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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

Doctor Bike at Nower Hill High School, Harrow

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Hilary and Jeremy at Nower Hill School, Harrow

Nower Hill High School had a brilliant turnout for their Doctor Bike on Wednesday 15th October. Forty eight Students brought their bikes in to be checked and we had a good deal of interest during break times from some of the bikes’ owners in how to repair their machines and keep them in good working order. 

It was a great start for me on my first day as Harrow’s new Bike It Officer to meet such an enthusiastic school. Looking forward to our next event which will be a bikers’ breakfast in November with hot chocolate for anyone cycling to school that day.

A big thanks to Hilary for all the work she has done in Harrow over the last couple of months.

Jeremy Tranter

BMX Beginings in Brent

Brent entered their first ever team to the London Youth Games BMX Event this year.

We ran a  two month program of taster sessions, try outs and training sessions took place in Brent Bike It Schools and at the BMX track in Hayes, Hillingdon over the spring. The program prooved very popular and culminated in a team of 8 children from Brent being selected to compete  in the event at the Mitcham track in Merton last Sunday.

2014-06-08 11.21.11 The Brent BMX Team at The London Youth Games, Sunday 8th June 2014


With 4 in our Junior team and 4 in our Youth team we were well represented.The team did really well, getting a rider into the quarter finals. As it was the first entry into BMX this is a massive achievement for Brent.

It was a big team effort between Brent Council, Access Sport, Sustrans and the Bike It Schools, and especially St Joseph’s Junior School who put an extra big effort in to making it all happen. A big thanks to everyone involved!

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The Brent BMX team at the new track in Wembley!


Brent now has it’s own BMX track so by next years LOndon Youth Games we will be storming compeition. The new  track at StDavids close is already in use and the first club session will be this Saturday, 14th June, from 1.30 to 3pm

At St David’s Close Open Space St Davids Close, HA9 9BU

We had one girl in the team (well done Cris) and aim to increase this by next year so girls come and get on a BMX!

Come and get involved!

The ‘Frog Pools’, new bikes for after school clubs

Tadpoles and Frogs have now arrived in pools at Schools in Enfield and Redbridge ready to help children increase their activity as part of PE and after school clubs.

Confused? well don’t be, these are children’s bikes, ordered and built by Andy the school’s Bike It Officer (BIO) on behalf of St Mary’s RC Primary (LBE) and Gearies Primary (LBR).  The school champions, Patrick and Maureen were both keen to encourage cycling as part of the curriculum and build on the work they have done so far to promote cycling to school.  Establishing after school bike clubs were discussed and seen by both schools as an inclusive way to allow children with or without bikes to take part in a fun and new activity.  With advice from their BIO, the bikes along with helmets were arranged for delivery in readiness for use in the summer term.

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Boxes of Frogs all ready to be built

Teachers from both schools attended training from British Cycling, and Sustrans Bike It Officers to show and  enable them to set up and run fun cycling sessions for children at their schools.  Those attending the training said it was very interesting and useful to see how sessions can be set up, and the skills and games that can be delivered in the playground.

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Patrick taking part in his Skills and Games Training at Oasis Academy Hadley (LBE), led by Andy Casson (BIO)

The Frog bikes are not the usual green you might expect but spotty and bright orange so they will stand out as the schools pool bikes.  Both schools opted to have ‘Tadpole’ balance bikes for use by children in year 1 and below to start the learning process without stabilisers which allows children to practice balance on two wheels before pedalling.

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Gearies Primary School (LBR) pool of ‘Frogs’ (and one ‘Tadpole’)

The arrival and building of the bikes has already caused quite a stir amongst the pupils who are very excited about the schools new bikes and the new club they can attend.  Letters have gone out and the after school clubs will be starting this half term with no shortage of willing participants.

After building the bikes, all model and frame numbers have been recorded with the schools having been advised to register them in case of theft.  This can be done with Bike Register , a free service.  As well as secure storage this is something all schools should consider when they get pool bikes (just in case)

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St Mary’s RC Primary School (LBE) pool of ‘Frogs’ Bright orange and spots to stand out

Funding for the bikes came from Borough small grants as part of the School Travel Plan process and the PE Sports Premium.  One stream has the aim of increasing a sustainable travel mode and the other increasing activity in children.  With the right support cycling can achieve both, and is an ideal way to involve children who might otherwise not engage in team sports. It is also fun and a great life skill to have.

PE Sports premiums are available to Primary schools visit the following link for more information: