A national charity and North Somerset Council have teamed up to help get more students cycling to school.
Selected schools will take part in Sustran’s ‘Bike It’ programme, receiving support from a Bike It Officer to help students gain more confidence cycling.
Participating students will have the opportunity to benefit from curriculum-linked sessions, led rides as well as cycle skill workshops. The work promoting active travel helps students travel more independently and keeps cars off the road, with the related health and mental well-being benefits.
All families and schools in North Somerset are also invited to take part in The Big Pedal 2021 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking, wheeling and scooting competition for primary and secondary schools. It runs from Monday 19 to Friday 30 April and will see young people across the UK compete with one another to make the most active journeys whether they are travelling to school or learning from home.
Both Bike It and the Big Pedal support healthy lives and encourage children to get moving and partake in the advised 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The initiatives play an important role in getting back to normal after lockdown, with new data from Sport England suggesting there has been a decline in the physical activity levels of children due to the pandemic. Almost a third of children in England did less than 30 minutes of daily physical activity in the 2019 – 2020 academic year.
Another fun and easy way to get involved in this year’s Big Pedal is to enter the family competition. Share pictures or a short video of you and your children getting active between 19 and 30 April using #BigPedalWin on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Ask your child’s school to sign up to Sustrans Big Pedal 2021 – find out more at: www.bigpedal.org.uk.