Get on your bikes and make the school run fun

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Children are being urged to get on their bikes and scooters and be more active on their way to school.

This year’s Big Pedal event runs from March 3 to 14 and kids could win some exciting prizes for themselves and their schools if they take part.

Thousands of children across the country will use their bikes and scooters to get to schools and Medway Council will be encouraging pupils to do the same.

Big Pedal 2014 will see schools get points for the number of pupils who make their journey by bicycle or scooter each day.

As well as bike and scooter prizes, schools could also get their very own bike and scooter stunt display heading to their playground.

The event, organised by Sustrans, will not only get children more active but also hopes to cut down on the number of car journeys being made.

Su Ormes, Principle Road Safety Officer at Medway Council, said: “Cycling is one of the healthiest ways to travel and we enthusiastically encourage more children to cycle and scoot to school so we can see a reduction in congestion and pollution and help children feel healthier and happier.”

Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans Chief Executive, said: “The average primary school journey is just 1.5 miles – the perfect distance to walk or cycle. We hope the Big Pedal will help thousands of families rediscover the fun and freedom of cycling to school, get fit and save money at the same time.”

Medway Council has a number of exciting bike events coming up this year including the Medway Big Ride, on May 17, which will feature a host of cycling initiatives focussed around a main event at Medway Park and, in the build up to that, the Ride to Rio, where we want to see if people in Medway can cycle to Rio on static bikes which will tour shopping centres, sports centres, public buildings, colleges and large employers.

And we offer free Bikeability courses – cycle training for children from Year 6 onwards – to all schools as well as Summer Holiday courses. Places are limited but there are still a few spaces in March, April, May and July.

You can find more details on how to book your place at medway.gov.uk/bikeability or email bikeability@medway.gov.uk

News from Medway Council website

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