Schools to take part in a Wheely fun challenge

  • Children, teachers, and parents are encouraged to walk, wheel, or jump on their bikes and scooters in The Big Walk and Wheel 2022.

Central Bedfordshire Council, with the support of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, is promoting the two-week national school challenge, which runs from Monday 21 March to Friday 1 April.

Schools will compete to record the greatest number of pupils walking, wheeling, scooting, and cycling to school, whilst learning about the benefits of active travel along the way.

It is free to enter and will persuade parents and carers to leave their cars at home and choose to travel actively for their school journey instead.

If more than 15% of pupils from the school walk, wheel, cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge, classes will be entered into daily draws for rewards and prizes, including scooters.

Councillor Steve Dixon, Executive Member for Sustainability and Transformation, said: “I am really looking forward to getting on my bike and I challenge you to join me. Let’s start leaving our cars at home more and do our bit for our planet.”

We are confident that 2022 will be bigger and better, with fantastic prizes for pupils and schools. It should inspire families to leave their cars at home and make more sustainable journeys to school which will ease congestion around schools and offer health benefits.

Last year, over 30 schools from Central Bedfordshire took part in the Big Pedal, with families amassing 72,093 walking, scooter and cycle trips during the 10-day challenge. This was a fantastic achievement and a high target to beat this year: so please ask your child’s school to sign up for The Big Walk and Wheel challenge.