Olympic star calls on Leeds families to join Big Pedal

Big Pedal supporter Sharron Davies with her son Fin.
Big Pedal supporter Sharron Davies with her son Fin.
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Hundreds of school pupils and teachers across Leeds are set to cycle or scoot to school as part of the Big Pedal 2015 from March 2 to 20.

The inter-school competition, organised by sustainable transport charity Sustrans, encourages pupils to lead healthier lives and reduce traffic around the school gates over 10 school days.

Schools collate the number of cycling or scooting journeys as part of the Big Pedal, which involved more than 150 Yorkshire schools including 20 from Leeds last year.

Former Olympic swimmer and TV presenter Sharron Davies is encouraging families to take part after a survey revealed that 76 per cent of Leeds teachers whose schools took part found pupils continued to cycle or scoot to school after the event.

Sharron, whose son Fin cycles or scoots to school every day, said: “I believe that an active journey to school should become a part of a family’s morning routine, just like brushing your teeth.

“That’s why I’m encouraging parents in Leeds to take part in the Big Pedal this March, and give cycling and scooting to school a try.”

Run by charity Sustrans and funded by the Bicycle Association on behalf of the cycle industry through its Bike Hub scheme, the Big Pedal has become the UK’s largest cycling and scooting competition.

For further information visit www.bigpedal.org.uk.