Bike-to-school competition

Bike-to-school competition

About this activity

Suitable for primary or secondary school pupils.

Run a Bike-to-school competition with prizes on offer to encourage your pupils to get cycling.

You can offer one or multiple prizes to those who cycle the most depending on your budget. If little or no budget is available, approach your school community for donations or offer house or reward points for the winner’s class.

Running the activity

The competition can be run over a week, a month or a whole term.

This activity is an opportunity to involve your Junior and Youth Travel Ambassadors (JTA/YTA) in the planning, running and prize giving. 

Record the number of cyclists each day by asking them to complete a ticket with their name and class on. Collect these and count them up on the last day of the competition to find out who has cycled the most and reward your winner(s). Or, you can use a bike count sheet.

This activity can also spark team spirit and inter-class competition; see which class can tally up the most journeys or who cycles the most from each class.

How to evidence your activity

  • Involve your borough officer: Share your ideas, agree your targets and discuss any challenges you face
  • Record the feedback from your pupils. Note how effective the activity has been in increasing the number of pupils cycling to school
  • Add your story to the STARS website. Explain your activity and include photos, score sheets and your pupils’ feedback. Also include any posters, letters and promotional materials you or your JTA/YTAs produced

Activity contributed by Sustrans.

Activity steps

Plan the competition
Work with your JTA/YTA and school travel working group to decide how and when to run the competition. Discuss how you will promote it and what the prizes will be
Let your school community about the competition - spread the word on posters, the website, in the newsletter and in assembly
Count your tickets
See how the activity affects bike use by counting the number of tickets collected each day during the competition
Pick the winners
With your team, pick your winner(s) and celebrate their victory in assemblies and the school newsletter
Check for success
How did pupils find the competition? Did it encourage them to start cycling, or cycle more often? How could you improve next time?
Tell your story
Feedback to your borough officer and add your story to the STARS website


  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Gateway to other cycling initiatives
  • Encourages daily active travel
  • Opportunity for JTA/YTA involvement


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