Pedal power puts pupils at the top of the pile

Bishop Wood School's Big Pedal in tring.
Bishop Wood School's Big Pedal in tring.

Eager young cyclists from Tring’s Bishop Wood C of E Junior School pedalled their way to fourth place out of 561 schools in the final stage of The Big Pedal cycling competition.

The national event, which is spread over 15 days between February 28 and March 20, encourages youngsters and their parents to get out of the car and onto their bikes.

The more children that cycled or scooted into school on February 28, March 8 and March 20, the quicker they made their way around ‘virtual routes’ measured on The Big Pedal’s website.

Primary and secondary schools across the country competed for prizes, including bike shelters and storage, and BMX stunt display shows.

Though no prizes were won, around 90 pupils plus parents celebrated with wearing bright clothes to a Bikers Breakfast and playing bike-related games on March 20, the final day of the competition.

Janet Reeve, healthy schools coordinator, said: “I am totally proud of the children, they did a brilliant job. The main aim of The Big Pedal is to get the children to dust off their bikes and not get in the car to go to school.

“We wanted to get more bikes in the bike shed, and I have to say, the day after the Bikers Breakfast there were quite a few more bikes in there!”

Janet said the school hopes to compete in The Big Pedal 2014. For more information, visit www.thebigpedal.org.uk.