The Big Pedal

The Big Pedal

About this activity

Suitable for primary and secondary school pupils.

The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the 2019 challenge will run from 25 March to 5 April and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

For schools unable to take part in the main challenge we also have a one-day version, which can include cycling and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.

For more information and to register, visit

How to evidence your activity

  • Record any feedback from your pupils. Note how effective the activity has been in increasing the number of pupils cycling to school and your final results
  • Add your story to the STARS website. Explain your activity and include your pupils’ feedback and photographs of the event. Also include any posters, letters and promotional materials

Activity contributed to by Sustrans.

Activity steps

Sign up
Register your school on the website (see Resources) and gather all the information you need to get started
Plan the week
Work with your JTA/YTA team to plan activities throughout the week as well as the Big Pedal 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 Pedal website each day of the challenge. Your JTA/YTA 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
Feedback to your borough officer and add your story to the STARS website


  • Scooting
  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

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


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