Get on your bikes for The Big Pedal school challenge

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Schools across Eastbourne and Seaford are encouraging students to jump on their bikes and scooters for The Big Pedal (March 3-14) a national competition organised by charity Sustrans which aims to get more children active.

Hundreds of thousands of youngsters are expected to take part in the Big Pedal 2014, an inter-school competition where schools get points for the more students who make journeys by bike or scooter.

First launched in 2009, the Big Pedal has gained popularity over the past five years and has become the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting competition. The Big Pedal engages children in cycling and scooting to school in a fun way with the aim that they will continue cycling and scooting after the competition has finished.

Philip Manning, Bike It Officer, Sustrans said, “We’re really excited that so many schools are taking part in the Big Pedal. We hope that by encouraging students and parents to walk, cycle and scoot to school over the next two weeks that we will see a reduction in congestion and pollution around school gates, and help students feel healthier and happier.”

Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans chief executive, said, “The average primary school journey is just 1.5 miles – the perfect distance to walk or cycle.

“We hope the Big Pedal will help thousands of families rediscover the fun and freedom of cycling to school, get fit and save money at the same time. I wish the staff, parents and students in East Sussex good luck, and look forward to finding out the results!”