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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

BMX Star visits Brent’s Big Pedal Star School!

The Big Pedal, Sustrans’ annual national cycling to school competition, went off with a bang in Brent this year.

Salusbury Primary slammed the Large Primary School Category, winning  the Top Slot in Brent!

They came  in 4th place in London and 47th place nationally.

over 50% of the school were on their bikes and scooters, as well as parents, little sista’s and bro’s, and lots of the school staff too.

Keelan Phillips, the world champion flatland BMX Star was the top Brent prize! They lapped up their well deserved victory!

Keelan spent a whole day at the school. He performed 2 shows and held workshops for the top Big Pedal classes, teaching them how to do some of the tricks that he performs. Children were in awe at his superb show of skills and were super excited to have a go on Keelan’s bikes. They picked up the basics really well and are now inspired to keep learning more. The whole school has gone BMX mad!

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In the Secondary School Category, Queens Park Community School came top in Brent and in London, and came 27th nationally. They will also be receiving a visit from Keelan, very soon!

15 of Brent’s  Bike It schools  took part in The Big Pedal this year. The competition was a massive success and had a huge impact on cycling in the borough. All schools taking part saw very impressive results…

And now check out the STATS!

This year Brent Bike It schools combined have achieved an unprecedented number of journeys!

  • Total journeys: 22299
  • Child journeys (bike): 7379
  • Child journeys (scooter): 9740
  • Supporter journeys: 5180

I’m so proud. Well done Everyone!

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