Pollute Less By Cycling More

We ran a poster competition for supported Bike It Schools. The theme was ‘Cycling and Air Pollution’.

Cycling is great for so many reasons: it makes you fit and keeps you healthy, it’s fun, and often quicker than other modes of transport. And it also doesn’t pollute the air we breathe.

Children in Bike It Plus schools all across London are well aware of this and we’re continuously amazed by how many choose two wheels for their journey to school. Well done!

To celebrate the great work everyone is doing we organised a poster competition for all Bike It Plus schools that are in the supported stage of the programme.

We thought long and hard about it, and decided for the theme of the competition to be ‘Cycling and Air Pollution’.

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Road traffic is the main source of air pollution in London and by choosing to cycle, scoot or walk to school everyone can help to clean up London’s air.

We were overwhelmed by the great response and the high number of posters we’ve received from supported Bike It Schools.

It really wasn’t easy to choose the winners, but in the end we were happy to send prizes to St Joseph’s Catholic Junior School in Brent, Cayley Primary School in Tower Hamlets and Central Park Primary School in Newham.

Have a look at the photos of some of the marvellous posters we’ve received. We hope you like them as much as we do. A big thank you to all children who took part!



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London schools cycle to the moon and back. Twice!

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London Schools cycle to the moon and back. Twice!

Wow! March 2015 saw another massively exciting Big Pedal, both Nationally and in London.

The Big Pedal in London in numbers:

  • Total journeys: 211617
  • Child journeys (bike): 69569
  • Child journeys (scooter): 106339
  • Supporter journeys: 35709

London schools cycles over 560,000 miles which is more than 20 trips around the world!

Those cycling to school saved over 350,000 car journeys, £70,000 and 15,000 gallons of fuel.

Over 10 million calories were burned over the three weeks, the equivalent of 40,000 doughnuts!

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Pupils at Downsview Primary in Croydon enjoying the Big Pedal! Photo by Rox Hackwood

Read on for the results…..

London schools had their most successful year yet with 9 primary schools coming in the top 100 in the UK. Congratulations to Pope John RC School in Hammersmith and Fulham for topping the London league and coming 11th overall.

Equally as successful were our Secondary schools with all seven entrants coming in the top 50 nationally. Queens Park Community School in Brent took the title of London champs  coming 24th in the UK.

A special mention must also go to Priory School, an SEN school in Croydon who came second overall in the secondary school three day challenge. They worked hard to rack up the miles on static bikes and with laps of their playground.

A full list of results can be found here.

Well done to all that took part and the amazing Bike It Officers that made it happen!

By: Jo Hill, Programme Manager, Education & Health