest active travel school challenge takes place this month

Families in Scotland are being invited to take up the Big Pedal 2021 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking, wheeling and scooting competition for primary and secondary schools.

The competition, which has now been running for 11 years, is fronted by Dame Sarah Storey, Paralympian and 38-time world champion in cycling and swimming.

Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, Big Pedal 2021 will run from 19-30 April and will see young people across the UK compete to see who can clock up the most active miles in their local area by cycling, walking, scooting or using a wheelchair or other wheeled mode.

This year’s competition will focus on encouraging pupils to see their local areas from a different perspective and learn about the benefits of active travel.

Big Pedal 2021

Sport and physical activity has significant benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing. The Sustrans Big Pedal challenge is an easy way for families to stay active whether schools are open or not. There is also the environmental benefit of more families leaving the car at home for the school run.

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant many people spending more time at home, to Sustrans Big Pedal 2021 is adapting to become more flexible, and children will be able to take part in the competition and supporting activities whether they are travelling to school or learning at home.

Dame Sarah Storey said: “I am delighted to be involved with the Big Pedal in 2021. Health has been in the spotlight over the past year, like never before, and getting out for a cycle ride has been one of the few activities that has been unaffected by the various restrictions.

“I really hope to see as many people as possible involved this year, it will be a fantastic way to start the spring and to give ourselves a challenge in what has already been a challenging start to the year."

Lynn Stocks of Sustrans Scotland, said: “We’re excited that the Big Pedal is returning for 2021, after what has been a truly difficult year for all, and the need to make time to incorporate physical activity into our daily routines seems important now more than ever.

“While we don’t know exactly what the rest of 2021 will bring, we’re delighted pupils will be able to take part, regardless of where they are learning.

“Active travel has proven its worth over the past year, with more people looking for socially distanced ways to move around and remain active in lockdown. More people travelling actively for essential everyday journeys such as the school run means fewer cars on the road, helping to ease congestion and reduce air pollution around school gates."

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