Medway Children get on their bikes for The Big Pedal 2015

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Medway Matters

Children will soon be competing to see which Medway school has the most pedal power.

The Big Pedal kicks off on 2 March and is an opportunity for children and their parents to ditch the car and cycle to school instead.

Travelling on two wheels is the aim of the game, and children who tot up lots of cycled journeys will be in with a chance of winning some exciting prizes for themselves and their school.

Thousands of children across the country will use their bikes and scooters to get to school from 2 to 20 March as part of the Big Pedal, and Medway Council will be encouraging pupils to do the same.

Last year St James’ Primary Academy in Grain earned a place in the top 50 of schools nationwide thanks to the hard work and efforts of pupils.

Big Pedal 2015 will see schools get points for the number of students who make their journey by bicycle or scooter each day.

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.

Medway Council’s Safer Journeys Team is encouraging all schools in Medway to register for free and those that take part will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a scooter pod for their school. The prize will be presented by Medway Council’s Safer Journeys Team.

Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer said: “This is a great way to get children and their families to be more active on the school run, and not only is it a good way to stay healthy it’s also great for the environment as it reduces the number of cars on the road. I would encourage all schools in Medway to take part and have fun with it.”

For more details about the Big Pedal or to register for free visit http://www.bigpedal.org.uk

Free e-resources to help promote the competition are also available to download at http://www.bigpedal.org.uk/resources

There’ll be another opportunity for residents to get on the bikes at the Medway Big Ride on May 17, which will feature a host of cycling activities focused around a main event at Medway Park.

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