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4/3/2013 - School children getting ready for the Big Pedal

Hundreds of school pupils all over Cumbria are getting ready to jump on their bikes and scooters to take part in a national travel-to-school challenge.

The Big Pedal challenge encourages pupils, parents and staff to cycle and scoot to school. Every trip to school will count toward a 'virtual' stage race around the UK. The competition runs until 20 March.

More schools than ever have signed up to this annual initiative, with nearly three times as many taking part than last year.

The national event is organised by Sustrans, a cycling charity, with support from the county council's Active Travel team, who are offering regional and daily stage prizes and incentives as part of the challenge. 

Schools can log in to the Big Pedal website the day of the 'race' and record how many people took part at their school. All school results are then published the following day on the website and schools can track how they and other schools are doing throughout the 'race'.

Pupils can also use the opportunity to use the initiative to raise money for charity, as they can register their 'Big Pedal' challenge as a fundraising event. Kirkby Stephen primary School is holding a superheroes event to raise money for charity as part of the Big Pedal and Grasmere Primary are running a cycling train from Ambleside.

Schools taking part in the challenge are:


  • Solway Community School, Silloth
  • Thomlinson Junior School, Wigton
  • Victoria Junior School, Workington


  • Vickerstown School, Barrow
  • Victoria Junior School, Barrow
  • Yarlside Primary, Barrow


  • Crosby on Eden Primary School
  • Cummersdale School
  • Great Corby School
  • Richard Rose Academy


  • St James CE Junior School, Whitehaven
  • Seascale Primary School


  • Kirkby Stephen Primary School
  • Plumpton School, Penrith
  • Warcop Primary School, Appleby


  • Beetham Primary School, Milnthorpe
  • Dean Barwick School, Grange-over-Sands
  • Dean Gibson School, Kendal
  • Grasmere Primary School
  • John Ruskin School, Coniston
  • ST Oswald's CE Primary School, Kendal
  • Ulverston Infant School