Eldon Primary School

Aspiration, Determination, Success

The Big Pedal

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. 


How it works

This year’s challenge will run from 20-31 March 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.


2016: an amazing year

On average 25% of pupils at participating schools took part every day – amazing when you consider just 2% of pupils use cycling in the UK as their usual way to get to school.


If those journeys had been made by car, we saved over 847 tonnes of CO2 and over 79,000 gallons of fuel, costing over £384,000.


“With over 2,000 journeys to school during the Big Pedal we visibly reduced the traffic congestion around the school gate and for the first time the parent car park had spaces.”

Teacher, Claytons Primary School



All schools will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards

including bike and scooter stunt shows, equipment and storage if over 15% of your school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge. Prize details will be announced on The Big Pedal website:



Who can take part in The Big Pedal 2017?

All schools in the UK can take part in The Big Pedal.


Is it possible to just take part on certain days of the race?

Yes. Schools are able to record journeys on all ten days of the

challenge; however you can identify five or one specific day to

take part on, should you wish.


Can I see which schools in my area are taking part?

Yes. There is a list of schools that have registered on the website. You can search alphabetically, by school name or Local Authority. You can also view a map of schools taking part.


Is the challenge fair for small/large schools?

Yes. Schools enter their whole school roll or individual class size at registration and their daily score is produced by working out the percentage of pupils that have cycled or scooted to school in relation to their school or class size. There are three categories: Small Primaries (150 pupils and under), Large Primaries (over 150 pupils) and Secondary Schools. Schools with fewer than 35 pupils are required to enter the class challenge.


Is the challenge only for children?

No. We encourage school staff and parents/siblings/guardians

to take part. These ‘supporter’ journeys are made by adults who have accompanied a pupil on their journey to school. Supporters must have also made the journey by bike or scooter.



In 2016, thousands of children across the UK transformed in to their favourite superhero for the day to celebrate the finale of The Big Pedal. The day was a great success and raised more than £8,000 for Sustrans.


We will be running the superhero event again during the 2017

challenge, on the final day, Friday 31 March. Parents, staff and

children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite superhero, decorate their bikes and scooters or purchase our exclusive Big Pedal superhero wheelie transfers. Transfers can be bought from our online shop, and given out during the challenge.


Be part of something BIG

We’re setting our sights high for The Big Pedal 2017 and aiming to encourage 2,000 schools to take part. Help us achieve our target and take part in the biggest Big Pedal ever!