Get on your bikes, school pupils urged

Superheroes Day at Clifton with Rawcliffe School last year

Superheroes Day at Clifton with Rawcliffe School last year

Updated in News by , hannahl.bryan@nqyne.co.uk

School children across York are being encouraged to get on their bikes and sign up to a nationwide cycling and scooting competition.

Entries have now opened for the Big Pedal, which runs from March 3 to 14 and aims to encourage children to use two wheels to get to school instead of four.

During the challenge, pupils will go online to log their daily mileage on two wheels and to see how they are faring against other schools across the country.

Both primary and secondary schools are being urged to sign up and it is hoped teachers may also be encouraged to leave their cars at home.

Staff at Wigginton Primary School, who recently security tagged about 30 bikes ahead of the scheme, have signed up to the challenge to encourage children to be more active.

Head teacher Pat Boyle said the school was hoping to see a variety of positive benefits from the scheme.

She said: “We hope that by encouraging our children to walk, cycle and scoot to school over the Big Pedal fortnight that we will see a reduction in congestion and pollution around the school gates, and help the children feel healthier and happier. We’re really excited to be taking part.”

The scheme proved popular throughout York last year with more than 20 schools entering.

York schools made 24,448 journeys during the three-week event, securing eight places in the top 100 schools in the UK.

With six secondary and 82 primary schools in North Yorkshire taking part in the event, it was estimated families saved £29,000 in fuel costs.

Across the UK, 847,725 journeys were made on two wheels instead of four over the three weeks.

Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary were crowned the “Superschool” and won a Scooterpod for their funraising efforts. York High School won the Secondary School category and secured fourth position in the UK for the highest proportion of people cycling or scooting to school.

It also won the Yorkshire and Humber title, winning an Extreme Mountain Bike Show as a prize More than 20 prizes are on offer in this year’s competition, including bikes, and bike and scooter stunt displays.

The final day of the competition will be Superhero Day, when children will be able dress up to raise money for Sustrans, a charity encouraging more people to take public transport to work as well as to walk or bike.

To sign up to the Big Pedal or to find out more, visit www.bigpedal.org.uk

The Big Pedal has been launched only days after thousands of cycling fans snapped up free tickets to attend York Racecourse to watch the start of day two of this summer’s Grand Depart of the Tour de France.

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9:49am Wed 5 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

Excellent. The more cyclists the beter.
Excellent. The more cyclists the beter. MouseHouse
  • Score: 48

10:22am Wed 5 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

Hopefully the car dependant culture amongst too many of todays residents, will be diminished as these youngsters grow to adulthood.
Hopefully the car dependant culture amongst too many of todays residents, will be diminished as these youngsters grow to adulthood. pedalling paul
  • Score: 39

10:35am Wed 5 Feb 14

BL2 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Hopefully the car dependant culture amongst too many of todays residents, will be diminished as these youngsters grow to adulthood.
Only if the infrastructure and jobs are available! The country is car-dependant because of poor public transport, lack of local jobs and poorly thought out planning!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Hopefully the car dependant culture amongst too many of todays residents, will be diminished as these youngsters grow to adulthood.[/p][/quote]Only if the infrastructure and jobs are available! The country is car-dependant because of poor public transport, lack of local jobs and poorly thought out planning! BL2
  • Score: -41

11:45am Wed 5 Feb 14

roskoboskovic says...

please can we have a snooper car to spot and fine cyclists who break the law.on fulford road cyclists have been given a 1 metre wide cycle lane on both sides of the road.rather strangely on the barracks side of the road they also have a bike lane on the path.now for some kids this may be acceptable but adults using it are a bloody nuisance.why must we have this forced on us.
please can we have a snooper car to spot and fine cyclists who break the law.on fulford road cyclists have been given a 1 metre wide cycle lane on both sides of the road.rather strangely on the barracks side of the road they also have a bike lane on the path.now for some kids this may be acceptable but adults using it are a bloody nuisance.why must we have this forced on us. roskoboskovic
  • Score: -51

8:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

petethefeet says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
please can we have a snooper car to spot and fine cyclists who break the law.on fulford road cyclists have been given a 1 metre wide cycle lane on both sides of the road.rather strangely on the barracks side of the road they also have a bike lane on the path.now for some kids this may be acceptable but adults using it are a bloody nuisance.why must we have this forced on us.
Pray tell me what law they have broken? Bicycles are defined as 'Carriages' under the 1841 road-traffic act (or was it a locomotive act?). This has recently been reconfirmed in case law.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: please can we have a snooper car to spot and fine cyclists who break the law.on fulford road cyclists have been given a 1 metre wide cycle lane on both sides of the road.rather strangely on the barracks side of the road they also have a bike lane on the path.now for some kids this may be acceptable but adults using it are a bloody nuisance.why must we have this forced on us.[/p][/quote]Pray tell me what law they have broken? Bicycles are defined as 'Carriages' under the 1841 road-traffic act (or was it a locomotive act?). This has recently been reconfirmed in case law. petethefeet
  • Score: 52

11:42pm Wed 5 Feb 14

sensationalism says...

petethefeet wrote:
roskoboskovic wrote:
please can we have a snooper car to spot and fine cyclists who break the law.on fulford road cyclists have been given a 1 metre wide cycle lane on both sides of the road.rather strangely on the barracks side of the road they also have a bike lane on the path.now for some kids this may be acceptable but adults using it are a bloody nuisance.why must we have this forced on us.
Pray tell me what law they have broken? Bicycles are defined as 'Carriages' under the 1841 road-traffic act (or was it a locomotive act?). This has recently been reconfirmed in case law.
roskoboskovic, you write as if you have only a few brain cells and a blinkered attitude to boot, so you probably cannot recall that they made a bus lane northwards along Fulford Rd opposite the barracks. To make way for this, they widened the footpath on the barracks side, to give ample width for shared use. The bus lane was removed, following a serious accident, and cyclists may now choose the road or the shared pavement.
[quote][p][bold]petethefeet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: please can we have a snooper car to spot and fine cyclists who break the law.on fulford road cyclists have been given a 1 metre wide cycle lane on both sides of the road.rather strangely on the barracks side of the road they also have a bike lane on the path.now for some kids this may be acceptable but adults using it are a bloody nuisance.why must we have this forced on us.[/p][/quote]Pray tell me what law they have broken? Bicycles are defined as 'Carriages' under the 1841 road-traffic act (or was it a locomotive act?). This has recently been reconfirmed in case law.[/p][/quote]roskoboskovic, you write as if you have only a few brain cells and a blinkered attitude to boot, so you probably cannot recall that they made a bus lane northwards along Fulford Rd opposite the barracks. To make way for this, they widened the footpath on the barracks side, to give ample width for shared use. The bus lane was removed, following a serious accident, and cyclists may now choose the road or the shared pavement. sensationalism
  • Score: 38

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