The Big Walk and Wheel

The Big Walk and Wheel

About this activity

Suitable for primary and secondary school pupils. Supports the PE National Curriculum.

NB: We’re bringing together all the TfL education programmes, including STARS, under one exciting new umbrella programme called TfL Travel for Life. They will be the same great programmes, but with a new name and a new look, easier online process and dedicated support team. STARS for primary schools will be renamed TfL Explorers. STARS for secondary schools will be renamed TfL Pioneers.

Since Sustrans Big Pedal started in 2011 it has grown to be much more than a cycling competition.

Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel is the UK’s largest inter-school walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling challenge. It aims to inspire hundreds of thousands of pupils to get active on the school run. This year's challenge will take place from 11th March to 22nd March 2024.

During the two-week challenge schools compete to record the greatest number of pupils walking, using a wheelchair, scooting and cycling to school, whilst learning about the benefits of active travel along the way. 

The interactive school resources are designed to be fun, flexible and inclusive to all.  Ensuring that as many pupils, staff, parents and carers as possible can take part.

Any active journeys taken from home or physical activity completed at home can be counted as one journey in the challenge for pupils learning remotely. 

For more information and to register, visit The Big Walk and Wheel

Activity contributed by Sustrans.


Activity steps

Sign up
Register your school on the website using resource 2
Plan the week
Set up a team or work with your TfL Explorers Ambassadors team if you have one to plan activities throughout the week as well as the Big Walk and Wheel launch
The big launch
Launch the competition in assemblies and the school’s newsletter. Share your targets for the week and invite everyone to get involved!
Record journeys
Log your pupils’ journeys on the Big Walk and Wheel website each day of the challenge. Your TfL Explorers Ambassadors teams or colleagues can help you
Check for success
See if you have reached your targets and share the week’s success with the wider school community!
Tell your story
Sign in to TfL Travel For Life to add your story and include pupils’ feedback. Explain the activity and add photos and any posters or promotional materials. Feedback to your borough officer


  • Scooting
  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Supports the National Curriculum
  • Promotes exercise as part of the daily routine
  • Encourages class participation and team work