The Big Pedal is back for 2019, and this year the UK's largest cycling, walking and scooting challenge for schools is taking a stand against traffic. For the first time, dozens of participating schools across the UK will close the street outside their gates to motor vehicles, making it safer and the air cleaner for families to get involved.
"The Big Pedal may only run for two weeks but can leave a lasting effect on the way children travel to school by showing parents what's possible and how easy it can be to leave the car at home for a few extra journeys a week," says Xavier Brice, CEO at Sustrans, the organiser of the Big Pedal.
"With scores of schools already confirming that they will be closing surrounding streets to cars for this year's Big Pedal, we are confident that 2019 will be even bigger and better than 2018 and demonstrate how people prioritised streets can create a much more pleasant and safer environment for children and parents to travel."
From March 25th to April 5th, young people and their families will be encouraged to use foot or pedal power to get to school. This year's Big Pedal theme is 'Travelling Around the Body', with an emphasis on how getting active can improve health.
Last year, participants clocked up almost 2.4 million miles, saving 1179.2kg of nitrogen oxide and 60,538 gallons of fuel (worth over £330,000) compared to travelling by car.
TV presenter Angellica Bell is the face of the campaign. She says: "I'm delighted to be supporting this year's Big Pedal. It's a fantastic way to encourage more children to cycle, walk or scoot – doing wonders for their health and the environment around them."