Tullygally Primary School pupils pedalling to success

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Having recently received their Bronze Award from Sustrans for Excellence in Sustainable Travel, Tullygally Primary School in Craigavon are participating in the UK’s largest school cycling and scooting competition called the ‘Big Pedal’.

Dave Wiggins, Sustrans Active Travel Officer for the ABC Council area explained, “The idea is simple – it’s about encouraging pupils to get active on their journey to school and with 102 schools in Northern Ireland and over 1600 in the UK taking part in the competition it’s a great opportunity for pupils to take to two wheels and try to win some prizes for their school.

“The benefits of active travel are massive. Healthier bodies and minds is an obvious one but pupils who walk, cycle or scoot to school help to reduce congestion around the area, they arrive more alert and ready to learn and it’s also much more fun than sitting in the back of the car!”

With the community greenway paths running behind the school and the brand new bike shed recently installed in the playground, Tullygally are seizing the opportunity to get their pupils travelling actively on their school journey and taking part in the Big Pedal is another great way to encourage this”.

The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, powered by Sustrans and supported by the Bike Hub.

The Big Pedal 2016 will run from the 18 April until the 29 April.

During the Big Pedal 2015, schools made an incredible 1.4 million journeys by bike or scooter... that’s 300,000 more than 2014. Well done to everyone who took part!

The challenge is based on the proportion of the school roll taking part, so everyone has a fair chance to win.

It 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.

If you would like to find out more about the Big Pedal then please visit www.bigpedal.org.uk