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Bikes (feet and scooters) at the ready: It's time for The Big Pedal (19-30 April; daily prizes)!

Find out more, and register your class or school free now: Register – Sustrans Big Pedal 2021.

As a Big Pedal promoter, the Influencing Travel Behaviour team can’t wait to see how many children (and adults!) wheel or walk their way to school! We will send participating schools an amazing selection of accessories and equipment to help more people in your school community travel sustainably. 

(If your school is registered on Modeshift STARS don’t forget to record your participation under ‘C5 – School takes part in Sustrans Big Pedal’.) 

Amazing journeys
This year’s theme is ‘amazing journeys’. Children will see their local area from a new perspective, learn about the abundance of benefits of active travel and discover amazing school journeys of children around the world. So it’s not just about the numbers – it's also about your own school’s amazing journeys, too – new routes, discoveries, experiences, insights – so all of it! (If you put anything on Twitter, please tag @ConnectingLeeds.)

Remote learners  
It’s not just for those who are in school, either: pupils at home can take part by logging other active journeys with family members or by doing physical activities at home; there are lesson options for remote learners, too.

Active travel
Active travel is so important! It’s great for children’s physical health and mental wellbeing. The UK’s Chief Medical Officers say that children need at least 60 mins of vigorous physical activity every day. An active journey to school can help them hit that daily target. It also helps to reduce congestion and air pollution outside the school gate.

And there’s the Covid-19 context too: the DfT has highlighted active travel as a way for pupils to be physically active while encouraging social distancing.

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