Cycle reward card scheme

Cycle reward card scheme

About this activity

Suitable for primary and secondary pupils.

Introduce a cycle reward card scheme to encourage pupils to ride their bikes to school. Give each pupil their own card and stamp or sign their card each time they cycle to school. Once a pupil has filled their card with stamps or signatures reward them with a prize, present pupils with a certificate or mention them in school newsletters or assemblies.

Keep a bike count sheet to track the number of people cycling to school while the scheme is running.

You could ask your Junior or Youth Travel Ambassadors (JTA/YTA) to help design and run this scheme for their classmates.

This activity works well with a bikers' breakfast or as a follow up to Bikeability training.

You can also adapt this reward scheme for Park and Stride and other walking activities such as walk once a week.

What you’ll need

  • Cycle reward cards
  • Bike count sheet
  • Rewards for pupils
  • A stamp (optional)

How to evidence your activity

  • Involve your borough officer: Share your ideas, agree your objectives and discuss any challenges you face
  • Record the feedback from your pupils and parents. Keep a track of how many cards are used and how many prizes are handed out
  • Sign in to STARS to add your story. Explain the activity, add photos of the cards and pupils cycling to school and include their feedback

Activity steps

Get prepared
With your JTA or YTA team decide how you’d like to run the scheme and the kind of incentives you’ll offer your pupils in return for all their cycling
Spread the word through assemblies, newsletters and posters. You could get everyone interested by running a competition to design the reward card!
Launch the scheme
Give out the cards and challenge your pupils to fill them within a certain number of weeks. You could hold a bikers' breakfast to celebrate the new scheme
Check for success
Monitor the number of pupils using the cards and regularly cycling to school to see if you have reached your targets
Tell your story
Record your success on STARS and share with your borough officer


  • Cycling

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Promotes exercise as part of the daily routine
  • Gateway to other cycling initiatives


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